DEFYING GRAVITY: Ganapati Rios of Miami Beach, relaxes in a ‘Harrison Hammock’ at SMB Fitness in Sunny Isles Beach during an exercise demonstration.
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DEFYING GRAVITY: Ganapati Rios of Miami Beach, relaxes in a ‘Harrison Hammock’ at SMB Fitness in Sunny Isles Beach during an exercise demonstration. Caitlin Granfield Caitlin Granfield

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