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Militia Fitness - The Gym You Have Been Looking For

It’s no lie finding a gym that fits all of your needs can be daunting. Lucky for you, we have discovered Destin Florida’s hidden gem of gyms! Are you looking for a sense of community, somewhere to relieve stress, become stronger, and most of all take time for yourself? Militia Fitness is one of Destin Florida’s premier gyms and we want to share it with you! Whether you are a vacationer, an annual snowbird, or a local, there’s always time to focus on a stronger version of yourself.

Recently, we interviewed the owners of Destin’s Militia Fitness, Kristen and Alex Santos. This dynamic duo has several years of experience in the fitness industry. They are both former athletes and they are coming up on their 5 years of owning Destin’s Militia Fitness location. Prior to our interview, I had the opportunity to take a class at their gym. As this was my first Militia Fitness class, I can support that the entire environment was welcoming and motivating. Alex Santos (owner) considers himself a high-five connoisseur and I would say this is 100% true. Santos was encouraging and helpful throughout the entire workout. He was ready to go if someone needed help with their form or had a question. Did I mention he was motivating? I promise you will leave the class feeling stronger and more empowered than you felt walking in the door. Does this sound like something you want to be a part of? Continue reading about our interview and everything Militia Fitness has to offer below!

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Tell me a little bit about Militia Fitness Destin and who are. What is the overall goal of the gym and how is it different from other gyms? 

“Militia Fitness was established in 2009 and our location opened in 2012. My husband and I became owners in 2017 and have long been locals (my husband grew up in Navarre and me in Pace) and frequented Destin. At Militia Fitness we specialize in helping people reach their fitness goals by establishing what they want and directing them to one of our four programs or pathways that we offer. Each program can be individualized based on a person’s specific goal. We have class times throughout the day that are all led by an experienced Team Leader to make sure you have all the tools for a great workout.” 

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How many locations do you have? 

“ We are one of four locations (FWB, Destin, Crestview, and Pensacola) and we are located next to Target in Destin.”

How many classes do you offer?

“ Our class times are Mon-Fri 5:30am, 6:30am, 9am, 10am, 4pm, 5pm, & 6pm 

Saturday 8am SWOLGA (stretching & mobility) 9am workout

Sundays closed ” 

What if I don’t work out a lot, is that okay? Any specific classes you recommend?

“ Our Team Leaders are well versed in scaling for all skill levels, any class would be perfect but our smallest classes at the moment are 6:30 am, 10:00 am, 5 pm. We welcome all ages and skill levels! “

Do you typically see regulars? Or do you get out of town people/snowbirds? 

“ Majority of our members are local to the area but we have a few regular snowbirds. When it’s tourist season we do get a lot of out-of-town drop-ins.”

Can I bring my child? 

“ Yes! We welcome children and have an area for them while you work out.”

What do your memberships look like? Do I need a class pass or can I pay per class?

“ We offer three different commitments for memberships and the price varies depending on which you choose, we also offer couples discounts and military/first responder discounts.”

What is your contract policy? Do you offer a month-to-month contract or something else? 

“ We go over our contracts at your Intro Workout and we offer 3 months, 6 months, 1-year commitment and a paid in full for a year. “

How does scheduling classes work? Sign up online or call ahead? Can I just show up? 

“ Once a member you can come to any class time that works best for you. For non-members with fitness experience just looking to work out for a short period, we offer walk-in and drop-in rates. For non-members with little to no fitness experience, we like to schedule a Free Intro workout as your first class so a Team Leader can walk you through a workout, chat about your goals, and go over options. You can schedule your Free Intro workout online at or call/text 850-716-7911.”

What has been the most rewarding part about being a gym owner at Militia Fitness?

“ Watching our members change their lives physically and mentally. Fitness has just been a byproduct of what the gym has been about, the relationships and friendships have been the most rewarding. “ 

If you would like to try a class or get set up with a membership, head to or drop by to talk to someone during their class hours. Militia Fitness Destin is located at 837 Harbor Blvd. Destin, Florida 32541 (in the same parking lot as Destin Target).

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