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Swim Lesson at L.A. Lee YMCA/ Mizell Community Center in Fort Lauderdale
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Pool & life-saving swim lessons to be part of new L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center in Fort Lauderdale

The YMCA of South Florida is building a swimming pool that will allow the YMCA to offer swim lessons and water safety education to the children and families in the Sistrunk community, at the new L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center, located at 1409 NW Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

“Drowning deaths are the leading cause of death among small children, but we know drowning is preventable with swim lessons,” said Sheryl A. Woods, President & CEO of the YMCA of South Florida. “Disproportionately, 65% of African-Americans have little to no swimming ability. With so many bodies of water in South Florida, the Y is dedicated to making sure that ALL children have the opportunity to learn how to swim and that ALL families are educated about how to keep their loved ones safe in and around water – regardless of their race or ethnicity, or where they live.”

Drowning Prevention is a critical initiative at the Y in South Florida. Broward and Miami-Dade counties lead the state. The Y’s goal is to reduce the number of drownings in South Florida. With this new pool in the Sistrunk community, more people will be able to learn to swim, be safe and have the opportunity to enjoy water activities.

Here’s why it matters:

· 3 children die every day as a result of drowning - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

· 88% of youth drowning incidents occur under adult supervision - National SAFE KIDS Campaign

· Formal swimming lessons reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88% - USA Swimming Foundation

· For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

In addition to offering life-saving swim lessons and drowning prevention programs, it will also provide fitness and lap swim programming for all ages, including active older adults. For additional information, contact the YMCA at 954-334-9622, or visit

The YMCA of South Florida is building a swimming pool that will allow the YMCA to offer swim lessons and water safety education to the children and families in the Sistrunk community, at the new L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center, located at 1409 NW Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

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Miami Beach

Miami Beach Announces Shores Forward Partnership with Ocean Conservancy

Miami Beach has announced a Shores Forward partnership with the Ocean Conservancy that will support the city’s #PlasticFreeMB initiative and other environmental programs intended to protect and preserve local waterways and beaches.

“The economic fate of our city is inextricably tied to our success in keeping beaches and waterways clear of trash and other pollutants as we prioritize the protection of our marine habitats,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber observed. “This partnership will make the city a better steward of our world-famous backyard.”

Shores Forward is an Ocean Conservancy initiative to protect Florida’s ocean and coastal areas in partnership with local governments. The Ocean Conservancy will partner with the City of Miami Beach to address areas impacting ocean health, such as ocean debris, marine wildlife, water quality, carbon pollution, climate change, education and outreach. Miami Beach will benefit from project funding, increased expertise, project management capacity and connections to relevant partners.

“Ocean Conservancy is thrilled to have Miami Beach join Shores Forward,” Chief of Strategy for Ocean Conservancy Kacky Andrews said. “This is an all-hands-on-deck moment. Protecting Florida’s coasts means we all have to work together.”

The city hopes to collaborate with Ocean Conservancy on various city projects involving green infrastructure, living shorelines, bioretention cells, blue and green roofs as well as natural and artificial reefs.

Ocean Conservancy along with local nonprofit Miami Waterkeeper is assisting the city with its first fertilizer ordinance. Ocean Conservancy will help promote alternatives for turf lawns to further improve Miami Beach’s environmental stewardship. The organization plans to work with other South Florida stakeholders to develop local seagrass nurseries and provide specimens for plantings with the goal of providing abundant seagrass coverage throughout Miami-Dade County.

“The addition of Miami Beach to our Shores Forward is big news for South Florida and Biscayne Bay. These partnerships with local governments are crucial to the health of our ocean and the communities that depend on it,” J.P. Brooker, director of Ocean Conservancy’s Florida Conservation program added. “This partnership is just the first step in a long journey. We look forward to beginning our work with Miami Beach on the many new projects in store.”

Miami Beach has announced a Shores Forward partnership with the Ocean Conservancy that will support the city’s #PlasticFreeMB initiative and other environmental programs intended to protect and preserve local waterways and beaches.

Tremble Pilates South Miami

Tremble Pilates Announces Fifth Location in South Miami Opening 2021

After splitting with JetSet Miami Pilates earlier this year, Tremble Pilates have announced their fifth location in South Miami, set to open the first quarter of 2021. The news of this expansion comes on the heels of their recent collaboration with Anatomy announced in September.

“South Miami is where I started in 2013,” said Tremble Pilates founder Aryan Rashed. “For me, it’s such an amazing opportunity to grow the fitness community in that area more.”

The Tremble Pilates South Miami studio is a 2,000 square foot location that will come with all of the brand’s typical offerings – exciting instructors, high-end reformers, and a class lineup that gets everyone excited to sweat.

“Miami has changed a lot over the last seven years, especially in South Miami,” said Rashed. “With new residents in the South corridor, we are able to engage new clients in addition to our loyal clientele. I am excited to be able to bring that in a more convenient way.”

The Tremble Pilates South Miami location will be located at 6448 South Dixie Highway, South Miami, FL 33143. For more information, visit

Tremble Pilates has announced its fifth location in South Miami, set to open in 2021.

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Miami Marlins Hire Kim Ng as MLB’s First Female General Manager

The Miami Marlins are hiring Kim Ng as their new general manager, making her Major League Baseball’s first female GM, the team announced Friday.

Ng, 51, has most recently served as MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations for the past nine years, when she was the highest-ranking Asian American female baseball executive. She has also served as assistant general manager for the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers, working with teams that made the playoffs eight times and won three World Series titles.

“On behalf of Principal Owner Bruce Sherman and our entire ownership group, we look forward to Kim bringing a wealth of knowledge and championship-level experience to the Miami Marlins,” Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said in a statement. “Her leadership of our baseball operations team will play a major role on our path toward sustained success. Additionally, her extensive work in expanding youth baseball and softball initiatives will enhance our efforts to grow the game among our local youth as we continue to make a positive impact on the South Florida community.”

