If you’re heading down to Miami for the 2024 TYR Wodapalooza, most of your time will be at the competition. But whether you are competing or there to cheer on your favorite athletes, Miami has plenty of exciting things to do when the weights aren’t being thrown around on the competition floor.
To make your trip to Miami even better, we have gathered the best places to get a workout in, grab a coffee, eat a good meal and dance the night away. But we can almost guarantee the places that take reservations will fill up fast, so that’s we are sharing our guide with your now! Don’t blame us if you wait to make your reservations…
If you’re competing, you probably can skip this section. You’ll have all the workouts you can handle on the competition floor. For the rest of you, here are some of the best gyms in the area to get your sweat on before heading over to Bayfront Park.
Peak 360 Fitness
You’ve almost certainly heard of Peak 360, especially for those Noah Ohlsen fans. Home to Ohlsen, Peak 360 is led by CrossFit Games veteran Guido Trinidad.
You’ll have to probably take an Uber or Lyft to get to Peak 360 if you’re staying near Bayfront Park as it is 10 miles southwest of Wodapalooza. But this is one gym that is definitely worth the trip!
On top of that, Peak 360 is hosting Miami Fitness Week presented by Nike. Beginning on Monday, January 8, Peak 360 will run special Miami Metcon Sweat classes in addition to its regularly scheduled programming. There will also be special classes hosted by Plunge, Skyhill USA Gymnastics and Noah Ohlsen throughout the week. Head over to miamifitnesswk.com for more information and to register for a class or two.
Downtown Strength and Conditioning
Located just two blocks from Bayfront Park, Downtown Strength and Conditioning is a short walk from Bayfront Park. Starting on Wednesday, DTSC will host numerous takeover events by CrossFit Mayhem, HWPO, R.A.D. Global, LSKD and more! With it being so close to TYR Wodapalooza, there’s no excuse not to drop by. You can register for one of the takeover classes here or purchase a 1-or 3-day pass here.
On top of that, they are offering 1-day and 3-day drop-in passes for those in town. With it being so close, there is no excuse to not get a workout in.
CrossFit Wynwood is just a short nine minute drive from Bayfront Park. The gym is owned by Bill Ohlsen, Noah’s father, which is pretty cool! Many of the athletes competing in the elite division will head over to Wynwood to get in a workout in preparation for TYR Wodapalooza.
On top of that, CrossFit Wynwood is hosting special workouts throughout the week. Taylor Self, Christian Harris, EZ Muhammad and Noah Ohlsen will coach a class or two throughout the week. For Taylor Self’s classes on Friday and Sunday, you can even workout with Pedro from Coffee Pods and WODs!
On top of that R.A.D. Global is taking over the gym on Thursday with two special classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
HYBRID Performance Method
HYBRID is located in the Wynwood Arts district and is home to Stefi Cohen and Hayden Bowe. Oh, and Noah Ohlsen also gets a workout in at HYBRID from time to time.
HYBRID offers almost every type of fitness you are looking for – Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, Boxing, Functional Fitness and Strongman.
HYBRID is about 3 miles north of Bayfront Park and is worth a visit.
Other CrossFit Gyms in the area
CrossFit Body & Soul
CrossFit Coconut Grove
CrossFit Downtown Miami
CrossFit Soul Miami
CrossFit Yellow Falcon
Just Fitness CrossFit
Live Free CrossFit
Reebok CrossFit Miami
The Salty Donut
These may not fit your macros, but one look at their donuts and you’ll be unable to resist heading over to The Salty Donut. But don’t think it’s just a donut shop. No, the coffee is just as good.
Located in the Wynwood Jungle, The Salty Donut is the perfect place to get those extra carbs after your morning workout (see above).
Ok, so maybe you want to stay on track with your diet. It is the start of the year…new year’s resolutions…and stuff. That’s where Pura Vida comes in.
Pura Vida uses locally sourced organic ingredients (when available) to make their recipes from scratch daily. From all-day breakfast to superfood smoothies to acai bowls to coffee, Pura Vida will get your day off to a healthy start.
Vice City Bean
If you are looking for some specialty coffee, Vice City Bean is the place to hit up. From lattes and cortados to nitro cold brew and matcha, Vice City has it all, including the ability to customize your order with house-made almond or macadamia nut milks.
Paper Street Coffee
Like we said earlier, much of your time will be spent inside Bayfront Park. Between watching athletes throw down, head over to the Paper Street Coffee booth and grab a can of Frost Nitro Cold Brew or a hot cup of coffee.
If you were at TYR Wodapalooza last year and visited the Paper Street Coffee booth, this year’s experience will be even better. With a bigger booth, there will plenty of room to stop by, grab a cup of coffee and meet some great people. Don’t be surprised if you get the chance to meet Colten Mertens, Arielle Loewen or athletes between events.
Oh, and it’s where I’ll be hanging out to re-caffeinate.
Other Coffee Shops to check out
Miami is home to a ton of great restaurants so it’s hard to narrow down to just a few to highlight. But here are some to consider while in town.
Just a couple blocks from Bayfront Park, Over Under is a modern American cocktail bar and kitchen. Over Under has its fair share of alcoholic beverages, but it also serves some of Miami’s best bar cuisines on its Floridian-inspired menu.
Its Cheeseburger features Florida grass-fed beef and is akin to a high-end Big Mac. But before that, make sure to try the Treasure Coast Oysters or the smoked fish dip.
If you’re looking for something a little more high-end, check out LPM Miami. This restaurant in Brickell, just south of Wodapalooza, features high-end French fare with a hint of Mediterranean flare.
The yellow freshtail carpaccio and butter- and herb-soaked escargot are some of the highlights of the menu. But don’t expect to just walk in and grab a table. It’s recommended to get a reservation for this one.
Located in Coconut Grove, the menu at Los Felix is inspired by the milpa farming techniques used in Mexico and South America. This Mexico City-inspired restaurant features items such as tacos, quesadillas, tostadas and tamales. But don’t be fooled, these are not your run-of-the-mill tacos.
The corn tortillas are made fresh every morning and are filled with some of the best flavor combinations. Run, don’t walk to Los Felix.
Other Restaurants to try
Don’t be surprised if the restaurants highlighted above run out of reservations fast. If they do, you can always try these out.
After the athletes finish their last reps under the lights, there’s always time to hit some of the best night clubs around. Here are some worth checking out…for those who can’t sleep/won’t sleep.
Basement is not like other nightclubs. This hip club is underground, hence the name. Once inside, you can bowl on their neon-lit lanes or hit up their indoor ice skating rink. Of course, if you just want to dance you can head over to the Basement’s “micro-club” that offers up world class DJs, state-of-the-art sound system and lighting to match.
Kiki on The River
Embracing the hospitality and spirit of the Greek islands, Kiki on The River provides romantic waterfront dining on the weekdays, but turns to a Mykonos-inspired nightclub on the weekend.
Kicking off on Friday night, the party atmosphere is turned up with a live DJ and dancing all through the night.
Whatever your interests are, Miami is sure to have something up your alley. Enjoy the warm weather, soak up the sun and be sure to experience Miami!