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Earth Day 2021
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Miami Beach Commission Unanimously Adopts Climate Change Resolution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Earth Day 2021
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All the Ways You Can Celebrate Earth Day in Miami This Year

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

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

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

Miami Beach:

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

City of Miami / North Miami / Downtown Miami:

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

Coral Gables:

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

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

STAY FIT 305
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Video: STAY FIT 305 - Neon Night Ride

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

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

305 DAY
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Video: Namaste Miami - It's 305 DAY 2021

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

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

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

South Florida Sweat Guide: April 2021
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South Florida Sweat Guide: April 2021

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

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

April 3

305 Fitness with Glow Fitness at The Doral yard

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

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

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

April 4

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

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

April 7

STAY FIT 305: Neon Night Ride

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

April 10

Deka Strong 

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

April 11

60 Minute Free Online Virtual Yoga with Mia Velez

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

Sweat at The Moxy with Starr Hawkins

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

April 12

Yoga at Tarpon River Brewing

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

April 13

Road to City Zero Zumba with Beto Perez

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

April 15

Virtual Booty by BRABANTS workout with the W Miami Hotel

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

April 17

Yoga Workout at The Wharf Miami with Lisa Schwartz

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

Sweat Show at The Moxy Hotel Rooftop with Ky Evans

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

Earth Day Yoga and Beach Cleanup with Clean Miami Beach

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

Zumba Bash at Bayfron Park with the Downtown Miami YMCA

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

Regatta Harbour x Anatomy: Vinyasa Flow

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

April 18

STAY FIT 305: UNKNWN Takeover Sweat, Powered by NOCCO

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

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

Click Here For Ticket Info

April 20

Hatha Yoga with Dunia at The Doral Yard

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

April 30

STAY FIT 305: Sunset Yoga

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

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

Click Here For Ticket Info

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miami Riders Alliance
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Miami Riders Alliance is Fighting for Safer Streets, Better Transportation Throughout the County

Traffic sucks, owning a car is expensive and driving isn’t great for the environment; all reasons why Miami Riders Alliance formed in 2019 to advocate for holistic transportation in Miami-Dade County. According to President Kevin Amézaga, the organization is fighting to get people out of cars and make public and alternative modes of transportation safer and more accessible. 

Traffic sucks, owning a car is expensive, and driving isn’t great for the environment; all reasons why Miami Riders Alliance formed in 2019 to advocate for holistic transportation in Miami-Dade County. 

According to President Kevin Amézaga, the organization is fighting to get people out of cars and make public and alternative modes of transportation safer and more accessible. 

“We're essentially consultants on behalf of transit riders,” he said, “lobbying for people while they’re at their jobs.” 

Florida, he said, isn’t serious about getting drivers out of cars and it shows. And while some leaders and municipalities in Miami-Dade have made positive changes, there are still ways to go. 

“Here in Miami Dade, everybody is using their car to go from their house to the grocery store, even if it's a quarter-mile away,” Amézaga said. “People are sending their cars over bridges into the bay. And this pollution is contributing to some of the die-offs that we’ve been seeing [in Biscayne Bay].” 

Aside from environmental reasons, he said, alternative modes of transportation like walking and cycling are cheaper, and often healthier, than driving. 

The Riders Alliance fights issue by issue for causes related to transportation and provides a number of resources for residents looking to make their voice heard or learn more. For example, leading up to last July’s County mayoral election, the Alliance launched candidate report cards indicating where now-Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and opponent Esteban Bovo fell on transportation-related issues. 

The website also features a “Report a Stop” tool, which allows individuals to submit pictures of bus stops in the county and indicate whether they have features like a bench or shelter. 

Amézaga said last-mile transportation is a critical issue for the Alliance and for transport in Miami-Dade. While the transportation system itself is important, equally crucial is how riders can get to it. 

“The SMART Plan is really important,” he said, referring to the County’s Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit Plan which identifies six corridors in Miami-Dade for transportation development. 

“But what's more important is actually implementing ways to get to the SMART Plan. We could have rail down every single corridor, and it won't work because connectivity in our network just isn't there,” he continued.

Improving this network, Amézaga said, requires taking into account the needs of elderly and disabled riders. For all walkers and cyclists, wider sidewalks would be a plus. The network should also incentivize ridership over driving by implementing systems like allowing busses to queue jump at intersections. 

Though the County and state have a long way to go to become truly pedestrian, rider, and cyclist-friendly, Amézaga said there have been some positive changes. 

Miami Beach officials are making an effort to make the island more friendly for individuals who aren’t behind the wheel. 

“I think they’re seeing that maybe getting tourists out of cars is a great thing,” he said, “because tourists don’t know where they’re going.” 

