Fitness Travel

Thirsty For Juice – Miami, FL

I love juicing. Not so much the, don’t eat anything else for 3-7 days, type of juicing – I’ve tried it and was so ravenous I couldn’t even make it 2 days – but as a snack or post workout quencher, I am all for it.

My favorite time to grab a juice is after a workout. Now before you start yelling at me about the need to replenish your nutrients and get some carbs and protein to repair your muscles directly after a workout…Chill. Out. It’s vital to recovery, I know that, but after spinning for 45min or running 5 miles, the last thing I am thinking about is a protein heavy sandwich. As long as the bigger nutrients are replenished within the 2 hour window following a workout, go ahead, have a juice.

Sill with me?? Great! I’m a sucker for a good green juice. Not all juice is created equal, so when I was visiting Miami, FL, I went on a mission to find what the Brickell neighborhood (home of the Four Seasons) had to offer.

Stop #1

Cold Pressed Raw Kitchen


Think light woods, whites, cushioned benches, and potted greens. They prep and bottle their juices once a day so you better get there early because it is first come, first served.

I learned the hard way and got my hands on one of the last juices called Zen-ahoria. Carrot, orange, lemon and ginger. Refreshing, with a bite. Order it. Thank me later.

If you haven’t heard – Avo Toast is so hot right now, and I.Am.Ob.Sessed. When I saw it on the menu, it was a no brainer…I had to try it. The menu originally listed a house pesto, but when mine arrived with balsamic vinegar in its place I couldn’t complain (I actually think it made it even better). It added a pop of acidity to the creamy, buttery avo spread. While presentation was a bit to be desired, my tastebuds, and muscles, were saying thank you.


Stop #2

Brickell Fresh Cafe

Talk about an adorable hole in the wall. This place is legit a little window surrounded by wooden planks and plants galore. Their juice flavors vary by day, so I tried the “SP2” juice – spinach, coconut water and pineapple. That’s it! And seriously, that’s all that was needed. If you’re looking for hydration, this is it.


Their menu consisted of quinoa/rice bowls, salads, and smoothies, which catered to both vegetarians and carnivores. If I am ever back in the area, I am 100% returning, testing out the menu, and bringing whomever I can with me!

Stop #3

GreenLife Organic Bistro

Patio seating. Check. Water fountains. Check. Fresh juices. Check.

If a menu has a green juice called “FCK Cancer 2” you buy it. No questions asked! It had spinach, cucumber, lime, green apple and celery. Jackpot. I had found true bliss.

Upon checking out their website, I was happy to read that they utilize ingredients that are “free of genetically modified organisms, pesticides, hormones, and anything that doesn’t belong in our food much less in our body.” Yes, GreenLife! Good in = Good out.

It was almost lunch, and I was hungry, so I decided to take a peek at the food menu. One piece of advice – if you are a pescetarian like myself, you may not be impressed. The salads and sandwiches were limited, and honestly quite boring. And alert, their tuna contains fat-free mayo. Not sure how you feel about mayo, but it freaks me out.

One thing that you absolutely cannot miss….If you want the taste of…I can’t believe I’m going to use this word….moist (*cringe*), orange cranberry bread, without the guilt, Oh Em Gee, you MUST try the Chia Ballz. 100% whole, natural, organic ingredients that you can read without a translator! Chia seeds, almond butter, shredded coconut, honey, cranberries, orange and salt. I must learn how to make these. Make sure to carry some floss when eating these, though – chia seeds are sneaky little buggers that like to get stuck in your teeth!


There were several other spots that were on my list that I just did not have the time to venture to. My apologies…the lounge chair, sun and Mexican Mojito won. See below for those that didn’t make the trip and leave a comment if you’ve been to either of these!

Overall I was highly impressed with Miami’s juice game, and I cannot wait to see how it stacks up to other cities!

In sweat and health,


Fitness Travel

Sweating in the Magic City

Earlier this month, I escaped the cold, rainy New England weather and headed to Miami, FL for an impromptu solo vacation. If you’ve never travelled solo before, I seriously encourage you to try it. There’s something very freeing about it. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want. Freedom!

The minute I stepped off the plane, I felt like a cat finding that one sun spot in the house. Head up, eyes closed, Purrrr.

Besides soaking up all the sun I could (and believe me, this pale Boston skin needed it), I wanted to get in on where Miami locals hit up their Saturday morning workout. Being the “spinesta” that I am, I knew I wanted to find a Florida based cycling studio. Not one of those national, cookie cutter chains, like SoulCycle, but a true local company.

Enter RedBike

The Studio

Ok so I totally overestimate how long it would take me to walk to RedBike in Brickell from the Four Seasons. Needless to say, I was there 30 min early. The previous class was still going on and I was the only person waiting.

That didn’t matter though, because the woman at the front desk was SO friendly. She told me a little about the history of the studio; opening couple years ago, and my soon-to-be instructor was the maestro behind the launch of the organization. There were couches to lounge on between class, and (my fav part) a smoothie bar called RedBoost which, get this, you can order ahead of class and they will have waiting for you by the time your class is done! Talk about service!

As I was putting on my spin shoes, which they provide complementary, Albert Ghitis, RedBike creator and instructor extraordinaire, and I started chatting. Turns out he used to teach at a studio in Wellesley, MA, a couple miles north of Boston! Small world! He was so welcoming and gave me some tips on what to expect during his class – Think pushups, crunches, and arms.

This is Albert. Photo courtesy of

While waiting for class, there is a comfy nook with a couch, chairs and magazines to make you feel right at home. If shopping is more your style, you can check out their apparel wall which has amazing merchandise that I had to use my ultimate willpower not to purchase.

Post-sweat, there is a moderately sized locker room with showers (and towels) to suds up, and they offer wonderful L’Occitane amenities to make you smell just fab. 

The Sweat

Classes at RedBike are a legit P.A.R.T.Y. Between the colored lights and bumping beats it’s hard not to have a good time. I’ve been so many classes where it’s 200 mph, 100% of the time and I’m sorry but that is NOT cycling (cough, SoulCycle, cough). I appreciated that Albert utilized the beat of the music to mirror leg pace, and had a mix of heavy climbs and fast sprints. Thank You!!

The energy than ran through the entire room was electric. Now, it may have been partially attributed to Albert boogying down to the music every now and then, but to say he was engaged with the class is an understatement. He walked throughout the room, encouraging the group to push harder, dig deeper, and get lost in the beat.

Disclaimer: Traditional cyclists, as I mentioned above, there are pushups and crunches on the bike, and a song dedicated to working your arms with weights, so this may not necessarily be your cup of tea. The great thing about cycling at RedBike, though, is that if you aren’t comfortable with a movement, you can modify and still have a blast!

The Results

Without question, if you’re ever in Miami, FL, get your ass to RedBike. While I didn’t feel as exhausted as I normally do walking out of a spin class, I still had an absolute blast and know that I challenged my muscles and worked up a sweat. I was having one of those indestructible, conquer the world, nothing can stop me workout days!

Have you been to RedBike? How about another local Miami spin studio? Tell us about it!

In sweat and health,