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Avoid the Freshman 15!

Whether your student is a gym rat or a once-a-month workout type of person, Oxford has a robust number of gyms and workout studios. These places are a great way to keep off the freshman fifteen or even just to alleviate some academic stress.

On Campus

The university provides two locations for the students, both living on campus and off.

The Turner Center, located across the street from the Pavilion, is a three-floor building, but only operates exercises on two. The first floor is home to the Olympic-sized swimming pool, cycling class studios, racquetball and squash courts, along with a game room that offers ping-pong, TVs, X-Boxes, etc. The second floor is for checking in, and the third floor has the traditional fitness center, basketball courts, jogging track, and another group fitness studio.

Just southwest of the Turner Center you can find six Tennis Courts that are used recreationally and academically.

The South Campus Recreation Center (SCRC) is located on Whirlpool Drive, just south of campus. This building is home to an abundant amount of fitness space, training zones, three fitness studios, two basketball courts, a multi-activity court, a walking/jogging track, an indoor climbing wall, and so much more! There are even spaces for personal training appointments. This building is even connected via sidewalk to the South Campus Rail Trail, for the students who like to be immersed in nature.

Another great way to stay in shape is by joining an Intramural Sports Team. These teams are also a great way to meet new people.

More information can be found about all on-campus recreation at


Hot Worx located right on the Square was the POM Choice 2020 for Best Gym. This is a virtually instructed workout where you can choose which exercise is best fit for you in their infrared sauna and has 24-hour access for members. This is great news for those who love their hometown Hot Worx! To find out more information, go to their website or call (662) 638-3580.

Orangetheory Fitness is a popular spot for college students in Oxford. This is another place your student might already have a membership with in your hometown, but it is never too late to sign up for one and get connected with our local Orangetheory’s helpful staff! You are able to get in a great workout through their classes consisting of rowing, cardio and strength training. Check out their website or call (662) 380-5149.

Oxford Fitness Kickboxing is a fun and entertaining workout that many college students love. This high energy workout is available 7 days a week and is done in intervals allowing you to go at your own pace. Other classes offered here are Jiu-Jitsu training and high intensity circuit training. For more information check out their website or call (662) 801-8400.


Another great option to get in some exercise is the walking trails at Lamar Park. This beautiful park is a great way to see some nature while getting your steps in. With their mile long walking trail, you can observe amazing scenery while walking, jogging, or even strolling to pass some time.

Living a healthy and active lifestyle can be a little more difficult in college, but with all of these great facilities available, there is something for everyone! Even if your student does not know their preferred method of exercise, there are so many great options to try!

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