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Where to Workout in Red Deer Face-Off: 30 Minute Hit vs 9Round

Battle of the Boxing Circuit Workouts

On the left in pink, we have 30 Minute Hit on the right in blue, we have 9Round. Which will you choose in the first ever Where to Workout in Red Deer Face-Off?

As you can see, we’ve taken a bit of a workout review hiatus, so I thought it would be a good time to compare some of the places we’ve already been. When 9Round first opened and we checked it out as part of the Where to Workout series, I had a lot of people confusing it with 30 Minute Hit and vise versa. Both are boxing or kickboxing-inspired circuit workouts and both are awesome.

For anyone interested in trying out one of these workouts, here’s a side by side comparison to show you some of the similarities and differences between the two.

30 Minute Hit vis 9Round

The verdict?

I loved my experiences at both places. The workouts are very similar, having the same circuit style format and length. The major differences come from the overall vibe of the facility and whether or not you’re looking for something kid friendly and women only. Both workouts are great for the busy individual who needs a quick and effective workout that can be done at almost any time, without waiting for a specific class time. You will receive individual attention and modification based on your experience to help you reach your fit goals, have an absolute blast and feel like a total badass in the process.

30 Minute Hit vis 9Round

Personally, it’s hard to choose one over the other. I absolutely loved the girl power vibe from 30 Minute Hit and having my son be able to watch me kicking butt in the name of health. But I also loved feeling like a Brooklyn badass at 9Round and getting to ring that bell at the end of my workout.

For our full experiences at each facility check out the reviews below.

30 Minute Hit


So, which one would you choose?

Have you tried either of these workouts before? Which one did you like more or which one do you think you’d prefer?

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Where to Workout in Red Deer: Orangetheory Fitness

Where to Workout in Red Deer

Orangetheory Fitness is not new to me. I first tried a class about a year ago in Calgary and fell head over heels. I ended up taking a class again when the Red Deer location opened and couldn’t get enough. If you’re looking for a bigger challenge than other group fitness classes but aren’t quite ready to commit to a personal trainer, Orangetheory Fitness Red Deer should definitely be on your radar.

About Orangetheory Fitness Red Deer

Orangetheory Fitness Red Deer has been open in Clearview Market for just over one year now. Featuring top of the line equipment, (we’re talking the most heavenly treadmills and water rowers), music to get you pumped up and trainers who make sure you’re doing your best, OTF Red Deer is the place to be.

Like most OTF locations, you walk into a small reception area where you can ditch your outdoor shoes, check in, and stash your belongings in one of the free lockers while you fix your heart rate monitor and wait to begin class. There is a small retail section where you can purchase OTF clothing and swag to keep you looking fresh. The sweat towels are a popular and much-needed item for these workouts, trust me.

Orangetheory Fitness Red Deer

About the Workouts

OTF is a heart rate based workout that combines treadmill interval training, rowing, and weight training combined into a 60 or 90-minute group exercise class. With the use of heart rate monitors, the goal of the class is to spend the majority of your workout in the ‘green zone’ which is the fat burning zone. As you proceed throughout your workout, you’ll accumulate splat points, which actually indicate the number of fat cells you’ve burned. Your secondary goal is to get 12-20 splat points by being in the ‘orange zone’, which is a secondary goal for your workout. The science behind this format of training is that you will achieve an afterburn effect, which keeps you burning more calories for up to 36 hours after your workout is finished.

This workout is great for all fitness levels and abilities as you truly work at your own pace. For the cardio portion on the treadmill, your paces differ if you are speed walking, jogging or running or you can modify to a lower impact elliptical as necessary. The floor portion uses various equipment such as dumbells, TRX, Bosu, etc with no prescribed weights. While having your stats on a central screen, you may think there is an element of competition but you’re generally too focused on your own workout to check out anyone else’s numbers. Even so, everyone’s heart rate is different and affected by different things day to day so you really can’t compare.

The trainers do a fantastic job of leading two different groups (floor and treadmill) through their blocks of work at the same time, while making sure everybody is working with proper form and staying motivated. I love the energy they create and how they can make a group fitness class feel like a small group personal training class. I’ve had four different trainers at the Red Deer OTF location and found them all to be highly motivating and kept the classes super fun.

Another cool thing about OTF is that no matter where you attend an Orangetheory class, the workout of the day is the same in all locations, which is really cool.

