By Kara Franker
South Florida attracts bikini babes and hunky dudes from all around the world. Whether you're coming down to enjoy the scenery or strut your stuff, here are a few tips and resorts that offer workout vacations to help you get that ultimate beach body - all while enjoying the sun, sand and fun.
1. Stand-Up Paddleboarding at the Marriott Stanton South Beach
This location makes for the perfect fitness retreat! Open to all ages and skill levels, try out the newest fitness craze: stand-up paddleboard yoga classes. While parents get their balance on, kids can learn to surf with free lessons from local professional instructors. Classes ($40 per class) are held on Saturday mornings in the Marriott's oceanfront pool. For more info visit: MarriottStantonSouthBeach.com.
2. Water Resistance Core Training at the Sense Beach House in South Beach
The 18-room boutique hotel, located in the trendy South of Fifth neighborhood, has teamed up with NFit Life, a fitness lifestyle group to offer a water resistance core training class. Get a great workout and a golden tan, all at the same time. Classes ($30 per person) are held on Saturday mornings on the rooftop pool. For more info visit: SenseBeachHouse.com.
3. Beach Bootcamp at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
Kick that booty into gear with a military-inspired bootcamp that will make you feel the burn. Book the "Stay Fit in Fort Lauderdale" package and receive one fitness class of choice, one intense beach bootcamp session and a 30-minute health and fitness consultation. Rates start at $269 per night. more info visit: HarborBeachMarriott.com.
4. Waterfront Yoga Classes at Acqualina Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach
Find your inner bliss on the resort's serene Atlantic beachfront property, with the guidance of certified yoga instructors. Acqualina Spa by ESPA and YOGiiZA, the South Florida-based lifestyle brand developed by passionate yoga practitioners Dawn and Mark Oliver, have teamed up to offer one-on-one yoga classes. Classes ($135 for a 75-minute session) are taught on the beautiful beachfront lawn or in the tranquil ESPA relaxation room. It's a great way for people to turn a weekend away into a workout vacation. For more info visit: AcqualinaResort.com.
5. Full Moon Spinning Class at The Ritz-Carlton on Key Biscayne
With the atlantic ocean as your backdrop, join the fitness instructors at The Ritz-Carlton on the Grand Lawn for an intense workout every month during the full moon. Watch the YouTube video below and for more info visit: RitzCarlton.com.