Recent improvements on the island include protected bike lanes on Washington Avenue and the ‘Slow Streets’ pilot that discourages through traffic and encourages road sharing in Flamingo Park. 

Amézaga says everybody, even drivers, can benefit from fewer cars on the road. And whether one is walking or biking to work or for a workout, they can benefit from wider sidewalks, safer streets, and a transportation system that accounts for their needs. 

To learn more, join, or donate to the Riders Alliance, check out their website, Instagram, and Facebook pages for more information. 

Wing for Life Race 2021
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Wings For Life World Run Goes Virtual Again for 2021

Global fundraising run Wings for Life will be held on May 9, 2021, virtually through their app. While participants will be running alone, the app connects the global field of participants and offers an integrated listening experience.

Global fundraising run Wings for Life will be held on May 9, 2021, virtually through their app. While participants will be running alone, the app connects the global field of participants and offers an integrated listening experience.

“I think it's great that the Wings for Life World Run is happening this year no matter what. This means runners already have a goal and motivation at the start of the 2021 running season, both of which are incredibly important for regular training”, said Sebastian Coe, President of World Athletics. “Running has become an important outlet for many people, especially during these challenging times. And the event also links participants virtually across all national borders. This has always been an important responsibility of sport.”

During the Wings for Life World Run, all runners and wheelchair users start at exactly the same time of 11:00 UTC. 30 minutes after the start gun, the Catcher Car gets going and starts its chase of participants. It will gradually get faster and pass participant after participant. Once passed by the Catcher Car, you have successfully completed the run. Everyone is a finisher in the Wings for Life World Run. 

Since 2014, the Wings for Life World Run community has been running together every May for those who can't. Whether as part of a Flagship Run, Organized App Run, or simply individually by taking part with the App, with their entry fees, the runners and wheelchair users support the Wings for Life foundation with the goal to find a cure for spinal cord injuries. 

“I’m really looking forward to this year and the Wings for Life World Run. Not only because we do good together, but also because it is incredible fun being part of the run,” said Anita Gerhardter, CEO of Wings for Life. “Covid-19 presented us with many restrictions. Fortunately, many of them are only temporary. People with spinal cord injuries, on the other hand, have to struggle with severe limitations throughout their lives. We want to change that. That’s why I’m excited about anyone joining us on May 9 and helping us to find a cure.” 

So far, a total of 700,000 registered participants from 195 nations has been recorded, 4.3 million miles have been run and close to $36 million have been received by Wings for Life in the form of entry fees and donations.

Set your own personal goal, sign up for this year’s race, or find out more information at their website www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com.


CKO Miami
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Video: Riverside Series Highlights - STAY FIT 305 x CKO Miami

STAY FIT 305 events are back, and our pop-up sweat with CKO Miami was incredible!

STAY FIT 305 events are back, and our pop-up sweat with CKO Miami was incredible! Thanks to Rodney Simon for providing electric energy at our Riverside Series kickboxing / bootcamp pop-up class, and to our partners at Celsius for bringing the fuel! Scroll down to watch video highlights from the sweat. See photo highlights on the STAY FIT 305 Facebook page.

Missed out on the fun? No sweat. Come join the rest of the STAY FIT 305 community at any of our upcoming fitness experiences here: STAY FIT 305 EVENTS.

South Florida Sweat Guide: March 2021
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South Florida Sweat Guide: March 2021

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

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

March 4

Annie Moves Yoga, Powered by Handmade Beauty

Join Annie as she leads a spice vinyasa flow followed by the best local and organic refreshments, with a side of skincare brought to you by Handmade Beauty. Click Here For Ticket Info

March 5

STAY FIT 305: Namaste Miami - It’s 305 DAY

We are back for a fifth year with our annual March 5th event – “Namaste Miami – It’s 305 DAY!” Celebrate 305 DAY with STAY FIT 305 at Ironside Miami with a yoga flow featuring amazing energy, good vibes, and incredible people. The 305 DAY yoga flow will be led by instructor – Lizzy Chiappy, Co-Founder of Casa Vinyasa. Click Here For Ticket Info

March 6

1st Saturday at ADAPT

ADAPT Wellness Center hosts free community group fitness and open gym in North Miami the first Saturday of every month. Click Here For Ticket Info

Workout with Rachel Joy

Join Rachel Joy on March 6th at North Beach Hotel for a FUN Fitness Filled Party. Click Here For Ticket Info

March 7

Core at Cleve: Full Body Workout at Clevelander Rooftop 

Sweat at the Clevelander SPF4 Rooftop throughout March for Miami Health & Wellness Months with "Core at Cleve,” a socially distanced workout led by Miami yoga and fitness instructors. Click Here For Ticket Info

