Top Gyms in Oviedo and Winter Springs
Working out can feel like a burden if it’s been a while. Many people will wait to make it their new year’s resolution before they set foot in a gym for all of 3 weeks. But really, 80% of people who joined a gym in the beginning of the year quit within 5 months. Why wait for the new year? The best time to start is actually NOW.
I’m competitive by nature and love aggressive, intense workouts with high intensity and training
I get bored easily and not a fan of monotony, especially in a workout.
I program my schedule and discipline myself to go to the gym every workday and sometimes Saturday as well
I have zero motivation in big box gyms and can do a great job staring at weights not knowing what workout to do and then when I do, just sandbag it and walk out with little satisfaction.
I’ve tried every workout you can imagine over the last two decades (from hot yoga, to rock climbing, contact boxing to Zumba) so finding something engaging and motivating can be a challenge for me. As a result, I have high expectations in a gym and workout.
Looking for Change
This list is for the Oviedo/Winter Springs resident that is looking for a change, possibly has plateaued or just wants to know what’s out there that’s different from the same ol’ thing.
👉 Now, research has shown that when a gym is more than 15 minutes away, the consistency of attendance declines. Already as it is, consistency in a gym is low among members. To see good results at any of these gyms, please commit to at least 6 months. It takes time to develop strength and burn fat so be patient. That’s why it’s important to find a gym you connect with that motivates you and helps you reach your fitness goals.
In this list you’ll note that I did not include big box gyms like the Zoo, LA Fitness, Planet Fitness, and 24 Hour Fitness. Everyone pretty much knows what they offer and the cost, but if you’re like me and need motivation to see results, the gyms below are worthy of your time.
Our Top Picks…
#1 BioFit Performance
Price: $129+ (4 packages ranging from $129-499 per month)
Pros: If I had to sum up my idea of a perfect workout experience, this is it. This is a family owned business that opened up during the COVID pandemic and has been successful due to their innovative science-based fitness model. You start with a Fit 3D assessment and a bio mechanic assessment to see where you are and where you need to be. They provide nutritional guidance, semi-private and private training along with unlimited classes in Conditioning (HITT style/ cardio/strength) and Durability (mobility/yoga). After your workout, you can unwind in the recovery room that offers a cold and hot jacuzzi’s and an infra-red sauna. In a nutshell, their goal is to give accessibility to all the amenities and resources a professional athlete does at the fraction of the price.
Cons: Price may be a deterrent for most. Distance is a little farther from most Oviedo residents as it is located on the SW part of Oviedo.
Add’l info: High energy workouts as well as mobility classes, Fit 3D assessment and a bio mechanic assessment. Option for customized nutritional plan by a nutritionist, massage therapy, physical therapy, and chiropractic care. There is also a registered nurse on staff as well. Bathrooms have showers, towels and extra amenities. They also offer a wonderful smoothie bar and outdoor seating next to the Cross Seminole Trail.
#2 F45 Training
Price: $159 unlimited (no contracts)
Pros: This is a franchise new to Oviedo and Winter Springs. It involves stations and interval training that keeps you engaged the whole time. The HIIT workouts are excellent and never the same. The named workouts reflect the pods and timing of the workouts, keeping you on your toes. They offer cardio, resistance, and recovery.
The facilities are very clean, and they offer towels and water. One of my favorite things is the fact that the workout is 45 minutes (hence the Functional 45 name). Another bonus is the location in the heart of Oviedo on Mitchell Hammock near Alafaya Trail.
Cons: Price, but they do offer class packs of 8 if you don’t want to do the unlimited.
Add’l info: You can connect your heart rate monitor and track it during the workout. They also have great competitions to stay connected to the F45 community and extracurricular activities like kickball tournaments and running groups (Tuskawilla)
Heart rate monitor tracking throughout workout
#3 Orange Theory Oviedo
Price: $159 (Unlimited classes)
Pros: Unlimited assessments throughout the month to track your progress. High energy cardio and strength training. High energy music and coaching that is motivating and keeps you on track where ever you are physically. Showers and filtered water. They offer water bottles for $1. Follow up email with workout results, calorie burn, and tracking your progress. Class times offered.
