From Barre to Acrobatics: Five Unique Workouts To Try in Miami

Categories: Lifestyle, Sports

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Kristin Wall Flickr/cc
If you're even remotely into fitness, it's likely you get tired of the usual suspects: spinning, boot camp, CrossFit, yadda, yadda. Same old sweaty lineup. Dullsville. Lots of people end up abandoning their workout routines out of sheer boredom.

Luckily, Miami's has some newer fitness additions that make burning calories a lot more entertaining.

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Run, Walk or Cheer for Your Favorite Cause at the 5K PARK Fest

Categories: Benefits, Sports

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Courtesy PARK Project via Facebook
If there's one thing nonprofits need more of, it's money. Saving the world doesn't come cheap, and shoestring budgets make things a lot harder for altruistic organizations.

This fact of life is the impetus behind the first 5K PARK Fest, a brand new fundraising platform and festival designed to bring in as much philanthropic pay dirt as possible to South Florida's worthy causes.

It's not just about the moolah, of course. PARK Project (the organization hosting PARK Fest) is based on the warm fuzzy notion of performing acts of random kindness (PARKing, as they call it) on a grand scale. Because South Florida could use a little a lot more kindness and charitable giving.

See also: PARK Project Proves Miami Can Be Kind With Flash Mobs, Fundraising, and Festivals

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Meet the Surge, Miami's Newest Sports Team

Categories: Sports

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Courtesy of the Surge
When it comes to sports, we're no New York. In the MLB, we're a joke; the NFL an afterthought; the NBA, well ... who knows what we'll be without our golden boy.

But now, we've got the potential to come out on top a brand new sport: "strategic team athletics racing" (a.k.a. grid). Miami is one of only eight cities in the National Pro Grid League (NPGL), a brand-spankin' new endeavor that pits co-ed, musclebound teams of athletes against each other in a series of weightlifting and body weight challenges (think gymnastics moves and heavy-weighted maneuvers).

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Barre Motion: Inside South Beach's New Hard-Core Fitness Spot

Categories: Last Night, Sports

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Photos by Nycole Sariol
"OK, we're here," my Uber driver murmured as we pulled up to the South Beach fitness studio Barre Motion. "Ugh," I groaned, slowly opening my eyes one at a time, allowing the day's sunlight to pervade my vision, accelerating the throb of my headache. It was not yet 11 in the morning, and my hangover from Friday night's festivities was at an all-time high. Somehow, though, I peeled myself off the velour car seat, fumbled onto the street's pavement at Lennox Avenue and 16th Street, and schlepped over to the Barre Motion's entrance in my most capable Walking Dead gimp.

Barre Motion, Dr. Julie Jacko's latest fitness venture, emphasizes low-impact isometric movements through a series of ballet- and yoga-style classes. Local writers and bloggers were summoned to participate in one of the hourlong sessions.

After hurling the door open, I was greeted by Danny, the chipper receptionist. He handed me a much-needed water bottle and a new-client form. Soon we made our way to meet Julie herself, our instructor for the day.

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Flyboards and Hoverboards Hit Miami, Make Everyone's Superhero Dreams Come True

Categories: Sports, Technology

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Courtesy of Miami Flyboard
While Hoverboards still don't exist as a thing you can fly in thin air (despite pranks that may or may not have crushed our childhood dreams), waterborne technology is getting ridiculously sophisticated. And some of the newest H2O toys, now available for rental in Miami, are right up there with Marty McFly's favorite mode of transportation.

Meet Flyboards, water jet packs that strap to your feet, and Hoverboards, the waterbound version of that Back to the Future icon.

These things are real, and you can take a test drive 'em right here in the 305.

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Amigo Skate Activists Try to Save Cuban Skateboarding With Smuggled Boards, Government Lobbying

Categories: Culture, Sports

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Photo by Chris Miller
Cuban state media recently announced new customs restrictions on the amount of items allowed in the country through commercial travel. While the government says that the new rule is intended to cut down on a growing black market that undermines recent economic reforms, many fear unintended consequences. For example, the fledging Cuban skateboarding scene relies on skateboards and gear brought in from the outside world. Skaters on the island feel that the new rule may change their way of life. This is the second of a two part series on skateboarding in Cuba and its direct Miami connection.

