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Cheap & Fun Ways To Get Fit In San Francisco
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Cheap & Fun Ways To Get Fit In San Francisco

Picture of Devon Delfino
Updated: 2 December 2016
With San Francisco’s rent skyrocketing, and boutique fitness dulling the allure of a gym membership, it can be easy to let fitness fall to the wayside. But there are plenty of opportunities to work up a sweat all around the city. With a bit of mystery and a hint of adventure, anyone can get in a serious workout that’s both affordable and fun. Here are five ways to get toned and save money in San Francisco.
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Paddle Boarding (SUP)

For a truly fun experience, head across the Golden Gate Bridge with a few good friends for the paddle board rentals from Sea Trek. Based out of Sausalito, Sea Trek offers SUP (stand up paddle) and kayak rentals. It’s a fantastic workout that will help you tone up just about everywhere and challenge your equilibrium (plus it will give you an extra dose of vitamin D). SUP rentals cost $20 per hour, with a minimum charge for one hour and a pro-rated fee based on every additional increment of 15 minutes you’re out on the water.

Sea Trek, Bay Model, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA, USA +1 415 332 8494

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Midnight Mystery Ride

Part spin class, part mystery, this free monthly ride explores a different part of the city with each excursion (held on the third Saturday of the month). Meeting locations are announced the night of the ride on the website and Facebook page. If the adrenaline of a midnight ride through San Francisco with strangers isn’t enough to get your blood pumping, the ride itself certainly will. Last month’s excursion started at The Dubliner in West Portal and, yes, drinks were a welcomed start to the night.

+1 503 705 3094

Air Conditioned Workout

There’s nothing that will get your inner child jumping up and down quite like the idea of an indoor trampoline park. At $18 a class, this awesome workout is the perfect way to break up any boring fitness regime with great results in less than half the time — in fact, just ten minutes on the trampoline offers the same results as over half an hour of running. And, for just $12 you can document your experience with a GoPro rental.

House of Air, West Crissy Field, Building 926, 926 Mason St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 345 9675

Bouldering

A specialized form of rock climbing, bouldering adds the intensity of maneuvering around protruding mounds without the security of ropes and harnesses. But not to worry: it’s characterized by traditionally shorter walls with more of an emphasis on lateral movements. Take an Intro to Bouldering class for $25 for non-members (free for members) to work muscles you may not have known you had. With over 14,000 square feet of climbing terrain and over 300 boulder problems to master, it will be quite a while before you grow tired of this gym.

Dogpatch Boulders, 2573 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 800 8121

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Hiking Yoga

If you’re looking to find your inner yogi and commune with nature (and meet a few new people), check out Hiking Yoga. It’s held every Saturday and Sunday on the Embarcadero through November 21st and costs $20. Bring a backpack or gym bag to hold your things and extra layers in case the microclimates or sea breezes get the better of you. Stop by the farmer’s market on Saturdays to pick up a pre- or post-workout snack as you mingle with the weekend workout crowd.

1 Sausalito – San Francisco Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 888 589 2250