Legacy Fit Fort Lauderdale is Officially Open for Business

Legacy Fit officially opened its newest location in Fort Lauderdale Monday. This new studio, located at 500 South Andrews Ave is Legacy Fit’s sixth location in South Florida.
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Known for their PIT or Partner Interval Training approach, Legacy Fit uses a combination of HIIT and resistance training for an afterburn for up to 21 hours post-exercise. PIT is also safe and for all fitness levels. It allows each participant to adjust the weights and intensity level at each station.
Under current COVID-19 precautions, class capacity is capped at 26 members to allow for 10 feet distance between everyone.
Legacy Fit invites you to try your first class free. Check out www.LegacyFit.com and click on “Sign up for a FREE Class” for instructions.
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Mimi Yoga Launches As a Platform to Unite the Global Community

Mimi Yoga is a new online, direct-to-consumer, yoga platform by Miami-based yoga instructor Miriam “Mimi” Ghandour.
Already one of Miami’s most popular yoga teachers, Ghandour has always wanted to expand her teaching and share yoga on a global scale. Mimiyoga.com launched with more than 2,500 pre-registers across 35 countries. The site already has an expansive 100+ hour content library and will feature weekly live classes and exclusive member content.
“Mimi Yoga is a global community for the willing– all you have to do is show up,” says Ghandour.
Mimi Yoga caters to all levels and is organized according to Ghandour’s Build, Grow, Flow methodology, the easy-to-navigate site, optimized for all devices, allows members to pick their desired practice and work on everything from individual postures through full classes.
Build (1 – 3 mins) – Individual postures are the foundational elements of your practice. Not sure how to do Downward Dog? These tutorial style videos break down individual poses with step-by-step instruction.
Grow (15 – 25 mins) – A series of focused movements designed to grow your practice so you can flow with confidence, these classes are ideal for those short on time and want to move their body.
Flow (50+ mins) – Full classes that bring together all aspects of your practice. Whether beginner or advanced, members will find complete practices with longer sequences. Want to take it easier? Try the Good Morning Flow. Looking to amp it up? Try the Freedom Vinyasa.
Mimi Yoga will also have a section with a focus on Chanting. Through call and response style videos with singalong text, subscribers can explore different chants and mantras and learn the meaning behind them.
“I’ve always dreamed of creating a global community so that I can share how yoga both changed and transformed my life. Yoga taught me how to embrace the good in life – it improved my patience, taught me self-love, and connected me with a global community of people that are now my family,” says Ghandour. “Together, we will Build, Grow, and Flow.” 
Mimi Yoga subscription is $10/month or an annual subscription is $75. For more information check out join.mimiyoga.com or follow Ghandour on Instagram at @mimilicious_mia for additional Mimi Yoga content and a peek into Mimi’s life.

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NYC Gyms File Class-Action Against State After Being Removed From Phase 4

This week, New York gyms filed a class-action lawsuit against the state of New York, calling for the opportunity to resume business operations, after Governor Andrew Cuomo removed gyms from Phase 4 of the state’s reopening plan.
“It just comes down to [that] it’s Phase 4. There are no other phases,” said SC Fitness owner Charlie Cassara, who is leading the lawsuit, during a Fox & Friends interview. “We deserve the opportunity to open up under the CDC guidelines set forth. We are ready to do that.”
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Gyms have been closed since March 16th, and for reasons unknown to them, have been completely left out of the state’s reopening plan.
“We never got a reason for being removed from Phase 4” said Julia Elzomor, Owner of CircHIIT and CrossFit Middle Village to STAY FIT 305 this week after the news broke.
Elzomor’s facilities moved to virtual training back in April, but like many South Florida gyms, getting members and guests back into the gym safely, in addition to a virtual option, is the only way some of the boutique gyms will survive.

