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Students weigh in on Auburn's best workout spots

<p>Max Fitness is one of the many places in Auburn to get in a workout.</p>

Max Fitness is one of the many places in Auburn to get in a workout.

The start of November marks a few things: temperatures cool down, Target begins to stock the shelves with Christmas decor and swimsuit season becomes a rearview memory. 

Nonetheless, Auburn students are not letting the change in weather interrupt their grind. Here are some of the best spots to get a sweat in this winter, according to Auburn students. 

Tiger Iron:

Opened in 2013 by brothers Kent and Kurt Hayley, Tiger Iron is the only 24-hour gym in Auburn. According to their Twitter account, the gym advertises that their hours allow members to work out how they want and when they want. 

Avery Benson, sophomore in public relations and employee at Tiger Iron, said the gym stood out to her for its encouraging environment. While Benson said Tiger Iron primarily attracts heavy lifters, she also said that she has “never experienced any judgment” working out there as a beginner. Dues at Tiger Iron come in at $29 per month.

Max Fitness:

Max Fitness is another traditional gym option in Auburn. According to their website, this fitness center was opened in 1992. The gym offers group classes, personal training, tanning, outdoor classes and a kids daycare center. The gym offers a number of bi-weekly payment options, ranging from a personal package priced at $14.99 to a family package priced at $34.99.


Orangetheory is a HIIT workout class that combines cardio and strength training in an effort to elevate the heart rate and burn more calories. 

The workout itself is a rotation of rowing exercises, running and various free weight exercises that change daily. 

Although the company opened its Auburn location in 2015, Orangetheory originally began in 2010 and has now amassed over 1,300 locations worldwide, according to their website. While the company chooses to disclose price points in person, the Auburn location revealed that their packages can range anywhere from $99 to $150.


pūrvelo is a cycle-based full-body workout that focuses on cardio and hand weights. According to the company's website, pūrvelo was founded by Kristin Watson in 2015 in Charlottesville, VA. Since then, the company has expanded to serve four other locations in the southeast, one of which being the Auburn community. 

Dominique Edmondson, sophomore in microbiology, has been a pūrvelo regular since the fall of 2020. She said the studio’s pull comes from the community backing it.

“I came for the workout and stayed for the people,” Edmondson said.

9Round Fitness:

9Round is a 30 minute kickboxing workout. The workout consists of nine training stations that combine strength training, kickboxing and core work, as well as a personal trainer to guide members through their circuit. 

While there are no designated class times, the company encourages members to show up at their convenience, according to their website. Monthly rates range from $79 to $109, and include unlimited workouts. 

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F45 Training:

F45’s North Auburn location opened in February of 2020, bringing team training to Auburn. According to the company’s website, the brand focuses on building a “no-ego” fitness community that helps members “transform their lifestyle physically and mentally.” 

In a 45 minute session, F45’s team training workouts aim to burn 750 calories. F45 offers two membership plans, a 10 class pass priced at $120 and a six-month pass priced at $750. For gym-goers without a membership, F45 charges a $20 drop-in fee. 

Club Pilates:

With over 600 locations worldwide, Club Pilates advertises itself as the largest pilates chain in the world on their website. The brand offers eight different class styles ranging in difficulty from beginner “foundation” level classes to more advanced “mastery" level classes. Alexis Nunez, Club Pilates employee and member, said she loves the family atmosphere of the fitness studio.

“Being there is definitely a pick-me-up if you’re having a bad day,” Nunez said. 

CrossFit on The Plains:

Opened in 2010, CrossFit on the Plains advertises itself to be “Auburn’s original CrossFit gym,” according to their website. By combining strength training and cardio, the gym aims to create a high-intensity interval workout. 

CrossFit on The Plains holds around 11 classes every day, with limited hours on weekends. They offer personal training, group classes and multiple membership plan options, ranging in timespan from three months to one year. The gym offers drop-in classes priced at $15. 

Sabina Crisitello | Assistant Culture Editor

Sabina Crisitello, junior in journalism, is the assistant culture editor at The Auburn Plainsman.

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