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Best Brickell Gyms

Get your fitness on at some of the best places in the Brickell area to work up a sweat! Whether its strength training, cycling, yoga, martial arts, etc this list will provide you with the best of the best.

RedBike Studio


RedBike is a place that is “born, bred, and inspired by Miami.” The epitome of a true Miami cycling experience, RedBike infuses Miami culture in their all-Latin RumbaRides featuring synchronized club lights and bouncing tunes that will give you a South Beach vibe. At RedBike workouts are full-body, high-intensity, and rhythm-based cardio. The aim is to maximize calorie burn, accelerates fat loss, build strength, and develop lean muscle tone. The fun-loving and party- like environment will inspire you to reach your fitness goals.

Society Fitness

Multifunctional Gym

At Society Fitness members are privy to a truly outstanding all encompassing fitness experience. Located just a few steps from the majestic Miami River Society Fitness is the premier fitness destination of Brickell residents. The beautiful 3,600 sq. ft. functional fitness facility at Society Fitness is perfect for on-the-go business professionals, athletes and everyone in between who have a passion for living life, staying active, and achieving fitness goals. Society Fitness is a community and they believe that the beauty of training shouldn’t end with the physical improvements to your body but also developing friendships that will last long after you’ve surpassed your fitness goals in a beautiful atmosphere.



Loop takes the pilates to a whole new level. Often coined as “Pilates on Steroids” by true fans, the workouts at Loop are high intensity, safe on the joints and one of the best ways of training your body and building a powerful core and lean muscle. The most well-known workout at Loop is 50-minutes of intense total-body done on the MegaFormer using slow and controlled movements to work your slow-twitch muscle fibers to failure. It may seem intimidating at first but the results are amazing. Not only do you burn an average of 600 calories per class, but for the next 20-24 hours after class, your metabolism is increased so your body can repair the muscles. The beauty is that the workout is designed for all fitness levels. 

CKO Kickboxing

Martial Arts

Kickboxing is one of the most grueling but rewarding fitness activities and CKO Kickboxing is the perfect place to get your martial arts moves on. At CKO Kickboxing be prepared to burn fat, reduce stress, and tone your body to the max by punching and kicking real heavy bags. Fitness Kickboxing is one of the best fat-burning cardio exercises with up to 1,200 calories burned during just a one hour class. CKO Kickboxing offers exciting, fun, and engaging group fitness classes and keep the punches and kicks basic to focus on the fitness aspect of your workout. The beauty at CKO is that their kickboxing classes are for both beginner and advanced levels so each member can grow and evolve at their own pace while having a fabulous experience. 

EPIC Interval Training

Strength Training

EPIC is a innovative circuit-style fitness program that is the perfect mixture of fitness and creativity producing optimal results. At EPIC members start with a foundation of body weight exercises, cardio and strength training with mobility drills to recover and restore your body. Like many of the fitness centers on this list EPIC’s program has levels so that anyone can partake in their interval training. EPIC has also been rated one of the most creative and inspiring workouts by various national media outlets. At EPIC they say, “EPIC is more than just a fitness program, it’s an experience!”



Located conveniently in the contemporary and chic EPIC Hotel and Residences, exhale Downtown Miami is the ultimate wellbeing and fitness destination. This premier location provides members with a full schedule of tremendous Barre, Cardio, Yoga, and HIIT classes and workouts. The gym  is full of amenities and massive in size enhancing the workout experience. One of the great perks is the full floor of spa therapy rooms that provide renowned massages, facials, acupuncture, manicures, pedicures, and waxing. Begin or end your exhale experience with a moment to relax and rewind at the coed sauna, calming zen lounge, and private infrared saunas.

Brickell Heights Equinox

The recently opened Equinox location at Brickell Heights epitomizes the contemporary fitness qualities of the brand while infusing it with a hint of Miami.

Equinox Brickell Heights embodies the true Miami spirit with its panoramic yoga studio, wraparound pool deck and cabanas, floor-to-ceiling windows, over 8,000 square feet of strength and cardio equipment, deluxe locker rooms, steam rooms, a full-service spa, juice bar and café and more. 