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Miami Beach Ranked As the Most Active City in America

According to RAVE, Miami Beach is the top active city in the United States, posting workouts on Instagram more than any other city. They posted 2,453 posts per million citizens. Miami ranks second in the country, posting 1,907 per million.
RAVE‘s recent study reviewed fitness hashtags on Instagram to see how they correlated with cities in the US. They analyzed over 2.3 million posts tagged with fitness, diet, and body positivity related hashtags and used that data to figure out which places in the US are most active.
Several other South Florida cities made the top 10s in various fitness categories.
Miami Beach was no. 1 for #Yoga while Miami was no. 3. Miami was also no. 1 for #Crossfit, with Miami Beach at no. 6.
Boca Raton was no. 1 for #StrengthTraining and no. 2 for #Pilates.
Doral was no. 6 in the country under #Running, while Coral Gables hit no. 7 in #Cycling and no. 5 in #Pilates.
Miami Beach was the number one city for use of the #BodyPositivity hashtag, with 50% more uses per person than the second-place city.
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South Florida also ranked for different diet-conscious hashtags.
Miami came in no. 3 for #Protein
Weston was ranked no. 3 for #KetoLife while Doral was at no. 8.
Delray was no. 2 for use of #Paleo.
Despite this strong showing by South Florida cities, the state of Florida is only no. 3 overall in the Most Active State category.
For more rankings, check out the entire study.

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Aila Will Boost Your Workout, Naturally

I didn’t think that I energized before a workout, until I met Aila. 
A few weeks ago, Katie Webb, the founder of Aila reached out asking if I’d like to review her natural pre-workout energy supplement designed specifically for women. I told her that I don’t usually energize before I exercise, but that I have been looking for something to replace the jitters from my morning (and afternoon) coffee. I was impressed by the natural ingredients on the nutrition label, so decided to give it a shot.
I received several single-serve Aila packets in the mail and simply mixed one in with a large glass of water. I drank my glass of Aila water, which tasted a lot like a mellow cup of matcha, in place of my morning coffee, and sat down to write. 
I started typing and found myself so energized (though not jittery) that I literally had to move my body. Thankfully, I’m able to split my days between being physical and sitting at my desk, so I got up, did a high-intensity workout, and felt great.
Later that day, I was still feeling energized. Where I might usually drink 2-3 cups of coffee throughout the day, I felt that one packet of Aila gave me the energy to power through a full day of writing and training. 

Why did it make me feel so magical? Here’s a break down of the natural ingredients that first attracted me to Aila:
Matcha Green Tea: Matcha is a natural source of caffeine. Essentially, it’s green tea on steroids. It has many proven health benefits, namely that it contains a ton of antioxidants that protect your body from damaging free radicals. In fact, one study found that matcha contains 137 times greater than the amount of EGCG, a potent antioxidant, than green tea. 
Bee Pollen: Research has shown that bee pollen has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  
Beet Root Powder: Beet root powder helps your body create nitric oxide, which is a really cool molecule that helps to expand your blood vessels and increase circulation. Eating beet root has been shown to increase some types of athletic performance and also lower blood pressure. 
Spirulina: Some argue that spirulina is the most nutrient dense food on the planet. It contains proteins, B vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids and more. Studies have shown that it may also increase exercise performance. 
Stevia Extract: A plant-derived sweetener which the Center for Science in the Public Interest has called safe. 
PurCaf®:  PurCaf® is an organic, non-GMO caffeine source derived from green coffee beans that is GRAS (generally recognized as safe) certified.
If you’re thinking that Aila was formulated with a lot of care, you’re right.
“I created Aila after a frustrating search for a pre-workout that worked for me,” says founder Katie Webb. “Most products I tried were high in stimulants and messed with my stomach, or gave me that awful itchy feeling. They also looked really masculine and intense. Our formula is completely unique and was created with women’s health and nutrition in mind.”
Bottom line: I loved trying Aila and while I may not swap out my morning coffee, I have been convinced that energizing with a high-quality natural supplement pre-workout might be worth my while. 
Disclosure: I received Alia in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

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Miami-Dade Gyms to Remain Open with Agreed Upon Compromise

Tuesday morning, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez met with the “working wellness” group, a task force of 50 or so local gym owners the Mayor has used throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to advise him on the health, wellness, and fitness industry in South Florida, to discuss the concerns raised by the group stemming from his announcement […]
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Snack Attack: What To Eat When Hunger Strikes

