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Peloton Announces Plans for Gamified Workouts Via Their App

While Peloton riders are devoted to their favorite instructors, the company is ready to enter the video game business.

Here is some of the preliminary information from Engadget.com:

Peloton is jumping in to the arena with its first fitness game titled "Lanebreak." The rhythm-based game is available on the fitness company's stationary bikes and has a simple setup: Players control a rolling tire on a track by pedaling and switching lanes with the resistance knob in the face of multiple obstacles. This being Peloton, the entire game is synchronized to a music soundtrack.

Lanebreak is the culmination of months of trials that saw select users playing mini games in two-week pilots. The idea is to export some of the core mechanics of gaming, chiefly rewards and progression, to incentivize Peloton members to exercise more. Music, according to Peloton, acts as the DNA that links its regular exercise classes with its new game in a bid to acclimatize novice players.

For now, Lanebreak is still in early access mode with a full launch planned for this winter.

This story was originally published on Engadget.com by S. Shah and can be found here.

While Peloton riders are devoted to their favorite instructors, the company is ready to enter the video game business.

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Dive Tower Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center

Tallest Dive Tower in the Western Hemisphere is Coming to Fort Lauderdale

The tallest diving platform in the western hemisphere soon will stand in Fort Lauderdale. Experienced divers will be able to plunge the equivalent of nearly eight stories from the 27-meter tower at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex. The rest of us will be able to climb to the top and contemplate it — without jumping.

The diving tower will be the first permanent structure of its kind in the western hemisphere and the second in the world, Laura Voet, manager of the aquatic center said. The other is in Zhaoqing, China.

It is designed to survive 146 mph winds, comparable to a Category 4 hurricane, she said.

“There’s a lot of excitement in the diving community,” Voet said. “They just think it’s awesome.”

Though the 27-meter platform will be available only to more experienced divers, community members will have the opportunity to dive off the shorter platforms and climb the tower’s 162 steps to the top, Voet said.

“You’ll be able to see what it’s like to walk up those steps and then contemplate what a diver’s thinking when they’re going up there,” she said.

Voet anticipates the diving tower will bring more swimming events to the area. People have already called to plan annual events at the center, which has been closed for renovation since April 2019 and plans to reopen next fall.

The platform, coincidentally, was set in place on the birthday of Fort Lauderdale High Diving World Champion Steven LoBue, Voet said.

LoBue was the first American to win a gold medal in the men’s 27-meter dive.

“It’s exciting for Fort Lauderdale,” Voet said. “It’s another first.”

This was originally published by Alex DeLuca in the Sun Sentinel and can be found here.

The tallest diving platform in the western hemisphere soon will stand in Fort Lauderdale.

Event Flyer for Wellness at THesis Hotel

THesis Hotel Partners with Local Brands for a Morning of Fitness Fun

Looking to mix things up this weekend? THesis Hotel - the hottest new destination in Coral Gables, has organized a morning of wellness for your sweaty pleasure. THesis has partnered with local fitness and wellness operators to bring you the perfect trifecta for a full-body workout.

First, kick things off with a total body sweat from Burn Bootcamp Coral Gables, before slowing things down with an active recovery from fan favorite Green Monkey Yoga. Finally, end the morning with a soothing sound bowl meditation led by wellness expert Annie Vazquez of Annie the Alchemist.

This "Wellness at THesis" programming is part of the hotel's effort to spotlight local fitness brands that embody the health, wellness, and fitness mindset of the hotel. Classes are complimentary and open to community members of all levels. There will be refreshments, giveaways, and more.

*Click Here to Book Your Spot*

THesis Hotel has partnered with local fitness and wellness operators to bring you the perfect trifecta for a full-body workout.

University of Miami Football

Dan Lambert Plans $500-a-Month Endorsement Deal for Every Miami Hurricanes Football Player on Scholarship

The owner of a Florida-based chain of mixed martial arts gyms unveiled big plans Tuesday to try to help Miami Hurricanes football players take advantage of new rules that allow them to make money.

Dan Lambert, the owner of American Top Team and a longtime Miami football fan, has offered each scholarship player (90 total) on the Miami football team a monthly payment of $500 this year to advertise his gyms on social media. American Top Team is the home training facility for more than two dozen professional fighters, including Jorge Masvidal and Amanda Nunes.

Lambert's offer to the Hurricanes -- which could add up to as much as $540,000 this year -- is the largest reported sum for a college sports endorsement deal since new state laws and NCAA rules opened the doors for players to make money last week.

"I want to help the kids. I want to reward them for what they do, and I want a better product on the field, too," Lambert told ESPN on Tuesday. "I want to improve the reputation of the school and the team I love so much. I think it's a cool opportunity to get involved and make a difference."

Lambert said the offer is the largest marketing effort his MMA business ever has made. He says he's not sure he'll continue to offer the same deal to Miami players in future years, but he already has bigger plans in the works to create a consistent way to provide some money to every player on the Hurricanes' roster.

Lambert has also started a corporation, called Bring Back The U, that will be solely focused on putting money in the pockets of Miami football players. He said the company will attempt to rally support from local businesses to hire the players as spokesmen. He says he also plans to host fundraising events and then donate the proceeds to any local business that agrees to use the donation to pay for Miami players as spokesmen.

