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7 Best Places to Workout near UF

By Gavin

Whether you like to hit the gym first thing in the morning or after a long day of classes, we know access to a great gym is an important part of any student’s workout routine.

At Sweetwater, you’ll have access to our fitness center located on the top floor of the building. With a full suite of state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment. a yoga studio and a sauna, Sweetwater’s gym and fitness amenities will suit any of your needs.

However, we understand that sometimes you want options. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the seven best gyms and fitness studios near the University of Florida.

7 Best Gyms near UF

yoga room in Sweetwater

Sweetwater’s yoga studio has floor to ceiling windows which flood the space with natural light to elevate your zen experience.

1. UF Student Recreation & Fitness Center

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Address: 244 Fletcher Dr

Hours: Mon-Fri 5:30 AM to 11:00 PM, Sat-Sun 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

The Student Recreation & Fitness Center is located right on campus, so it’s conveniently located for students! The rec offers a multipurpose gym for basketball, volleyball, and martial arts, a strength & conditioning room, a cycle studio, a training room, racquetball and squash courts, as well as state-of-the-art cardio equipment with personal viewing screens. Plus, it’s free for current UF students!

2. OrangeTheory

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Address: 50 NW 13th St

Hours: Mon-Thurs 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Fri 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Sat-Sun 7: AM to 2:00 PM

OrangeTheory offers total-body, heart-rate based interval training. They use a combination of rowing, cardio and strength training to help you achieve a great workout. They offer a variety of memberships from basic to premier depending on your fitness goals.

3. Pure Barre

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Address: 4201 NW 16th Blvd 

Hours: Mon 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Tues-Thurs 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Fri 5:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Sat 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Sun 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Enjoy an amazing full body workout at Pure Barre. These workouts are focused on low-impact, high-intensity to tone your body. They offer four different classes all aimed at increasing strength, agility and flexibility. Head to their website and redeem your first class for free!

4. Gainesville Health & Fitness Center

Address: 4820 W Newberry Road

Hours: Open 24/7

The Gainesville Health & Fitness Center offers a wide variety of services for anybody’s fitness goals. You can participate in studio, outdoor or cycling classes, including pilates and CrossFit. With an array of different cardio, strength training and sports equipment, you can’t go wrong with a membership at the GHFC.

5. F45


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Address: 4871 Celebration Pointe Ave

Hours: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Daily

For a time-efficient calorie burn session, check out F45! In team-based, 45-minute classes, their combination of functional training and HIIT sessions are sure to push you to get stronger and healthier. Grab a friend and sign up for their locals-only free trial and get three days free!

6. YogaPod


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Address: 3045 SW 34th St (SW location)

Hours: Mon-Thurs 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Fri 6:30 AM to 7:15 PM, Sat-Sun 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

YogaPod offers heated vinyasa, hot yoga and fitness classes to help you reduce stress, build strength and increase flexibility. Their class variety is suited for people of all experience levels, from podBASICS for beginners to podFLOW2 for more intermediate to advanced yogis. Plus, with two locations near campus, SW or NW you can choose whichever gym is closest to you!

7. Crunch


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Address: 2002 SW 34th St

Hours: Open 24/7

With memberships starting at only $10 per month, Crunch is a budget-friendly gym with an array of fitness equipment, classes and even online nutritions programs. With three different memberships, you can customize your experience to include any extra amenities to supplement your fitness goals. Be sure to check out their unique features including tanning, HydroMassage®, and their Hiitzone room!

We hope this article helped you pick your next workout place to try out. If you have any questions or want to learn more about Sweetwater, contact our leasing staff!


Gavin is the Leasing Manager at Sweetwater. He is a junior at UF majoring in Sports Management.

January 18, 2023

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