10 MIAMI FITNESS EXPERTS SHARE THEIR GO-TO OUTDOOR WORKOUT SPOTS

By Tricia Carr | July 1, 2016 | People

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Why restrict yourself to the four walls of a gym when Miami offers so many outdoor spaces perfect for getting in a full-body workout? From the waters of Biscayne Bay to the gym rooftop, here are 10 outdoor spots that Miami’s fitness pros use to keep their routine fresh.

Christa DiPaolo: Biscayne BayChristaDiPaolo.jpg

“If I want to head outdoors for a sweat sesh, my favorite place is Biscayne Bay to do some SUP (stand-up paddleboarding). I love to take full advantage of the gorgeous Miami water. Being in the ocean is extremely energizing and helps clear the clutter of my mind.” —Christa DiPaolo, creator of The Cut presented by Equinox (Aventura, Brickell, Coral Gables, and South Beach locations)

Allison Santini: Shops at Merrick Park

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“My favorite place to work out outdoors is right outside of the SoulCycle studio at the Shops at Merrick Park. There’s a huge set of stairs and a long bench at the bottom. I’ll do tricep dips on the edge of the bench and freestanding sumo squats—two of my go-to outdoor moves. I love high-intensity workouts, so running up and down the stairs in-between sets is a great way to get my heart rate up.” —Allison Santini, instructor at SoulCycle (Coral Gables and South Beach locations)

Sharif Tabbah: Beach at Key Biscayne

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“I love working out on the beach in Key Biscayne. I’m outside with a beautiful view, and the sand creates a unique and challenging workout. Training in the sand increases demand from the stabilizer muscles of the ankles and hips, while it also works the intrinsic muscles of the feet, which is difficult to do in any other setting.” —Sharif Tabbah, doctor of physical therapy, co-owner, and strength and conditioning specialist at Athletix Rehab & Recovery

Julie Wiesman: Brickell Key

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“One of my favorite outdoor spots for an interval workout is the pathway around Brickell Key. This one-mile waterfront loop is great for jogging, sprinting, bench jumps, elevated push-ups, and stretch markers, and even has grassy areas for abdominal work. Don’t be afraid to switch it up and get creative with your heart rate.” —Julie Wiesman, celebrity trainer & group fitness specialist

Marc Megna: Rooftop TurfMarcMegna.jpg

“At the rooftop turf at Anatomy at 1220, there are no limitations. I have the full range to do any workout at any intensity. There’s even a nice view of palm trees and the sunset while doing it.” —Marc Megna, co-owner & chief body architect at Anatomy at 1220

Rachel Robinson: Legion ParkRachelRobinson.jpg

“My favorite outdoor workout spot is Legion Park. It has a beautiful open space, and you can run along the water. I like to do sprint intervals mixed with all-bodyweight workouts when I take it outside: Think push-ups, squats, burpees, pull-ups, lunges, dips, and sprints. Bring a resistance band and you can get it all in.” —Rachel Robinson, instructor at Barry’s Bootcamp

Brandon Price: Tropical Park

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“Tropical Park has an awesome track and field. It’s a great place to get a workout in, whether it’s running or pickup soccer. Especially in the summer, get outside and have fun with your workout—enjoy the beach, find a scenic rooftop, chase the sunrise and sunset, or challenge a friend.” —Brandon Price, performance specialist at DBC Fitness

Janet Jones: Margaret Pace Park

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“As a choreographer, I need constant inspiration. One of my favorite places is Margaret Pace Park in Edgewater. I put my favorite playlist on blast and go for a jog on the park’s sidewalk, which has amazing views of the bay and cruise ships.” —Janet Jones, creator of Vixen Workout

Johanna Torres: Hollywood Beach

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“Hollywood Beach is my favorite outdoor spot for a total-body workout or a run, and it has the best view. It is one of the few beaches in South Florida that doesn’t get overcrowded. There’s nothing like working out on the sand—it adds resistance and pushes your fitness level.” —Johanna Torres, instructor at SoulCycle (Coral Gables & South Beach locations)

Manning Sumner: Outdoor Turf

ManningSumner.jpg“We have an outdoor field with a sand pit, hill, and turf at Legacy Fit. I can get creative in the space and create a tough workout.” —Manning Sumner, owner of Legacy Fit and private strength and conditioning coach