Women RUN Wynwood - Women’s History Month 5K

Don’t miss the Women RUN Wynwood 5K run in celebration of Women’s History Month. Meet at Veza Sur Brewing Co. in Wynwood. Click Here For Ticket Info

March 8

Echelon Miami Reopening Event

Echelon Miami is ready to ride with you once again. Join in on the reopening celebration and be one of the first 25 attendees to receive their limited Echelon Swag Bag. The event is absolutely free. Ride or just hang out and meet the Echelon instructors. Don't forget your mask. Click Here For Ticket Info

March 13

Slash Fitness St. Pattys Outdoor Workout

Celebrate St.Pattys with Slash Fitness on their brand new outdoor turf area with a 45-minute, nonstop full body workout using bands and body weight incorporating strength and HIIT. Class times are 8:30 AM and 9:30 AM. Click Here For Ticket Info

March 14

STAY FIT 305 Winter Sweat Series: Booty + Bands

Join STAY FIT 305 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel for a Booty + Bands class with Exhale instructor Jade Perkins, as part of the STAY FIT 305 Winter Sweat Series. Afterward, enjoy the rest of the day poolside at the Loews Miami Beach, and enjoy that South Beach sun – the perfect ending to your weekend!

  • Access to Winter Sweat Series Workout
  • All-Day Access to the Loews Miami Beach Pool
  • 20% Off Any 60/90 Minute Exhale Therapies + Exhale Boutique, Same Day
  • Sampling from our Brand Partners

 Click Here For Ticket Info

Train with Gui

Work hard and play hard with Gui Dapelo at Back Door Monkey Driving Cinema in Wynwood. Click Here For Ticket Info

March 15

Yoga at Tarpon River Brewing

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

March 20

HIIT at Lummus Park with Roya Fit

Start your Saturday off right with a full body High-Intensity Interval training workout with a signature 60-minute RoyaFit Bootcamp on Ocean Drive. Sweat, pump and burn your body with bodyweight exercises and high-intensity drills to kick start your metabolism, and rock your core to a guilt-free brunch. Click Here For Ticket Info

March 21

STAY FIT 305: UNKNWN Takeover Sweat - Bootcamp

Join STAY FIT 305 at UNKNWN for a bootcamp workout with fitness trainer Rick Chavez, fueled by our friends at NOCCO.

Our two brands have teamed up to create some incredible fitness experiences over the coming months, and we’re kicking things off with a bang, thanks to our friends at NOCCO who are providing the fitness fuel! Click Here For Ticket Info

March 28

STAY FIT 305 Winter Sweat Series with Exhale: Bootcamp

Join STAY FIT 305 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel for a Bootcamp class with Exhale instructor Pauline Case, as part of the STAY FIT 305 Winter Sweat Series. Afterward, enjoy the rest of the day poolside at the Loews Miami Beach, and enjoy that South Beach sun – the perfect ending to your weekend!

  • Access to Winter Sweat Series Workout
  • All-Day Access to the Loews Miami Beach Pool
  • 20% Off Any 60/90 Minute Exhale Therapies + Exhale Boutique, Same Day
  • Sampling from our Brand Partners

 Click Here For Ticket Info

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Video: Riverside Series Highlights - STAY FIT 305 x RedBike

STAY FIT 305 events are back, and our pop-up sweat with RedBike was incredible!

STAY FIT 305 events are back, and our pop-up sweat with RedBike was incredible! Thanks to Andreina Baez for providing electric energy at our Riverside Series spin pop-up class with RedBike, and to our partners at Celsius for bringing the fuel! Scroll down to watch video highlights from the sweat.

Missed out on the fun? No sweat. Come join the rest of the STAY FIT 305 community at any of our upcoming fitness experiences here: STAY FIT 305 EVENTS.

Barry's Outdoors Miami
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VIDEO: STAY FIT 305 x Barry's Outdoors Special Edition Sweat Highlights

STAY FIT 305 events are back, and our first one was electric! Thanks to Sammi Stonish for setting the vibes at our Barry's Outdoors Special Edition Sweat, and to our partners at Celsius for bringing the energy!

STAY FIT 305 events are back, and our first one was electric! Thanks to Sammi Stonish for setting the vibes at our Barry's Outdoors Special Edition Sweat, and to our partners at Celsius for bringing the energy! Scroll down to watch video highlights from the event and see photo highlights here at the STAY FIT 305 Facebook Page.

Missed out on the fun? No sweat. Come join the rest of the STAY FIT 305 community at any of our upcoming fitness experiences here: STAY FIT 305 EVENTS.

