BOOM! Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali down here in these parts of Miami Beach in a joint called simply the 5th St. Gym…let’s check it out.
The current 5th St. Gym is located a couple of blocks from the original location. The original was in a building on the corner of 5th Street and Washington Avenue–a new building has been built here that now houses a CVS.
The new location is in an alleyway just off the corner of 5th Street and Lenox Avenue…every morning you can hear the sound of gloves hitting heavy bags out in the alley…fighters are inside sparring, shadow-boxing, working out, etc….this place is full of the vibes of professionals going about the business of training to box…the manager, Dino, is extremely welcoming and friendly–he invites us to wander around inside, take photos and soak up the energy…a woman behind a counter is equally friendly and inviting…everyone is willing to talk about Ali and any other fighters that we might want to discuss…WOW…surprisingly lots of fun to visit here.
Yes, Ali is long gone, this is a different location from the original, the Dundees no longer have affiliation with the gym, but there is warmth and professionalism and willingness to share in the air that makes it well worth the effort to find this place and pay respects to the noble art of boxing and all of the larger-than-life men who dared enter the ring to become somebody worthy of respect and admiration.
I send you hardworking vibes from the current 5th St. Gym…feel them…they are good for your character.
It’s lovely out there.