For most Cuban skaters, a broken board means months of boredom. Unlike in America, where you can roll into the nearest skate shop to replace your gear, skaters in Cuba rely on outside support to keep up the supply of boards and equipment, which break often.

Enter Miami-based Amigo Skate.

Now a group of roughly 20, the organization essentially smuggles boards and equipment into the country. They rely on donations and are led by a former hip-hop DJ and self described, "vagabond," Rene Lecour.

See also: New Restrictions Threaten to Decimate Cuban Skateboarding Scene

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New Restrictions Threaten to Decimate Cuban Skateboarding Scene

Categories: Culture, Sports

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Photo by Chris Miller
Cuban state media recently announced new customs restrictions on the amount of items allowed in the country through commercial travel. While the government says that the new rule is intended to cut down on a growing black market that undermines recent economic reforms, many fear unintended consequences. For example, the fledging Cuban skateboarding scene relies on skateboards and gear brought in from the outside world. Skaters on the island feel that the new rule may change their way of life. This is the first of a two part series on skateboarding in Cuba and its direct Miami connection.

It happened at 23 y G, an intersection in Havana, Cuba. It's nothing much really. Just a few small benches spread out among scrawny trees that offer scant protection from the sun's glare. But for one scrawny kid that day some 12 years ago, the humble parcel of land seemed like Eden.

At age 13, Fernando Verdecia Maseda finally found some other skaters. Maseda would go on to become one of Cuba's greatest skaters - but he had to emigrate to Miami to find widespread respect for his skills.

See also: Skateboarding Cuba

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Stay, LeBron: An Open Letter to King James

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Dear LeBron,

When I first read the news that you'd be opting out of your Miami Heat contract, I have to admit, I was more than a little upset. I imagine many Miamians had the same reaction, from the guy down the block with a picture of your face and the words "STANK DON'T IT?" painted on the hood of his Chevy Caprice, to the countless parents of children with names like LeBron Rodriguez or Louis LeBron Jameson.

But I've given it some thought, and you know what? I think I get it. To my understanding, the best case scenario is that you, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh all opt out, accept lower salaries, free up some contract money to bring in new talent, and win 18 more championships.

But I'm not writing this letter for the best case scenario. I'm writing because of the other case scenarios.

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Miami Heat Muralist Serge Toussaint Just Wants to Meet LeBron

Categories: Sports

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Photo by Rich Robinson

Well, last night didn't go so hot. The Miami Heat lost game five of the NBA Finals to a high powered San Antonio Spurs team. We'll spare you from re-living the horror, because it's not all bad news.

The fact remains that the Heat mean a great deal to the local community, and so many people want to share in the love of what they have accomplished in the past four years.

Serge Toussaint is one of those people. A renowned street artist and painter, Toussaint might be best known for his full team mural on the wall surrounding the Pyke Brothers & Son body shop located at 35 NE 29th Street., across from Morgan's restaurant. He says his dream is to meet the players he's immortalized on the wall. And, well, what else are the Heat doing these days?

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Hundreds of Brazil Fans Celebrate World Cup Kick-Off Victory at Coral Gables Museum

Categories: Sports

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Photos by Rich Robinson
Fans of the World Cup watch a live broadcast of the Brazil v. Croatia match at Coral Gables Museum

A stout contingent of Brazilians who call Miami home made their way to Coral Gables Museum yesterday to watch their native team wipe the floor with an over-matched Croatian squad by a score of 3 to 1 in the opening bout of the 2014 World Cup.

Patrica Barbosa is a big time soccer fan. She is also a native of São Paulo who now calls South Florida home. Barbosa was clad in Brazilian garb as she watched the game on a hulking 9' x 16' foot LED screen in the museum's main plaza.

"If they lost, I would want to disappear," Barbosa said of her countrymen in dry fit shirts and cleats running on the pitch a hemisphere away.


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