Hard Rock Stadium
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Drew Rosenhaus Partners with Barry's for Black History Month Charity Workout

Legendary sports agent Drew Rosenhaus has partnered with Barry's on a unique fitness experience for South Florida residents, all with the goal of benefitting the Players Coalition in honor of Black History Month.

Legendary sports agent Drew Rosenhaus has partnered with Barry's on a unique fitness experience for South Florida residents, all with the goal of benefitting the Players Coalition in honor of Black History Month.

On Valentine's Day, guests are invited to join Rosenhaus and Barry's Miami instructor Kellie Williams at midfield of Hard Rock Stadium for an exclusive, on-field, total-body Barry's workout.

The socially distanced workout will benefit the Players Coalition in honor of Black History Month. The Players Coalition is a 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organization working with over 1,400 professional athletes, coaches, and owners across the leagues to improve social justice and racial equality in the U.S. The Players Coalition was founded in 2017 by co-founders Anquan Boldin, NFL 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year, and Malcolm Jenkins, 2017 NFLPA Byron “Whizzer” White winner, and is governed by a Task Force Board of 11 voting members.

Tickets to the Barry's Miami Hard Rock Stadium workout are $20, and includes free parking and equipment. Bose is matching every ticket sold with a $10 donation to the Players Coalition.

The event kicks off at 1:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased here.

*Image courtesy of Hard Rock Stadium Facebook.

South Florida Sweat Guide: February 2021
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South Florida Sweat Guide: February 2021

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

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

February 6

Rave & Shine - Deep House Yoga Rave and Brunch

Join Maria for a power vinyasa yoga class to rejuvenate the mind and strengthen the body. Get ready to sweat and allow the beats to resonate. Event includes Yoga & Sound Healing, Live DJ, Crystal Bowl Sound Bath w/ Binaural Beats, Rave & Open Dance Floor, Gourmet Vegetarian Brunch & Fruit Bar, and Holistic Vendor Marketplace. Click Here For Ticket Info

Yoga at Pullman Miami

Enjoy beautiful views while participating in relaxing Yoga Class at Pullman Miami. Click Here For Ticket Info

February 7

Warrior Yoga Flow Sundays at 1111

Join Adrian Molina and his Warrior Flow family every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. at 1111 Lincoln Rd (level 7), Miami Beach, FL 33139. Click Here For Ticket Info

February 10

Lululemon Valentine’s Day MIRROR Demo

Schedule a MIRROR demo with you and your plus one this February 10th - 14th for a partnered sweat session in the Aventura Store. You and your plus one will have the opportunity to learn about and experience the MIRROR in a workout personalized to you. Click Here For Ticket Info

Warrior Yoga Flow Sundays at 1111

Don’t miss this free booty workout with Miami fitness instructor Safia Berrada across from Museum Park Marina - Baywalk Path. Click Here For Ticket Info

February 11

STAY FIT 305 Doral Yard Series: Zumba with Cat Medina

Join STAY FIT 305 in-person for a Zumba class with instructor Cat Medina in collaboration with The Doral Yard. Click Here For Ticket Info

February 13

STAY FIT 305 Riverside Series: Spin with RedBike

Join STAY FIT 305 in-person for a spin class with RedBike instructor Andreina Baez at Riverside Miami. Don't miss this sweat inducing, heart-pumping ride, outdoor ride along the Miami River with one of Miami's top spin studios! Click Here For Ticket Info

February 14

Barry's Miami at Hard Rock Stadium

Join Barry's at Hard Rock Stadium for a Total Body Workout with rockstar Barry’s instructor Kellie Williams. The event will be hosted by legendary sports agent Drew Rosenhaus, with proceeds to benefit Players Coalition in honor of Black History Month. Bose will match a $10 donation for every ticket purchased. The class is 50 Minutes in length, with bands and mat provided, parking included. Click Here For Ticket Info

February 21

STAY FIT 305 Riverside Series: Outdoor Kickboxing with CKO

Join STAY FIT 305 in-person for an outdoor cardio kickboxing class with CKO at Riverside Miami. Don't miss this sweat inducing, heart-pumping class along the Miami River with one of Miami's top kickboxing studios! Click Here For Ticket Info

Body & Soul: BFit on Key Biscayne

Join Body & Soul for their signature BFit class on Key Biscayne. Meet under the first bridge parking lot in Key Biscayne. For non members the class is $10. Click Here For Ticket Info

February 27

Free Outdoor Zumba Class at Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science

Celebrate Miami Health & Wellness months with Free Zumba Classes! Offered in-person as well as virtual. Click Here For Ticket Info

February 28

STAY FIT 305 Winter Sweat Series with Exhale: Yoga

Join STAY FIT 305 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel for a Yoga class as part of the STAY FIT 305 Winter Sweat Series. Join us for a Yoga flow on the Loews Miami Beach Americana Lawn Sunday, February 28th at 10:00am with instructor Christine Kelly. Afterward, enjoy the rest of the day poolside at the Loews Miami Beach, and enjoy that South Beach sun – the perfect ending to your weekend!

