Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all the fitness related activities that LA has to offer, so we’ve compiled a list of the best ways to stay in shape in Los Angeles that don’t require a monthly gym membership.
Everyone knows about the numerous, beautiful hikes that LA has to offer. But if you’re looking for a more urban setting, LA has an abundance of stairways that are guaranteed to work your glutes and make your legs burn.
For a challenging, scenic 800 steps, head over to Beachwood Canyon stairs. Distract yourself from the burn with non-stop views like the famous Hollywood sign and the Hollywood Hills. If you’re just starting to whip yourself into shape and want something with fewer steps but still want the amazing views, check out the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. Baldwin Hills is a shorter 282 steps, but it is nothing short of beautiful. Make your heart beat a little faster not just from the physical exertion but also from the nonstop views and rich LA history.
For another dose of history and cardio visit the abandoned Nazi sympathizer camp dubbed Murphy Ranch. There is a short dusty trail leading to the first set of stairs, here you have to go down before you can go back up. Follow the stairs down to the graffiti littered compound. Explore a bit if you like before heading back up the 513 steps.
LA is a mecca for hiking and rock climbing. Locals and tourists alike take advantage of the endless sunshine and activities the outdoors has to offer. A grueling but rewarding 9.1 mile hike will get you to the picturesque Sturtevant Falls in the Santa Anita Canyon. If you want a tougher hike, but shorter distance, try the Jones Peak via Bailey Canyon hike. This hike is only 6.4 miles but has an elevation gain of 2,240 feet. It is sure to challenge you, but you will leave feeling accomplished.
If you love hiking but want something that involves and bit more strength and strategy then rock climbing is more than just another fun activity. Point Dume offers an abundance of outdoor activities, of these activities is its world famous rock climbing routes. These routes are great for beginners as well as more advanced climbers. One of the steeper routes directly faces the ocean for a beautifully unique climbing view.
If you prefer the mountains and more exclusive routes then make your climb at the iconic Stoney Point. This small park offers over 190 different routes. One of the benefits to experienced climbers is that it is not really a place for inexperienced outdoor climbers. This is a place for climbers to really bond and challenge one another while using your whole body for an intense workout.
LA offers something that not a lot of other places in the world do; Sprawling beaches, endless sunshine and perfect waves for surfing. If you’re looking for something more exciting than the gym, than surfing if exactly what you need to break the monotony. Surfing requires you to activate a variety of muscles that you wouldn’t normally engage such as: triceps, biceps, trapezius, oblique, latissimus dorsi, deltoids and abdominals. You’ll work hard, burn calories, get thrashed by waves and it will be the most exhilarating experience of your life. First time? Luckily for you LA has got you covered with infinite companies offering group, semi-private, and private lessons.
Did you think ‘free’ was a word that still existed, no? Well, think again! Combine that with Yoga and you have absolutely run out of excuses to avoid getting into shape. The most famous hiking spot in LA, Runyon Canyon, runs a free morning yoga session seven days a week. Imagine finding your chi, thanking nature, and burning calories all under the renowned California sunshine. For more information about Runyon Canyon Yoga, or to make a donation visit their Facebook page here.
Fitness’s biggest adversary is motivation. And there is not better way to combat an adversary than with allies. In LA exists a likeminded group of people that you can join to reach your fitness goals. Whether it be training for a marathon or playing a game of beach volleyball, you can connect with them on sites such as MeetUp.
Not feeling the treadmill today, try one of hundreds of classes ranging from pilates to cycling to strength training offered through Class Pass. Depending on the plan you chose, a monthly fee will get you access to numerous studios in Los Angeles and 39 different cities. Really put your body to the test and find out exactly what it is capable of; you may surprise yourself.