5 Fun Places to Cross Train Outdoors in Los Angeles

Posted on October 26, 2018 in Academy News, Fitness

We are very blessed to live in Los Angeles where we have diverse cultures, foods, attractions, and amazing outdoor activities that we can all enjoy. While training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing, and Fitness classes is fun, challenging, and a great way to get in shape, there are many opportunities to mix up your training with outdoor workouts in the Los Angeles area. One of the best perks of living in Los Angeles, is the year-round sunny weather, so  why not plan a few weekend outdoor activities and work outs for you, your friends, and family. Here are 5 great local and FREE outdoor workouts you can do in Los Angeles.

Ocean Bike Ride: My favorite bicycle ride in Los Angeles is the ride along the Pacific Ocean from Playa Del Rey to Torrance Beach and back. This 23 mile ride is along an ocean side bike path where you will see people having fun on the beach, surfing, and enjoying life in So Cal. Along the way, you can stop in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach. Click here for more information on this amazing bicycle path along the ocean.

Los Angeles Beach Bike Path

Los Angeles Beach Bike Path is a great outdoor workout right down the road from the academy

Runyon Canyon: This great local hike in The Hollywood Hills is a popular spot for both tourists and locals. The top of the canyon offers a great panoramic view of the city and you might just spot a celebrity along the trails.  Runyon Canyon is dog friendly and there are parts of the park where your best friend can hike without a leash. There is the main hiking trail loop which is easy to moderate and will take 30 to 60 minutes depending on your fitness level. There is also a secondary trail which is steeper and more challenging which will take 45 to 90 minutes to complete. Runyon is temporarily closed from April 2016 until August 2016 for renovations and maintenance. Click here for more information on Runyon Canyon.

runyon canyon hike

Runyon Canyon is a fun city hike in Hollywood


Griffith Park: Located on the opposite of the Hollywood Hills, in the Los Feliz neighborhood, Griffith Park is the home to many great attractions including The Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Observatory, and The Greek Theatre. The most popular hike in Griffith Park is the two-mile hike from the park entrance to the Griffith Observatory. The uphill hike offers great scenery and a view of the Hollywood Sign. Once you reach the top of the trail, you can enjoy the views and explore the Griffith Observatory. Click here for more information on the Griffith Observatory trail.

griffith park hike

Griffith Park Hike


Santa Monica Stairs: Want to train where many professional athletes get in shape? Then check out the Santa Monica stairs on the Pacific Palisades side of Santa Monica. The great part of the stairs is they are free and you can go at your own pace and customize your own interval training workout based around the stairs. Afterwards, you can go hit the beaches in Santa Monica or go shopping at the Promenade. Click here for more information on the Santa Monica Stairs.

Santa Monica Stairs

Get some cardio and HIIT work done on the Santa Monica Stairs


Hollywood Sign Hike: Want to give your out of town guests a great workout and a fun outdoor experience? Then the Hollywood Sign hike is for you. Yes, you can hike above the Hollywood sign and get a great view of the city and brag to your friends you were there at the sign. While the sign is fenced off, you can see the letters and get a 360 degree view of the city and the San Fernando Valley. The round-trip hike will take three hours to complete, so definitely pack some water and a snack for this adventure. Click here to learn more on how to reach the Hollywood Sign hiking trail.

hollywood sign hike

View from the top of the World Famous Hollywood Sign