Aaron Richter the Senior Vice President of Design at Equinox said, “Equinox Brickell Heights was designed as a true urban oasis.” “We wanted the light, color, and flavor of Miami to be on display at every turn in this club, so we thoughtfully incorporated elements such as floor-to-ceiling windows and a wraparound deck to highlight the bright surroundings of the city.”

The features at Equinox Brickell Heights are awe-inspiring. Equinox Brickell Heights features yoga classes, group fitness programming, top-tier personal training, Pilates, cycling, Kids Club, lounges, Kiehl’s products, Eucalyptus Towels, an outdoor pool and much more. Equinox instructors will manage a mixture of innovative and diverse classes like The Cut, The Pursuit, and Firestarter.

Brickell Heights is also home to four treatment rooms and a shop, which offers a selection of chic performance athletic apparel from brands like Rhone, Michi, Koral, and Spiritual Gangster, making Equinox Brickell Heights an all-around excellent workout experience.

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What To Expect In Brickell In April 2017

A look at what is to come in Brickell during April 2017. 

Swire Properties Inc., Simon Property Group, and Whitman Family Development have partnered with Special Olympics Florida to host the first annual Shopping Olympics at the Brickell City Centre on Saturday, April 1, 2017 (4 PM to 9 PM). Upon arrival, participants will be welcomed with a shopping passport with 20 spaces: When a purchase is made at the store designated to a space, the shopper will receive a stamp of “completion.” Shoppers who secure 20 stamps will be eligible to enter the Shopping Olympics raffle whose prizes include a one-week Norwegian vacation for two, a two-night stay at EAST, Miami, and more.  Click here for ticket information.


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Chef Wolfgang Birk of Area 31.

Menu Trotting with Chef Wolfgang Birk continues in April at Area 31 with Northern Italy and the Spanish Basque Country. During the evening, chef will craft limited-edition menu offerings from the globally curated culinary regions. The four course meal is priced at $55 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity), with an optional wine pairing available for an additional $20 per person. The Menu Trotting series will be available from Monday through Sunday on the last week of the month. Upcoming April dates and regions include:

Monday, March 27 – Sunday, April 2 – Northern Italy

Monday, April 24 – Sunday, April 30 – Basque Country/Spain

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Modern OM is hosting a mass meditation at Brickell City Centre on Earth Day (Saturday, April 22, 2017) at 8:45 AM. In addition to raising the community vibe, specific retailers will be hosting Earth Day-related perks and activations. The day’s schedule runs as follows.

8:45 AM – 9:15 AM Doors open and tea served

9:20 AM – 10 AM Earth Day Meditation, led by Luchi Estevez and Jennifer Grace

10 AM – 11 AM Opening of Modern ŌM Popup Store

Click here to RSVP.


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What To Expect In Brickell In March

Business & Real Estate

The Apple Store Brickell City Centre opens March 25.

After a slew of setbacks and rumors, the publicity team behind CMX has informed us that the movie theater will finally open its doors at Brickell City Centre in March.

Wellness & Hotels

The Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s monthly Digital Wellness Retreat takes place on Sunday, March 5, 2017. Toss the phone for a few hours and enjoy a seaside escape.


The Miami Film Festival is screening films across the city from March 3-12, 2017.

The UnderLounge returns on March 11, 2017 nodding all things biking, fitness, and community. The family friendly event is free and open to the public.

Prepare for neon and traffic: Ultra takes over Bayfront Park from March 24-26, 2017.

James Beard Award-Winning Chef Michelle Bernstein will host this year’s Taste of Tennis, taking place at W Miami on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Expect eats by the city’s best, including Aaron Brooks (EDGE Steak & Bar), Alex Diaz (Tamarina), and Clark Bowen (DB Bistro Moderne).

Over in Key Biscayne, the Miami Open rings in another year of athletic greatness beginning March 20, 2017.