Lambert said he has had multiple conversations with the school's compliance department to tell them about his plans. He also has hired attorney Darren Heitner to make sure what he was doing didn't violate new state laws.

"There are improper ways of fans supporting their players, and now there is a legal way to do it," Lambert said. "And if there is a legal way, and you can dot the I's and cross the T's, I'm going to do it."

Heitner helped craft Florida's new name, image and likeness law and has consulted with several athletes and businesses looking to use college athlete endorsers. He told ESPN that Lambert's fanhood and previous donations that he has made to the athletic department do not prevent him from creating a company that facilitates endorsement deals for Hurricanes players.

Heitner said Florida's law only prohibits an entity that has directly supported the university or the athletic department from paying or facilitating these deals. Lambert's new corporation has no relationship with the university.

"There's no prohibition on an entity who may have a booster as a member," Heitner said. "The only restriction is if the entity itself supports the institution or the athletic department."

Many of the state laws currently in place have similar language addressing booster involvement. The NCAA rules, which dictate what is allowed in the 30-plus states that don't have NIL laws in place, also have no restrictions that would make an effort like Lambert's against the rules.

Lambert said he has already had several inquiries about Bring Back The U from other local businesses since launching his new fundraising company on Tuesday morning. He does not have any plans set in stone yet for their fundraising event, but he said every dollar they make will eventually land in the hands of a Miami football player.

"I'm not looking to profit from this," Lambert said. "I want to try to bring people together and make our team better. I've got too many Gator and Seminole friends that have been s----ing on me for the last 20 years. I want to reverse it."

This was originally posted on ESPN.com by Dan Murphy and can be found here.

The owner of a Florida-based chain of mixed martial arts gyms unveiled big plans Tuesday to try to help Miami Hurricanes football players take advantage of new rules that allow them to make money.

CrossFit Programming

CrossFit Launches Programming and Coach Development Service

CrossFit Home Office today announced the launch of CrossFit Affiliate Programming (CAP), which will provide programming, class planning, and coach development to affiliates via written materials, graphics, and more than 60 videos per month. 

Developed by the legendary trio of Austin Malleolo, James Hobart, and Spencer Hendel - who have trained more than 20,000 CrossFit coaches, appeared in 24 CrossFit Games, and led five gyms - CAP will be offered free of charge to CrossFit affiliates through December 31, 2021. Interested gyms can sign up for the CAP waitlist for access at crossfit.com/programming.

"The coached workout is the most important and differentiated aspect of CrossFit," said Eric Roza, CEO of CrossFit. "Affiliate owners who choose CAP will save nearly 20 hours each month while improving the daily experience for their members and coaches alike. By implementing CAP, affiliates will also expand their gym community, as members offer support, celebration, and commiseration on the same daily workouts to their fellow CrossFit athletes across the country and around the world."

Consistent with CrossFit's "tools over rules" credo, the CAP service is an optional service for all affiliates, and they are welcome to continue to do their own programming or purchase programming from other sources.

"Daily coach development is what will set CAP apart," said Nicole Carroll, CrossFit's General Manager of Training and Education. "CAP's daily video instruction by leading Seminar Staffers will focus on education for coaches, who in turn will improve the experience and outcomes for their members." 

CrossFit Affiliate Programming's key features include:

  • Exclusive daily class plans and coaching videos from CrossFit's Seminar Staff,
  • Related daily At Home/Travel workouts available solely to affiliate members,
  • Pre-loading into leading platforms such as SugarWOD, with others to follow,
  • Dedicated support from CrossFit team members via email and phone, 
  • Monthly focus areas and options to help members target their weaknesses, and
  • Updates and enhancements based on affiliate feedback to support CAP's continuous improvement.
  • "By increasing coaching ability, you increase member satisfaction," said Austin Malleolo, one of CAP's developers. "Because CAP is only available to CrossFit affiliates, it will help drive a continuous improvement in coaching quality across CrossFit gyms and serve as a significant differentiator for potential members in contrast to non-CrossFit facilities."


To accelerate the launch of CAP, CrossFit has acquired and integrated the assets of HAM Plan, which was founded by Malleolo, Hobart, Hendel, and MIT wunderkind/L3 trainer Travis Herbanek. 

Interested affiliates can sign up for the CAP pilot at crossfit.com/programming. The service will begin rolling out to affiliates in good standing worldwide beginning July 6th, and it will expand to languages beyond English beginning in the fourth quarter. Pricing for the service in 2022 will be announced during the trial period, but it is expected to be $150 per month

CrossFit Home Office today announced the launch of CrossFit Affiliate Programming (CAP), which will provide programming, class planning, and coach development to affiliates via written materials, graphics, and more than 60 videos per month. 

Adaptive Fitness Miami Beach

City of Miami Beach Votes on $2.5 Million Deal to Build Nation’s First Adaptive Fitness Center for People with Disabilities

The City of Miami Beach Commission voted last Wednesday on a $2.5 million deal to get one step closer towards the nation’s first adaptive fitness and recreation center.

The idea was spearheaded by the Sabrina Cohen Foundation and the future facility will host a 27,000-square foot and three story fitness center with an all inclusive universal design. The foundation still needs to raise about $8 million.

