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Gymage is Miami's Most Instagrammable Gym

The Magic City is no stranger to social media. The 305 is full of “Instagrammable” moments, locations, and people. But Miami is welcoming a resident that is taking things to a new level. Meet Gymage, Miami’s most Instagrammable gym.

As you stroll through the picturesque facility, it feels like you are winding your way through an exotic jungle of sorts. Located just off Lincoln Road, Gymage is a 10,000 square foot facility full of premium training equipment and amenities. Not only is the space stocked with everything you could want for a great workout, it sports vibrant colors and moods making it a social media lover’s paradise. Selfie stick holders are located throughout the space for guests to use while training so they can get the perfect shot during their sweat.

Gymage Miami is the second location in the studio’s portfolio, with the first located in Madrid, Spain. The concept puts a focus on the experience, just as much as the workout. Mere blocks away from the beach, guests can bounce back and forth during their day, and grab a refreshing snack at the rooftop part of the space coming later this year.

Gymage Miami is located at 355 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach and is running opening specials. For more information, visit https://gymage.com/


Located just off Lincoln Road, Gymage is a 10,000 square foot facility full of premium training equipment and amenities.

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Anatomy Coconut Grove

Anatomy Opens Fourth South Florida Location in Coconut Grove

Anatomy, South Florida’s most popular luxury health and wellness facility, opened the doors to its fourth location today in Coconut Grove. Building on their success in Sunset Harbour, the 1 Hotel South Beach, and Midtown Miami, Anatomy’s loyal community of members has allowed for it to be one of the most successful brands throughout South Florida in recent years.

“Community is truly the backbone of Anatomy, and we’ve worked extremely hard to create a life-enriching environment where our members can feel welcomed amongst a supportive group of like-minded individuals,” said Chris Paciello, Anatomy Founder and Co-owner. “During a time that has been difficult for many, we feel now more than ever, our members can benefit greatly from being a part of something with a positive health and wellness focus and are excited to expand these offerings to the Coconut Grove community.”

Influenced by sports performance and the science of strength conditioning, Anatomy provides members and guests a life-enriching community where they can sweat, enhance and recover together. This new location features state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment and expanded group fitness classes including Yoga, Barre, HIIT, Booty Blast, Aerial Silk, Pilates, Boxing, complimentary access to Tremble reformer classes, as well as a variety of open-air outdoor fitness programming.

“At Anatomy, we’re all about elevating our member’s experience and we couldn’t be more excited to expand our offerings and bring what we consider to be the future of fitness to Coconut Grove,” said Marc Megna, Anatomy Founder and Co-owner. “We can’t wait to welcome the Coconut Grove community into the Anatomy family, while simultaneously molding our personalized Anatomy fitness experience into the neighborhood.“ 

The club also offers Anatomy’s dynamic personal training system, performed by expertly trained Body Architects, designed to help members achieve a top level of fitness. In addition, the innovative space also houses ‘The Sanctuary,’ Anatomy’s signature recovery and regeneration component that includes hot and cold plunges, an infrared sauna, and an immunity healing eucalyptus steam room. Members are encouraged to take advantage of the club’s USA Sports Therapy services, specializing in orthopedic and sports physical therapy, post-surgical rehabilitation, sports chiropractic, chronic pain, and injury prevention. Vitamin IV Lounge by VitaSquad also has a presence on-site, offering intravenous nutritional therapy & B12 shots administered by medical professionals.

Given the family-oriented climate of the neighborhood, as an added amenity, Anatomy will also offer a ‘Kids Club’ program, where members’ children can play under staff supervision while parents can enjoy a carefree workout. Members can also expect expanded retail, healthy food and drink options, plus easily accessible on-site parking.  

“The Anatomy team is thrilled to collaborate with Regatta Harbour on the opening of our newest outpost in Coconut Grove, with its fitness-centric population,” said David Geller, Anatomy’s Chief Operating Officer. “We are excited to join in the revitalization of the area into a lively neighborhood centerpiece, which aligns with Anatomy’s mission to establish integrated health and wellness communities. Together, it is a strong synergy that would not be possible without the support of our local community.”

For more information and membership inquiries please call 786.300.7415 or visit AnatomyFitness.com.

Anatomy, South Florida’s most popular luxury health, and wellness facility opened the doors to its fourth location today in Coconut Grove.

Veza Sur

Veza Sur Brewing Co. Invites Miamians to Compete In Copa Veza Sur Soccer Tournament

Calling all lovers of the beautiful game and bountiful beers: Your passion for competing on the pitch and your love of pitchers are about to collide all in one utopia.

Miami-based Veza Sur Brewing Company is inviting Miamians to sign up for the first-ever Copa Veza Sur, a 24-team soccer tournament scheduled to take place June 6 through August 8 at Champions Florida Complex & Sports Bar in Miami. The winner of the tournament will be awarded both a grand prize of $2,000 and a pair of season tickets to the Inter Miami CF 2022 season.

That's cool and all, but perhaps you caught the fact that this is a soccer tournament that has been put together by a brewery?

Yes, there will be beer. Lots of it.

Veza Sur has promised to provide "endless beer" at the tournament, including fan favorites such as Mangolandia mango wheat ale, Spanglish Latin lager, and South Coast IPA.

According to Veza Sur co-founder Marshall Hendrickson, the tournament is a celebration of life regaining a form of normalcy (specifically in regard to soccer competition) and the upcoming Copa America, which takes place in Colombia and Argentina from June 13 to July 10.

“We know Miami is ready to celebrate the return of soccer in a big way with Copa America this summer,” Hendrickson tells New Times. “It's been great to see the community starting to play pick-up games again and we want to take it to the next level. Whether you're a soccer pro going for the grand prize or a fan that wants to crush some beers and watch your favorite team on the big screen, Copa Veza Sur has it all.”

In addition to all the adult activities, Veza Sur has ensured Copa Veza Sur will be a family-friendly event. They're encouraging Miamians of all ages to attend and enjoy not only the matches, but an entertainment court that will be set up with different activities for younger guests, including an inflatable human foosball table.

If you and your friends aren't exactly world-beaters on the pitch, have no fear. There will be much more to offer than one grand prize. In addition to endless beers, live music, local DJs, watch parties, and an assortment of other welcome distractions, all players will receive a custom limited-edition jersey and 20 percent off at the brewery for the duration of the tournament.

The matches will be played in a five-on-five format and teams that register must consist of at least seven players, with a maximum of ten. All teams are guaranteed to play a minimum of three games. As an added perk, those who register will be entered in the Copa Veza Sur sweepstakes to win a 75-inch smart TV.

Veza Sur will also host Copa watch parties at its Wynwood brewery. Guests who wear their favorite team’s jerseys will receive discounts on beer; Veza Sur will also debut a soccer-inspired brew: Golazo lime lager.

If you're into soccer, beer, or, hell, inflatable human foosball, the Copa Veza Sur has you covered. Because if there's anything that can make the beautiful game better, it's beer.

Copa Veza Sur. Registration deadline is May 30. Participants must be 21 or older to register. To sign up and find more information, visit copavezasur.com.

*This article was originally published on MiamiNewTimes.com by Ryan Yousefi and can be found here.

Miami-based Veza Sur Brewing Company is inviting Miamians to sign up for the first-ever Copa Veza Sur, a 24-team soccer tournament scheduled to take place June 6 through August 8 at Champions Florida Complex & Sports Bar in Miami.

We Movement Women Empowerment Event

WE Movement Hosts Upcoming Women Empowerment Event

WE Movement, short for Women's Empowerment Movement, is hosting their first event Saturday, June 5 at Studio Party Miami in Aventura. It will be an evening of self-care, networking, supporting female entrepreneurs, and building an empowering and supportive community.