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Acqua di Parma Brings Italy’s Luxury Lifestyle To Brickell City Centre

Acqua di Parma, a leader in Italian fragrances and craftsmanship, has joined the select mix of upscale retailers from around the world at Brickell City Centre. Located on Level 1, this is the brand’s first stateside outpost and its fourth global free-standing store. Such a monumental international foray could have landed in any Miami area, but Acqua di Parma selected Brickell for its ongoing lifestyle blossoming. “Brickell City Centre is the place to be,” says CEO and President Laura Burdese. “It is contemporary, our target is here, and so far we have had [a] good public response.”


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Acqua Di Parma’s exterior on Brickell City Centre’s Level 1. Courtesy photo.

The discerning clientele is devoted to the brand’s quality; after over 100 years in business, the fragrance has remained true to its hand-blended roots. The perennial, top-selling, unisex scents are the same–timeless, passed down by generations, and for any occasion. Colonia has been the hero product since 1916; Blu Mediterraneo is reminiscent of the seaside and popular for warm seasons and climates, and Oud is unlike any other in the line-up and especially appropriate for evening outings.


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Photo by @lipstickandpropertyvalue.

The by-appointment, intimate Barbershop is an exclusive service of Acqua boutiques, offering the traditional Italian ritual of blade shaving and grooming. Another store exclusive is the Leather Collection of artisanally dyed and sewn calf and buffalo skin accessories, including cigar boxes, humidors, and travel rolls. For the home, a standard assortment meets painted Murano candles; the line’s Fruits and Flowers candles and room sprays are one-of-kind Brickell finds. Expect Acqua di Parma to host in-store events and local collaborations that speak to its signature aesthetic: “The aim is to bring Italian, refined, exclusive lifestyle into Miami; enjoy a little sun ray, scent, and dream of Italy,” says Burdese.


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Handmade bottling. Courtesy photo.





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Ditch Your Phone at Mandarin Oriental’s Digital Wellness Retreats

Emails. Social media. Text messages. Streaming. Our technology-laden world can quickly get overwhelming, even for the most consciously mind. To help wellness-seekers detach from their digital demands, the Mandarin Oriental, Miami has launched Digital Wellness Retreats. The spa starts the day by putting guest’s cellphones into gifted “sleeping bags” allowing them to say farewell to their mobiles for the day.

Once phone and owner part ways, it’s off to the day’s activities, including lawn yoga, sound bowl meditation, private beach lounging, and coloring. Guests can also savor a healthy Bento lunch and pressed juices poolside. The spa’s new Digital Wellness Escape keeps the theme going, offering guests an 80-minute massage and scrub that rectifies tensions caused by laptop and cell phone overuse. Those who choose to book a second treatment get special pricing on complementing experiences, including the signature Kundalini Journey and Inner Strength.

For reservations and inquiries, please contact the spa at (305) 913-8332.

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Don’t Make 2017 Fitness Resolutions Unless You Consider These 5 Things

Oh, hello there! Are you a little heavier after all of the holiday festivities?

Me too, lol.  

Don’t stress about it. Let’s just get our game faces ready for 2017. In fact, what do you say we enjoy one last cheat meal before we kick things off,  shall we? My indulgence is going to be two double cheeseburgers from Five Guys and a pint of Ben and Jerry’s: One last glorious and glutinous adventure before we all get back on the wagon!

In all seriousness, though, I hope you had an amazing holiday season and that are ready to CRUSH 2017. Which makes me wonder, how did your 2016 go? I’ve been seeing a lot of #f***2016 posts going around social media so it appears it didn’t go so well for everyone.

I hope that wasn’t the case for you. But if it was, you can still take the days ahead by the reigns. To help you do so, I wanted to share a couple things I’ve learned during my time as a personal trainer about goal setting—especially for the New Year. Did you know that only 8% of people hit the New Year’s Resolutions that they set? That’s a staggeringly low number!

So, here are some tips on how to make sure that you hit your goals in 2017.

1. Write your goals down: This will drastically increase the likelihood of achieving them.  Personally, I post mine on a wall above my desk and look at them every day.