New Marlins general manager Kim Ng will be the highest-ranking woman in baseball operations among the league’s 30 teams. Kirby Lee/Image of Sport/USA TODAY SportsNg, who broke into baseball as an intern and also spent time in the Chicago White Sox front office, will be the highest-ranking woman in baseball operations among the league’s 30 teams and is believed to be the first female general manager in any of the major North American men’s sports leagues.

“I entered Major League Baseball as an intern and, after decades of determination, it is the honor of my career to lead the Miami Marlins as their next General Manager,” Ng said in a statement. “We are building for the long term in South Florida, developing a forward-thinking, collaborative, creative baseball operation made up of incredibly talented and dedicated staff who have, over the last few years, laid a great foundation for success.”

“This challenge is one I don’t take lightly. When I got into this business, it seemed unlikely a woman would lead a Major League team, but I am dogged in the pursuit of my goals. My goal is now to bring Championship baseball to Miami. I am both humbled and eager to continue building the winning culture our fans expect and deserve.”

Ng will be the fifth person to lead the Marlins’ baseball operations. She succeeds Michael Hill, who was not retained after the 2020 season.

“All of us at Major League Baseball are thrilled for Kim and the opportunity she has earned with the Marlins,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Kim’s appointment makes history in all of professional sports and sets a significant example for the millions of women and girls who love baseball and softball. The hard work, leadership, and record of achievement throughout her long career in the National Pastime led to this outcome, and we wish Kim all the best as she begins her career with the Marlins.”

A Zoom introduction for Ng has been scheduled for 11 a.m. ET Monday.

Jeter became baseball’s first Black CEO after his group bought the Marlins in 2017. He then hired Caroline O’Connor, who as senior vice president is one of the highest-ranking women in professional sports.

The Marlins achieved surprising progress in Year 3 of Jeter’s rebuilding effort, reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2003 and sweeping the Chicago Cubs in the wild-card round. They were swept by the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series.

The Marlins have never made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, and they did so in 2020 with the worst run differential (-41) of any team in the postseason. Ng inherits a roster that has the lowest current payroll for the 2021 season at $46.5 million and only one player, shortstop Miguel Rojas with a $5.5 million club option, under contract for the 2022 season.

Ng started her baseball career with the White Sox and rose to become assistant director of baseball operations. She worked for the American League for one year and then joined the Yankees, becoming the youngest assistant general manager in MLB at 29 and only the second woman to attain that position with a major league club. She was the Dodgers’ vice president and assistant general manager.

With MLB, Ng directed international baseball operations, working with the front offices of the major league clubs and many other baseball leagues and entities around the world. She led a team that set policy for and enforced international signing rules, established MLB’s first system for registering international players for signing, managed protocols for signing international players and negotiated agreements with international winter leagues.

Ng graduated from the University of Chicago, where she played softball and earned a degree in public policy.

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The Miami Marlins are hiring Kim Ng as their new general manager, making her Major League Baseball’s first female GM, the team announced Friday.

Club Pilates Brickell

Club Pilates Brickell to Host Donation-Based Classes Benefiting Miami Waterkeeper

Club Pilates Brickell is hosting two donation-based classes this week to benefit Miami Waterkeeper. The studio is celebrating four years by giving back to the Brickell community.

Club Pilates Brickell partnered with Miami Waterkeeper to raise funds toward keeping South Florida water clean and safe for this community. Miami Waterkeeper works to ensure swimmable, drinkable, fishable water for all South Florida through community outreach, education, science & research, legal advocacy.

There will be two donation-based classes. A donation of $25 is suggested, however, any amount is appreciated. Click below to register and sign up for classes.

Thursday, November 12 at 4:30 pm

Saturday, November 14th at 2:30 pm

Contact Club Pilates Brickell for more information about either of these two classes at

Club Pilates Brickell is hosting two donation-based classes this week to benefit Miami Waterkeeper.

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ADAPT Gym in North Miami Announces Youth-Targeted Nonprofit

ADAPT, North Miami’s largest fitness & wellness facility, has launched a nonprofit organization, ADAPT Non-Profit Foundation, LLC. ADAPT, a longtime advocate for youth development, created the nonprofit in order to sponsor young members of South Florida’s community on a journey to wellness and core physical development. The foundation will collaborate with key partners on various initiatives throughout the year, all with the same mission to support South Florida’s youth, the future of our community.

Youth development is at the core of the foundation's mission. ADAPT understands the value of regular exercise and creating healthy habits at a young age. Physical activity can help children and adolescents improve cardio-respiratory fitness, build strong bones and muscles, control weight, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and reduce the risk of developing health
conditions. ADAPT Non-Profit Foundation, LLC aims to help provide the youth throughout South Florida access to the resources needed to better manage their health and wellness, despite socioeconomic level.

“We want to open our doors to any adolescent interested in developing their athletic ability, or wanting to prioritize their wellness,” states Jorge Sanchez, co-founder of ADAPT. “We don’t want finances to be a barrier to these kids getting the guidance, activity, and development that they need, especially during this time.”

Funds and donations are accepted at any time through the ADAPT website, or through the participation of organized activities by ADAPT Non-Profit. The nonprofit’s first event is the annual Turkey Bowl on Thursday, November 26th between 9 am - 11 am at the Miami Shores Recreation Field. All are welcome to partake in friendly flag football games for every age and level of play. ADAPT will collect $10 per player and provide t-shirts on the day of the event. All proceeds will go towards the sponsorship of young locals in the Youth Development Program at ADAPT.

