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Let It Burn: Cheap (and Free!) Workouts Around Town

We know what you did this weekend.

It’s okay. The fifth hot dog was overkill, but you were on your third BBQ of the day and fourth margarita and, well, it was there. In this moment, you’re probably just focused on surviving the day so you can go home, apply some aloe vera to your newly-acquired third-degree sunburns, and pass out. Come tomorrow, however, you may start to feel like bidding adieu to the hazy memories of your Fourth and the resultant extra pound or two, and look to get your heart rate up over something other than the popping of a stray Black Cat.

Since money is always an object and often also a convenient excuse, we’ve compiled a short list of our favorite cheap (or free!) workouts around town so that you can strap on a sports bra and sweat out the weekend’s excesses.  

Annenberg Community Beach House - If you don't feel like sneaking into a hotel pool or being hit on by out-of-towners while you tan, pay just $10/day on weekends for a swim.

Beach Volleyball Santa Monica
, etc. - This is one of our favorite summer activities. Grab a group (and perhaps some secreted booze) and set up shop at one of the many free beach volleyball courts around town.

Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga - Keeping in mind that yoga-by-donation does not mean free, this is still a great deal. If you don't live west, you can livestream classes (also by donation).

Escondido Falls - Is there a less painful workout in existence than a Malibu hike ending in a waterfall? Trailhead is at PCH and East Winding Way.

Lululemon Athletica - The Yoga and/or Pilates classes offered on Sundays are so good you won't believe they're free. Check individual store websites for details.

Runyon Canyon - If you can stand the overwhelming stench of dog pee, this is a great hike. Runyon also offers yoga-by-donation.

Santa Monica Stairs - There's something special about these stairs -- maybe it's the ocean air. Plus, the people hiking them are in such great shape you'll be motivated to keep up so as not to cause a traffic jam. 

Santa Monica Swim Center - This westside pool is only $3.25 per visit for Santa Monica residents, or $6.50 for non-residents. It's a little more low key than Annenberg.

Temescal Gateway Park - Hands down our favorite hike in town. Breathtaking views of the entire city on a clear day, and no dog pee. Also, there aren't as many people on cell phones and/or gossiping loudly as in Runyon.

Two-for-One Tuesdays at Sunset Ranch Hollywood - Horseback riding here will normally run you $30/hour, but on Tuesdays you can split the cost with a friend and get an hour for $15/each. 

Your Neighborhood Studio - We love this dance studio so much we're planning to move back to the eastside just to be closer to it. Sign up for their newsletter for tons of free class offerings. 

Check out today's Stylehaul video, plus enter for a chance to win artwork by Parvez Taj.  

photo by Amanda Gottesman 

Jul 05, 2011 - 07:40 AM

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