“This is a game changer. You know, we never know when life is going to change on the dime, and we’re going to be here to catch our residents and keep them strong and healthy and alive and active members of society,” said president of the foundation Sabrina Cohen.

The center will be built on 53rd Street and Collins Avenue and will offer daily physical fitness programs, a rooftop pool with aqua therapy and a fully accessible beachside program. It will cater to people with all needs, from being wheelchair bound to those with autism and everything in between.

Check out the entire story by 7 News WSVN here.

The City of Miami Beach Commission voted last Wednesday on a $2.5 million deal to get one step closer towards the nation’s first adaptive fitness and recreation center.

M Park by The Shops at Midtown Miami

The Shops at Midtown Miami Opens Highly-Anticipated M Park

M Park by The Shops at Midtown Miami re-opened as a new and improved community park. Located between Nordstrom Rack and West Elm, M Park will be a wonderful addition to the daily life of both neighborhood residents and travelers alike with a capacity of over 200 people.

The new park consists of two areas: an open grassy space with welcoming seating for relaxing and events, and an enclosed playground for kids. The vibrantly-colored playground is designed for children aged two to 12, consisting of four separate play structures for visitors to enjoy. The play structures feature multiple levels with climbers, slides, rock walls, cargo climbing nets and monkey bars under integrated sail shades. The two sides of the park, connected by a large Gumbo Limbo tree in the center for shade, are surrounded by artificial turf.

“We are excited to welcome the community to the new and improved M Park in the heart of Midtown Miami.” said Richard Forrest, Vice President of Property Management. “There was a need in Midtown for a beautiful green space for locals and visitors to stop by, recharge and let their kids play. The Community Development District worked hard to transform M Park into a premier destination for fun, creativity and relaxation for the city of Miami. We are excited and proud to share it with our neighbors and shoppers.”

While an official grand opening event for the community and local dignitaries is slated for Saturday, August 21, you’ll still be able to take advantage of the new green space until then with regular activations and local events. But even if you’re not going there for a happening, you can still head there to relax and enjoy a picnic with food from one of The Shops at Midtown Miami’s many restaurants, and take in the beauty of a growing neighborhood.

This was originally published on the Culture Crusaders and can be found here.

M Park by The Shops at Midtown Miami re-opened as a new and improved community park. Located between Nordstrom Rack and West Elm, M Park will be a wonderful addition to the daily life of both neighborhood residents and travelers alike with a capacity of over 200 people.

Juneteenth Freedom Ride 2021

Join the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Freedom Ride Presented by Break the Cycle on June 19

Break the Cycle is joining SocialXchange, Muscle Mom, Let's Ride 305, and Nationwide Ridas for the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Freedom Ride on Saturday, June 19 at 9:30 am. This is a family friendly event to ride in unity.

Bikers are welcome to meet at the Calder Casino Parking Lot and the estimated ride will be 15 miles.

Break the Cycle (BTC) is nonprofit organization and a multicultural bike group of cyclists who ride for a purpose. Bridging generational gaps & meshing socioeconomic statuses, these cyclist are working to redefine the urban community of Miami, all while promoting a healthy lifestyle. BTC's weekly events attract hundreds of cyclists.

Click here for more information on the Juneteenth event or to register for the ride.

Break the Cycle is joining SocialXchange, Muscle Mom, Let's Ride 305, and Nationwide Ridas for the 2nd annual Juneteenth Freedom Ride on Saturday, June 19 at 9:30 am.

sweetgreen Wynwood Miami

Third Miami sweetgreen Location Now Open in Wynwood

sweetgreen is now officially open in Wynwood, making it the third new location to open in Miami this year. This fast-casual salad concept over 120 locations across the country.

Located at 2621 NW 2nd Avenue, this restaurant fits right into the neighborhood with a vibrant exterior mural by Jen Stark and colorful interior designs. You can find both indoor seating at this location.

With a goal to build healthier communities, at sweetgreen you can find locally sourced and organic ingredients in their carefully prepared salads and bowls.

Use the app to order ahead and customize your meal, or stop in today!

sweetgreen can also be found in Coconut Grove and Coral Gables. Look out for a fourth Miami location in the Miami Beach neighborhood of Sunset Harbour.

Photos via the sweetgreen Facebook page

sweetgreen is now officially open in Wynwood, making it the third new location to open in Miami this year. This fast-casual salad concept has almost 400 locations across the country.

Yellow Green Farmer's Market Hollywood

Yellow Green Market in Hollywood to Undergo Expansion

Yellow Green Farmers Market, the sprawling, 10,000-square-foot weekend market in Hollywood, reopened several weeks ago after having been closed for more than a year.

With the reopening come several significant changes, including some grand plans for the future. Upgrades include the addition of four giant tiki huts that provide shade and seating for visitors to the market, along with live musical entertainment on the new main stage.

Yellow Green Farmers Market general manager Mark Menagh spoke with New Times about the future improvements, including two new spaces that will house a food hall, a retail market, and office space.

Menagh says the food hall, called the Station, will have an industrial feel and house about 30 vendors. Each stall will be equipped with its own sink, storage area, and a cooking area with a ventilation hood.  A fire-suppression system will permit the Station to accommodate deep fryers.