ADAPT Non-Profit Foundation is also hosting a food drive this November to collect canned goods for locals in need of assistance, to be donated to Feeding South Florida. A drop off box will be accessible daily at ADAPT Gym at 14901 NE 20th Ave, North Miami, from now until Thanksgiving. Feeding South Florida is requesting holiday foods such as canned cranberry and vegetables, as well as boxed mashed potatoes and stuffing mix.

For more information on ADAPT Non-Profit Foundation, LLC, visit

ADAPT North Miami launched a non-profit organization, ADAPT Non-Profit Foundation, LLC to encourage a journey to wellness and core physical development.

Pura Vida

Pura Vida Opens Largest Location to Date in Miami Beach

Pura Vida, a Miami-based wellness restaurant, is expanding its reach across South Florida.

Since its inception in 2012, Pura Vida has become a fixture on the local wellness-focused dining scene. Founded by husband-and-wife team, Omer and Jennifer Horev, the concept is best known for its all-day breakfast menu, which includes a range of raw vegan dishes, organic açaí bowls, fresh-squeezed juices, superfood smoothies, salads, wraps, and açai bowls. The restaurant's recipes use local and organic ingredients whenever possible.

Pura Vida's newest location recently opened at 959 West Ave. in Miami Beach. It's the chain's fifth and largest location to date, its indoor and outdoor spaces occupying a combined 4,000 square feet. In addition to the chain's standbys, the new restaurant will showcase several new dishes, including a "Blue Majik" smoothie bowl, which contains organic fruit blended with blue algae and topped with homemade gluten-free granola and coconut; a pumpkin-spice latte; and gluten-free chocolate or lemon polenta cake ($3.50 to $8).

Other new items include wellness shots, a new catering menu that features "mini" bowls, and bakery items for your dog. As of November 4, those items will be available at all Pura Vida locations.

The West Avenue location also marks the launch of a delivery and takeout service, available through the Pura Vida Miami app, which Omer calls "one of the biggest changes that I didn’t foresee. The app has proved to be beneficial, especially during quarantine when we were only open for takeout."

The brand now has locations in South Beach, the Design District, Edgewater, and Coral Gables. The Horevs are focusing their efforts on their first Palm Beach County location, slated to open in West Palm Beach at the end of the year. Plans are in the works for three additional locations to open in 2021 — in Aventura, Bay Harbor Islands, and Fort Lauderdale's Las Olas neighborhood.

This story was originally published on Miami New Times by Nicole Danna and can be found here.

Pura Vida’s newest location recently opened at 959 West Ave. in Miami Beach. It’s the chain’s fifth and largest location to date.

Rilde Leon

Try This 45-Minute HIIT Workout - No Equipment Required

Mixing things up in the gym is often easier said than done. And now that things have more of a virtual twist to them, motivation is even more of a factor.

New workouts led by inspiring instructors are at a premium, and we have one for you today. Rilde Leon is a Miami fitness instructor that can be found all over town including Equinox, not to mention streaming live on platforms like Echelon. Leon has hosted several STAY FIT 305 virtual workouts and we can't wait to have him back for more.

Try this 45-minute HIIT workout from one of Leon's latest classes.

Follow the pattern below for each round:

  • One minute per exercise (three minutes of work) ⁃ 30-second rest.
  • Three-minute AMRAP with 10 reps per movement ⁃ 30 second rest.
  • Round 1: Low Squat Jacks, Burpees, Air Jacks
  • Round 2: Low Squat Fall Forward, High Jumps (B-Ball Shot), Donkey Kicks
  • Round 3: Skaters, Pogo Hops Single Leg, Push-ups
  • Round 4: Lunge Hops, Mountain Climbers, Plank Jack Tucks
  • Round 5: 180° Squat Jumps, High Knees, Down Dog Military Push-ups

Miami fitness instructor takes you through a 45-minute HIIT workout for all levels that can be done anywhere - no equipment required.

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Work Smarter Not Harder at SPENGA's Fort Lauderdale Studio

SPENGA opened a new studio where you can ride, rep, and revive in Fort Lauderdale. They have another South Florida location in Boca Raton.

SPENGA's goal is to maximize your results without breaking down your body. You work out in the three modalities that create the studio's name: spin, strength training, and yoga.  During the class you get 20 minutes with each workout, giving you cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility training in every 60-minute session.

Start with cardio on the bike, and follow it with a strength-based workout, before finishing with yoga stretching. This concept is designed to improve endurance, strength, and flexibility training in every session. You are truly getting an all-in-one studio with SPENGA.

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SPENGA Fort Lauderdale is located at 1201 N. Federal Hwy. For more information on memberships and pricing, check out

SPENGA opened a new studio where you can ride, rep, and revive in Fort Lauderdale. They have another South Florida location in Boca Raton.


Pedestrian-Friendly "Woonerf" Streets Are Coming to Wynwood

As a neighborhood, Wynwood seems to have it all. The former industrial district has transformed into a globally recognized destination for its murals, cafés, bars, nightlife, and entertainment. Add in the office space, retail shops, and residential buildings that have moved into the area over the past several years, and nearly all the pieces of Wynwood's work-play-sleep puzzle have come together.

Still, elements like open spaces and greenery are sorely lacking. While Wynwood's edgy feel has become characteristic of the area, some business owners and residents are looking to Wynwood's future as a more walkable and livable neighborhood.

Enter the woonerf, which, surprisingly, is not the sound you make when firing foam darts from an oversize toy gun. Woonerfs, Dutch-inspired "living streets" designed with pedestrians and cyclists in mind, have long been proposed for Wynwood and are now one step closer to being approved. Cars are allowed on woonerfs (pronounced voo-nerfs), but strategically placed landscaping and bollards force drivers to slow down, pay closer attention to the road, and coexist with others using the street as a shared, social space. (We know. It's Miami. Have a little faith.)