The event will include yoga sculpt, aromatherapy meditation, sound bath, a healthy catered meal, and local women vendors. Tickets are $30 if purchased before May 20, or $40 if purchased after.

WE Movement believes in feminine leadership and business. Your body is a sacred vessel to create your thriving business with ease and the goal is to create an atmosphere for connection with fellow women entrepreneurs in the Miami area.

For more information, check out the event page here.

WE Movement, short for Women's Empowerment Movement, is hosting their first event Saturday, June 5 at Studio Party Miami in Aventura. It will be an evening of self-care, networking, supporting female entrepreneurs, and building an empowering and supportive community.

Kayla Itsines High Intensity with Kayla

Kayla Itsines Announces Fitness Program Name Change From BBG to High Intensity With Kayla

Trainer and co-founder of Sweat, Kayla Itsines, gained a loyal following with her BBG fitness program, which was released in 2012. BBG, which stands for Bikini Body Guide, includes high-intensity workouts that require minimal equipment, are just 28 minutes long, and accessible for people without a gym membership. Now, nearly 10 years after the program launched, Itsines made the decision to retire the name BBG and instead call her program High Intensity with Kayla.

The name change came after some reflection and understanding that the goal of working out isn't just for aesthetics; besides, there's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all "bikini body."

"Fitness is not one dimensional and is so much more than physical," Itsines told POPSUGAR. "It provides many mental and emotional benefits to improve your overall health. I want women to better understand the full benefits of exercise, feel empowered through fitness, and focus on training in a way that makes them feel strong and confident both physically and emotionally."

Itsines said they developed the acronym BBG with positive intent when the program launched almost a decade ago, but it no longer represents how she and her followers view health and fitness. As co-founder, she said it was important to change the program and use language that more closely reflects the mission of her community.

"As I approach my 30th birthday and since having my daughter Arna, I've become even more aware of how important it is to use language that is positive and empowering for all women," she said. "I am passionate about doing more and doing better to support women in health and fitness so I want to use language that is universally inspiring."

The workouts and program will still be the same just with a new name. You can find High Intensity With Kayla on the Sweat app. The program includes 92 weeks worth of workouts and after a free trial costs $20 a month. Although Itsines changed the name of her program, she's committed to keeping the same sense of community and helping women reach their health and fitness goals that made BBG so popular.

"I want to encourage women to make their health a priority every day," she said. "Training in a way that makes you feel good, supports your energy levels, and your lifestyle is really important."


This article was originally published on popsugar.com by Christina Stiehl and can be found here.

Trainer and co-founder of Sweat, Kayla Itsines, gained a loyal following with her BBG fitness program, which was released in 2012. BBG, which stands for Bikini Body Guide, includes high-intensity workouts that require minimal equipment, are just 28 minutes long, and accessible for people without a gym membership. Now, nearly 10 years after the program launched, Itsines made the decision to retire the name BBG and instead call her program High Intensity with Kayla.

Peloton Recall

Peloton Announces Voluntary Recalls of Treadmills After Dozens of Injuries and a Child Death

Peloton announced Wednesday voluntary recalls of both its treadmill machines over safety concerns.

The announcement marked a major reversal of Peloton’s initial reaction and comes after weeks of discussions with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

In a statement, Peloton apologized for not acting more quickly to resolve the issue after reports of one death and dozens of injuries.

“I want to be clear, Peloton made a mistake in our initial response to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s request that we recall the Tread+,” CEO John Foley said in a statement Wednesday. “We should have engaged more productively with them from the outset. For that, I apologize.”

Peloton shares closed the day down nearly 15%, hitting a low not seen since September. That wiped about $4.1 billion from Peloton’s market value.

The company is advising customers who already have either the Tread or Tread+ products to immediately stop using the equipment and contact Peloton for a full refund or other qualified remedies. It added that it is working on a repair that will be offered to treadmill owners in the coming weeks.

The recall affects about 125,000 Tread+ machines and roughly 1,050 Tread products in the U.S.

The CPSC said it has received 18 reports about the touchscreen loosening and six reports of the touchscreen detaching and falling from the Tread. The group had previously warned about Peloton’s Tread+ product last month, after one child died in an incident involving the machine. There were also dozens of other reported injuries.

The regulatory agency said Peloton’s treadmills are designed differently than its peers, with “an unusual belt design that uses individual rigid rubberized slats or treads that are interlocked and ride on a rail.” That’s instead of a thinner, continuous belt. There is also a large gap between the floor and the belt of the Tread+, leaving room for things to wiggle their way under.

The commission in April simultaneously released a graphic video, captured by a home security camera, of a young boy being pulled under one of the Tread+ machines and struggling to free himself.

But Peloton pushed back on the recommended recall at the time, telling customers there was no reason to stop using its treadmills, so long as children and pets were kept out of the area while in use. The company had also recommended a key be used to lock the equipment after each workout.

Peloton said Wednesday it will work with the CPSC to set new industry safety standards for treadmills.

“This recall is the right step — though dangerously delayed,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat representing Connecticut and chair of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security. “Peloton unacceptably put consumers at risk, obstructed the CPSC’s investigation and its consumer warnings.”

It’s unclear how much damage Peloton has done to its reputation. The company is known for its at-home cycling classes that have exploded in popularity during the Covid pandemic. It didn’t sell a treadmill until 2018.

The product was first called the Tread but is now known as the Tread+ because Peloton was preparing to begin selling a less expensive version in the United States later this year. The original model costs $4,300.

The smaller, cheaper version is already on sale in the U.K. and it doesn’t include the same rigid slats as the Tread+.

A spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment about Peloton’s plans for the upcoming launch.

While Peloton doesn’t break out sales of its treadmills, research firm Cowen had previously estimated that the Tread+ would represent about 2.2% of unit sales in 2021. That’s out of about 1.63 million stationary bikes and treadmills combined, it said.

Peloton reported in 2020 revenue of $1.8 billion. That’s up from $915 million a year earlier. Peloton is set to report earnings after the market close on Thursday.

“We acknowledge that this recall will likely result in significant near-term one time financial costs and operational disruption, with potential reputational damage,” Truist Securities analyst Youssef Squali said in a note to clients. “Stepping back and looking at the broader picture, however, we believe that the secular growth trends in the home fitness industry remain intact.”

This was originally published on CNBC.com by Lauren Thomas and can be found here.

Peloton announced Wednesday voluntary recalls of both its treadmill machines over safety concerns.

Miami Parks

Miami Parks are Reopening Gyms and Picnic Shelters

Parks across the city of Miami on Monday started reopening gyms, community centers and other indoor facilities that have been closed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some outdoor facilities, including water fountains and outdoor picnic areas, can also be used again. You can also play again at Domino Park in Little Havana. And Grapeland Water Park is set to reopen Memorial Day weekend as usual, according to the city.

Monday’s reopening of the city’s Parks and Recreation buildings also includes meeting rooms, stand-alone restroom facilities and locker rooms. Parkgoers can also use open grills, benches, bleachers and table games again, the city said.

The city says all park visitors will still need to wear a mask inside and outside if they are not exercising. That’s stricter than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent updated guidelines that say fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear a mask outside except in crowded areas where social distancing would be difficult.

The city of Miami said it also plans to reopen other activities soon:

▪ Programs for Persons with Disabilities will resume on Monday, May 17.

▪ The city’s Summer Camp program will resume on Monday, June 14.

▪ Grapeland Water Park will reopen on Memorial Day weekend as usual and will remain open weekends only until June 13. Starting on Monday, June 14, it will be open 7 days a week until Aug., 23. The water park will then remain open weekends only until Labor Day.

