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Sweat like the pros do at free fitness event at Bayside Marketplace

Breaking a sweat: Tae Bo creator Billy Blanks, center with gray tank top, leads a free group workout at Bayside Marketplace last year. On Saturday, he and others will do the same.
Breaking a sweat: Tae Bo creator Billy Blanks, center with gray tank top, leads a free group workout at Bayside Marketplace last year. On Saturday, he and others will do the same. Celebrity Sweat

Want to train like a pro athlete or celeb?

Head to Bayside Marketplace Saturday when Tae Bo creator Billy Blanks will host a free community Tao Bo class. Among his clients: Jessica Alba, Magic Johnson, Gene Simmons and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

He’ll be paired with Eric the Trainer, whose roster include welterweight champion Victor Ortiz, contestants from Dancing with the Stars and members of the band Fall Out Boy.

Last year’s Celebrity Sweat Fitness Challenge, held at the same location, brought together hundreds, from serious fitness fanatics to novices. This year, Blanks and his team will come with a TV crew to tape an episode for Celebrity Sweat, a fitness show on AXS TV. The show gives viewers a glimpse of how athletes and celebrities train.

Blanks introduced Tae Bo on television in the early 1990s. His classes quickly grew into a fitness phenomenon with their aerobic exercises punctuated with kicks and air punches.

At Bayside, the chiseled duo will demonstrate fast-paced, total-body workouts to participants who join them on stage. The event will also have Zumba classes. Different workouts will be offered from 11 a.m to 4 p.m.

“Miami stands out because of the people,” says Eric the Trainer, who helps actors get in shape. “There was just a lot of excitement and fun and that sort of caliente spicy happiness that really flavored our event. It’s a place where your age doesn’t seem to matter. The babies are dancing around with their grandmas and grandpas.’’

In addition to Tae Bo and Zumba classes, there also will be a “cookoff competition” by the American Culinary Federation.

“We wanted to be able to pull athletes and celebrities together to inspire people,” says Lisa Levine, of Celebrity Sweat.

She says there are similarities among athletes, celebrities and everyday people: “They’re traveling, they're always on the road, and the average everyday person —you're working, you’re running, you’re busy, you're picking up kids … everybody has a busy schedule. We’re trying to get people to find time to do something that they like to do.’’

For the first time, part of the Celebrity Sweat expo will feature a push-up competition from 11 a.m. to noon Friday in front of the Clevelander Hotel on Ocean Drive. It’s free and open to the public.

If you go

What: Celebrity Sweat Fitness Challenge

When: Push-up competition: 11 a.m. to noon, May 15, in front of the Clevelander Hotel, 1020 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach. On Saturday, Tae Bo classes will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Zumba classes will be at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.. All classes will be held at Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Website: http://csweat.com/

Contact: Debbie Levine, 847-673-0592 ext. 818 or

debbie@sppsports.com.

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