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The living streets are part of a larger proposal, called the Wynwood Streetscape Master Plan, that offers a new look for the art and entertainment hub and gives streets and sidewalks a makeover. Late last month, the City of Miami's Planning, Zoning & Appeals Board voted 10-1 to recommend that the city commission approve the streetscape plan. Commissioners are expected to consider the plan at their October 22 meeting.

"The biggest takeaway of this whole plan is to prioritize pedestrians over vehicles," says Albert Garcia, chairman and cofounder of the Wynwood Business Improvement District, a city board that represents property owners. "This ranks pedestrians as number one."

One of the Woonerf conceptions showing a garden experience.

Pedestrians will have the run of woonerfs slated for Northwest First and Third avenues from 25th Street to Wynwood's northern boundary at 29th Street. A third "living street" is planned for Northwest First Place from 20th Street to 23rd Street. The streets can be closed on weekends for community events.

The plan also incorporates protected bike lanes, new crosswalks, street-end parks along Wynwood's eastern boundary, and a 1.8-mile "wellness loop" for walkers, runners, and cyclists. The idea is to reimagine Wynwood's existing infrastructure and make more out of its outdoor spaces.

"Land in the neighborhood is quite expensive," Garcia says. "Most of it is being redeveloped. There's no county- or city-owned land in Wynwood, so there are no public parks. The plan basically calls for converting some of those roadways into linear parks. That's one aspect we're very excited about."

Widened sidewalks and added crosswalks are a critical component of the plan, Garcia notes. Wynwood's sidewalks are heavily trafficked, and people regularly spill out from the walkways onto the street. Garcia says seven streets are proposed to be redesigned with expanded sidewalks.

Another Woonerf conception showing a promenade experience.

Wynwood's streetscape, designed by Miami-based ArquitectonicaGEO, would get an infusion of green via the planting of shade trees and "urban wild" landscaping. Garcia says the point isn't to turn Wynwood into a lush garden or change the character of the neighborhood, but rather to introduce some tree canopy and offset the heat island effect in the neighborhood.

"Wynwood is largely just concrete," Garcia says. "It's part of the attraction and part of its detriment because of the heat and humidity."

Add some street furniture beneath the shade trees, and visitors have places to sit and hang out. Wynwood Walls, although privately owned, is the only space that's free and open to the public. The streetscape plan proposes more such spaces.

"Part of the issue is equitable access to open public spaces," Garcia says. "Right now, if you want to enjoy hanging out in the shade somewhere, you need to pay for a coffee or meal or pay to go into a lounge. This will be the first time where there'll be areas open, free to the public, and available 24/7."

This article was originally written by Alexi C. Cardona for The New Miami Times and can be found here.

Pedestrians will have the run of woonerfs slated for Northwest First and Third avenues from 25th Street to Wynwood’s northern boundary at 29th Street.

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JETSET Miami Pilates Opens Fourth South Florida Location and Announces New Investors

JETSET MIAMI Pilates Sunset Harbour is officially open, thanks to Leila and David Centner, founders of the David and Leila Centner Family Foundation Inc. and Centner Academy, the company’s newest investors. Founded in 2010 by Tamara Galinsky, this marks the brand's fourth South Florida location, including Brickell, South Miami, and Miami Beach.

JETSET MIAMI employs a modern pilates method where custom reformers are used to merge strength training, pilates and cardio in a group class setting. The studio creates its own training program and holds training for new instructors every three months. Unlike the other locations, the new studio in Sunset Harbour will feature a large group reformer room and three private/duet rooms.

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“We look forward to what is to come from this partnership,” said Leila Centner, co-founder of the David and Leila Centner Family Foundation Inc. and Centner Academy. “My philosophy has always been centered around the wellbeing of others, and this opportunity is a step into investing in the wellness of people and allows me to play an active role in helping my community.”

“I have learned from my own mistakes that creating good operating agreements with strategic or operating partners from the start is the only way to grow,” stated Tamara Galinsky, founder of JETSET MIAMI. “JETSET is now a business in a box: after ten years in operation, we have learned best practices we can now pass on, which means it is worthy of franchising.”

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In addition to their popular streaming service, “JETSET Miami 18,” designed to workout from anywhere in only 18 minutes, JETSET MIAMI has reopened their three studios and reformers have been spaced apart to respect clients’ personal space, health and safety. Dedicated reformers for JETSET clients means their clients feel safer coming into a group fitness class.

“With the cost of healthcare growing, prevention is key,” said Galinsky. “Staying active and healthy has become mainstream. People also want fast results and convenience – if they want their Starbucks – they can get it on almost every other corner. That is our vision for JETSET. Make it affordable and make it easily available.”

JETSET MIAMI studios are located in Brickell at 40 SW 13th St. #504, South Miami at 6448 S. Dixie Highway, and Miami Beach at 110 Washington Ave. The new location will be located at 1860 West Ave, Miami Beach. For more information, visit

JETSET MIAMI Pilates Sunset Harbour is officially open, thanks to new investors Leila and David Centner.


Amazon Teams Up With Echelon for the $500 Prime Bike

Update September 23 @ 10:00 AM: Since publishing this article, Amazon stopped selling the product and said the bike “is not an Amazon product or related to Amazon Prime.”

“Echelon does not have a formal partnership with Amazon. We are working with Echelon to clarify this in its communications, stop the sale of the product, and change the product branding,” an Amazon spokesperson said.

Amazon teamed up with Echelon to build and sell the Prime Bike. The $500 exercise bike is similar to the Peloton bike minus the screen — even the color scheme and design are the same. The bike is available now from Amazon.