This was originally found in the Miami Herald by Michelle Marchante and can be found here.

Parks across the city of Miami on Monday started reopening gyms, community centers and other indoor facilities that have been closed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

STAY FIT 305

South Florida Sweat Guide: May 2021

The STAY FIT 305 Monthly Sweat Guides are back by popular demand! But they are going to look a little different. In the past, our Monthly Sweat Guides were a way to discover fitness fueled experiences around town, not just our STAY FIT 305 events. While the new version of our Sweat Guides will include recommended events, we’ll also spotlight some regular weekly classes that are taking the proper health and safety precautions - mask wearing in close proximity, social distancing, etc. So with that being said, let’s take a look at what’s happening around town this month. If you want your event to be featured in our June Sweat Guide, fill out the form here.

May 1

Brickell Sweat Crawl with CKO and RedBike, Powered by Celsius

Join CKO and RedBike for a sweat crawl at Riverside Miami starting at 2pm. Two groups will sweat through a 30 minute spin class and 30 minute HIIT/bootcamp. 

May 9

STAY FIT 305: UNKNWN Takeover Sweat, Powered by NOCCO

Join STAY FIT 305, UNKNWN, and NOCCO for a morning sweat on Sunday, May 9th at 10:30 AM for a boxing bootcamp workout featuring Miami fitness trainer Alvin Davie.

  • Access to the STAY FIT 305 UNKNWN Workout
  • Safe + Socially Distanced
  • Sampling from our Brand Partners 

Click Here For Ticket Info

May 15

Body & Soul Block Party 2.0

Bring your friends & family for a day of fitness, food, & fun at Body & Soul City. A day of vendors and carnival games, as well as free fitness group classes such as dance, HIIT, and boxing. Click Here For Ticket Info

Find out what's happening in your neighborhood this month by using our monthly guides - South Florida Sweat Guide: May 2021.

Environmentally Conscious Meal

6 Ways to Eat to Minimize Your Environmental Impact

Ready to cut your environmental impact and improve your health along the way? Follow these steps to put it into action.

1. You don’t need to go vegan to make an impact.

Remember, the planetary health diet emphasizes consuming mostly plant foods and limited amounts of animal proteins, so if you can't fathom giving up your Sunday morning bacon, don't sweat it. "We're not saying you can never eat a cheeseburger again, but the goal is to try to reduce your consumption of red meat to maybe once a week," says KC Wright M.S., R.D.N., a nutritionist and sustainability advocate. And on that note...

2. Shift your plate slowly.

Before you try to overhaul your diet, understand that you're not going to have the healthiest, most eco-friendly diet right from the get-go, and slowly making changes is the key to preventing yourself from feeling overwhelmed, says Wright. If you make a chili, swap your meat for a variety of beans, or use mushrooms and lentils in place of ground beef in tacos, suggests Wright. "If, right now, you're consuming meat 12 times a week, then can you get it under 10, then five, then maybe down to three times a week?" she adds. "Know that it's not perfection, but it's practice, and anything is better than nothing.

4. Opt for poultry and certain seafoods instead of red meat.

ICYMI, cattle production is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, and noshing on red meat every day can also have serious health impacts for your personally. Poultry, however, doesn't require as much water, feed, or land to raise, so it's a slightly more eco-friendly choice if you really can't give up meat a couple times a week, says Jessica Fanzo, PHD. "Poultry is also much lower in saturated fat than red meat," adds Wright. "The quality of fat in the skin of poultry is not as saturated as the fat in a hamburger or trimming off a piece of steak. It's high in calories but not necessarily going to clog your arteries."

The planetary health diet also advises eaters to keep seafood consumption minimal, so if you're going to add a helping to your plate, Fanzo suggests checking out online sustainable seafood guides, such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch. These guidebooks will tell you the specific seafoods that are caught or farmed responsibly, the amount of waste and chemicals the farms release into the environment, the impact the farms have on natural habitat, and more. "You can also eat lower on the food chain, such as shelled seafoods like mussels and clams," she adds. "These are a more sustainable source of seafood as opposed to large fish."

For the most part, though, you'll want to stick to plant-based sources of protein, such as whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, and soy foods, says Wright. "As much as possible, I encourage people to consume the whole form, not super-highly processed, smoked barbecue-flavored tempeh, for example," she explains. Those products may contain added sodium, which can increase the risk of developing blood pressure when consumed in high amounts, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Plus, choosing foods that don't have the plastic packaging can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut down on the amount of plastic entering landfills, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

5. Consider your food’s water footprints.

Since carbon footprint doesn't always give the full picture of a food's environmental impact, Fanzo recommends thinking about its water footprint (how much water it requires to produce) as well. A single avocado, for example, uses 60 gallons of water to produce, so if you care about water resources, consider cutting back on your avocado toast intake, she suggests. The same goes for water-intensive California almonds, which require 3.2 gallons of H2O per nut.

6. Look to other cuisines for inspiration.

If you grew up in a "meat and potatoes'' kind of family, figuring out how to concoct delicious plant-focused meals can be a challenge. That's why Fanzo recommends looking to cuisines that are predominantly vegetarian — such as Thai, Ethiopian, and Indian — for recipes that will help you fuel up without requiring you to soul-search for your inner Amanda Cohen right from the get-go. You can also sign up for a plant-based meal delivery service to take out the work while your taste buds get acquainted with the tastes and textures.

The entire article can be found on Shape.com by Megan Falk here.

Ready to cut your environmental impact and improve your health along the way? Follow these steps to put it into action.

Earth Day 2021

Miami Beach Commission Unanimously Adopts Climate Change Resolution

The Miami Beach City Commission unanimously adopted a resolution on Wednesday declaring climate change to be caused by “human activity” and pledging to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

“Climate change is a global problem that requires global solutions,” observed Miami Beach City Vice Mayor Michael Góngora, who sponsored the measure. “Our pledge to attain net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 goes a long way to backing up our words with meaningful action.”

The vote coincides with the 2021 Earth Day celebration on April 22. Miami Beach is also developing a Climate Action Plan that that will guide actions that need to be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Miami Beach is ground zero for sea level rise,” added Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber. “We can’t afford to wait any longer while our city suffers the consequences of decades of inaction with regard to carbon emissions.”

Cities and urban areas like Miami Beach are uniquely positioned to combat climate change because they account for 70% of climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions around the world.

“Action on climate becomes more urgent every passing day,” noted Global Climate Action Manager Niclas Svenningsen with the United Nations.

“All stakeholders need to contribute to the solutions now, but in order to do that, they need to see the leadership and the right policies from national and local authorities to be able to implement an effective response,” Svenningsen explained. “For this reason, we are proud to count Miami Beach as a participant in our Climate Neutral Now initiative. Their commitment sets an example for other authorities and for every stakeholder in their county. We look forward to collaborating in accelerating the transition to the climate neutral, net-zero society that we need by 2050.”

The City of Miami Beach joins City of Miami and Miami-Dade County in pledging to work toward achieving a net-zero emissions target by 2050.  Reducing emissions is an essential part of implementing Resilient305, the shared resilience strategy.

The Miami Beach City Commission unanimously adopted a resolution on Wednesday declaring climate change to be caused by “human activity” and pledging to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Earth Day 2021

All the Ways You Can Celebrate Earth Day in Miami This Year

Mother Nature truly blesses Miami-Dade County nearly year-round with warm weather, sunshine, green foliage, warm waters, and more. However, with the threat of global warming and pollution looming near, it is time as Miami residents to do our part — especially on the days leading up to and following Earth Day, April 22.

