Fit Touirst: Los Angeles

by Erin Belair

More than twenty four million people visit Los Angeles for vacation every year and the five-county area is home to over twenty million residents. So, whether you’re a local resident or visiting the city for the first time, we’ve outlined the perfect workouts for you. Have fun, work up a sweat and enjoy the amazing city of Los Angeles.

1. Runyon Canyon. My first advice with Runyon Canyon is to go now! Don’t let anything stop you from experiencing what this oasis in the middle of the city has to offer you. It will also provide you the very best view of Los Angeles, ever. Located at 2001 N Fuller Ave. Los Angeles, California 90046.

Option A. Hike. There are countless trails and detours winding through Runyon canyon. Lace up those sneakers, choose a path, and get going! Visit to get a map and a list of all the must see scenic spots in Runyon Canyon.

Option B. Yoga. Free yoga classes every day of the week. Visit for the class schedule. Four classes a day, three on Sundays and a collection of incredibly talented and inspirational teachers to help you get your Zen on. Yes, they are free.

2. The Strand. The strand is a paved path that runs along the shoreline of Los Angeles County. The twenty-two mile path starts in the Pacific Palisades and goes south through Santa Monica passing the famous pier and ending in Torrance County Beach. No matter where you’re staying in Los Angeles you can jump on this path and have a great time.

Option A. Bike. The paths are paved and were originally constructed to provide bikers a means of transportation from one end of LA to another.

Option B. Run. You know how to do this. One foot in front of the other, a little faster now, there you go. You go girl.

Option C. Get moving. The truth is you can do just about anything on The Strand so get walking, take you dog, strap on those blades, you can even skip if you want. Just get out there!

3. Hike to the Hollywood sign. The famous Hollywood sign is a must see while you’re in Los Angeles. While you’re at it you can get in a super workout as well.

Option A. Mount Lee. This is my favorite route and the best workout when going to see the sign. The 6.5-mile hike through Griffith Park takes close to three hours to complete. It has a nice steep incline and incredible views the entire way. A few of the junctions are unmarked so be sure to visit Modern Hiker to get your bearings before you hit the trail.

Option B. Hollyridge Trail. For the mellower sort of hikers the Hollyridge trail is a much easier route running only 1.5 miles, but it will still get you the out there walking and working. Located off Beachwood Drive in Griffith Park this trail is much easier to find and navigate.

4. Go to a class. Much like Starbucks, you can throw a stone in any direction and hit a workout class in Los Angeles.

Option A. Tracy Anderson, Train The Method. Ever wonder how Gwyneth Paltrow looks like Gwyneth Paltrow? Yeah, me too. She swears by The Method, a body changing booty bouncing class taught in Los Angeles, created by Tracy Anderson. Located at 12345 Ventura Blvd. Suite L
Studio City, CA 91604.

Option B. Cardio Barre is one of the hottest workout classes in LA. A no impact/high energy exercise class that combines barre work & light weights. This class will change your body and pump up your energy!

Option C. Barry’s Bootcamp. The original location for Barry’s famous bootcamp is located right here in West Hollywood at 1106 N. La Cienega Blvd. Suite 104. This hour long class is notorious for shedding pounds and transforming figures. The theory behind these classes is to continually challenge the body. So no two classes are ever the same and you’ll never ever get bored!

5. The Santa Monica Stairs. At the bottom of the Canyon on 4th street and Adelaide Drive you’ll find the famous Santa Monica stairs. This notorious workout is a destination for hundreds of health-hungry Angelinos every day. Made up of two separate staircases and close to 500 stairs, this climb will show you what you’re made of. (It’s also a great spot to see sweaty celebrities!)

Option A. Warm up and down. There is free parking on San Vincente, but due to the high volume of foot traffic it can be difficult to find a close spot. No worries, you’re here to workout — park farther away and give yourself a nice walk to get those legs working.

Option B. Run the stairs, haul butt, and get to the top!

Option C. Skip Stairs to increase intensity, but be careful you may wear yourself out if you aren’t used to this type of workout.

Option D. Knee Highs. As you climb the stairs, bring your knees as high to your chest as you can, but be sure you don’t loose your balance.

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Jody - Fit at 53

November 03, 2011 at 11:32 am

Great workouts! I live in south Orange County but all of these are amazing sites!!!


November 06, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Great blurb about Runyon Canyon – I love Runyon Canyon.

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