The Nest, an air-conditioned venue on the south side of the market, will be built out with a rustic look and offer office space as well as kiosks for sales of antiques, collectibles, and more.

Menagh says that the heart of Yellow Green remains the original market, where about half the spots are currently occupied.

"A lot of people didn't come back" after the closure, he explains. "We're dealing with small businesses, and people might have simply moved out of town."

Menagh says the goal is to have about 450 vendors — a significant increase from the 350 who rented space pre-COVID. The trick is to make sure the vendors sell a range of items that people want to buy.

"I try to make sure every business here is unique," he explains. "I can't add another cupcake vendor. Anyone can sell cupcakes, but what if you're making, say, a Bundt cake soaked in Jamaican rum with a spiced frosting? That's a product that I would want."

Menagh cites a relatively new vendor — Wicked Bread Co. — as an example of a successful niche business at Yellow Green. "Nobody else at the market will sell you their cinnamon bread or interact with you the way they do," he says of the stand, which opened in 2020 just before the pandemic set in.

Space rental starts at $550 a month for an indoor space and $385 for an outdoor space. There's no lease, so vendors are free to leave if they're not successful — though Menagh very much wants them to be. "I look for entrepreneurs. I want people who have a vision of what they want to sell."

By his count, more than 40 successful businesses got their start in the market. "It's a proving ground," Menagh says.

Right now, the market is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but there are plans to extend the hours until 8 p.m. At that point, Menagh images locals lingering after they shop to relax with a wine or beer from one of the on-premises bars.

"I can't imagine a market like this anywhere else," he adds. The year-round outdoorness of the market is very unique to Florida."

This originally published in the Miami New Times by Laine Doss and can be found here.

Yellow Green Farmers Market, the sprawling, 10,000-square-foot weekend market in Hollywood, reopened several weeks ago after having been closed for more than a year.

International Yoga Day with Casa Yinyasa South Miami

Celebrate International Yoga Day with Casa Vinyasa and Ad Astra Co

Celebrate International Yoga Day next Monday with a Pop-Up Event by Casa Vinyasa and Ad Astra Co. at Palmer Park. There is an afternoon of festivities planned to recognize the healing and unifying powers of yoga.

There will be a variety of local vendors to shop and connect with, a 45-Minute Power Vinyasa Vibes Class taught by Casa Vinyasa's Co-Owners, Melissa and Lizzy, as well as a 30-minute Yin and Meditation taught by Studio Manager, Cassie. Grab your mats and come along!

The event will take place from 4:00 - 8:00 pm at 6100 Southwest 67th Avenue in South Miami.

Tickets are $5. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Celebrate International Yoga Day next Monday with a Pop-Up Event by Casa Vinyasa and Ad Astra Co. at Palmer Park. There is an afternoon of festivities planned to recognize the healing and unifying powers of yoga.

Dry Scooping Pre-Workout

Here's Why Doctors Warn Against ‘Dry Scooping’ Pre-Workout Powder

Although many of you may have been doing this for years, dry scooping has become a trend on TikTok that is worrying health professionals.

For those who aren't familiar, dry scooping refers to putting a scoop of pre-workout powder directly into your mouth, instead of mixing it with water and drinking as intended. Pre-workout is a supplement made to boost your energy and help with performance in the gym and dry scooping is supposed to amplify those effects.

But according to several TikTok videos and news reports, the practice can endanger people’s health. For instance, one 20-year-old woman went to the hospital with a heart attack after dry scooping, Buzzfeed reported. And Newsweek reported on a fitness influencer who chased four dry scoops with another four scoops mixed with water and went to the ER with dangerously high blood pressure and brain swelling. Another woman appeared to have trouble breathing after dry scooping, according to Newsweek.

Pre-workout powders can contain high concentrations (100mg or more per serving) of caffeine, Anari says, which is about the same as a cup of coffee). That can definitely cause symptoms like jitteriness, an upset stomach, and an elevated heart rate, especially when taken undiluted and/or in greater amounts than directed, Ansari says. In severe excess, “caffeine can definitely be very toxic and very dangerous,” Dr. Johnson-Arbor says.

A caffeine overdose, which causes symptoms such as heart palpitations, chest pain, trouble breathing, and dizziness, can land you in the hospital, Dr. Johnson-Arbor says. Life-threatening caffeine overdoses are more likely to occur and be life threatening in individuals who have underlying heart problems, take medications that cause similar effects, have a low caffeine tolerance, or are also drinking other caffeinated beverages at the same time, Dr. Johnson-Arbor says.

Click here to read the entire article and learn more about why, for most people, the potential risks of dry scooping outweigh the supposed benefits.

This was originally published on Self.com by Carolyn L. Todd.

For those who aren't familiar, dry scooping refers to putting a scoop of pre-workout powder directly into your mouth, instead of mixing it with water and drinking as intended. Pre-workout is a supplement made to boost your energy and help with performance in the gym and dry scooping is supposed to amplify those effects.

