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100 MIAMI LIVING At the end of 2008, Miami was named the most attractive city in the United States, according to an online survey of "America's Favorite Cities" by Travel + Leisure magazine. Walk down any one of its famed beaches and celebrated neighborhoods and it won't be long before you realize why Miami got this coveted ranking. Home to some of the tannest bodies, toned muscles and fittest physiques, Miami has a new reputation to uphold. However living up to this standard isn't as difficult as it seems. When it comes to staying beautiful, Miami's gyms and fitness centers should stand up and take the credit. Whether it's the cardiovascular facilities, the boot camps, or Pilates trainers, the gyms in the Magic City keep its people looking hot. Miami Living presents this special gym guide to offer a peek into Miami's beauty secrets. While the guide isn't all inclusive, it is a great place to start your New Year right! X-Treme Rock Climbing Center Miami: Let's face it, treadmills, free weights and step machines aren't for everyone. In fact, for some, the thought of having to exercise at a regular gym induces severe yawning and kills all motivation. For those who need to add a bit more adventure into their workout, look no further. X-Treme Rock Climbing Center of Miami is here! With more than 14,000 square feet of climbing, the facility has amenities that make X-treme Rock Climbing one of the top climbing gyms in the country. This state-of-art climbing center aims to help build balance, strength, flexibility, and endurance. Their roofs and overhangs add a challenge for experienced climbers, while USA Climbing Certified route setters also create beginner-friendly routes. They encourage people of all ages and fitness levels to come explore. X-Treme Rock Climbing Center also offers yoga classes, wireless connections, and yes, fitness equipment! X-treme Rock Climbing 13972 SW 139 Ct., Miami (305) 233-6623 Crunch Miami Beach: Crunch gym has been a staple on Miami Beach for several years. Its philosophy is that it seeks only to encourage, empower, and entertain. No matter who you are or what your goals, Crunch has set out to create an environment where working out is a journey to an ideal state of fitness based on personal needs and goals. Crunch offers traditional gym amenities, in addition to innovative workout programs: Want to boost up your sex appeal? Then sign up for a Cardio Striptease or Pole Dancing class. On a beautiful day test your hang ten and a join a surfboarding class, offered through their Action Sports option. Living in Miami often requires some dancing ability, and Crunch found the cure for two left feet. The dance rhythm fitness classes bring together all manner of dance to create the perfect combination of fitness and fun. Crunch 1259 Washington Ave., Miami Beach (305) 674-8222 Personal Health Did you 'go large' during the Holidays? Get thee to the gym…. Words by Angela Betancourt SPECIAL REPORT: GYMS OF THE MIAMI REGION

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