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Six Scenic Spots for Outdoor Workouts in LA

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Don't get us wrong, we're always down to try out the latest barre, yoga-fusion, and indoor cycling classes (the list goes on), but every now and again it's a welcome change to get out into the open air. Since we live in a city where there's rarely a time when weather prohibits such an option, and there's a wealth of places to hike, bike, run, and even flow through yogic postures, we've compiled a few of LA's most beloved, open-to-the-public locales for feeling the burn outdoors.

Whether it's getting an ocean view while you're playing on parallel bars or pumping those biceps on equipment in a park, these spots will have you ditching the Class Pass for a day and exploring the city in a whole new way. And the best part? They're all free.

We Like LA

Where: Micheltorena Stairs (3324 Sunset Boulevard)

Why: Sure, girls who want to get their booties in shape head to this Silver Lake spot for the 177 steps, but if we're being completely honest, it's also a desirable destination because the rainbow-painted staircase makes a great backdrop for a seflie. While this is certainly one of the more colorful versions, the city is filled with similar "secret stairs," which can now be accessed through this handy app. You're welcome.

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Where: The Original Muscle Beach (located on Ocean Front Walk, off Appian Way between Pacific Terrace and Arcadia Terrace)

Why: Often referred to as "Swings, Rings, and Ropes," this old school setup of parallel and uneven bars, ropes for climbin' and rings for swingin' is a historic spot for fitting in fitness (in the 1950's it was the hotspot for bodybuilders, acrobats, and gymnasts to train). The close proximity to the beach is a bonus, so you can add in a soft-sand jog or some aerobic wave-thrashing for extra cardio.

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Where: Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook (6300 Hetzler Road)

Why: The winding, mile-high hike is loaded with opportunities to scope out seasonal, natural wonders, and from the top hikers can enjoy the fruits of their labor with a stunning city view. Want a shortcut that will still get you sweating? The park's steep set of stairs is an equally alluring opportunity for fitness-minded folks.

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StreetsBlog LA

Where: LA River Bike Path (between Griffith and Elysian Park)

Why: Forget spin class for a day and enjoy the fresh air, greenery, and even a cute coffee spot when you cruise beside the LA River on this nearly five mile stretch. The well-lit, paved path also has little landscaped areas perfect for picnic-ing.

Where: Runyon Canyon (2001 N Fuller Avenue)

Why: You already know Runyon is the go-to spot when it comes to dog walking, scenic hiking, and—of course—celeb watching (Hi, Jake Gyllenhaal!) but this LA landmark also offers regular donation-based yoga classes so you can get your stretch, sweat, and savasana on in the sun-soaked, great outdoors. For regular updates of class times, follow Ruyon Canyon Yoga on Instagram.

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Blogging LA

Where: Pan Pacific Park (7600 Beverly Boulevard)

Why: In addition to an inclining/declining running path, and baseball and soccer fields to get in a fun game with friends, this facility-packed park near The Grove also has a rad setup of equipment available for public use.