2. Make your goals about more than money and weight loss. One thing that I’ve done for the past five years is write down Health, Financial, Business, Education, Toy, Adventure, Relationship and Contribution goals.  This categorization helps keep my life in balance and keeps me focused on all the life aspects I’m hoping to excel in.

3. Don’t make year-long resolutions and goals unless you’ve broken them down into smaller pieces. Many times people overwhelm themselves with what they would like to achieve over the course of the year and when they realize that they’re falling behind they just say “F-it.”  Break your goals down into daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly tasks, and it will be much easier for you to materialize what you want to achieve.

4. Visualize. Something I’ve found to be very helpful over the years is to imagine what I want to obtain.  I sit at my desk in the morning, and I take 3 -5 minutes to read my over my goals and create the mental picture of what it’s going to take to achieve those things, as well as what my life will look like when I do achieve them. This personal time puts me in an incredibly focused mindset every day.

5. Get mentors. In whatever area of life you are looking to grow, one of the fastest ways you can do this is to find someone in that field that is absolutely crushing it.  When I tell people what I spend yearly on mentorship programs, they usually think I’m crazy.  However, I’ve found that the most successful individuals in the world invest money and energy in doing the same. Be persistent and search out the more qualified people in the areas of your life in which you are looking to improve.

That being said, if you have some health and wellness goals this year my team and I over at ERA Fitness in Brickell would love to sit down and sketch out an exact plan of how you’re going to dominate your fat loss and muscle building goals this New Year!

Lastly, if you think your last cheat meal of the year is better than the one I mentioned above, please feel free to tag a picture of it on my FB Page ERA Fitness or my IG, _ericrichardallen_. I’m always looking for new and creative ways to break my diet. 

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Meditate For Free Every Tuesday In November With Innergy Meditation

Innergy Meditation is hosting complimentary guided meditation sessions every Tuesday through November at 11:45 AM at 1450 Brickell Avenue. The 20-minute event will help busy Brickellites find a chill moment in their hectic day. A new teacher leads the session each week, making it a great experience for beginners trying to find their way into a meditative style.

An RSVP to rsvp@innergymeditation.com is required. The sessions take place inside the Fantastic Oceans Suite 2180.

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5 Things Miamians Should Know About The Underline

As Brickell, Miami and its surrounding neighborhoods continue to expand, residents and some city officials are pushing harder for alternative transportation options to aid in our area-wide street congestion. The Underline is leading this call for improving Miami’s urban mobility: The Underline is a ten-mile trail development project that will run underneath the Metrorail. When complete, The Underline will be South Florida’s longest urban trail, stretching from Brickell to Dadeland South. Here are five things every Miamian should know about The Underline.

1. The Underline will feature two widened and lit ten-mile trails—one for pedestrians and one for bicyclists, thus improving bicyclist and pedestrian safety and efficiency.

2. The Underline is designed by the award-winning James Corner Field Operations, who also designed New York City’s High Line.

3. The Underline will feature three miles of destination parks, including dog parks, exercise zones, basketball and volleyball courts, a skate park, and public art installations.

4. The Underline’s sustainable landscaping will include 120 acres of new open green space dotted with native plants and vegetation. The green spaces will feature an arboretum, butterfly garden, healing garden, performance area, and a birding trail.

5. The Underline will improve over 30 intersections.



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The Best Places For An Outdoor Workout In & Around Brickell

Sometimes you just don’t want to go to the gym.

It’s not necessarily because you don’t want to workout, it’s simply because you want to GET OUT.  

Outside, that is.

Most of us spend so much of our day indoors that the very thought of spending another hour inside at the gym getting our sweaty on is downright exasperating.

Luckily, the area around Brickell provides a number of options where you can be outside, breathe some fresh air, and still get a killer workout. Here are the top three places I take my clients (ERA Fitness) around Brickell when they simply don’t want to be inside anymore–and some workouts to knockout in each location.

Museum Park

Museum Park is located just north of the AmericanAirlines Arena and south of the Perez Art Museum in Downtown.  It’s right on the water, beautifully landscaped, and has some pieces that can be used for a solid sweat session.