Below, we’ve rounded up events ranging from beach cleanups to sustainable fashion shows across the county in which you can do your part to get involved to help our city and county stay beautiful.

Miami Beach:

  • 4/22 Moxy South Beach Beach Cleanup: Join the Moxy South Beach as they show their love to our beaches and Mother Earth. They’ll start the evening with a yoga session with @therollingsloan at the Upside rooftop followed by a beach cleanup with @blondish and @byebyeplasticlife, and end at Serena for #plasticfreeparty happy hour drink specials by @ilegalmezcal with music from DJ Mickey Perez. Thursday, April 22 at 5:00 p.m. at Upside Rooftop. Moxy South Beach is located at 915 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
  • 4/22 1 Hotel South Beach Beach Cleanup: Earth Day: Beach Clean Up from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. In honor of Earth Day, the 1 Hotel South Beach invites guests to participate in a beach clean up and to enjoy a Mijenta Tequila cocktail at Wave, with proceeds benefiting Debris Free Ocean. Clean up starts at 10:30 a.m.
  • 4/23 DASH School Sustainable Fashion Show: In honor of Earth Month, 1 Beach Club has collaborated with DASH School Miami to repurpose discarded uniforms into stunning eco-conscious show pieces. Sustainable Fashion Show with DASH School of Miami. April 23 | 6:00pm- 7pm. Location: 1 Beach Club.
  • 4/22 SLS South Beach Canal Cleanup: Locals and guests can meet at Clear View Kayak launch at Collins and 23rd to take part in a canal clean up in Miami Beach. Kayaks, paddle boards, garbage bags, and gloves will all be provided. After the clean-up, attendees can enjoy a cocktail and relax on beach loungers at SLS South Beach. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on April 22nd. Tickets cost $20 per person and 100% of the proceeds will support all partners with supplies to continue the fight against pollution in Miami’s backyard.
  • 4/22 Keep It Clean NMB Clean Up: This Earth Day, North Miami Beach is cleaning up! On Thursday, April 22, NMB and Commissioner Daniela Jean will host Keep It Clean NMB, a free, family-friendly community engagement initiative to keep public spaces clean. Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Speakers from 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Group clean-up initiative from 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Snake Creek Park, 1601 NE 164th Street,North Miami Beach, FL 33162. North Miami Beach, Commissioner Daniela Jean, Commissioner Mckenzie Fleurimond, and more.
  • 4/22 Miami Beach Botanical Garden Earth Day Celebration: Stop by the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, located at 2000 Convention Center Dr., on Thursday April 22 starting at 5:30 p.m. to participate in their family-friendly donation-based event. The event includes a vinyasa class, free Pollinator plant giveaway, environmental marketplace of local non profits and eco products, a film screening at 7:30 p.m. of the environmental film The Biggest Little Farm, (bring a blanket), and chef Allen Susser’s Slowfish fish taco stand.

City of Miami / North Miami / Downtown Miami:

  • 4/24 One Tree Planted: Global reforestation non-profit One Tree Planted is hosting tree planting event in the Miami area in honor of Earth month. April 24 at Coral Estates Park. Coral Estates Park. Sat, April 24, 2021. 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT. 1405 Southwest 97th Avenue Miami, FL 33174.
  • 4/22 Frost Museum of Science: Continue the Earth Day celebration with a special edition of Virtual LIVE@Frost Science presented by FPL SolarNow on Thursday, April 22 as they explore how Everglades Restoration Fights Climate Change with The Everglades Foundation. Virtual LIVE@Frost Science will be livestreamed via the museum’s Facebook and YouTube pages. You do not need a Facebook profile or a YouTube account to access the event. The webinar will also be archived on our Frost Science@Home online platform. This special discussion is presented in partnership with The Everglades Foundation, and will feature Steve Davis, Ph.D., Vice President of Communications & Engagement and Senior Wetland Ecologist, and Bianca Cassouto, Education Program Manager. Learn how Everglades restoration will help mitigate the effects of climate change.
  • 4/22 Allapattah Earth Day Clean-Up: Get together with some amazing organizations to clean up an area in Allapattah that needs our help. Join the team at “Smart Bites To Go” located at 791 Northwest 20th Street on Thursday, April 22 starting at at 5 p.m. to help clean up the neighborhood. Register online or at the event. Event organizers will provide bags and gloves.
  • 4/22 Earth Day Drive-In: Celebrate Earth Day on Thursday with a free drive-In showing of “The Lorax” at Dezerland Park Miami located at 14401 NE 19th Avenue, North Miami. Gates are scheduled to open at 4 p.m. and the film will start at 5:30 p.m. Food trucks will be available. All COVID-19 Safety protocols will be enforced.
  • 4/22 Earth Day Yoga & Cleanup At Morningside Park: Join those in attendance for free morning yoga, with $10 donations welcomed, at Morningside Park, located at 750 Northeast 55th Terrace from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. When the yoga session concludes, it will be time to clean up the bay in honor of Earth Day from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring their yoga mats, hats, sunscreen, and friends. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided. Masks and social distancing required.
  • 4/24 City Of Trash Performance At The Adrienne Arsht Center: Celebrate Earth Day with the kids with the virtual puppet show “City Of Trash” on Saturday, April 24 at 11 a.m. During the show, the audience is guided through a puppet-building workshop to build their own trash superheroes using household objects. These puppet heroes are then invited to swoop in and save the day in our virtual performance. Only one ticket reservation is required per household. A Zoom conference call link will be emailed to registered individuals within 24 hours of the performance.
  • 4/22 Earth Day Beach Cleanup At Crandon Park: On April 22, Swing by Key Biscayne’s beloved and popular park, Crandon Park and volunteer in cleaning it up. The beach cleanup event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Coral Gables:

  • 4/21 (12-1pm): Biscayne Bay: The Health of Water: We will explore the beauty and also the environmental problems around the Biscayne Bay with the new Chief Bay Officer Irela Bague and City of Coral Gables’ Sustainability Manager Matt Anderson. A restored and rehydrated Biscayne Bay would provide $120 million annually in ecosystem services, amounting to $3.3 billion as an asset, according to Earth Economics. Come discuss with our panel what restoration and rehydration means for our Bay. The panel will be moderated by Prof. Theresa Pinto from the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy.
  • 4/22 Earth Day Orchid Planting at the Gifford Arboretum. Please visit https://arboretum.as.miami.edu/ for more information.
  • 4/24 Coral Gables Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event: In celebration of Earth Day the City is holding its next Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday April 24 from 9am-12pm in the City Hall Parking Lot. Stop by to recycle your old electronics and large cardboard boxes, dispose of household hazardous waste, and shred any sensitive documents safely and securely onsite. Any electronic item that has a plug or takes batteries is eligible to be recycled. Coral Gables residents can drop off their household hazardous waste (ex: paint cans, pool chemicals, compact fluorescent light bulbs, cleaners, oils, batteries, and household pesticides). Please be prepared to show proof of Coral Gables residency. For more information on the event please visit www.coralgables.com/electronicrecycling
  • 4/24 (1-2pm): Virtual Earth Week EV Ride & Drive with Leilani Münter: Let’s celebrate Earth Week together with race car driver and environmental activist Leilani Münter in the driver’s seat of an electric vehicle! Join Leilani, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and Natural Resources Defense Council for an Earth Week webinar where she will take us through the paces in her electric car and explain why she’s an advocate for electric transportation powered by clean energy. Following the virtual ride, Leilani will answer live questions posed by viewers. For more information and to register to attend please visit bit.ly/evridedriveleilani.
  • 4/25 (2pm): Screening of AQUARELA at the Coral Gables Cinema. Please visit https://www.gablescinema.com/events/aquarela/ for more information and to purchase tickets.