Sure it’s easy to grab whatever is in sight when hunger strikes, but is derailing your health and fitness goals really worth that bag of chips? We suggest reaching for something nutritious that will fuel you throughout your day. Grab an apple or banana (yeah, we get it, not so exciting) or try one of these snack options that we are stocking our pantry (and gym bag) with. 
Kate’s Real Food Bars

With six delicious options (we tried them all), these natural energy bars, which are certified organic, gluten-free, soy-free, non-GMO, and sweetened with organic honey taste great and provide the perfect amount of sustainable, long-lasting energy. These thick, yet chewy granola-like bars are not too sweet, and hit the spot. Our favorite was Stash Peanut Butter Hemp & Flax Seed bar, which is no surprise given our nut addiction.  Prefer something even more portable, try their new Snack Bites. 
The Paleo Girls Granola

Always looking to support the 305, we are fans of this granola founded by two locals. This grain-free granola is packed with flavor and only natural ingredients including almonds, cashews, shredded coconut, pecans, Brazil nuts, coconut oil, coconut sugar, dates, lemon zest, sea salt. Sprinkle it on top of a smoothie, acai bowl, or just eat it out of the bag. 
PB2

Remember our nut addiction, well, yeah, we weren’t kidding. So much so that we can eat PB2 dry, with a spoon. However, when mixed with water as intended, this peanut butter alternative powder is much tastier. For a smoothie loaded with protein,  PB2 Performance Peanut Protein delivers 20g of complete plant-based protein and the subtle Dutch Cocoa flavor option has added prebiotic fiber for digestive health. Or try PB2 Pre+Probiotic, that you can mix into a spread, add to smoothies, baked goods or even us for a healthy Honey Peanut Chicken Satay Recipe
Biena Snacks

These roasted chickpea snacks deliver a crunch with a punch of protein. Available in a variety of flavors ranging from Sea Salt and Habanero, our go-to is the Honey Roasted, which is the perfect mix of sweet and salty. 

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Gyms and Fitness Centers to Close Again in Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez will be signing an emergency order that once again closes gyms and fitness centers in the County.
This order also includes restaurant dining rooms, ballrooms, banquet facilities, party venues, and short-term rentals. Restaurants will be allowed to operate for takeout and delivery services only.
“I am continuing to roll back business openings as we continue to see a spoke in the percent of positive COVID-19 tests and an uptick in hospitalizations,” said Gimenez.
Several local gyms had already decided to close in an abundance of caution, including Sweat440 and RedBike.
The closures will go into effect on Wednesday, July 8.

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5 Tips on How to Achieve True Emotional Gainz