THēsis Hotel Coral Gables

Celebrate Global Wellness Day at THesis in Coral Gables

THēsis Hotel, a buzzing new destination in Coral Gables, is proud to host a fitness activation at the colorful Paseo De La Riviera courtyard for Global Wellness Day. Open to the public, attendees can participate in a full day of complimentary fitness classes by some of South Florida’s premier fitness studios.

This feel-good wellness day will begin at 9 a.m. with a 45-minute Bootcamp brought to you by Burn Boot Camp. This transformative class is a 45-minute cardio and strength workout that will leave participants feeling stronger and more confident in all aspects of life.

At 10 a.m. Green Monkey Yoga will host an hour-long yoga flow. Green Monkey Yoga is a global movement that empowers and inspires wellness enthusiasts through a variety of classes led by experienced instructors.

Finally, at 11 a.m. there will be a sound bowl meditation led by wellness expert Annie Vazquez of Annie the Alchemist. The use of sound bowls creates vibrations that can ease one's emotions. She will guide guests on a meditation journey through major energy centers, clearing and resetting the energetic body to harmony. Participants will leave feeling rested and refreshed, connected to a deeper inner intelligence and calmness. Each meditation experience is designed to assist participants in working with the energy of that specific moon cycle period.

Guests will be treated with delicious refreshments made with seasonal and fresh ingredients and spices. Chef Niven Patel who is a James Beard Nominee and was recently named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs of 2020, believes good food is meant to be shared and savored. The hotel's fresh and delicious produce including mangoes, eggplant, avocados, beets, and many other fruits, vegetables, and herbs comes from Chef Patel's two-acre farm, Rancho Patel. Throughout the day there will be exciting giveaways to allow guests to leave with an exciting gift!

The inviting space that Paseo has to offer will ensure good energy throughout the Wellness @ THēsis event and will help create a memorable experience for all participants.  

For more information, head to @thesishotelmiami or register at this link.

THēsis Hotel, a buzzing new destination in Coral Gables, is proud to host a fitness activation at the colorful Paseo De La Riviera courtyard for Global Wellness Day. Open to the public, attendees can participate in a full day of complimentary fitness classes by some of South Florida’s premier fitness studios.

Miami Biking

Miami is the Second Most Beautiful City for Bicycling in the World

Although groups of cyclists along Miami’s busiest streets (i.e., Brickell Avenue, Old Cutler Road) sometimes get a bad “rep,” those who are notoriously irritated by them should finally cut them some slack — they’re literally riding in one of the most scenic cycling destinations in the entire world.

According to a new study by Money Beach, Miami has landed the no. 2 spot on their list of “20 Most Picturesque Cycling Cities in the World,” and you won’t believe the city it beat.

Paris, France. Yes — Miami beat Paris.

Chiang Mai in Thailand landed the no. 1 spot on their list as the world’s best city for a scenic bike ride, as more cycling-related photos are shared per square kilometer there than in any other city in the world. The study revealed that Chiang Mai in northern Thailand provides the most picturesque cycling routes, with “#chiangmaicycling” used on Instagram over 6,000 times alone.

Miami and Paris both landed in the top three.

Their findings state, “Miami, USA and Paris, France followed, with the long beachy rides and street-art adorned roads of Miami also placing it as the best place in the States for anyone looking for a photo-ready bike ride, above Atlanta and Seattle. A stunning 14.3km loop around Kendall Lakes appears to be the most popular route according to Strava users; this scenic circuit takes riders past expansive views of the nearby golf course and is a winner for cyclists of all abilities.”

According to the bicycle insurance company, they looked at more than 350,000 city-specific cycling hashtags on Instagram to discover which city sees the most cyclists sharing their snaps. The results were then weighed against city size for fairness.

Below, find their list of the top 20 most picturesque cycling cities in the world.

The 20 Most Picturesque Cycling Cities in the World:

  1. Chiang Mai, Thailand
  2. Miami, United States of America
  3. Paris, France
  4. Beirut, Lebanon
  5. Bristol, United Kingdom
  6. Cambridge, United Kingdom
  7. Barcelona, Spain
  8. London, United Kingdom
  9. Dublin, Ireland
  10. Athens, Greece
  11. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  12. Copenhagen, Denmark
  13. Bath, United Kingdom
  14. Florence, Italy
  15. Atlanta, United States of America
  16. Seattle, United States of America
  17. Taipei, Taiwan
  18. Warsaw, Poland
  19. Berlin, Germany
  20. Oxford, United Kingdom

For more information on the study, click here.

This was originally published by Nicole Lopez-Alvar for Local 10 News and can be found here.

According to a new study by Money Beach, Miami has landed the no. 2 spot on their list of “20 Most Picturesque Cycling Cities in the World,” and you won’t believe the city it beat.

Miami E-Scooters

E-Scooter Fees Help Fund Protected Bike Lanes in Downtown Miami

Miami will add about three miles of protected bike and scooter lanes on busy downtown corridors as part of a new program partially funded by fees on electric scooters.

Under a plan approved by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners last week, the city will install concrete barriers along the new lanes and add pedestrian ramps to adjacent sidewalks. All pedestrian crossings in the affected area will also be upgraded to maximize visibility.

The roughly $2 million upgrades, construction of which has already started, will be partially funded by $1 million from the city of Miami's micromobility fund. The remainder will be paid for with road impact fees.