This was originally published by Local 10 News and can be found here.

Mother Nature truly blesses Miami-Dade County nearly year-round with warm weather, sunshine, green foliage, warm waters, and more. However, with the threat of global warming and pollution looming near, it is time as Miami residents to do our part — especially on the days leading up to and following Earth Day, April 22. Below, we’ve rounded up events ranging from beach cleanups to sustainable fashion shows across the county in which you can do your part to get involved to help our city and county stay beautiful.

STAY FIT 305

Video: STAY FIT 305 - Neon Night Ride

Wow! Our STAY FIT 305: Neon Night Ride was absolutely electric! What a vibe, and what a night under the Brickell lights at Riverside Miami. Thanks to RedBike for powering the ride, and to Dani Vidal for the incredible sweat. We capped off the evening with some drinks from Michelob Ultra for National Beer Day! Didn't make it? Come sweat with the rest of the STAY FIT 305 community at our next event!

Wow! Our STAY FIT 305: Neon Night Ride was absolutely electric! What a vibe, and what a night under the Brickell lights at Riverside Miami. Thanks RedBike for powering the ride, and to Dani for the incredible sweat. We capped off the evening with some drinks from Michelob Ultra for National Beer Day! Didn't make it? Come sweat with the rest of the STAY FIT 305 community at our next event!

305 DAY

Video: Namaste Miami - It's 305 DAY 2021

We loved celebrating another 305 DAY with our STAY FIT 305 community! Watch highlights from the epic evening at Ironside Miami, with an incredible flow from Lizzy Chiappy.

RELATED: Video: Namaste Miami - It's 305 DAY 2020

We loved celebrating another 305 DAY with our STAY FIT 305 community. Thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated another epic evening with us. It's been a long year, and we can't wait to get back to our large events!

Transition Pilates

Transition Pilates is the Studio New and Expecting Mothers are Talking About

Nearly two years after opening in Coconut Grove, Transition Pilates has built quite the reputation as the go-to studio for pre and postnatal Pilates classes. Rachel Scherdin, owner and founder of Transition Pilates, has watched her business grow with new and expecting mothers looking to stay active.

RELATED: Transition Pilates is Your New Pilates Obsession

“Being pregnant can be scary,” says Scherdin. “It seems like a giant list of things you cannot do. I love to help women feel safe, challenged, and educated during pre and post natal pilates.”

The boutique atmosphere of Transition Pilates certainly allows for this specialized training to take off. The intimate studio is equipped with five balanced body studio reformers, towers, and Pilates chairs, giving clients the one-on-one attention needed from the instructor, something mothers are looking for when they book a session at Transition Pilates.

“After trying different pre-natal classes, I found Pilates to be the best choice to keep me active during pregnancy,” said Maria Genge of Miami. “Rachel’s classes are amazing. They were the perfect balance of challenge, energy and safety. After classes I would feel reenergized and relaxed which can be hard to find especially in the later months of pregnancy.”

That glowing review of Scherdin’s class is pretty common, who has built an in-demand reputation with clients. Her focus on the core foundations, diaphragmatic breathing, and oblique strength to prevent diastasis recti (abdominal split), has Pilates goers flocking to her studio.

“I worked out with Rachel 2-3 times a week,” said Coral Gables resident, Casie Moore. “Not only did I feel good throughout my pregnancy, but my post C-section recovery was much easier. I also returned to my pre pregnancy weight faster.”

Teaching women about their bodies is part of experience, and why Scherdin says her clients walk away happy.

“I love to educate women about their pelvic floor,” said Scherdin. “Many women don't even know the function of their pelvic floor, where it is, how to relax it, or connect to it. Connecting, relaxing, and lengthening the pelvic floor is vital for an easier pushing phase during birth.”

Transition Pilates is located at 3183 SW 38th CT, Coconut Grove, FL. Parking is available. For more information, about pre and post-natal Pilates classes at Transition Pilates visit www.transitionpilates.com.

Nearly two years after opening in Coconut Grove, Transition Pilates has built quite the reputation as the go-to studio for pre and postnatal Pilates classes.

South Florida Sweat Guide: April 2021

South Florida Sweat Guide: April 2021

The STAY FIT 305 Monthly Sweat Guides are back by popular demand! But they are going to look a little different. In the past, our Monthly Sweat Guides were a way to discover fitness fueled experiences around town, not just our STAY FIT 305 events. While the new version of our Sweat Guides will include recommended events, we’ll also spotlight some regular weekly classes that are taking the proper health and safety precautions - mask wearing in close proximity, social distancing, etc. So with that being said, let’s take a look at what’s happening around town this month. If you want your event to be featured in our May Sweat Guide, fill out the form here.

April 3

305 Fitness with Glow Fitness at The Doral yard

Start your morning off right with a full body, high cardio + toning 45 min dance fitness workout. Click Here For Ticket Info

Rave & Shine : Yoga, Brunch, DJ, Vibes. Best of Prince & Gaga

Hosted by Maria T. and Rikki K., join Rave & Shine for a Power Yoga Vinyasa Flow with Live DJ, Rave & Open Dance Floor, Gourmet Vegetarian Brunch & Fruit Bar, and Holistic Vendor Marketplace. Click Here For Ticket Info

April 4

305 Fitness with Glow Fitness at Casa Florida @ Selina Miami River

Miami-inspired dance cardio workout 305 Fitness, is 45 mins of Cardio + Toning. Guarantee you will forget it's a work out & believe you are out dancing , while losing 300+ calories! The moves are high-intensity, aerobic moves like jumping jacks, explosive lunges, and shadow boxing to very high-tempo music. Click Here For Ticket Info

April 7

STAY FIT 305: Neon Night Ride

Join STAY FIT 305 and Redbike for an outdoor, Neon Night Ride on Wednesday, April 7th at 8:30 PM for a spin class at Riverside Miami. Click Here For Ticket Info

April 10

Deka Strong 

DEKA STRONG is a 10 Station functional fitness decathlon brought to you by the makers of Spartan Race. It's fast, it's fierce, and gives you an opportunity to see how you stack up against a global leaderboard. During this event you will cycle through various standard moves such as lunges, rowing, farmers carry, and sit ups. Finishers will receive a medal & finisher tee! Do you have what it takes to earn your Deka Mark? Click Here For Ticket Info

April 11

60 Minute Free Online Virtual Yoga with Mia Velez

MixPose Live Stream Online Yoga is a livestream platform specifically devoted to yoga and fitness classes. Try a unique AI pose-tracking technology that provides feedback to instructors and users, creating a more interactive and specialized experience for virtual yoga. Click Here For Ticket Info

Sweat at The Moxy with Starr Hawkins

Moxy South Beach offers this exclusive class of a one hour high intensity bodyweight Pilates with celebrity trainer, Starr Hawkins. Music, high energy, and shirt cutting with @snipteasee! Starr will have your booty popping for the beach in no time. Stay after you burn your calories and enjoy the amazing new brunch at Serena Rooftop. Click Here For Ticket Info

April 12

Yoga at Tarpon River Brewing

Join Tarpon River Brewing in a welcoming atmosphere for vinyasa style yoga class every Monday in the taproom. Stick around after class to get social - participants get 20% off their tab for dine-in or take-out. Bring a yoga mat & water. Click Here For Ticket Info

April 13

Road to City Zero Zumba with Beto Perez

The grand opening count down for Miami's hottest news gym - City Zero - continues! Get a taste of City Zero's group fitness classes and Fit Avenue training facility with an epic Zumba class with Beto Perez - you don't want to miss this! Click Here For Ticket Info

April 15

Virtual Booty by BRABANTS workout with the W Miami Hotel

Join @bootybybrabants for a virtual sweat live from the W Miami Hotel. Event will be streamed on IG LIVE from @wmiamihotel.