We are used to being sore after the gym. Sometimes we even get excited about it, earmarking some new exercise or class after we feel a good burn the next day so we can try it again and get gram-worthy results.
But think about it, were you always this way about your fitness? I bet there were some days in the beginning that the soreness made you want to stay home the next day and chill in sweatpants (back when home in sweatpants was not mandatory).
What about the famous runner’s high? How many awful runs did it take you before you actually attained it? Because I’ll tell you, I had many cramps prior to hitting that elusive endorphin kick. Emotional and mental health progress akin to those gym gains, you have to get comfortable with getting uncomfortable in order to see the results. try these concepts for some real emotional growth.
Just like fitness, it’s great to start small and build up slowly.
Take, for example, a mental concept we’ve heard a lot about lately: boundaries. When you return to the office, you can start by simply saying, “Hey, Susan, I think we should probably not talk shit in the break room, it got me in trouble last time.” A simple, honest statement that does not blame the other person and sets a clear boundary, and gives your work buddy a chance to show you that they respect your boundary is a great place to start. Is it uncomfortable? Yes, but it allows you to also establish your needs, and you can work up to telling your fun cousin you have to stop lending him money for his business ideas—-once you have built up your boundary muscles.
Try, try again.
When you are practicing a concept, like meditation for example, and find it is difficult, rather than giving up, do what works for you in fitness. Try finding a podcast, YouTube video, group, or coach to guide you. There are many teachers to help you on your way, you don’t have to flounder on your own, and just like fitness trying different methods can help you find works what is best for you.
Find a buddy.
Just like a good workout buddy, think about having a friend or family member you can count on to be objective about your mental state and let you know if something seems off, and vice versa. Being open about mental health can be scary and is often stigmatized but it is so important that it is worth the initial uncomfortable conversation. Find someone you can be comfortable enough to start slowly expressing what your normal looks like so that if you start to feel off, they can help you get back to home base. You don’t have to disclose every feeling at once, and you don’t have to open up to everyone, certainly not anyone you don’t trust. Just start slow and see how they respond, a good friend will be receptive, and likely will feel comfortable starting to share with you as well.
Sometimes, you need a break.
Sometimes there are going to be difficult emotions by nature of making progress with mental health. Realizations about unhealthy relationships you need to let go of, habits you have to change, even moving, or taking other opportunities can bring up sadness, regret, and resentments that you may need to express and process. It may feel bad at the moment and may even cause you to question whether you are doing the right thing, but it is a normal part of progressing mentally and emotionally. Just like soreness does not mean you should stop working out, uncomfortable feelings do not mean you should stop progressing with emotional growth. However, similarly to working out, where the actual pain is a clear time to take a break, intense negative emotions are a sign you are at a stopping point and it may be time to set a solid boundary with a particular person or take a break for a day or two from something.
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Find an expert to help.
When things are really overwhelming, seeing a therapist to help you work through it in a systematic way is similar to having a personal trainer who can guide you through physical growth. They help you identify your most important goals and are well trained in the best ways to get you to them so that you can alleviate that stress. All therapists have higher education in theories and treatment modes that help clients to meet objectives, and many of these theories have been backed by research. Like trainers, you can look at their backgrounds, specialties, and philosophies to see which one will be a good fit for you. Much like personal training, not every session will be enjoyable, but sessions will bring you closer to the progress that you want to make.
Keeping your mind fit the same way you keep your body fit will hopefully be the way we look at mental health in the future, and so much information is out there to get you started, so start small, find a buddy, a coach, a therapist, or start wherever makes the most sense for you.  Just keep in mind that just like fitness, any goal worth reaching is not going to be without a little struggle and sweat, but trust me, you will like the results.

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No Pain, No Emotional Gainz

We are used to being sore after the gym. Sometimes we even get excited about it, earmarking some new exercise or class after we feel a good burn the next day so we can try it again and get gram-worthy results.  But think about it, were you always this way about your fitness?  I bet there were some days in the beginning that the soreness made you want to stay home the next day and chill in sweatpants (back when home in sweatpants was not mandatory).
What about the famous runner’s high? How many awful runs did it take you before you actually attained it? Because I’ll tell you, I had many cramps prior to hitting that elusive endorphin kick. Emotional and mental health progress akin to those gym gains, you have to get comfortable with getting uncomfortable in order to see the results. I know the gym buffs who love some Stay Fit 305 can apply these concepts to their emotional growth.
Just like fitness, it’s great to start small and build up slowly. Take, for example, a mental concept we’ve heard a lot about lately: boundaries. When you return to the office, you can start by simply saying, “Hey, Susan, I think we should probably not talk shit in the break room, it got me in trouble last time.” A simple, honest statement that does not blame the other person and sets a clear boundary, and gives your work buddy a chance to show you that they respect your boundary is a great place to start. Is it uncomfortable? Yes, but it allows you to also establish your needs, and you can work up to telling your fun cousin you have to stop lending him money for his business ideas—-once you have built up your boundary muscles.
When you are practicing a concept, like meditation for example, and find it is difficult, rather than giving up, do what works for you in fitness. Try finding a podcast, YouTube video, group, or coach to guide you. There are many teachers to help you on your way, you don’t have to flounder on your own, and just like fitness trying different methods can help you find works what is best for you.
Just like a good workout buddy, think about having a friend or family member you can count on to be objective about your mental state and let you know if something seems off, and vice versa. Being open about mental health can be scary and is often stigmatized but it is so important that it is worth the initial uncomfortable conversation. Find someone you can be comfortable enough to start slowly expressing what your normal looks like so that if you start to feel off, they can help you get back to home base. You don’t have to disclose every feeling at once, and you don’t have to open up to everyone, certainly not anyone you don’t trust. Just start slow and see how they respond, a good friend will be receptive, and likely will feel comfortable starting to share with you as well.
Sometimes there are going to be difficult emotions by nature of making progress with mental health. Realizations about unhealthy relationships you need to let go of, habits you have to change, even moving, or taking other opportunities can bring up sadness, regret, and resentments that you may need to express and process. It may feel bad at the moment and may even cause you to question whether you are doing the right thing, but it is a normal part of progressing mentally and emotionally. Just like soreness does not mean you should stop working out, uncomfortable feelings do not mean you should stop progressing with emotional growth. However similarly to working out, where the actual pain is a clear time to take a break, intense negative emotions are a sign you are at a stopping point and it may be time to set a solid boundary with a particular person or take a break for a day or two from something.
When things are really overwhelming, seeing a therapist to help you work through it in a systematic way is similar to having a personal trainer who can guide you through physical growth. They help you identify your most important goals and are well trained in the best ways to get you to them so that you can alleviate that stress. All therapists have higher education in theories and treatment modes that help clients to meet objectives, and many of these theories have been backed by research. Like trainers, you can look at their backgrounds, specialties, and philosophies to see which one will be a good fit for you. Much like personal training, not every session will be enjoyable, but sessions will bring you closer to the progress that you want to make.
Keeping your mind fit the same way you keep your body fit will hopefully be the way we look at mental health in the future, and so much information is out there to get you started, so start small, find a buddy, a coach, a therapist, or start wherever makes the most sense for you.  Just keep in mind that just like fitness, any goal worth reaching is not going to be without a little struggle and sweat, but trust me, you will like the results.