Florida is home to some of the country’s most dangerous cities for pedestrians, according to a Smart Growth America report. Critics have dinged Miami for not following through on a 2009 Bicycle Master Plan intended to "transform Miami into a bicycle friendly city," the vast majority of which has not been built.

The recently approved protected lanes will be installed along three miles of downtown streets, covering areas where there is already significant use of scooters and bikes by residents and visitors.

"This is extremely necessary. Miami drivers are not very safe. I’ve ridden a bike, I’ve ridden a scooter in downtown Miami and I feel unsafe on the roads," said Kevin Amézaga, executive director of the mobility group Miami Riders Alliance. "We acknowledge that in downtown Miami, cars cannot be the way we grow, but we need to give people safe alternatives."

The goal is to eventually build an extensive network of micromobility lanes — including bollards, concrete barriers and painted bike boxes — that would connect large parts of downtown, rather than simply adding lanes to a handful of streets, said Carlos Cruz-Casas, assistant director for mobility in the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works. The "proactive" effort, he said, will help create "a more inclusive transportation network" and also further the country’s Vision Zero goals, which seek to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030.

"While we’re looking back to understand the causes of collisions and crashes, we are also creating the infrastructure to prevent them so that we don’t have to count statistics later on," he said. The department is moving at "a million miles an hour" to revamp the county’s transportation network for safety and sustainability goals, he added.

Miami has seen several changes in micromobility over the past year. The county suspended use of shared vehicles during the COVID-19 pandemic, returning them to city streets in October 2020. The fleets were then suspended for a short period around the beginning of 2021 over concerns about underage riders and sidewalk clutter, the Miami Herald reported. The latter pause led to new regulations about sidewalk clutter and distribution of vehicles throughout downtown, as well as new speed limits.

In the summer of 2020, commissioners debated using the micromobility fees to cover projected budget shortfalls because of the coronavirus pandemic, Miami Today News reported. Micromobility supporters, however, argued the money should remain siloed for revamping the long-overdue bike master plan and ultimately the budget deficit was lower than expected.

As scooters have become more popular and established transportation tools in cities, transportation departments around the country are rethinking their infrastructure plans to build dedicated lanes or paths that can accommodate them. Many cities — like Indianapolis, Atlanta and Santa Monica, California, — have required micromobility operators add fees or pay into infrastructure funds to pay for the new construction.

This was originally published by Jason Plautz on Smart Cities Dive and can be found here.

Miami will add about three miles of protected bike and scooter lanes on busy downtown corridors as part of a new program partially funded by fees on electric scooters.

SPAR Boxing Club Miami Beach

Studio Highlight: SPAR Boxing Club

Houston-based SPAR Boxing Club has chosen Miami Beach for their second location and they invite you in to develop your competitive edge.

The experience:

SPAR is a fun, dynamic boxing-inspired workout that uses the challenging sport of boxing and gives you the ability to master a higher level of physical and mental strength. The gym is equipped with heavy bags, a boxing ring, and speed bags.

Try a SPAR 101 class to learn the basics of boxing and focus on perfecting your technique, or take a SPAR Strength class to round out your training regimen with a combination of functional movements, strength training and quality training techniques.

Pierre Russel, owner of SPAR Boxing says, "They come for boxing, it's the energy that keeps them here."

What makes SPAR Boxing unique:

It is a boxing gym focused on helping clients transform through sport science and psychology. Everything they do is based off of the therapeutic benefits of exercise and boxing. They can also customize a program based on an individual's goals and needs.

You should also know:

All that they do is in service to the members and SPAR prides themselves on creating a community that people want to be a part of. Clients get excited for the tough workouts and mental breakthroughs that come with belonging to the gym.

Why members love it:

Members will tell you about SPAR's consistent quality of training in a fun and inclusive environment. Clients feel at home and are always putting in work and focusing on getting results.

The extras:

SPAR is also a full scale gym with numerous strength training equipment, boxing bags, and cardio equipment. Train like a pro and get a complete experience!

How to join in:

SPAR offers drop-in classes, one-on-one personal training, and small group classes. There are a number of different options that can be customized for any budget or fitness goal.

Location: 

They are located at 1624 Washington Ave on Miami Beach. They also have a location in Houston, TX.

Where to find SPAR Boxing Club online:

Instagram: @sparboxing

Website: www.sparboxingclub.com

Houston-based SPAR Boxing Club has chosen Miami Beach for their second location and they invite you in to develop your competitive edge.

Global Wellness Day Miami

Celebrate Global Wellness Day at Carillon Miami

“One day can change your life” and lucky for you that day is this Saturday, June 12, Global Wellness Day. To celebrate, Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is hosting a day of health, wellness, mindfulness, and fun for the community that is free, and open to the public with registration. 

The day will kick off with a yoga flow led by Miriam “Mimi” Ghandour, Founder of Mimi Yoga, followed by a meditation with Michael Stasko of Om Studies.

Beginning at 10am there will be wellness experiences where you can participate in activities, like B12 shots from The Biostation, along with cupping, pulse diagnosis and ear seeds from Dr. Irina Logman as well as shop the latest from MBalance Store. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy healthy treats from Pura Vida, Eat Me Guilt Free, Imagine Farms, Nabati and more. Jovē water will keep guests hydrated throughout the day. 