April 17

Yoga Workout at The Wharf Miami with Lisa Schwartz

Stop by The Wharf on Saturday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m. for a FREE 60-minute power flow yoga by Lisa Schwartz. Click Here For Ticket Info

Sweat Show at The Moxy Hotel Rooftop with Ky Evans

Check out a 45-minute Low Impact Functional Training (L.I.F.T.) bodyweight workout at 9:30 am at the Moxy Hotel. Click Here For Ticket Info

Earth Day Yoga and Beach Cleanup with Clean Miami Beach

Join Clean Miami Beach on Earth Day for a beach cleanup and a donation based yoga session. Mita Eyewear, Pura Vida, and the Shelbourne Hotel will be in attendance. Expect giveaways and more. Click Here For Ticket Info

Zumba Bash at Bayfron Park with the Downtown Miami YMCA

Join Downtown Miami YMCA master instructor Veritza at the Tina Hills Pavillion in Bayfront Park for an epic Zumba class. Click Here For Ticket Info

Regatta Harbour x Anatomy: Vinyasa Flow

Complimentary, outdoor vinyasa flow yoga class to celebrate the upcoming opening of Anatomy's newest location at Regatta Harbour. Click Here For Ticket Info

April 18

STAY FIT 305: UNKNWN Takeover Sweat, Powered by NOCCO

Join STAY FIT 305, UNKNWN, and NOCCO for a morning sweat on Sunday, April 18th at 10:30 AM for a bootcamp workout featuring Miami fitness trainer Rilde Leon.

  • Access to the STAY FIT 305 UNKNWN Workout
  • Safe + Socially Distanced
  • Sampling from our Brand Partners
  • Other Surprises

Click Here For Ticket Info

April 20

Hatha Yoga with Dunia at The Doral Yard

Hatha Yoga with Dunia is an inclusive, mindful moving meditation accessible to all. This yoga class will enhance your Awareness, Alignment and Acceptance. You are encouraged to be your authentic self and do with your practice what feels right. Click Here For Ticket Info

April 30

STAY FIT 305: Sunset Yoga

Join STAY FIT 305 and Green Monkey Yoga at the 1111 Lincoln Road Garage for an epic, Miami sunset yoga flow led by Jennifer Ursillo.

  • Access to the STAY FIT 305 Sunset Yoga workout
  • Live DJ
  • Sampling from our Brand Partners
  • Other Surprises

Click Here For Ticket Info

Find out what's happening in your neighborhood this month by using our monthly guides - South Florida Sweat Guide: April 2021.

The Core Collection by Prive Pilates

Workout Highlight: The Core Collection by Privé Pilates

Create more space for the things you love to do through The Core Collection by Privé Pilates.

The workout:

Established in 2021, The Core Collection™ is a collection of expertly designed OnDemand classes to help you awaken your body's natural intelligence, improve your posture, tune into your inner balance, and develop a well designed balanced body.

"A week after the lockdown in March 2020, I decided it was time to pivot and bring my dream of The Core Collection to life," said Alina Sedano, creator, instructor and NCPT. "I wanted to bring the 5 Star movement experience into people's homes.  So instead of jumping on the bandwagon of offering zoom & virtual classes,  I took my time to  carefully craft and develop a collection of classes - designed after my proven method of teaching. My method is proven as I honed my technique while working with doctors, nurses, physical therapists and a sports chiropractic facility; helping injured athletes, seniors, and weekend warriors get back to their game."

Through The Core Collection, participants can escape to a place that inspires your physical and mental space through mindful movement, while creating enduring and positive change - that will serve you and your body for a lifetime.  Elevate your movement experience!

You should also know:

Classes are based on the three pillars of health with MOVE WELL designed to improve alignment and create strong & mindful movement patterns, PLAY OFTEN, designed to increase range of motion and boost athletic performance, and SLEEP BETTER, designed to release tension, restore balance and melt away stress. There is something for everyone in the library of workouts, including functional foam rolling classes, restorative sessions, and core workouts, with new classes designed weekly.

What makes The Core Collection unique?

Sedano says that her main purpose as an online instructor is to bring the 5 Star Movement Experience that can only be found at the top wellness resorts, into a person's home by offering them a peaceful private space to escape to with high-quality, alignment-based workouts designed to improve posture, strengthen & lengthen the entire body, release tension, and improve overall biomechanics.  So they can feel stronger, but most importantly feel younger and be able to enjoy their favorite activities with a child like enthusiasm.  

"I want to help everyone feel young again and strive to be the best version of themselves," said Sedano. "The Collection is designed to help you get back in your 'A' Game!"

What do members like best?

"I have become so strong and flexible from her training, that I hit a golf ball further now than any time in my life.  All because of her ability to strengthen and lengthen my body.  I hit the ball further than most younger golfers now in my later years.  I wish I had found Alina Sedano 10 years sooner." - Howard Ross, Golfer

"As a beginner, I have absolutely fallen in love with The Core Collection. The online classes feel like I'm doing a virtual private with Alina. She gently reminds you to check your form and alignment, while challenging you to move well.  Thanks to Alina... I'm able to wear my favorite Chanel jacket again, after having my baby.  The online classes give a busy mom a fun & relaxing moment to recharge." - Susan Merlo

"Alina is the best Pilates instructor out there! She makes the session fly by and keeps things interesting and challenging.  Most importantly, her way of helping visualize what your body needs to do in order to use the correct muscles really helps get the most out of the workout.  This is by far the most effective Pilates class I’ve ever taken." - Diana Sragowicz

How to join in:

Get unlimited access to The Core Collection on your laptop, iPhone, iPad, Smart TV or Android and watch from anywhere in the world. Right now, you can get a 7 day free trial and 25% off your first two months with code SPRINGINTOSUMMER.

Location:

Online at studio.thecorecollection.com.

Where to find The Core Collection online:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alina_sedano

Website: www.thecorecollection.com

Established in 2021, The Core Collection™ is a collection of expertly designed OnDemand classes to help you awaken your body's natural intelligence, improve your posture, tune into your inner balance, and develop a well designed balanced body.

lululemon Take Form Mat

Lululemon Gives the Yoga Mat a Clever Makeover

Even the simplest yoga pose can require your brain to go into overdrive: How should you position your hands and feet? Where should you look? What’s the right way to balance?

On Tuesday, Lululemon launches a new yoga mat designed to cut down on these mental calculations and help you better focus on your practice. The $118 mat is covered with a pattern of 3D ripples, each of which has been positioned to guide you through the most common yoga poses. The idea is that users will develop muscle memory about where to position their bodies, rather than looking for visual cues around them.

Lululemon has a long history of catering to the yoga community since it launched more than two decades ago. For this mat, the designers spent two years conducting focus groups with customers and ambassadors, many of whom are top yoga instructors. “We discovered that what people wanted was to feel grounded in their practice,” says Chantelle Murnaghan, director of Whitespace, Lululemon’s in-house innovation and R&D lab. “When we dug into what this meant, it came down to not being distracted, so they could better focus on their practice.”

In their research, they found that yoga practitioners at all levels—even experts—are constantly using visual cues to get into the right poses, whether it’s looking at other people or looking at themselves in the mirror. Stephen Morris, a senior designer at Lululemon who led the design of this mat, wanted to create something that would allow people to find the cues on their mat instead. “We explored what it might be like for someone to simply feel their way through their practice,” Morris says. “Could they just develop the muscle memory to flow through practice without having to look around them?”

