Workhorse Fitness & Yoga studio opened its doors this week in the historic Southern Pines Water Works building, and the space actually kind of makes us want to break a sweat.
The fitness studio offers cycling and yoga classes upstairs, and the downstairs strength and conditioning room is used for personal training and fitness-based boxing.
You can also find a child care facility and massage therapy room upstairs, upstairs. A physical therapist from Elite Physio Therapy and Performance will join starting in January.
The Southern Pines Water Works building opened as a water treatment plant in 1925. After closing in the 1980s, the building across from Reservoir Park sat empty for years until it was purchased by local developer Andy Bleggi in 2017.
Owner Tiffany Fleeman envisioned Workhorse Fitness & Yoga as soon as she saw the Southern Pines Water Works building, and shared her idea with Bleggi at a town meeting. Tiffany began her renovation journey at the beginning of this year — a journey that she calls “a real life episode of Fixer Upper.”
She kept the exposed brick from the original water treatment plant, and restored the plant’s 1920s water filtration system, which is visible through a glass floor in the yoga and cycling rooms.
“It’s been a learning experience, but a good one,” Tiffany says. “This is what I feel like I had in mind, and seeing the tangible result is exciting.”
Though the studio is currently only open to those who purchased classes during the founding member period, it will open its doors to everyone on Nov. 25. Workhorse Fitness & Yoga offers monthly unlimited memberships, 10-class packages and single classes. Check out the website to learn more.