Echelon builds several fitness products and the Prime Bike is Echelon’s third smart bike. The other two feature video screens and are available for $999 and $1,1999. The Prime Bike has features including multiple adjustments and front-mounted wheels for easy movement. Instead of toe clips that many stationary bikes have, the Prime Bike uses straps to lock riders’ feet to the pedals. A screen is the notable missing feature, but that can be quickly resolved with a tablet.

“We were built on the idea of attainable fitness for everyone. The Prime Bike was developed in collaboration with Amazon, aiming to create an amazing, connected bike for less than $500, and it’s proven to be a phenomenal match,” said Lou Lentine, President, and CEO of Echelon Fitness. “Amazon looking to us to partner on their first-ever connected fitness product is recognition of our commitment to deliver quality at a reasonable price-point as reflected in our explosive growth over the last year.”

It’s worth noting that this same exercise bike is also available at Walmart for $500, where it sells under Echelon’s branding of the Connect Sport Bike.

This story was originally published on TechCrunch by Matt Burns and can be found here.

Amazon teamed up with Echelon to build and sell the Prime Bike. The $500 exercise bike for at-home workouts is available now from Amazon.


Tremble Pilates and Anatomy Announce New Collaborative Partnership

Tremble, the new Miami-based Pilates brand, and Anatomy, have announced a partnership that will bring the Tremble brand to Anatomy studios across the city, allowing exclusive access for Anatomy members.

"As we continue to grow and expand our offerings, we want to partner with like-minded brands that will bring value to our members. It’s a homerun," said David Geller, Chief Operating Officer at Anatomy.

Anatomy has been on a tear in the past 24 months, opening its Midtown Miami location, announcing plans for a Coconut Grove location, and expanding their group fitness programming across the board.

"Grow or die," said Geller. "We are constantly pushing ourselves to provide the best for the community, in a safe and thoughtful manner."

RELATED Anatomy Announces Fourth Miami Location in Coconut Grove

For Tremble, this is a huge win for the newly launched brand, but success and growth aren't new for founder Aryan Rashed, the former Co-Owner of JetSet Pilates. Tremble launched earlier this year after Rashed broke away from the JetSet Pilates brand, and now has Tremble locations in Miami Beach, North Miami, Coral Gables, and now inside Anatomy Midtown Miami.

"We are equally excited to work with Anatomy - not just the fitness aspect - culturally and value wise," said Rashed. "This is a challenging time across all businesses, so to have two brands come together to enhance the fitness experience is great."


Tremble is a high-intensity, low impact workout combining the best parts of Pilates, strength training, and cardio all into one sweaty session. Guests have the option to try one of six classes offered by Tremble when they step inside their studio, which will now also be featured exclusively at Anatomy facilities as well.

"Clients were already bouncing between Tremble and Anatomy before COVID-19, so it's a natural fit," said Rashed. "We have the proper safety standards in our studio and at Anatomy, so clients can sweat together safely."

Anatomy and Tremble coming together is another sign of a clear trend that has swept the fitness industry in the past several years - collaboration is critical to survival.

"We are a both Miami born brands - and the ability to bring Miami brands together is important to both companies to provide more offerings to the Miami fitness community," said Geller.

Tremble and Anatomy have announced a partnership that will bring the newly launched Pilates brand to Anatomy's South Florida locations.

Miami Beach

Miami Beach Passes Proposed Florida Friendly Fertilizer Ordinance on First Reading

Last month, the community saw unprecedented fish kill and algal blooms in the northern Biscayne Bay basin due to multiple factors, including extremely high-water temperatures, low-dissolved oxygen, increased freshwater flows from the Biscayne Canal and Little River, and an influx of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus — primary components found in many fertilizers.

In an effort to combat these nutrients from entering the city’s stormwater system, the City Commission today has unanimously passed an ordinance on first reading, which requires the use of best management practices and specific management guidelines to minimize negative secondary and cumulative environmental effects associated with the misuse of fertilizers

“These increased nutrients are one of the main pollutants that are degrading the water quality and health of Biscayne Bay — Miami Beach is committed to doing our part to protect our environment,” shared Mayor Dan Gelber. 

The proposed ordinance regulates and promotes the following:

  • Prohibits fertilizers from being used during the rainy season from June 1 through November 1;
  • Establishes fertilizer free zones adjacent to waterways and storm drains;
  • Establishes proper fertilizer application rates and methods;
  • Requires proper training of commercial and institutional fertilizer applicators;
  • Establishes training and licensing requirements; and
  • Establishes enforcement and penalties.

Currently, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and the Public Works, Greenspace Management Division are required to apply Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles and best management practices for fertilizer application on public properties, including prohibition from using glysophate. Additionally, all city landscaping contractors are required to follow industry practices and standards found in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s “Florida-Friendly Best Management Practices for Protection of Water Resources by the Green Industries”.

“Commercial landscapers operating on private property are not currently required to abide by these standards,” explained Commissioner Michael Góngora who sponsored this item. “If this ordinance passes second reading next month, it will be a game-changer in limiting the amount of fertilizer runoff entering our bay.”

Several county and city governments in Florida that have enacted fertilizer bans to address improper fertilizer use on private properties. Manatee County, Pinellas County, Lee County, Martin County and the cities of Miami, Melbourne and Cape Coral are examples of communities that have enacted a blackout period for fertilizer use during the rainy season.

The draft ordinance was developed using template language provided by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and existing fertilizer ordinances that are in place in municipalities throughout Florida.

"This is a strong fertilizer ordinance and an important step towards limiting pollution in Biscayne Bay,” added Executive Director & Waterkeeper Rachel Silverstein with the Miami Waterkeeper. “Along with septic, sewer, and stormwater, the overuse of fertilizers contributes to algae blooms, seagrass die-offs, and the recent fish kill. I am thrilled that the City of Miami Beach is taking this important step."

