Fitness is fun, no really, it is–especially when you get to go to events like this weekend’s Wodapalooza–even saying it is an exercise on the mouth muscles–where from 8am to 8pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Bayfront Park there will be tons of gym bunnies, muscle heads, and erstwhile exercisers showing off their ability or lack thereof in running, swimming, paddle-boarding, weight lifting, and gymnastics. At night, the makeshift bayside gym turns into a dance party-esque situation with “flashing lights, blasting music from our dJs and the thrill of elite competition.” This really is a competition, and not one based on the lore and legend of rap lyrics, in which over 1,000 athletes will compete for prizes totaling over $150K, which, at the end of the day, can buy you lots of bottles over at LIV, just like the protagonists in the aforementioned lyrics. There’s even an after party from 7pm to midnight on Sunday, whose tagline is ‘lift hard, party hard.’ Amen. For information on competing or spectating, email Compete@theWodapalooza.com.
Once you’ve proven your worth at Wodapalooza, consider taking your moves to the Deco Dance-a-Thon at 3pm Saturday, January 17 as part of Art Deco Weekend, at which participants at the Pavillion at 12th and Ocean are encouraged to channel not Jay and Bey, but their Roaring Twenties counterparts Jay and Dai (as in Gatsby and Daisy) lindying instead of twerking until 6pm for prizes, bragging rights and exercise, among other things. Oh, and there will be disco. The grand prize here is a trip to Napier, New Zealand, which, unbeknownst to most, has a very strong Art Deco culture and festival of its own. To partake in the boogeying it’s $30 per individual or $50 per couple. Proceeds will go to preserve, protect, and promote the historic architecture of Miami Beach beyond what’s found on Netflix replays of Miami Vice.
Believe in Dog
Nearby at the Mondrian, former Real Housewives of Miami model and animal lover Joanna Krupa is hosting Angels for Animal Rescue’s Paws for Prayers from 5pm to 8pm, a fundraiser for furry friends featuring dog costume contest, owner and dog look alike contest, “animal blessings by monks,” dog fashion show, and more. Proceeds go to BodhiFest Miami, a two week multi-culti spiritual celebration at the Ichimura Miami Japanese Garden, 1101 MacArthur Causeway, for which this event serves as kickoff, and Angels for Animal Rescue. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $20. Oh, and of course, dogs are allowed to be out and proud unlike in certain shopping malls where they are sneaked in via doggy strollers.
And finally, after cleansing your King Charles’s chakra, stuff your face with chocolate at 10am Saturday and Sunday at The Dezer Collection Auto Museum & Event Space , 2000 NE 146th St., where, in addition to the 1800 cool cars, classic hot rods, and macho motor vehicles, there will be chocolate, because that’s the first thing you think of when you think car museum. There will also be cake decorating competitions, chocolate-enhanced fashion shows (and there goes Reese Witherspoon on the red carpet in a Reese’s original!), and an array of chcoolate treats that would put even Willy Wonka into a diabetic coma. For more information and tickets, visit the website. For ways to justify the excessive consumption of chocolate, re-read this article.