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Modern OM Cushion Crawl Infinity is Cushioning the Blow of Separation

Modern Om has been a part of the Miami Community for years, and its founder, Myk Likhov started the Cushion Crawl in 2017, about 6 crawls ago.  It started as a 21-day event of coming together in iconic Miami spaces like the Soho House, the Conrad, the Modern Om Bungalow, and even private homes where likeminded Omies gathered to meditate, pray, and gather in positivity for a spiritual reset twice per year.
What started as a community gathering grew over time to include hundreds of participants, and became a real bright spot for many individuals who looked forward to the event each fall and spring.  So in March this year, when the regular spring edition of the crawl was set to start instead of being deterred by the virus that has altered the course of so many things in life, Likhov set an intention and the apropos hashtag #untilwecanhugagain and thus started what has now evolved into Cushion Crawl Infinity.
Like all of us, Likhov started with a month or two in mind, but as the quarantine grew, so organically did the network and the inspiration of the teachers who were interested in giving talks. Everyone from unknown yogis from ashrams in India to large platform inspirational speakers have participated so far.
“It’s a burst of inspiration, of attention, and wisdom,” Likhov says of the varying daily talks, meditations, and yoga flows, ”It shifts your life.”
Every day at 10 am Modern Om has been live-streaming a different spiritual coach, Shaman, teacher, yogi, death doula, or another holistic expert to guide the community so far for 102 days, and keeps a library for members to watch streams if they cannot attend the live version. In just 45 minutes teachers deliver accessible lessons suitable for beginners or long-practicing spiritualists and allow for comments and questions, plugging websites to explore more on the topics of their expertise.
Cushion Crawl Infinity has had over 1,300 participants with about 200 core crawlers, with 102 unique teachers from at least 10 different countries. What started in Miami has become an international movement and in the last few days has featured teachers from Brooklyn, LA, Costa Rica, and India. The experience of the original cushion crawl was truly unique, and the infinity update definitely lives up to the caliber of the original experience.
To celebrate 111 straight days of a different teacher every day on July 11th, lookout for a special edition, and try it out for yourself by trying a 7-day trial here using the code CRAWLTRIAL.  It’s a great way to experience an array of holistic teachings and get an idea of what the Modern Om community is about.
If you are looking for a more in-depth experience, Modern Om also offers Master Classes to strengthen your knowledge in specific areas of holistic with three upcoming options in July on Sacred Medicine beginning July 6, Sound Healing July 22, and coming late July Yoga Philosophy.
Join the Crawl even for a little while and help cushion the blow of feeling so separated from each other right now by joining the huge group of people who believe in joining together to help each other feel positive right now. #Untilwecanhugagain

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