There hasn’t been much innovation in the yoga mat market over the last few decades. A few brands have created mats with lines on them, along with instructions about how to use them. But customers told Morris these could be distracting and were sometimes hard to see in a darkened room.

Lululemon took all of this feedback into consideration. They positioned ripples across the mat and used several techniques to decide on their placement. They looked at customers’ old, well-worn yoga mats to see where the indentations were, since these spots were clearly heavily used. And they polled yogis about the most challenging poses to master, which turned out to be downward dog, side angle, warrior II, and warrior III.

In the end, Morris’s team created a pattern of 3D ripples on the mat that can be used in a wide range of poses. “The ripples are meant to be gestural, not prescriptive,” Morris says. “And importantly, you can feel out where the ripples are, so you don’t need to search for them.”

The point of the mat is not to overthink the ripples. Users should just practice as they normally would, and over time they’ll find that their hands and feet naturally feel more comfortable in specific circles. The idea is that eventually this positioning will become second nature.

The mat comes out of a broader design philosophy at Lululemon called “the science of feel,” which looks at how people feel while they’re active, instead of focusing on the action itself. This can be tricky, since feelings are subjective, and there tends to be a range of responses to a particular activity. With clothes, for instance, they’ve found that some consumers enjoy the feeling of sweat, while others hate it; some women like feeling movement in their sports bras, while others like feeling compressed.

With this mat, Morris wanted to create room for diversity and variation. “A person’s yoga practice is so personal,” says Morris. “This mat is designed to support a wide range of experiences.”

This story was originally published on Fast Company by Elizabeth Segran and can be found here.

On Tuesday, Lululemon launches a new yoga mat designed to cut down on these mental calculations and help you better focus on your practice. The $118 mat is covered with a pattern of 3D ripples, each of which has been positioned to guide you through the most common yoga poses. The idea is that users will develop muscle memory about where to position their bodies, rather than looking for visual cues around them.

Miami Open Players

Here is Why So Many Miami Open Players Got Their Start on South Florida Tennis Courts

They were born in far-flung cities all over the world, from Moscow to Furtwangen, Germany to Harrisburg, Pa. to Osaka, Japan. But they – or in most cases, their families -- wound up uprooting their lives to move to South Florida in search of year-round tennis weather, better coaching and competition, hard and clay courts, and an ever-growing number of tennis academies famous for turning junior prospects into pro players.

In the Miami Open women’s draw, seven of the top 30 players have South Florida ties, along with No. 36 Coco Gauff and No. 49 Sloane Stephens among the top 50.

The only one of the nine who was born in the area was Stephens, who was born in Plantation. The rest came as young girls, including Naomi Osaka, and sisters Serena and Venus Williams, who honed their skills on courts all over Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

On the men’s side, 13 Miami Open players have Florida homes and/or train in the state. Among them are Ryan Opelka, Frances Tiafoe, Sebastian Korda, Kei Nishikori, Kevin Anderson, and Mackenzie McDonald. John Isner, the 2018 Miami Open winner, trained at Tampa’s Saddlebrook Academy after leaving the University of Georgia.

The state’s reputation as a tennis mecca dates to the early 1970s, when Jimmy Evert started his tennis academy at Holiday Park in Hollywood, nine miles northeast of Hard Rock Stadium, where the Miami Open is being held this week through April 4.

At one point, Evert had seven players at Wimbledon, including his daughter Chris, who was a U.S. Open semifinalist at 16 and went on to become a legend. The Evert Academy eventually moved to Boca Raton and has been a training ground for many top American players. Both the 2021 Australian Open women’s finalists – Osaka and Jennifer Brady – spent time at the Evert Academy, as did Madison Keys, Taylor Fritz, Christina McHale, Frances Tiafoe, and Alja Tomljanovic.

Osaka, the world No. 2 and reigning U.S. Open and Australian Open champion, was asked on Friday whether growing up in South Florida helped her deal with the heat during her third-round win over her Croatian-born Australian opponent Tomljanovic.

“Well, interestingly, I remember hitting at Evert and Ajla was also practicing there, so it was funny, today (during the match) I was thinking she’s probably the one person that doesn’t mind the heat like me,” Osaka said. “I feel like my body has been able to adjust to the heat quite well. I actually really like sweating in really hot conditions where you feel like you’re really pushing yourself as an athlete.”

Over the past four decades, dozens of tennis academies sprung up in South Florida and the west coast of Florida. Nick Bollettieri’s famed academy drew future stars such as Andre Agassi, Maria Sharapova, Jim Courier, and current player Kei Nishikori. Saddlebrook Academy near Tampa is where Isner improved his game alongside Mardy Fish and James Blake, who is now the Miami Open tournament director.

“When I finished college, I knew first and foremost I needed to get out of Georgia,” Isner said Sunday. “As much as I didn’t want to leave Athens, I knew I had to make a decision for my career to get down to Tampa and get a little apartment there and just start practicing and training and try and get better at tennis.

“That’s what I did. It was very crucial in my development. I had a lot of great players I was able to practice with, a little bit older than me, James Blake and Mardy Fish. My first-ever coach, who was very instrumental to my career, Craig Boynton, was in Tampa. I realize how much of a huge role that played in the development of my career.”

Other top academies include the Rick Macci Academy in Boca Raton, the International Tennis Academy in Delray Beach and Nick Saviano’s High Performance Tennis Academy in Davie.

Two of the most prestigious junior tournaments are held in Florida – the Orange Bowl in South Florida and the Eddie Herr International in Bradenton. A few years ago, the USTA opened a 64-acre, 100 court national training center in the Orlando suburb of Lake Nona.

Brady, who is ranked No. 14 in the world, trained at the Evert Academy in Boca Raton from age 10 until she left for UCLA and now trains at the USTA site near Orlando. She spent her early childhood in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and the family moved to Boca Raton when she was nine.

“My parents were sick of shoveling snow, wanted a different climate, and also Boca Raton was a great place to start for a young junior tennis player,” Brady said. “It’s a lot more competitive down here. I learned early on that everybody here is ruthless, players will fight and cheat and grind their way through matches just to win, so that was something a little different for me.

“I was a little bit passive, a shy kid, so I kind of let some players walk all over me. But I quickly learned you have to be ruthless in this sport in the juniors.”

Sofia Kenin, ranked No. 4 in the world, moved from Russia to Pembroke Pines as a toddler. She remembers going to watch the Miami Open as a child, and says she benefited from practicing against other top junior players.

“There are a lot of great academies close by, a lot of girls in south Florida, I’m always practicing at Evert, hitting with some girls there and on other local courts,” Kenin said. “It is a huge benefit.”

Amanda Anisimova dreamed of becoming a pro tennis player when she was training at the JCC in Aventura and at Sabiano’s Academy. She is now No. 28 in the world.

“I grew up watching the Miami Open at Key Biscayne, I would go every year as a little kid,” Anisimova said. “I was excited to see Maria (Sharapova), Serena and Roger (Federer). I could only dream of playing in a tournament like that in the future and never really thought that would be possible. To be playing it myself so many years later is really special. Growing up in an environment where tennis is really popular and with so many girls playing at a high level, that made all the difference.”

This story was originally published on the Miami Herald by Michelle Kaufman and can be found here.

They were born in far-flung cities all over the world, from Moscow to Furtwangen, Germany to Harrisburg, Pa. to Osaka, Japan. But they – or in most cases, their families -- wound up uprooting their lives to move to South Florida in search of year-round tennis weather, better coaching and competition, hard and clay courts, and an ever-growing number of tennis academies famous for turning junior prospects into pro players.

