Unique fitness options on the Westside

The Westside is filled with great places to get—and stay—fit in a somewhat traditional atmosphere, with numerous gyms and fitness centers like Equinox, The Studio, Sweat City Fitness, and the Marina Athletic Club. But, it makes sense that the area would offer so many fitness options on the Westside  that also involve the beautiful scenery and great year-round weather, recent rains notwithstanding. Looking to ride your bike, spend some time on the sand, or learn some circus skills? It’s all possible when you live on the Westside.

Yoga

Looking for a yoga class in Santa Monica, Venice, or the Marina? You’ll find numerous options here. One of our favorite things about yoga on the Westside is that you can do it by land or by sea. The Yoga Bunny runs a free class on Saturdays right on the beach in Marina del Rey. The popular Westside yoga class has been written up by the L.A. Times.

If you’d rather be IN the water, there’s YOGAqua, a 90-minute class that’s held on a paddleboard in the Marina. The class is for all levels and focuses on a Vinyasa Yoga flow.

Yoga on the water is just one of the unique fitness options on the Westside.

Yoga on the water is just one of the unique fitness options on the Westside. Photo from YOGAqua.

Manhattan Beach Sand Dune Park

For an incredibly challenging workout that offers a little something different, head south to the Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach, described as a “brutal” run up six stories of beach sand (The steep run down is no joke either; it’ll test your balance, and your glutes, so you may want to go easy at first.) Don’t be surprised if you run into a pro volleyball player or another professional athlete looking after their own fitness levels.

Santa Monica Stairs 

The stairs at 4th Street and Adelaide Drive in Santa Monica are no secret. They’re one of the most popular fitness options on the Westside, and they can get so busy you do more waiting than climbing. Coming in the middle of the day cuts down on the crowd factor. Or, you can head to Pacific Palisades to climb the 518 stairs on Castellammare or one of these other stair-climbing spots in L.A.

Marvin Broade Coastal Bike Trail

This paved bike path in Marina del Rey that travels mostly along the water for 21 miles is a great place for fitness options on the Westside while you also take in the sights and enjoy some ocean breezes.

Bike paths and oceanfront walks offer great opportunities for fitness options on the Westside.

Bike paths and oceanfront walks offer great opportunities for fitness options on the Westside.

Marina del Rey Cycle Club

Or (and?), you can join this Westside cycling club that meets weekly in Marina del Rey for Sunday jaunts all over Southern California, plus some out-of-town rides.

Watersports

Want to learn how to kayak, row, surf, paddle, or windsurf? You can take classes in each of these at UCLA’s Marina Aquatic Center in Marina del Rey.

Paddle Method also offers lessons in Stand Up Paddling (SUP), as well as a variety of eco tours for beginners and advancers paddlers.

Boot Camp

There’s regular old boot camp, and then there’s Big Mike’s Boot Camp, a year-round fitness training program on the beach in Santa Monica. Details Magazine tapped it as one of the best “new school” boot camps, and GQ called it the “ultimate beach workout” to build the perfect beach body. Burpees on the sand with a view of the sunset? Yes, please!

Boot camp on the beach—one of the great fitness options on the Westside.

Boot camp on the beach—one of the great fitness options on the Westside. Photo from Big Mike’s Boot Camp.

Trapeze School

Fly through the air with the greatest of ease, and burn up to 400 calories an hour while you’re at it. Trapeze and Silks are just a few of the classes taught at the L.A. Trapeze School on the Santa Monica Pier, one of the most unique fitness options on the Westside.

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