The Miami Beach City Commission has passed an ordinance orequiring the use of best management practices and specific management guidelines to minimize negative effects associated with the misuse of fertilizers.

Flywheel Files for Bankruptcy

Flywheel Sports, known for its spin classes, has filed for bankruptcy as the pandemic continues to devastate the boutique fitness industry.

Its parent company filed for Chapter 7 in New York late Monday, signaling that it is likely liquidating and permanently closing its remaining studios. Flywheel hasn't returned requests for comment, but some of its current and former instructors posted on social media that the company had gone under.

At its peak, the 10-year-old company had more than 40 studios across the United States that offered cycling and barre classes. But Flywheel was having troubles well before the pandemic hit.

Peloton sued Flywheel in September 2018, alleging the smaller company copied the technology used to create its in-home bikes and the leaderboard that lets customers race against each other. The decision made Flywheel's at-home bikes unusable, with Peloton offering its own bikes to Flywheel's customers.

In summer 2019, Flywheel permanently closed about a dozen of its studios. And in February 2020, Flywheel was forced to shut down the virtual classes that were connected to its in-home stationary bikes because of the two-year legal battle with Peloton over patent infringement.

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Weeks later, the pandemic stuck and forced Flywheel to temporarily close all its studios. The company reportedly laid off 98% of its 1,200-person staff. Flywheel had recently begun offering classes in two cities (Hamptons, New York and Miami, Florida), but those are no longer bookable, according to its website.

The newly bankrupt Town Sports International (owner of New York Sports Club and other chains), dropped its plans in April to buy Flywheel after reaching an agreement just four months prior.

Without studios or an at-home bike, there isn't a strong path forward for Flywheel. Meanwhile, Peloton (PTON) has found success and reported blockbuster earnings last week. SoulCycle has reopened dozens of studios and has begun selling its $2,500 in-home bike.

This story was originally published on CNN by Jordan Valinsky and can be found here.

Flywheel Sports, known for its spin classes, has filed for bankruptcy as the pandemic continues to devastate the boutique fitness industry.

Peloton Bike Bootcamp

Peloton Bike Bootcamp Officially Launches to Users

This morning, Peloton officially launched their Bike bootcamp classes. We first saw rumors about this in the leadup to the Bike+ launch, and Peloton confirmed they would be coming as part of the Bike+ announcement.

The initial Bike+ classes are taught by Jess Sims, Cody Rigsby, and Robin Arzon. To find them, you need to browse to the cycling section of the on-demand library – not the Bootcamp section as you might otherwise think! Peloton has now added a new “Bike Bootcamp” class type filter within the Cycling section, making them easier to find. The initial launch has just 4 Bike bootcamp classes available to take – we’re sure the pace of how often new ones are added will be determined based on how popular the classes end up being with members.

At this time, there are no live bike bootcamp classes scheduled for the next week or two, however, this will likely change in the future.

Prior to launch, Peloton hosted a Facebook live event with Robin, Jess, and Cody to go over what to expect and look forward to with the new classes.

It’s worth clarifying that although these new Bike bootcamp workouts are launching in coordination with the new Bike+ being released, they are available to all members – including those with the original bike and Peloton digital. There isn’t a requirement to use the new Bike+ for them – although Peloton expects it might be easier with the new rotating screen.

The classes are designed with enough time for you to change out of your cycling shoes into whatever shoes you feel most comfortable doing the strength/floor part of the workout with. Peloton has a blog post up with some tips on how to set up your room for the classes.

*This article was originally published on Pelo Buddy by Chris L and can be found here.

Peloton officially launched their Bike bootcamp classes. Rumors about this were in the leadup to the Bike+ launch, and Peloton confirmed they would be coming as part of the Bike+ announcement.

Apple Watch Series 6

Apple Adds Bood Oxygen Monitoring to the Watch Series 6

One of the new features coming to the Apple Watch this year is a tool for measuring your blood oxygen level. The Apple Watch Series 6 features a new sensor on the underside of the wearable’s casing that uses both red and infrared light to measure the oxygen in your red blood cells in about 15 seconds. It can also do background readings while you sleep.

Apple said it’s partnering with health networks across North America, including researchers at UC Irvine and the University of Toronto, to leverage the new feature to study the effects of COVID-19 on a person’s respiratory system.

Besides blood oxygen monitoring, watchOS 7 will include an improved framework for measuring VO2 max, which can give you a good idea of your cardiovascular health. Other new features coming to watchOS 7 include a handwashing feature and sleep tracking.

*This article was originally published on Engadget by Igor Bonifacic and can be found here.

A new sensor on the Apple Watch Series 6 allows it to measure blood saturation.

Apple Fitness+

Apple Fitness+: What You Need to Know About Apple’s Fitness Service

Online fitness services such as Peloton and Daily Burn have become very popular, and now Apple wants in on the business. They will soon offer Apple Fitness+, the latest service for Apple users. Fitness+ combines your Apple devices, videos, and collected exercise data to allow you to have satisfying workouts.

This article will tell you all you need to know about Apple Fitness+. We’ll update it whenever there are new developments.

What is Apple Fitness+?

Internet-based fitness services and apps that work on your iPhone has been around for a while from companies like Aaptiv, Daily Burn, and YogaGlo. They saw a huge growth in popularity thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic.

With the Apple Watch, Apple has a device that’s perfectly made to help people get the most out of their workouts. The new Apple Watch Series 6 includes new blood oxygen monitoring and an ECG app to go along with the heart-rate monitor that’s been with the Apple Watch from the beginning. Even before the Series 6 was released, the Apple Watch’s use in fitness has been on a steady growth path. And you don’t need a Series 6 watch to use Apple Fitness+.