With regular attendance at Orangetheory Fitness, you’ll experience fat loss, increased strength, power and speed.


Unlimited Monthly: $169
8 Classes/Month: $129
4 Classes/Month: $79

10 Punch Pass: $229
20 Punch Pass: $399
30 Punch Pass: $549

Drop-in: $28

Costs do not include OTF heart rate monitors, which are required.

What I Loved Most

I was smitten with OTF from my very first workout over a year ago. I love the atmosphere, the dark room, the loud music and not really having to think about what I need to be doing. I love being challenged on the treadmills to run paces I’m not generally motivated to run, knowing that I’m building speed and endurance. I also love that if you’re travelling and visit another OTF location, it will have the exact same setup and do the exact same daily class anywhere you go. That also means I can text my friends in other cities and talk about how the workout made me feel barfy and they totally understand.

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Where to Workout in Red Deer: Pure Fitness Red Deer

Where to Workout in Red Deer

Many years ago, my fitness journey introduced me to the world of Crossfit. One sip of that Koolaid and I was hooked. My time as a Crossfitter spanned a few years and saw me through the pregnancy of my now four-year-old son. In fact, my last Crossfit workout before he was born was on my due date and I was back at it as soon as I was cleared to workout following his birth. I continued with Crossfit during my year of maternity leave, even competing in my first competition, the Crossfit Open. Shortly after returning to work and figuring out life as a full-time working, single mom, my Crossfit life was forced to an end. I have missed it a lot over the last few years, so when we finally scheduled a workout at a Crossfit gym in the city, I was a mixed bag of excited and nervous, excited to be back, but nervous about starting from the bottom again. Despite my fears, Jessica and I had a great time, worked up the biggest sweat yet from this series and had absolutely nothing to fear. But enough about me, let’s talk about the gym.

Pure Fitness Red Deer

About Pure Crossfit Red Deer

Pure Crossfit Red Deer supports athletes of all ages and abilities. People often have a preconceived notion that Crossfit is an exclusive sport, only for a certain type of person, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Crossfit stems from functional fitness that can be applied to life’s daily movements and the workouts can be scaled to every individual’s abilities. From pre-school age, kids, teens, beginners, sports clubs and seasoned Crossfitters alike, there is a class for everyone.

Pure Crossfit is a huge gym equipped with all the necessary Crossfit equipment, plus an assortment of balls and rollers for mobility work. They offer showers and change rooms plus Pure apparel and supplements. Did I mention there are also puppies? The two sweetest Burmese Mountain Dogs greeted us as we arrived at the gym. Any business that allows dogs wins my heart for sure.

Pure Fitness Red Deer

Pure Fitness Red Deer

About the Classes

Most Crossfit workouts are similar in that you start with a warm up, spend time working on a skill or strength movement that’s incorporated into the WOD (workout of the day), complete the WOD and then potentially complete a cash-out exercise. It seems like a lot to complete in 60 minutes, but the WOD’s are generally short and (not so) sweet.

Some of the movements you may learn are quite technical, which is why it’s beneficial to take an On-Ramp class to learn the Crossfit basics. The On-Ramp class is a 3-class session that will get you fully ready to dive into regular classes.

There are also classes for kids ranging from preschool to teen so that kids of all ages can learn the Crossfit fundamentals, be challenged and rewarded. A great part of Crossfit is that success is based on your individual effort which is an important learning opportunity for kids.

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1 Year Contract: $120/month
6 Month Contract: $135/month
Month to Month: $150/month
Punch Pass (10 sessions): $155
Drop In: $20

Student/Teen Monthly: $85
Student/Teen Drop In: $15

Personal Training
35 Minute Session: $45
4 x 35 Minute Sessions: $150
8 x 35 Minute Sessions: $280
Groups of 2: $35 each

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What I Loved Most

Well, aside from the fact that there were puppies? I loved that this gym was welcoming of us in our various degrees of Crossfit knowledge and experience. Despite feeling intimidated before I walked in, I felt like I was respected just as much as the regular beasts. It doesn’t matter what age or experience level you’re at, you’re still a part of the Crossfit family. Special shoutout here goes to the little 14-year-old chick who was traveling with her family and stopped in to crush a class. I truly believe that once you join a Crossfit gym, you’re immediately a part of the Crossfit family, which in my opinion, is a pretty great family to be a part of. Did I mention they have puppies?

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