  • Access to Winter Sweat Series Workout
  • All-Day Access to the Loews Miami Beach Pool
  • 20% Off Any 60/90 Minute Exhale Therapies + Exhale Boutique, Same Day
  • Sampling from our Brand Partners

 Click Here For Ticket Info

Nathalia Ferr
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The Top 10 STAY FIT 305 Stories of 2020

Discover the Top 10 STAY FIT 305 stories of 2020. From our list of must-try gyms to some powerful op-eds, you don't want to miss these articles.

Let’s take a look at the Top 10 stories of the year on STAY FIT 305.

10). Op-Ed: Pride Month Feels Different During the Black Lives Matter Movement

This powerful op-ed penned by Troy Jason Valls, owner of Move Lift Live in Brickell, discusses how Pride Month was and felt a little different in 2020 in the wake of the shooting of George Floyd and the #blacklivesmatter movement. Read the full story here

9). 10 Must-Try HIIT and Bootcamp Workouts in South Florida 2020

Discover STAY FIT 305’s list of recommended HIIT and bootcamp focused gyms and studios across South Florida that we suggest you drop in for a sweat. See the full list here

8). New Pilates Brand Tremble Launches, Uses COVID as an Opportunity

In 2020, we saw a subset of JetSet Pilates studios break off and rebrand as Tremble. Under owner Aryan Rashed, Tremble has catapulted to a must-try Pilates experience in Miami, and partnered with Anatomy to bring their Pilates experience to guests. Read the full story here

7). 10 South Florida Gyms You Need to Try in 2020

Discover STAY FIT 305’s list of recommended gyms and studios across South Florida that we suggest you drop in for a sweat. See the full list here

6). The #1 Voted Best Gym in Miami 2020

See what Miami gym was voted “Best Gym in Miami 2020” by our STAY FIT 305 community. See the winner here

5). Heavy and Heartbroken, Yet Hopeful: My Journey as a Biracial Woman

Read this incredible op-ed by Miami fitness trainer Taylor Walker, as she reflects on growing up biracial in America. Read the full story here

4). Workout Like a Firefighter with the FitFighter Steelhose

Fresh off her appearance on Shark Tank, FitFighter founder, Sarah Apgar showcases her versatile fitness tool does the work of a dumbbell, sandbag, medicine ball, and sledgehammer in one, giving you all the benefits of your favorite gym equipment in one easy-to-store tool that comes in a variety of weights. Read the full story here

3). 5 People Who Forever Changed the Miami Fitness Scene in the Last Decade

During the last ten years, South Florida has seen unprecedented growth in the health, wellness, and fitness industries. So, who are the trendsetters responsible for changing the Miami fitness community this past decade? Check out our list below of fitness professionals who have made a lasting imprint on the 305. See the full list here

2). Miami Fitness Brand 54D Has International Success During COVID-19

Miami-based fitness brand 54D has seen exponential growth during this year's quarantine as people from all over the world have joined their wellness movement and helped them reach a new streaming record. Learn more about this growing fitness brand here

1). 25 Miami Fitness Trainers You Need to Follow in 2020

See our list of Miami fitness trainers we recommend you follow in 2020. See the full list here

South Florida Sweat Guide: January 2021
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South Florida Sweat Guide: January 2021

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

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

January 2

Boot Camp with Dani Mazo & Steven Vargas

Meet Dani Mazo and Steven Vargas every Saturday at Margaret Pace Park or a full HIIT body workout with an amazing view of the bay. All you need is water, yoga mat, and lots of energy. Click Here For Ticket Info

January 3

STAY FIT 305 Virtual Workout: Pilates with Rachel Scherdin

Join STAY FIT 305 and Rachel Scherdin, owner of Transition Pilates, as she leads us through a high-energy and sweat inducing virtual Pilates class. This free class is one of many virtual and in-person fitness experiences STAY FIT 305 will be producing in 2021. Click Here For Ticket Info

January 6

STAY FIT 305 Virtual Workout: Zumba with Cat Medina

Join STAY FIT 305 and Cat Medina as she leads us through an electric virtual Zumba class. This free class is one of many virtual and in-person fitness experiences STAY FIT 305 will be producing in 2021. Click Here For Ticket Info