Cons: Cost can be a deterrent for many. You better like to row and run on a treadmill.
Add’l info: Unlimited package is $159 per month but they have different plans available. You have to buy a heart monitor but they let you use one if you don’t have it for your first class. This is the longest I have ever been on a treadmill (which I hate) but I stayed motivated and focused. Felt great at the end.
Heart rate monitor tracking throughout workout
#4 Riverside Fitness
Price: $39.95 (unlimited gym use and classes) – No contract
Pros: No contracts or initiation fees. Only $45 per month for unlimited classes and open gym. Class options include Les Mills classes, Core, Combat and yoga. Classes are well organized with a timer and offers a great full body workout. The members are all really nice and welcoming. Trainer goes around to make sure you’re doing the work out correctly. The yoga class was good. Sign-up is easy online and gets you connected with their MindBody app to register for classes.
Cons: There are not a lot of class times, but the ones that are are convenient for most people’s schedules. Not really easy to connect immediately with staff, but owner is wonderful. Not high energy classes overall, but good workout.
Add’l info: The open floor gym and the classes offered are in different buildings in the same shopping center. Showers are in the main gym facility. Great prices and definitely something to consider if you’re in it you live in the east part of Oviedo. No childcare but was really cool to see two young kids joining their parents through the circuit. They modified workouts but they got to do it with their parents. Owner, Wayne, has started the Oviedo community garden and loves to help bring health to the city.
#5 Crossfit Tough As Nails
Price: Unlimited options = $100 (Student), $125 (First responders & teachers), $145 (regular option)
Pros: If your competitive in nature this is a great work out for you. Classes are offered several times throughout the day for the WOD (workout of the day). Trainers care about technique and form. Very encouraging environment and supportive in teamwork. Aggressive workouts but can be tailored to your strength and ability. Showers available.
Cons: If you don’t pay attention to the trainers, you can get very injured in the workout. The goal at Crossfit is to continue lifting and beating your personal record, so if you don’t want to lift heavy, this may not be the place for you.
Add’l info: This CF box offers MMA and Jiu Jitsu training. They focus on competition if that’s your goal. Every year they encourage the members to sign up for the Crossfit Open which is very encouraging for new and experienced members. If you’re looking to build muscle in a competitive atmosphere this is definitely a great option. They offer teachers and first responders discounts on memberships.
#6 Pure Barre
Price: $129 Unlimited
Pros: Who would think that such small movements could make you so sore? This workout is not at all like my #1-5 choices but if I had to veer from my HIIT workouts, it would be here. I was a member of Breaking Barre for a year but I actually preferred Pure Barre. The service, the staff, the ambiance, the studio, I liked it all much better. It’s also located in Oviedo on the Park which makes it a great location from most of Oviedo. The workouts are surprisingly challenging and while I’ll stay with my HIIT regiment, this is a great alternative as it is a total body workout.
Great for those with injuries or post pregnancy as you don’t place a lot of stress on your joints but you’re building your muscle.
Cons: The only one for me is the lack of cardio and high intensity, but you’ll get intensity in a different way here.
Add’l info: Great options for class times and very responsive staff.
#7 Elite Boxing Fitness Center
#8 Title Boxing
Price: $69+ (based on different packages)
Pros: This place had very friendly staff, good hype-up music, showers, High-intensity cardio workout. Good central location in Oviedo off of Alafaya. They offer a section of free weights to do on your own.
Cons: Insufficient classes in the early AM. One year contractual commitment and then month-to-month thereafter. Doing boxing and kickboxing over time may become redundant if you want more of a variety.
Add’l info: This is a boxing/kickboxing gym. Need to buy gloves and wristbands. They have a water fountain but make sure to bring your own water bottle or you may be waiting in line after every round to catch a sip.