Rounding out the day is a panel talk, Managing Work, Life & Love in 2021 with Dr. Shanequa Fleming, Executive Coach & Life Strategist and Dr. Carolina Pataky, Sex & Relationship Therapist followed by an Aqua Spinning.

Attendees will get a discounted valet rate of $10 per vehicle.

Click here to register!

“One day can change your life” and lucky for you that day is this Saturday, June 12, Global Wellness Day. To celebrate, Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is hosting a day of health, wellness, mindfulness, and fun for the community that is free, and open to the public with registration. 

NUE Life Miami Start Up

Miami Mental Wellness Startup NUE Life Raises $3.3 Million

NUE Life, a Miami startup developing a nextgen mental wellness solution, has raised a $3.3 million seed round.

Investors include a who’s who of new-to-Miami investors, including Jack Abraham of Atomic Ventures, venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar, Jon Oringer of Shutterstock and Pareto Holdings, serial entrepreneur Martin Varsavsky, James Bailey and Christina Getty.

NUE Life’s co-founders are Juan Pablo Cappello and Demian Bellumio—two well-known Miami tech entrepreneurs involved in multiple startups over the years -- as well as  Katie Kiernan (Twyla), Kazi (Zayn) Hassan, M.D. and investor Christina Getty. The whole founding team are people of color and women, making the company unique in the alternative medicine space

NUE Life is a public benefit corporation and focused on leveraging emerging technologies to combat the mental wellness crisis and drive better outcomes, said Cappello, CEO. “One out of five women is taking an depressant. Any given day 22 veterans commit suicide, a day, we lose 22 veterans. And we have about a million veterans on disability for PTSD and treatment resistant depression. These are heartbreaking statistics, and we believe that tech can be a force for good.”

Dr. Kazi (Zayn) Hassan, Chief Medical Officer at NUE Life, recognizes that medical providers want to provide better care, however they need support in provider tools and resources to do so. “Many providers who want to help patients with tools like ketamine lack the confidence or support needed. NUEue’s focus is to develop tools for providers and patients to accelerate the adoption of innovative medicines and medical frameworks, and help a growing community of providers deliver high-quality care,” said Dr. Hassan, whose company My Ketamine Home was acquired by NUE Life.

Bellumio, NUE Life’s CTO, drew on his deep experience with AI and graph databases to create a holistic solution. He  formerly worked on graph databases while at both Accenture and at NEORIS and at his own former startups.

“What we're trying to do with this technology is create a companion to our patients for their mental wellness journeys,” Bellumio said. “When people are dealing with different issues, you need to be there all the time and that's what we're creating -- personalized assistance to provide anything that the patient needs on a daily basis -- recommendations for treatment, recommendations for music, recommendations for supplements. So it's about really understanding the patient holistically and we use a framework, a detailed knowledge graph, to understand the physical, the mental and behavioral components of the patient and  accompany them on their daily journey.”

NUE Life operates in California, Texas and Florida, with plans for nationwide expansion. The platform will initially offer at-home ketamine therapy, combined with music therapies and other personalized recommendations through an app, but Cappello said the vision is to expand with other treatments and technologies aimed at attacking the mental wellness crisis.

Bellumio adds, “It's just amazing to have this great cap table of people supporting us and I told Francis [Suarez] yesterday that we need to make Miami the capital of mental wellness.”

This was originally published on Refresh Miami by Nancy Dahlberg and can be found here.

NUE Life, a Miami startup developing a nextgen mental wellness solution, has raised a $3.3 million seed round.

Run Club Miami

Baptist Health Run Clubs Are Back in Time for Global Running Day

The Baptist Health Run Clubs Powered by Nike are restarting after a year of pause during the pandemic. Brickell Run Club had their first run in over a year last night. The group will be meeting weekly again on Tuesdays at 7 pm at the Fortune International building at 1300 Brickell Avenue.

In addition to Brickell, there are also run club locations in Kendall, Weston, South Beach, Coral Gables, Homestead, Doral, and West Kendall. For those who want to participate in Global Running Day, the Kendall Run Club is meeting up tonight at 7 pm at the Go Run Running Store.

The Run Club is free and all speeds and paces are welcomed. Runs are typically around 3-3.5 miles and the group meets rain or shine.

Join the 300+ people who participate! Interested runners can fill out the waiver here and receive more information, or head to runclubnetwork.com for more information on all of the local run clubs.

The Baptist Health Run Clubs Powered by Nike are restarting after a year of pause during the pandemic. Brickell Run Club had their first run in over a year last night. The group will be meeting weekly again on Tuesdays at 7 pm at the Fortune International building at 1300 Brickell Avenue.

Zumba Miami

CEO Alberto Perlman Reflects on 20 Years of Zumba

Zumba co-founder and CEO Alberto Perlman spoke with The Miami Herald about the evolution of the dance-fitness craze 20 years later, how it survived the pandemic, and what the next 20 years might look like. Check out an excerpt below and find the full interview here.

How has Zumba changed over the past two decades?