With so many Apple Watch users using it as an exercise tool, Apple decided to create the Apple Fitness+ service. Fitness+ features a series of workout videos that users can play on an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. Data is collected by the Apple Watch and displayed with the workout video, so you can track stats such as workout time, heart rate, and calories burned.

How does Apple Fitness+ work?

To do Apple Fitness+, you need an Apple Watch. The Watch is used to track your data as you work out.

You then need another device for the videos: an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV. Apple Fitness+ will be in the iPhone’s Fitness app. Apple will be releasing a Fitness app for the iPad and Apple TV.

Apple will have a catalog of workout videos for you to use. When you are ready to work out and start a video, your Apple Watch is automatically triggered to record your data. As you do the video, your fitness data appears on the video screen. You’ll also get notifications when you reach fitness goals.

When you finish a workout, you see a data summary screen, and there’s a “Burn Bar” that allows you to compare stats with other people who have done the same workout.

All that data that’s collected—will my privacy be protected?

Apple says that the workout recommendations are “powered using on-device intelligence,” so it’s not collected online. The calories burned and the trainers you choose are not stored with your Apple ID.

What types of workouts does Apple Fitness+ have?

Apple will offer 10 different workout types at launch:

  • Core
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
  • Rowing
  • Treadmill run
  • Treadmill walk
  • Strength
  • Yoga
  • Mindful cooldowns

New workouts will be added weekly, so you don’t get bored doing the same workouts over and over.

Apple Fitness+ can make workout recommendations based on your past activity data collected by the Apple Watch. Filtering tools for workout type, trainers, duration, and music are provided so you can exercise the way you want.

Do I need workout equipment for Apple Fitness+?

You can use your own equipment, so for example, if you want to do a Cycling workout, you can use your own exercise bike. You don’t need to buy special equipment. Apple says that many of the workouts don’t require equipment at all.

If you have a gym membership, you can do Apple Fitness+ there. You can play the videos on an iPhone or iPad and use your gym’s equipment or workout rooms.

I’m new to working out, or I’m coming back to it after an absence. Would Apple Fitness+ work for me?

Apple Fitness+ has an “Absolute Beginner” program for users who are just getting started or are returning to regular workouts. The program teaches the body movements often used in the workouts, so you can feel comfortable while you find your groove.

Can I play music while I work out?

The workouts play music, and Apple Fitness+ works with Apple Music so you can save the songs played and use them for future workouts, or listen to them at your leisure. This requires an Apple Music subscription.

What devices do I need for Apple Fitness+?

Apple Fitness+ requires:

  • Apple Watch Series 3 or later paired with an iPhone 6s or later, or an iPhone SE
  • If you want to use an iPad, you must have and iPad Pro, iPad (5th generation or later), iPad mini 4 or later, iPad Air 2, or iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • Apple Fitness+ can be used on the Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD

How much does Apple Fitness+ cost?

Apple Fitness+ is a subscription service that is free for the first month. After that, you pay $9.99 per month, or $79.99 a year. A subscription can be shared with up to five other people though Family Sharing. An Apple Music subscription is not required.

Apple Fitness+ is part of the new Apple One service bundle, where you can sign up for serveral Apple services, such as Apple Music, Apple TV+, and iCloud in addition to Apple Fitness+ for a special price.

Can I try Apple Fitness+ for free before I sign up?

You can. There are a few trials plans available, but they may expire so check for their availability.

  • Anyone who buys a new Apple Watch Series 3 or later after September 15, 2020, will get a free 3-month Apple Fitness+ trial.
  • Best Buy deal: If you buy an Apple Watch Series 3 or later from Best Buy, you get six months of Apple Fitness+ for free. If you are a My Best Buy member and already have an Apple Watch Series 3 or later, you get two months of Apple Fitness+ free.
  • CVS Health deal: Select Aetna commercial and Caremark members, CVS Pharmacy ExtraCare retail customers, and CVS Health employees can get “special access” to Apple Fitness+.

Where is Apple Fitness+ available?

It will be available in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K., and the U.S.

When will Apple Fitness+ be available?

Apple has not announced a specific date. They’ve only said, “Later this year [2020].”

*This article was originally published on MacWorld by Roman Loyola and can be found here.

Apple Fitness+ combines Apple Watch, videos, and workout data to help you get into shape.

On Running Cyclon Shoe

On Wants to Rent, Rather Than Sell, Its Recyclable Sneakers

Swiss footwear maker On thinks that it’s high time that running sneakers were lighter and better for the environment than before. That’s why the company is launching its first completely-recyclable shoe as part of a service that’ll rent, rather than sell, you a new pair of trainers. Both the shoe and the service are dubbed Cyclon, and it’s a project whereby you’ll be able to send your kicks back when they’re worn out. And, when those shoes reach the end of their life, they’ll be ground down to make new ones.

The Cyclon shoe weighs in under seven ounces and is designed to be worn in “elite level competition” with high levels of energy return and cushioning. The upper is made from a material derived from castor beans, while the sole is made from an Evonik polymer that’s part of the same family as the upper. When returned, the shoes are shredded, ground down and re-used in their entirety to make sole parts. Specifically, the recycled material will be turned into speedboards, the custom plate that sits between the midsole and upper to cushion the blow when your foot strikes the ground. 

In order to grab a Cyclon, you’ll need to sign up to, er, Cyclon, putting down a deposit for $30 that’ll get you the first batch of Cyclon shoes when they land in the back half of 2021. When they arrive, you’ll be locked in paying $30 a month for a minimum commitment of six months. The general idea being that you’ll swap them every six months in order to make sure you never wear out your shoes enough to risk injury. Not to mention that you can get a new pair without the usual environmental guilt associated with buying a new pair of kicks.

*This article was originally published on Engadget by Daniel Cooper and can be found here.

