Zen City: Boldfaced Gyms
by jill cole
Equinox instructor Juan Lugo leads a Kettle Bell Workout
1259 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; crunch.com
The vibe: Pop culture meets fitness at a reasonable price.
The size: 18,500 square feet
The class: Glee Club. Singing along is not optional during this hot new dance and vocal adrenaline workout featuring music from the hit TV show.
Rock-star instructor: Lisa Gaylord
Extra credit: Happy Hour DJ nights, Dotfit (an online nutrition and fitness program), open until 11 PM on weeknights. Additional locations in Sunny Isles Beach and on Alton Road in Miami Beach David Barton
Gym Gansevoort Miami Beach
2323 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; davidbartongym.com
The vibe: Cool, dark and supersexy (but going overboard is frowned upon)
The size: 42,000 square feet
The class: Steam. This highly repetitious, burn-producing strength-training session incorporates cardio drills and core strengthening.
Rock-star instructor: David Silva
Extra credit: 108 classes each week taught by the gym’s personal trainers, sunrise/sunset yoga on the pool deck, social functions, member discounts off spa services
520 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; equinox.com
The vibe: It’s hip, clean and results-oriented.
The size: 24,000 square feet
The class: Kettle Bell Workout
Rock-star instructor: Juan Lugo
Extra credit: Spa with sun-free tanning, juice bar, WiFi; additional locations in Aventura and Coral Gables
The Sports Club/LA at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami
1441 Brickell Ave., Miami; thesportsclubla.com
The vibe: By day, it’s all about keeping quiet and getting down to business. At night, the energy buzzes and a social scene develops.
The size: 50,000 square feet
The class: Zenergy. This high-intensity class fuses traditional yoga poses with athletic movements. Rock-star instructor: Aileen Febles
Extra credit: Valet and access to the Four Seasons pool for executive members, monthly happy hours at the pool for all members, 108 classes each week, brand-new top-of-the-line equipment such as low-impact Woodway treadmills