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Workout “Equipment” Available at Museum Park

  1. A long stretch of even grass that is perfect for sprinting.
  2. Stairs
  3. Park benches
  4. A small hill on the south side of the museum.

Suggested Museum Park Workout

A1.   Push Ups – As many reps as you can. (On a park bench or the grass.)

A2. Stairs – As many times as you can, up and down in two minutes.

A3. Burpees – 20 repetitions.

Complete A1 – A3 in sequence with no rest in between movements.  Rest for two minutes after A3.  Repeat this A1 – A3 sequence four times.

B1. Sprints

Bring a stopwatch and map out how far you can sprint (as fast as you can) for 30 seconds.  Once you’ve found how far that is, sprint that distance 6 – 14 times with two-minute rests in between.  The number of sprints you do will depend on your fitness level.

Alice Wainwright Park

Alice Wainwright Park just about has it all; a water view, a playground for the kids, a basketball court, a place to grill out, and a mini gymLocated just sound of the Miami Avenue off the Rickenbacker Causeway, it’s an easy spot to get to for anyone that lives in Brickell.

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Alice Wainwright Park Workout Equipment Available

  1. Assisted row and push up bars.
  2. Dip bar & pull up bar.
  3. Platforms to be used for “box jumps.”
  4. Ab crunch platform.
  5. Basketball court.

Alice Wainwright Park Suggested Workout

A1 Pull ups – As many reps as you can. If you can’t do a pull-up, step or jump your way into the top range of the pull-up position and lower yourself down for four seconds.

A2 Push ups – As many reps as you can (on the floor or the assisted push-up/ assisted row bars.)

A3 Squat jumps – As many reps as you can. Squat down to where your thighs are parallel to the floor and then use your arms to propel yourself as high as you can.

Repeat this sequence four times with no rest in between movements.  Rest for two minutes after A3.

B1 Row 45-degrees – As many reps as you can. With your palms facing up,  choose either the high or the low “assisted row bar” and place your body at a 45-degree angle.  Pull your chest to the bar.

B2 Crunches – As many reps as you can.  Lock your feet into the bars on the crunch machine, place your hands behind head, and bring your elbows to your knees.

B3 Burpees – 20 reps.

Repeat this sequence four times with no rest in between movements.  Rest for two minutes after B3.

Southside Park

This hidden gem goes unnoticed by a vast majority of Brickell dwellersSeriously, it’s right in everyone’s backyard, and almost no one knows it exists! Shameless plug: You can see my gym, ERA Fitness, located two blocks north.

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Southside Park Workout Equipment Available

  1. Assisted row/pushup bars
  2. Pull up bar
  3. Platforms and park benches to be used for “box jumps.”
  4. Basketball court

Southside Park Suggested Workout

A1 Pull ups – As many reps as you can. If you can’t do a pull-up, step or jump your way into the top range of the pull-up position and lower yourself down four seconds.

A2 Push ups – As many reps as you can on the floor or the Assisted Push up/ assisted row bars.

A3 Squat jumps – As many reps as you can. Squat down to where your thighs are parallel to the floor and then use your arms to propel yourself as high as you can.

Repeat this sequence four times with no rest in between movements.  Rest for two minutes after A3.

B1. Row 45-degrees – As many reps as you can. With your palms facing up, choose either the high or the low “assisted row bar” and place your body at a 45-degree angle.  Pull your chest to the bar.

B2. Crunches – As many reps as you can.  Lock your feet into the bars on the crunch machine, place your hands behind head and bring your elbows to your knees.

B3. Box jumps” – 20 Reps. Jump on one of the park benches or platforms.   Make sure that you are capable and feel confident doing this because if you miss, the bench will show no mercy to your shins!

Repeat this sequence four times with no rest in between movements.  Rest for two minutes after B3

If you knock out the workouts above, I can assure you that you will start to burn fat and lean up.Lastly, if you want to really get in shape, give me (Eric Allen) a call over at ERA Fitness (Eric Allen) and we can set up a free 60-minute evaluation to go over your fitness goals and what might be holding you back.