January 7

Sound Off™ Strength and Yoga: New Year, New Glutes

Join Adrian Molina and Daniel Daniel as they take over 1111 Lincoln Rd on Thursday, January 7th at 7:00pm for an evening of Full Body Conditioning and Glutes Strengthening, followed by Yoga, House Music and Dance while using the latest technology of Sound Off™ noise cancellation headphones fundraising for The Warrior Flow Foundation. Click Here For Ticket Info

January 9

Rooftop Yoga at Novotel Miami Brickell

Join Hot Yoga Brickell every Sunday 12pm by the Rooftop Pool at Novotel Miami Brickell. Enjoy beautiful views while participating in relaxing Yoga Class. For your safety, social distancing guidelines are strictly followed. Please bring your own yoga mat and towel. Click Here For Ticket Info

January 12

The Mind Body Connection with Leann Koleas

Explore what your mind is telling your body and what your body is telling your mind with Leann Koleas. In this workshop, you will delve into the mind body connection through a simple exercise that allows you to shift your focus, remember deep joy, and truly see where your thoughts show up in different areas of our bodies. Click Here For Ticket Info

January 14

STAY FIT 305 Sweat at The Yard Series: HIIT with Juan Garcia

Join STAY FIT 305 in-person for a HIIT workout with instructor Juan Garcia in collaboration with The Doral Yard. STAY FIT 305 is excited to bring some of South Florida’s top fitness instructors to The Doral Yard as part of our Sweat At The Yard Series. Each month, join STAY FIT 305 and some of the hottest trainers from around town as we sweat it out! This event offers a very limited in-person experience. Click Here For Ticket Info

January 16

Health Is Wealth Festival by Infinity Sports Institute

The festival will include: Free Fascial Stretching and Manual Therapy-Sports Science Lab Demo.First 5 Registrations receive a free dexa scan. Variety of Health & Wellness Vendors (Food, Skincare, Recovery, and more). Hands-On Workshops-Curated Health Panel. Click Here For Ticket Info

January 18

Tennis 101 For Beginner Adults

Free 2-week program designed for adults that want to get started in tennis, focused on learning the correct technique and getting used to the court, improving overall physical performance and playing in a group with others!  Limited-time offer for a max of 30 players looking to get started in tennis. Click Here For Ticket Info

January 20

Booty + Ab Wednesdays with Safia Berrada

Join Miami fitness trainer Safia Berrada for booty and abs, every Wednesday at Museum Park Marina starting at 8:30am. All you need is a yoga mat. Click Here For Ticket Info

January 21

Let the Feeling Flow with lululemon + Lizzy Chiappy

Join lululemon local South Florida ambassador as she lead you through virtual meditative yoga session. Click Here For Ticket Info

January 23

STAY FIT 305 Sweat at The Yard Series: HIIT with Michelle Bertran

Join STAY FIT 305 in-person for a HIIT workout with instructor Michelle Bertran in collaboration with The Doral Yard. STAY FIT 305 is excited to bring some of South Florida’s top fitness instructors to The Doral Yard as part of our Sweat At The Yard Series. Each month, join STAY FIT 305 and some of the hottest trainers from around town as we sweat it out! This event offers a very limited in-person experience. Click Here For Ticket Info

Body & Soul Miami Block Party

Join Body & Soul for an event with open-air/outdoor fitness classes, vendors, healthy food and drinks. Enjoy a full schedule of group fitness classes from Dance, Boxing, HIIT, Crossfit, and fun fitness competitions. Registration is not required but if you'd like to get your sweat on and take a class, email info@bodyandsoulmiami.com.

January 28

Virtual Full Moon Yoga

Join @gabyyoga live on Instagram for a free full moon yoga session hosted by the City of Doral from 6:00 - 8:00pm.

January 31

STAY FIT 305: Barry's Outdoors Special Edition Sweat

Join STAY FIT 305 for a special edition class of Barry’s Outdoors in Miami Beach, led by Barry’s instructor Sammi Stonish. In partnership with Barry’s, STAY FIT 305 is offering a special edition of the popular Barry’s Outdoors HIIT style workout at the 1212 Lincoln Road parking garage. Click Here for Ticket Info


New Apple Fitness Plus
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Apple Fitness+ is Here

Work out any time, anywhere, with the first fitness experience built around Apple Watch.

Work out any time, anywhere, with the first fitness experience built around Apple Watch

Apple Fitness+, the first fitness experience built around Apple Watch, is available today, bringing inclusive and welcoming studio-style workouts to iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV so users can work out anytime, anywhere. Fitness+ intelligently and seamlessly incorporates key workout metrics users love from Apple Watch directly to iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV alongside inspiring workout content for an unparalleled, highly personalized, immersive experience, set to motivating music from the world’s top artists.