Peloton Announces New Bike and Treadmill Options

Peloton revealed two new fitness products to its community this week - the Bike+ and a lower-priced treadmill.

"After years of research and development, including invaluable Member feedback, both of these products take everything you love about your Peloton experience and build upon it to expand the world of strength, stretching, and yoga", said Peloton CEO John Foley in an email to Peloton members.

For $2,495, the new bike has a larger, rotating touchscreen to stream its classes and make it easier to complement cardio workouts with floor activities. There is also a new digitally-controlled brake that will automatically change your resistance depending on the instructor's cues. The touchscreen also includes a powerful stereo soundbar and subwoofer to bring more of the immersive in-studio feeling into your home.

"Many of you are already enjoying Peloton workouts off the Bike with the Peloton App and have asked for combined cardio and strength classes on The Peloton Bike. I’m excited to share a new full-body Bike Bootcamp experience that we will launch next week with some familiar faces," said Foley.

Beginning Wednesday, Peloton's core bike will now cost $1,895 — a $350 reduction — with the monthly financing rate dropping $9 to $49 a month. For existing Bike owners, you can trade up to the new Bike+ with a $700 credit.

The price of Peloton's treadmill, renamed Tread+, remains $4,295. Peloton is adding a new lower-priced treadmill next year for $2,495.

Peloton revealed two new fitness products to its community this week - the Bike+ and a lower-priced treadmill, which join their existing Bike and Tread.

Miami Beach Finalizing Plan to Put 19-Acre Park at Old Golf Course

Five years after the project was approved, plans to convert a former Miami Beach golf course into a public park are nearly finalized.

The city, which owns the long-inactive Bayshore Municipal Golf Course Par-3 in the Bayshore neighborhood in Mid Beach, wants to build a sprawling park on the 19-acre plot and excavate a 1.6-acre lake on the property, equipped with a pedestrian bridge and viewing docks. The new property will be named Bayshore Park, and also feature six tennis courts, a playground, dog park and parking lot. The lake will double as a stormwater-retention area.

The project is being funded by $15.7 million in general obligation funds approved by voters in 2018.

After the City Commission approved the project in 2015, an environmental survey found the site was contaminated with arsenic in the soil and groundwater, “which may have resulted from the historic use of the property as a golf course,” Planning Director Thomas Mooney wrote in a memo.

The property stopped serving as a golf course in 2005.

The firm designing the park, Savino & Miller Design Studio, proposes using “golf-like land forms to cap contaminated soil,” according to a presentation given before the city’s Design Review Board on Monday.

The city’s Design Review Board approved the concept in 2017, but the city did not obtain the required permits within the given 18-month time frame. The design firm again came before the board on Monday with updated plans, including new signage that requires City Commission approval due to its location near a single-family neighborhood.

Miami-Dade County must approve environmental reports related to soil management at the site and grant a permit to the city for its site and stormwater system, a city spokeswoman said.

The firm has submitted its design plans to the city’s building department for review and approval, and the city anticipates completing the permitting process and then putting the project out to bid by the end of the year, the spokeswoman said.

Jason Koslowe, a resident and board member with the Bayshore Homeowners Association, said the presence of arsenic at the site does not concern him because of the planned mitigation and that he is excited about the project.

“It’s been a long time coming for neighborhood residents,” he said. “All of our neighbors are excited.”

This story was originally published on The Miami Herald by Mario Vassolo and can be found here.

Miami Beach wants to build a sprawling park on a19-acre plot at an old golf course and excavate a 1.6-acre lake on the property.


Peloton Plans Sub-$3,000 Treadmill and New High-End Bike

Peloton Interactive Inc. is preparing to launch a cheaper treadmill and a new high-end bike, while cutting the price of its existing bike to stoke demand as many gyms remain closed, according to people familiar with the matter.

The new treadmill, called Tread, will cost less than $3,000, compared with $4,295 for the current model. It will also be smaller and have a cheaper belt design like most other treadmills on the market versus the current model’s slat design. The existing Peloton treadmill will continue to be sold as the company’s high-end offering and will be renamed the “Tread+,” the people said. They asked not to be identified discussing private product plans.

The new stationary bike will be a premium offering called Bike+, and will likely cost more than the current $2,245 version. Peloton will then drop the price of the existing machine to less than $1,900, the people said. The shares fell almost 4% to $79.05 in early trading in New York.

One of the new features of the cheaper Tread and higher-end bike will be a more adjustable tablet screen. This will help users do different workouts near the machine, not just on it, expanding the variety of classes. Peloton is also preparing bootcamp training classes for its bikes, which are strength training video workouts currently available on the Tread and the Peloton mobile app, according to the people familiar with the matter.

The New York-based fitness and technology company could announce the new products as early as next week, ahead of quarterly results scheduled for Sept. 10, one of the people said. A Peloton spokeswoman declined to comment.

The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted demand for Peloton’s products and services as consumers look for new ways to work out at home. Many gyms across the U.S. remain closed, giving the company a rare opportunity to lure new customers and subscribers. The stock has surged 178% this year.

However, the outbreak has also limited the company’s ability to produce new products and has paused deliveries of the treadmill in most U.S. markets. In May, Peloton Chief Executive Officer John Foley said Covid-19 forced the company to rethink its product launch timing. He also noted a significant backlog of future devices and said eventually releasing a cheaper treadmill was a high priority.

The cheaper treadmill is likely to go on sale later than the new Bike+, according to one of the people familiar with the matter.

Bloomberg News previously reported on Peloton’s plans for a cheaper treadmill. The company is also working on a rowing machine, but that is not expected to be announced until later.

*This article was originally published on Bloomberg by Mark Gurman and can be found here.

Peloton Interactive Inc. is preparing to launch a cheaper treadmill and a new high-end bike, while cutting the price of its existing bike.