Peloton x adidas

Peloton And Adidas Launched Inclusive Apparel Partnership

Peloton and adidas joined forces and launched a new apparel line on Thursday, March 25 motivated by "shared values of well-being, inclusivity and community," according to a joint statement. Designed in partnership with Peloton instructors Robin Arzón, Ally Love and Cody Rigsby, the 11-piece collection marks the start of an ongoing collaboration between the two brands.

The two companies teamed up to "further foster a sense of community and acceptance, while empowering  people to be the best version of themselves." With a nod to inclusivity, the apparel sizing extends to 2XL, and the collection also includes unisex pieces.

In an increasingly crowded and noisy fitness apparel sector, this partnership highlights how important it is for brands to be nurturing and engaging their communities. In particular, it shows how collaborations such as these are strategically important for brands wanting to not only offer something unique for their biggest fans, but also extend their reach by partnering with other brands with engaged communities.

Aimee Arana, General Manager, Global Training at adidas alluded to this importance in the joint statement, stating that “we have an incredible opportunity to help grow connected communities and  continue to support people as they build their new fitness journeys at home."

In teaming up with Peloton, adidas is tapping into a growing community of at-home fitness enthusiasts. Peloton has shown significant growth during the pandemic, and and now boasts 4.4 million members worldwide.

Peloton and adidas are not the only fitness brands turning their attention to a more size inclusive range. Many other companies such as fitness retailer Athleta and Target's TGT +4.3% in-house fitness brand All In Motion have extended their size ranges and featured a wider diversity of body shapes in their marketing and in-store mannequins. Fitness brand Superfit Hero even extends sizing up to 7X.

When asked about the driving force behind the addition of more inclusive sizing, a Peloton spokesperson, speaking via email, emphasized that both Peloton and adidas have "inclusivity and community at the heart".

"It was inspired by the vibrancy and diversity of the adidas and Peloton global fitness communities" they added.

As Cody Rigsby, Peloton instructor and one of the co-creators of the apparel range said: "We...wanted pieces of this clothing to represent what we stand for. For me, that's not conforming to what "normal" is."

This story was originally published on Forbes by Catherine Erdly and can be found here.

Peloton and adidas joined forces and launched a new apparel line on Thursday, March 25 motivated by "shared values of well-being, inclusivity and community," according to a joint statement. Designed in partnership with Peloton instructors Robin Arzón, Ally Love and Cody Rigsby, the 11-piece collection marks the start of an ongoing collaboration between the two brands.

Vortex 3 Performance

Studio Highlight - Vortex 3 Performance

Vortex 3 Performance, or V3P, wants to offer you the ultimate 50 minutes. Find out more about this Miami Shores studio below!

The workout:

V3P is "Home of the Ultimate 50 Minute Workout". Here they fused the three most effective fitness training approaches - indoor cycling, boxing, and body sculpting - and turned them into a 50-minute workout like no other. Get the most bang for your buck the ULTIMATE CUT class, or work on your strength and stability in the ULTIMATE POWER class.

What makes V3 unique:

V3P is delivering what they refer to as the 3 fitness pillars at their studio:

1 - Reduce risk of injury related to overuse and overtraining.

2- Increase level of fitness in all areas of strength and conditioning

3- Eliminate boredom and maintain motivation.

You should also know:

Every day of the week features different classes. For example, on Mondays is the ULTIMATE POWER class for adults of all fitness abilities and on Sundays they have the ULTIMATE BOXING class for women only.

Why members love it:

The gym is clean, the classes are small and the music is on point. Members feel stronger than ever and are motivated to come back.

The extras:

VP3 has lockers, parking, and monitors for heart rate information.

How to join in:

Get 50% off your first class, or a special deal on a 3-class trial pack. There are also drop-in rates and packages available the different types of classes.  Prices range from $140 for 2 classes per week, to $267 for 4 classes per week.

Location: 

575 NE 87th St, Miami Shores

Where to find V3 online:

Instagram: @v3perform

Website: www.v3perform.com

Vortex 3 Performance, or V3P, wants to offer you the ultimate 50 minutes. Find out more about this Miami Shores studio below!

Sprouts Farmers Market

Sprouts Farmers Market to Open New Stores in Miami and Broward

Sprouts Farmers Market plans to open as many as ten new stores in Florida, including locations in South Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.

The Phoenix, Arizona-based grocer known for its unique selection of responsibly sourced products and a farmers' market-style experience will open approximately 20 stores this year, including five in South Florida. Several South Florida locations are in the works, from Homestead to West Palm Beach. Addresses are as follows (stores listed with cross streets don’t yet have addresses). Opening dates have not yet been announced.

  • Boynton Beach: W. Boynton Beach Boulevard and Jog Road
  • Homestead: 2631 NE Tenth Ct.
  • Miami: 12690 SW 88th St.
  • Oakland Park: 700 E. Oakland Park Blvd.
  • West Palm Beach: Okeechobee Boulevard and Military Trail

*This article was originally published on MiamiNewTimes.com by Nicole Danna and can be found here.

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9Rounds Pembroke Pines

Studio Highlight: 9Round Kickboxing Fitness in Pembroke Pines

Looking for a flexible, effective, full-body workout? Look no further than 9Rounds Kickboxing. A franchise with many locations around South Florida, 9Round's newest location is in the Flamingo Falls Town Center in Pembroke Pines. 

The workout:

9Round offers a kickboxing themed fitness program that incorporates a functional, interval, cardiovascular, and circuit training regimens for all fitness levels. The programs consist of a proprietary system of nine challenging workout stations developed by a World Champion Kickboxer. In just 30 minutes you will have finished a full-body workout. Their mission is “Making our members stronger in 30 minutes physically and mentally!"

You should also know:

At typical gyms, your workout relies on a class time or your trainer’s schedule. At 9Rounds, circuits start every 3 minutes. At Stations 1 and 2 you will use dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, jump ropes and other equipment to build strength and stamina. Stations 3-8 are for kickboxing. You will punch and kick heavy bags to build power, double end bags to increase coordination and timing, and speed bags to develop shoulder conditioning and speed. Station 9 is for ab and core.

Workouts change daily so your body is always being challenged. Members also get access to a portal with an online meal planner, videos, and more to help track progress and get results.

What makes 9Rounds unique?

“Firstly, it is only 30 minutes. Secondly, a new round starts every three minutes so there is never a wait to workout. Show up at your convenience, there are no class times. You'll burn up to 500 calories, the workout changes daily, and a trainer is included. Access to 9Round Nutritional Guidance. Our personal trainers take your workout to the next level, so you get AMAZING RESULTS!” said Olga Cameron, owner and trainer at 9Rounds Flamingo Falls.

What do members like best?

  • No class time. 
  • Unlimited workouts. 
  • Trainer shows you how to do each exercise based on your fitness level.
  • Pad/mitts work. 
  • 9Round make me feel like a real champion after my workout is done! 
  • Family, friendly environment. 
  • Heart rate training to stay in your target fat burning zone. 

The extras:

This 9Rounds location has lots of parking.

How to join in:

There is a month to month membership option that gives you unlimited workouts. Gloves, wraps, a heart rate monitor, online meal planner, bag, and water bottle are all included. Drop ins and month to month packages are also available. New members can also do a two-week trial.

Location:

This gym is located at 2104 N Flamingo Rd, Pembroke Pines. 9Round Kickboxing Fitness is a franchise with other locations across South Florida.

Where to find 9Round Flamingo Falls online:

Instagram: 9Round_flamingofalls

Website: https://www.9round.com/fitness/Pembroke-Pines-FL-x9201


Looking for a flexible, effective, full-body workout? Look no further than 9Rounds Kickboxing. A franchise with many locations around South Florida, 9Round's newest location is in the Flamingo Falls Town Center in Pembroke Pines.