#9 Rise N Grind Oviedo (Boxing)
Price: $150 unlimited, $30 drop-in rate, $25 drop-in rate for youth
Pros: This is a HIIT boxing studio that offers an intimate setting for those that don’t like larger gyms. Class sizes are small and great for early risers. Classes are one hour long. The owner is very committed to the members and their fitness goals.
Cons: Take the name seriously because there are only morning classes and they are extremely limited with only one time most days, two times Tuesday and Thursday and no Wednesday class (at least for now). You’ll have to buy your gear (gloves, wraps).
Because it’s not an automated scheduled clock like many gyms on this list, the class may start late and end late so if you like to stick to a tight schedule, this may not be the best option.
Add’l info: They offer youth classes and do outreach opportunities and classes for youth in the community. The offer kids camp and after school camps just check their schedule. Follow their social media! It’s inspiring!
#10 Breakthrough Fitness
Price: $100+ (based on different training packages)
Pros: They offer some classes and you can take it with or without the class trainer. Really great customer service from the staff. Delicious shakes are made on the spot and sold at the gym. Staff really cares about your fitness journey.
Cons: If you didn’t care for the workouts on the first three days, your motivation for returning to do the same workout later that week may wane. No showers or filtered water.
Add’l info: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday schedule is the same as Thursday, Friday, Saturday. AMRAP (As many reps as possible) workouts and high interval intensity training is the norm. Drinking fountain is provided. Intensity was not as high in the workouts as I would have liked.
#11 Row House Oviedo
Price: Starting at $79 introductory rate
Pros: Good location in Oviedo (Sprouts shopping center off Alafaya Trail). Responsive team and great energy in the class. Coach was very motivating and challenged the entire “row crew” to push further. They teach good posture and proper technique for rowing.
Cons: Very limited class schedule (2 classes a day) for the time being and only 30-45 minute workouts. You really need to love rowing for this to be your main workout because they have classes where all you do is row the whole class, which may be great for some, not for me.
Add’l info: They offer lockers, water fountain, sanitizing of the stations after the workout.
#12 Club Pilates
Price: $199 + $59 sign-up fee + 3 month commitment
Pros: Pilates is a great stretching workout in general and this gym includes a reformer, TRX and a few other items they use in workouts. The strength aspect will mostly be your own body resistance. They offer several different types of workouts within the Pilates umbrella that gives you a little bit of everything.
This is a great workout for those injured or recovering from injuries as they are not high intensity and can help rebuild muscle slowly.
Cons: It’s a franchise and everything has a fee. They’re one of the last gyms I’ve seen that actually charges a sign up fee AND require a membership contract. You do have the option of dropping in a class for $30. I forgot my grip socks for my “free trial” so I had to pay $17 for grip socks! I’m still frustrated about this because it turned out to be the most expensive “free trial” I’ve ever done. You can really do this barefoot but they require grip socks.
I’ve done Club Pilates a few times and didn’t really break a sweat. I also don’t get the higher heart rate where you burn those calories, so this workout wasn’t for me.
Add’l info: They offer a wide variety of class times great for any schedule. Once they have your information, their follow-up is consistent.
Beautiful facility with pool, childcare area, open gym, and classes. Great for the whole family with affordable prices. But again, if you are looking for results and need guidance and motivation this probably isn’t the best fit.
Website: YMCA Oviedo
I personally have not seen good results in big box gyms because of my need for motivation, but if you do this could be a really good alternative.
Let’s Wrap This Up…
I’ve broken up these reviews based on my assessment. Some of the things that matter to me may not necessarily matter to you which is why I want to give you all the options. Whichever gym you choose, just make sure you love the style and feel of the gym so that you maintain consistency.
Remember that beyond 15 minutes from your house you are less likely to commit to a gym and I want to make sure consistency is there. Don’t try a gym for a month and give up. Whichever one you choose make a commitment to be there for at least six months to a year in order to really see a difference. I recommend changing up the gym after a year and a half or when you start plateauing.
I’ve chosen my way to workout and stay in shape, what’s yours? Find a way to stay in shape and feel great this year!