Whether users are looking for a daily routine, want to try something new, know what they like to do, or are just getting started, Fitness+ offers workouts for everyone from a team of celebrated, charismatic, and passionate trainers who are specialists in their fields, and are inspired to coach all levels, from beginners to fitness enthusiasts. All of the workouts also include a trainer demonstrating modifications, so there’s always someone to follow, no matter a user’s ability.

Apple Fitness+ offers 10 different workouts types across a range of durations, including: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Strength, Yoga, Dance, Core, Cycling, Treadmill (for running and walking), Rowing, and Mindful Cooldown — along with inspiring music from today’s top artists, thoughtfully chosen for each workout to keep users moving and motivated. For those not sure what to do on any given day, Fitness+ recommends workouts based on what they already enjoy doing so they can jump right in with something familiar, try something new, discover a new trainer, or find a workout to complement their current routine. They can also use the intuitive filter to choose the trainer, time, workout, and music to fit their mood, and in seconds, they’ll be on their way to their next great workout.

For people who are just starting out, trying a new workout type, or getting back into exercise, Absolute Beginner workouts provide expert guidance through the basics of HIIT, Strength, Core, and Yoga as an option to prepare for the weekly studio workouts.

Integration with Apple Watch, combined with the ease of discovering great workouts for all ability levels, the welcoming trainer team, motivating music, and the convenience to workout anywhere on Apple devices truly makes Fitness+, fitness for all.

Fitness+ will be available as a subscription service for $9.99 (US) per month or $79.99 (US) per year,1 and Apple Watch customers will find Fitness+ in the Fitness app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Fitness+ can be shared among up to six family members for the same price, making it easy for other Apple Watch users in the household to enjoy the service. Three months of Apple Fitness+ are included for customers who purchase Apple Watch Series 3 or later, and one month of Fitness+ is included for existing Apple Watch users.2

via Apple Newsroom

Fitness Industry COVID-19
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Op-Ed: The Future is Bright in the Fitness Industry For Those Willing to Put in Sweat Equity

The fitness industry has had a lot to worry about since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But Pilates in the Grove owner Christa Gurka thinks the future is bright for those willing to work for it.

While COVID-19 has been a humbling experience for many business owners, the pandemic has been an outright disaster for the health and fitness industry. A lot of fairly significant brands, including Golds Gym, 24 Hour Fitness, YogaWorks and Flywheel, have filed for bankruptcy. On top of that, over 38,000 fitness clubs and studios in the US have been shut down due to the virus. It has been reported that less than 50% of these businesses will reopen successfully.

Here are some unsettling statistics:

  • 34% of gym exercisers have or plan to cancel their gym memberships after.
  • COVID-19 and more than 20 million gym memberships could be cancelled due to COVID-19.
  • As a result of the coronavirus, 40% of Americans exercised at home for the first time.
  • At least 500,000 fitness club employees have been furloughed as a result of the club shutdowns.

There are a variety of factors that continue to be real threats to the industry. The main threat remains government mandated shutdowns. Some places in California and New York (specifically Manhattan) have been dark since March, with no real sense of when they will get the green light to reopen. This has been a devastating loss, especially in these areas where commercial rents are at an all-time high.

*RELATED 4 Ways COVID-19 Will Change the FItness Industry

Another factor that threatens health and wellness are the continued reports from the media that gyms, studios and fitness centers are not safe and could be super spreaders for the virus. At this time there is no evidence that the spread is coming from the fitness industry. As a matter of fact, most studios (especially boutique fitness) may be safer than your average grocery store. These studios are able to limit class size, maintain adequate social distancing, enforce mask wearing, evaluate who is appropriate to return to the studio and keep accurate records of those who were in the studio at any given time.

Lastly, negotiating with landlords has been significantly challenging for most businesses. When over 38,000 studios were forced to close back in March, there was a mixed response from landlords. While some offered abatements and others offered deferment, there were many that offered nothing. This challenge continues even as businesses have been allowed to reopen, albeit at limited and lower capacities. There continues to be a huge need for rent relief and additional government aid for this industry sector. This may prove to be the most significant barrier for a majority of health and wellness businesses to remain financially solvent now and in the future.

While this industry has seen many devastating effects, there are some positives on the horizon. The volatility of the late spring and early summer is beginning to stabilize. According to ZenPlanner, member check-ins are steadily increasing — up 1% over the last month to 79% of what we’d normally expect this time of year. Revenue is slightly behind check-ins but increasing at a faster rate — it increased 3% over August to 75% of normal in September. This number is especially encouraging when compared with April, when the number dipped to 14%. Nationwide, revenue is at 77% of 2019 numbers, up two percent from last month.

