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Los Angeles demands physical perfection. Gym memberships can be costly. Is there another way? In L.A.? You bet!
Learn How To Swim In Los Angeles
City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks offers free swimming classes for swimmers of all ages at SOME of its public swimming pools. Since we received conflicting information about which facilities hold free classes, we recommend you make a few calls to verify it for yourself.
- Banning Pool (Outdoor) 1450 N. Avalon Blvd., Wilmington, CA 90744 (310) 548-7420
- Celes King III Pool (Indoor) 5001 Rodeo Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90016 (213) 847-3406
- Cleveland High Pool (Indoor) 8120 Vanalden Ave., Reseda, CA 91335 (818) 756-9798
- E.G. Roberts Pool (Indoor) 4526 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019 (323) 936-8483
- Echo Park Deep Pool (Indoor) 1419 Colton St., Los Angeles, CA 90026 (213) 481-2640
- Fremont Pool (Indoor) 7630 S. Towne Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90003 (213) 847-3401
- Glassell Park Pool (Outdoor) 3704 Verdugo Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90065 (323) 226-1670
- Hubert Humphrey Pool (Outdoor) 12560 Filmore St., Pacoima, CA 91331 (818) 896-0067
- (EXPO) John C. Argue/LA84 Foundation Swim Stadium (Outdoor) 3980 Bill Robertson Ln., Los Angeles, CA 90037 (213) 763-0129
- (LACES) Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies Pool (Indoor) 5931 W. 18th St., Los Angeles, CA 90035 (323) 933-8345
- Peck Park Pool (Outdoor) 560 N. Western Ave., San Pedro, CA 90732 (310) 548-2434
- Richard Alatorre Pool (Indoor) 4721 Klamath St., Los Angeles, CA 90032 (323) 276-3042
- Roosevelt High Pool (Outdoor) 456 S. Mathews St., Los Angeles, CA 90033 (213) 485-7391
- (VNSO) Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Pool (Outdoor) 14201 Huston St., Van Nuys, CA 91403 (818) 783-6721
- Venice High Pool (Indoor) 2490 Walgrove Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90066 (310) 575-8260
- Westwood Pool (Indoor) 1350 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 (310) 478-7019
Exercise With Your Dog In L.A.
Few things are more fun than a workout with a friend. Here is a list of Los Angeles dog parks.
- Barrington Dog Park 333 South Barrington Ave., Los Angeles CA 90049
- GRIFFITH PARK DOG PARK Located at north end of the John Ferraro Soccer Field on North Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
- HERMON PARK IN THE ARROYO SECO DOG PARK 5566 Via Marisol Los Angeles, CA 90042
- LAUREL CANYON DOG PARK 8260 Mulholland Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90046
- RUNYON CANYON DOG PARK 2000 N Fuller Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90046
- SEPULVEDA BASIN OFF-LEASH DOG PARK 17550 Victory Blvd., Encino,CA 91406
- SILVERLAKE DOG PARK 1863 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
- WESTMINSTER DOG PARK 1234 Pacific Avenue Venice, CA 90291
- WHITNALL OFF-LEASH DOG PARK 5801 1/2 Whitnall Highway North Hollywood, CA 91601
Skate Your Heart Out In L.A.
Culver City Skate Park
9910 Jefferson Blvd,
Culver City, CA 90230
Phone: (310) 253-6000
Belvedere Skate Park
4914 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
East Los Angeles, CA 90022
Phone: (323) 260-2342
Los Angeles Workout At Night
This is quoted from Sierra Club’s Website:
“Weekday Evening hikes
Meet in the Upper Merry-Go-Round parking lot as shown on the map before 7pm. Hike starts at 7pm. The hikes are approximately 2 hours long; may be longer or shorter depending on the leader. The Tuesday & Thursday hikes are in six levels (1- beginners to 6- very strenuous). Most first time visitors shouldn’t hike at more than level 3.
The Wednesday evening hikes have fewer levels – sometimes only one – and are often quite difficult. When there are two levels, they tend to be moderate (about level 3+) and advanced (about level 4 or 4+). Wednesdays are not recommended for newcomers.
Monthly Moonlight hike: Friday closest to the full moon.
Meet by 6:45 p.m. in the Upper Merry-Go-Round parking lot. We will be ‘snacking’ at the top, so bring whatever goodies you want for sharing at the potluck at the vista during the hike. Hike starts at 7pm. The hikes are approximately 2 and a half hours long.”
Climb Stairs In Los Angeles
Scenic and historic stairs (some left-over from long abandoned L.A. trolley system and some recently completed) are great to get much needed exercise and feed the soul at the same time. The below list starts with the longest set of stairs in L.A.
- Beachwood Canyon Stairs (THE best of Hollywood: from its history to the Hollywood sign!)
- Music Box Steps in Silver Lake (holds many mysteries!)
- Pacific Palisades Castellammare
- Murphy Ranch Trail in Rustic Canyon
- Bunker Hill Stairs (between Bunker Hill and the Los Angeles Central Library)
- Culver City Stairs
- Baxter Stairways in Echo Park (very challenging and steep but with a huge reward at the end)
- 2 x Santa Monica Stairs from Pacific Palisades to Santa Monica Canyon
- Hollywood Bowl Stairs (yes, it’s also a public park!)
- Angels Flight (between Hill Street and California Plaza)
A gym which costs money can get boring: the same thing, the same place, etc. After a while, exercise in a gym can feel like another chore. Save money and bring some excitement to your workout routine: Learn How To Swim In Los Angeles, Exercise With Your Dog In L.A., Skate Your Heart Out In L.A., Los Angeles Workout At Night or Climb Stairs In Los Angeles.
Exercise can be fun, entertaining, adventurous and inspiring at any budget!