The original Zumba class hasn’t changed that much, but what changes is the type of music we use. When we came on the scene, reggaeton did not exist, and as soon as we started hearing these sounds coming out of Puerto Rico, we said, ‘These are perfect for Zumba.’ We were the first ones to bring reggaeton into the mainstream. As music evolves, Zumba evolves — you’re dancing to popular music, and that always keeps you coming back.

How does Zumba compete with new exercise trends on the scene?

Most fitness programs usually live in the space of, ‘We’re better from a calorie-burn perspective, or from a fitness perspective.’ But if you only live in that physical space, someone is going to come along and will build a better mousetrap. Think about the Thighmaster in the ‘90s, or 8 Minute Abs — someone is going to come up with seven-minute abs.

Zumba is similar to yoga in that there is emotion — in yoga you think of zen or flow state. In Zumba we call it F.E.J.: freeing electrifying joy. You get lost in the music, you’re having so much fun that all other thoughts are gone, you’re just there, present in the moment.

And the other piece is the community. In yoga it’s similar as well — there’s a pilgrimage to India, or some sort of yoga shrine. In Zumba, there’s a convention every year, and it’s a magical place. Physical plus emotional plus community is why Zumba is a forever brand.

What is the significance of Miami to the Zumba story?

It’s where we live. It could have only been born here because of the cultural aspect of Miami, the openness to Latin music, Latin influence — Miami is capital of Latin America. Beto’s dream growing up in Cali was to go to Miami. Zumba started when my cousins, my mom, everyone I knew was taking Beto’s class here in Aventura — it wasn’t even called Zumba then, he called it “rhumba-cise.” At that moment something sparked the idea: What if we take this to the world, put it on a VHS tape — this was 2001 — and teach Zumba at home via VHS. What we realized is that the community and class was the true Zumba experience, so we started training instructors, who would come from all over the country and go to Miami and train in Zumba. But Miami is still the root and culture of Zumba. Zumba is Miami.

What will the next 20 years of Zumba look like?

We’re constantly enhancing our technologies to make our instructors more successful. We believe people don’t need another screen in their life. We want them to get together in person, and we don’t want humanity to lose that. Mental health has also come up as a big topic in how Zumba helps — we want to create more moments to help people through any mental health issues.

We’ve also created a new brand, STRONG Nation. It’s a high-intensity training program — but we created a program where the music is scored to the workout. So we create these routines, then create music that completely matches the routines. We want to have an epic feeling, really feeling like a bad-ass. So you’re going to see more STRONG Nation in the years to come.

We also created the Zumba music lab. It’s a production house where we create our own music. We’re working with some of the best writers and producers in the world, and now record labels are coming and saying they want to launch our songs.

This article was originally published in The Miami Herald by Rob Wile and can be found here.

Zumba co-founder and CEO Alberto Perlman spoke with The Miami Herald about the evolution of the dance-fitness craze 20 years later, how it survived the pandemic, and what the next 20 years might look like.

J.Lo at Anatomy South Beach Miami

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Spotted Together on Gym Outing to Anatomy

As reported by Page Six, J.Lo and Ben Affleck worked out at Anatomy Sunset Harbour today and sources say they were very affectionate.

Anatomy is a notorious fan-favorite for celebrities who visit Miami.

Photo of J.Lo and Ben Affleck by MEGA for PageSix.com

Check out the full story here.

As reported by Page Six and ET Online, J.Lo and Ben Affleck worked out at Anatomy Sunset Harbour today and sources say they were very affectionate.

Partners in Health Engage Miami

Sweat in Solidarity And Raise Funds With Miami Universities

Sweat in Solidarity is this year's virtual edition of Partner in Health's annual Strides in Solidarity fundraiser. Students from the University of Florida, University of Miami, and the University of South Florida have come together to fundraise to build the Maternal Center of Excellence in Sierra Leone. In Sierra Leone, women have a 1 in 20 lifetime risk of dying from a maternal cause.

All donations from the event will go toward PIH to establish the Maternal Center of Excellence (MCOE) in rural Kono District, Sierra Leone to provide high-quality care to women and families who need it most, build local health capacity for sustained impact, and create a blueprint for scaling proven interventions in women's health around the world.

Partners In Health (PIH) is a social justice organization driven by the uncompromising belief that everyone, especially those most in need, deserves quality health care. The PIH Engage network of volunteer community organizers is well on its way to raising $100,000 for the MCOE. This amount can ensure crucial diagnostic capacity, including HIV and pre-eclampsia screening, for patients of the MCOE.

PIH has been hosting live, virtual group fitness classes this week, including interval training, hip-hop fitness, Zumba, yoga, and more.

Sweat in Solidarity will be culminating with a virtual 5k on this Saturday, May 22. At that time, all participants will walk or run to demonstrate their solidarity with community health workers who walk each day to serve their patients and their community.

To register for any of the events fill out this Google form or to donate through their fundraising page here.

Sweat in Solidarity is this year's virtual edition of Partner in Health's annual Strides in Solidarity fundraiser. Students from the University of Florida, University of Miami, and the University of South Florida have come together to fundraise to build the Maternal Center of Excellence in Sierra Leone. In Sierra Leone, women have a 1 in 20 lifetime risk of dying from a maternal cause.