Work Out Your Body & Soul Fitness

Before you know it, a new year will dawn upon us. Planners will be purchased, vision boards built, and many of us will make New Years resolutions that we hope to keep longer than a month. Want to know the most popular (and most commonly broken) resolution people will have? It is to lose weight and increase their fitness!

What if the answer wasn’t just to sign up for a gym membership? At least, not to your run-of-the-mill fitness centers with matching towels and weightlifting equipment. Maybe what we really need is a little bit more soul.

Because it takes two—Body & Soul is a boutique fitness club with a personal mission to improve your overall health and happiness. It goes beyond shedding the pounds and looking good in that (forever) summer outfit. The fitness instructors at Body & Soul are focused on changing what is on the inside.


My gym partner and I experienced this firsthand while attending a Videosync class with Jay Marcos. Now, if you haven’t taken a class with Jay before, expect to be shaken up from your head to your toes. Better yet, don’t make expectations and just be drawn in with his precise dance steps and fantastic taste in music. But if he turns off the music, then you know it’s going to get good!

The short breaks between songs are intentional. Jay will get personal. He will speak to your core, while he makes you shake what your momma gave you. I got in my grove while wearing my custom GPACTIVE pants by Gabriela Pires Beachwear. They were extremely comfortable, and the light gray material provided perfect protection from the intensity of the workout (no sweat marks).



It is so refreshing to walk into an atmosphere where you know you will walk out with more confidence, sass in your step, and the assurance that you’ve got what it takes. How about starting a new resolution on that note? I say success rates will most likely double, if not more.


Aside from group classes, Body & Soul also offers personal training, a Crossfit Box right across the parking lot, physical therapy, and the hottest cardio dance—Vixen Workout. Add to that the fantastic amenities such as complimentary towel service, luxury bath products, hair dryers, Wi-Fi and even valet to accommodate the parking. Even your post-workout is taken care of at the Raw South juice bar offering wellness shots, power waffles, sandwiches as well as smoothies and juices.

Also unique to Body & Soul are the gadgets you won’t find at a regular gym. For example, the cycling classes use Real Ryder bikes that rock side to side as to simulate the stability on a real bike. Stationary bikes are available, but this specialization really sets them apart. Members have the option to sign up for the CrossFit for a full access membership.

Body & Soul is located at 3183 SW 38th Court. Visit their website here for more information or stop in for a group class and get your feet wet!


Photographs of GPACTIVE were taken by Miguel Zayas. Check out his work here.

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  • Nataja
    November 21, 2016 at 11:18 am

    OMG I love this place already !!! I wish I wasn’t so far away from it *insert sad face*

    • Diana Rodriguez
      November 21, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      It is a great facility! I try to make it once a month to the dance class at least. They’re super fun!!

  • Imaobong
    November 21, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    This place looks really good, wish it was around me.
    You know, I started out this year with a resolution to work out 30 minutes a day.
    I was consistent for months till I fell ill with Pneumonia and I had to stop for months.
    I wish I had someone monitoring me as it’s pretty hard getting back into it now.
    But I plan on doing that from January :-)
    (Oh, and your sneakers and your pants are too lit! )

    • Diana Rodriguez
      November 21, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      How about you set a different goal? Maybe you can workout 30 minutes for 3 days a week. Sometimes exercise can put a lot of stress on the body and actually make you more likely to get sick. Hope you can find a new goal you can stick to, and no need to wait for January! Thanks for the compliment on shoes and pants… they’re amazing! Hope you are feeling better these days.

  • Anosa
    November 21, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    I gave up on setting new’s resolutions years ago as you said after a month its down the drain. I joined a gym during the summer and I love it because I only do classes.
    Body & Soul sounds awesome, definitely my kind of place to work out

    • Diana Rodriguez
      November 21, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      Resolutions bring a lot of pressure lol… I think we should just take baby steps and work towards making better health choices overall without the pressure of meeting deadlines. Body & Soul definitely has the motivation part covered for us!

  • Esther
    November 21, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Those pants are so cute! I love cute workout gear. I feel like it gets me in the mood on those “blah” days. And no sweat marks? win-win

    • Diana Rodriguez
      November 22, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      They are super comfy! Loved them :) and yes, no sweat marks with gray pants was a HUGE win!

  • Amber Myers
    November 21, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    This place looks great! I’d want to try out a cycling class. Your workout gear looks really comfy too.

    • Diana Rodriguez
      November 22, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      Me too! Their cycling room is incredible, and they use unique bikes… I’ve never seen them before. Totally comfy pants!

  • Ellie
    November 21, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    I love the look of this place! I try to set small fitness goals for myself like getting in to yoga or pilates as I’m not big in to crazy cardio workouts, although I do love kickboxing!

    • Diana Rodriguez
      November 22, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      I totally agree! One step at a time ;) good luck to you!!

  • Briana
    November 21, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    I need to get a pair of those pants. And this place sounds awesome!

    • Diana Rodriguez
      November 22, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Check out Gabriela Pires Beachwear on Facebook! She’s working on a new fitness line called GPACTIVE.

  • CourtneyLynne
    November 21, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Omg this place looks like one awesome place to get a workout at!!!! I need to check it out!!!

    • Diana Rodriguez
      November 22, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Start with the dance classes! You will have sooo much fun! :)

  • blair villanueva
    November 22, 2016 at 7:19 am

    I’ve been a little lazy recently, and I think I need to get back sweating! This place is truly inspiring.. now I need a gym partner :)

    • Diana Rodriguez
      November 22, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      Awesome! I’d love to join in on a fitness class. Let me know if you make it out soon :D

  • Chante Burkett
    November 22, 2016 at 8:12 am

    this looks and sounds like a good work out, I may have to try

    • Diana Rodriguez
      November 22, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      Do it, girl! You will absolutely love it!!

  • Krystal // The Krystal Diaries
    November 22, 2016 at 8:43 am

    That sounds like a great place to work out! I think if more gyms were like this people would stick to it.

    • Diana Rodriguez
      November 22, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Totally! Everyone I met there was so enthusiastic about fitness and being healthy from the inside out. Great place to workout!

  • Jasmine Watts
    November 23, 2016 at 2:35 am

    This place sounds awesome! I need to check it out!

  • Valerie
    November 24, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Very cool. I love the services they offer. I need to get on with working out.

  • DIvya @ Eat Teach Blog
    November 24, 2016 at 6:52 am

    This seems like a great studio – I wish we had something like it in Harrogate, TN where I live!


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