*RELATED 7 Ways the Pandemic Impacted 2020 Fitness Trends

Despite having the impact to financially devastate the health club industry, the 37% of all survey participants indicated they would work out more after COVID-19, and over 50% of them said they are motivated to do so by a renewed appreciation for their health and well-being according to a survey by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association.

Gyms and studios that have seen success are the ones that were able to be flexible and creative: expanding class offerings outside a typical schedule, consistent communication and engagement with members and students, and hybrid memberships and class options. They are also investing heavily in digital and expanding their on-demand and virtual platforms.

*RELATED A Silver Lining in Fitness: A Miami Gym Owner's Journey Through COVID-19

Boutique fitness and micro gyms have seen an increase in new customer acquisition since reopening, as many Americans may still be fearful of going to a big box gym and are looking for a smaller, more intimate experience. Several local studios including Pilates in the Grove have seen an increase in revenue from 1:1 private sessions both virtually and in-studio.

Businesses looking to grow and capitalize on this positive trend should seek to start a marketing campaign aimed at people who are tired of working out (or avoiding working out) at home. Once people come through your door, make sure they feel safe and welcome. Take extra time with leads and members to strengthen your community.

Along with the positive trend of increasing revenues, the industry has also seen a surge in proprietary inventions. Many in the industry were not about to sit back and allow the pandemic to shutter them forever. Instead, they saw a need for better and have gone on to create new products, features, and programs that will most likely be a part of our new normal well into the future.

While there are still massive hurdles to overcome in the health and wellness industries, the future is promising for those willing and able to innovate and stay the course for the long haul. We on the business side of this industry are hopeful that our communities will rally together to keep health and wellness alive. As they say ... our greatest wealth is health!

Winwood Wynwood Scavenger Hunt Miami
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"WINWOOD" SCAVENGER HUNT TO SUPPORT LOCAL WYNWOOD BUSINESSES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Wynwood-based law firm AXS LAW Group is proud to announce the launch of its first annual “WINwood Scavenger Hunt,” a free event open to the public that encourages locals to safely shop, eat and visit Wynwood merchants. The event takes place Friday, December 11, through Sunday, December 13, with one lucky participant winning a $1,000 prize.

Wynwood-based law firm AXS LAW Group is proud to announce the launch of its first annual “WINwood Scavenger Hunt, a free event open to the public that encourages locals to safely shop, eat and visit Wynwood merchants. The event takes place Friday, December 11, through Sunday, December 13, with one lucky participant winning a $1,000 prize.

Participants are encouraged to register by Thursday, December 10, on AXS Law Group’s website, www.axslawgroup.com. Upon registering, they will receive a list of  riddles via email, directing them to clues hidden within the 16 participating Wynwood locations. Contestants, who can work together in groups or compete individually, need to snap and accurately post a picture of answers to at least 10 of the 16 riddles. The list of riddles will also be posted on the AXS LAW Group’s Instagram page, @AXSLAW, and on the company’s website by December 7. 

Participating Wynwood businesses in the “WINwood Scavenger Hunt” include: The Salty Donut, Museum of Graffiti, BASE, Buya Izakaya + Yakitori, Cielito Artisan Pops, Candle Land, Sana Skin Studio, Doma Restaurant, Morgan's Restaurant, Fireman Derek's, Beaker & Gray, R House, D.O.G. Wynwood, SuViche, rácket, and The Lab Miami.

“As a Wynwood-based company, we have always been driven as a business and family to support our fellow neighbors by giving back to the community where we live and work,” said Jeff Gutchess, founding partner at AXS LAW Group. “With most local merchants open for business again, we hope South Floridians are encouraged to come back and visit our neighborhood by taking part in this fun, safe and family-friendly scavenger hunt, all while helping us in our mission to boost our local economy.” 

The rules to participate in the “WINwood Scavenger Hunt” are as follows: 

  • Participants have to post their answers to a minimum of 10 of the 16 riddles by snapping a photo or video of each answer and sharing it on their personal Instagram Stories. Participants can choose which 10 riddles they wish to answer in any order. 
  • Participants have to tag @AXSLAW and the participating business they took that particular photo at, as well as use the hashtag #AXStoWynwood, in each story post/frame. 
  • Instagram entries will only be accepted between 12:01 am Friday, December 11, through 11 pm on Sunday, December 13.
  • The winner needs to be at least 18 years old to redeem his/her prize. 

One lucky participant will be selected based on the most correct and creative answers, such as dressing up in a holiday costume, wearing fun face masks, using unique props, etc., and will win a grand prize of $1,000 in gift cards to redeem at the participating Wynwood retailers, merchants and restaurants, sponsored by AXS LAW Group. 

The winner will be announced on Monday, December 14, on AXS LAW Group’s Instagram page. For more information about the scavenger hunt, visit www.axslawgroup.com