Best Workouts in LA to Challenge Your Inner Athlete


If CrossFit isn’t your cup of tea, how about getting in a workout on one of the golf courses in LA, or through real-time athletic adventures? Why spend an hour on a virtual experience at the gym when you can enjoy some of the best workouts in the Southern California sunshine while practicing your favorite (or a new) sport?

Tee Time

Golf courses in LA provide plenty of opportunities to get some al fresco exercise. The moment you step onto the green at Tournament Players Club Valencia—just miles from the bustle of Hollywood—you feel ready to score a birdie. The majestic Santa Susana Mountains provide a serene backdrop for the 72-par course designed by champion Mark O’Meara. Before hitting the green, take some swings at the 65,000-square-foot practice facility. Grass tees, a chipping green with one grass and two sand bunkers, and an unparalleled 10,000 square feet of putting green will warm you up for an afternoon on the course.

What’s SUP?

If you believe the best workouts should provide a great view, Stand-Up Paddleboarding (also known as SUP) may be for you. Book a lesson with a certified instructor and rent a paddleboard at Pro SUP Shop for a workout that challenges just about every muscle, including your arms and core. Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey, with its calm, still waters, is ground zero for paddle boarding in LA. As you test your balance, imagine living in one of the yachts or houseboats docked around you. Once you have the hang of SUP, rev your cardio by challenging a friend to a race!

Take a Hike!

Some of the best workouts (with sweeping panoramas that stretch from the city to the beach) can be found on one of LA’s famous hiking trails. Throw on your hiking shoes and some sunscreen, grab a water bottle, and head for the hills (dog optional). Runyon Canyon is a favorite of locals and visitors in the know. You might even see your favorite TV or film star. If you need a moment to catch your breath, you can always pretend you’re taking in the spectacular views of attractions like the Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory, and the Capitol Records Building. On a clear day, you might even catch a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands.

Surf’s Up

Perhaps no other activity is associated with LA quite as much as surfing. Head to one of the beaches found along the miles of coastline to catch a few waves. If you’ve never been on a board, or just want to improve your form, Aqua Surf School offers both individualized and group lessons for everyone in the family. After your lesson, you can test your new skills out in the surf. You’ll get a great cardio workout that also challenges your large muscle groups, upper body, and core, while you breathe in the invigorating smells of ocean air.

Game On!

For some, a workout isn’t a workout without competition. If you’re looking for a chance to practice that killer serve, OLESPORT lists volleyball open gyms throughout LA. Slip on your tennis shoes and head over for some adrenaline-pumping fun. A few sets will provide you with a number of health benefits, from torching calories and toning the body to improving speed and agility. You might even meet some new friends!

  • Pro SUP Shop

    4175 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, California 90292

    (310) 945-8350

  • Runyon Canyon Park

    2000 North Fuller Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90046

    (323) 666-5046

  • Aqua Surf School, Inc.

    2801 Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica, California 90405

    (310) 902-7737

  • Open Volleyball at Westwood Recreation Center

    1350 Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90025

    (310) 473-3610

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