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These Are the Must-Try Outdoor Exercise Classes in San Diego

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Updated: 23 April 2018
These workout classes allow participants to enjoy San Diego’s beaches and parks while also breaking a sweat.

With temperate weather year round, San Diego is the ideal place for outdoor workouts. Why exercise inside the gym when you could be working up a sweat beachside? Some classes, like stand up paddleboarding (SUP), can only be done outside. From spinning to sunset yoga, these are some of San Diego’s best outdoor fitness classes.

Yoga

With yoga studios on almost every block, there are no shortage of classes to try, including various outdoor options. Birdrock Yoga in Pacific Beach hosts donation-based classes on the beach. The classes take place at sunset, Monday through Thursday, and Birdrock Yoga also hosts special full moon classes.

For those looking to try something more acrobatic, Trilogy Sanctuary in La Jolla teaches aerial yoga on their rooftop deck, which overlooks the ocean. The aerial classes use hammocks to suspend participants in the air as they move through poses.

Also in La Jolla, music shop and yoga studio Riffs Studios hosts yoga classes on its outdoor patio. Designed to feel like a “Balinese getaway,” the redwood deck is surrounded by tropical plants. Most of the classes are taught to live music.

SUP Yoga

If straight-up yoga isn’t difficult enough, SUP yoga offers the added challenge of doing yoga on top of a stand-up paddleboard. The classes strengthen the core, while working on flexibility and balance—all while on the water.

Bliss Paddle and Ocean Fit Fusion both offer regular classes in Mission Beach. In North County, Floating Yogis offers SUP Yoga in the Agua Hadionda Lagoon. In addition to their Rise & Shine morning flow class, Floating Yogis holds a special Full Moon Paddle.

Spin

With all of the equipment required for a spin class, it’s not a workout that seems likely to be offered outdoors (unless you just actually go for a bike ride). But for those seeking the encouragement that comes from blaring jams and a motivational instructor, there are, in fact, a few places in San Diego that hold spin classes alfresco.

The recently launched Spin & Go aims to bring spin classes to parks around the county with their “pop-up” lessons. Currently, they teach at Liberty Station, with plans to expand. Further south, the Hotel del Coronado also offers a daily morning spin class on their lawn overlooking the beach.

Boot camp

Many of the boot camp programs in San Diego are held in parks across the city. Core Fitness offers workouts in Balboa Park’s Morley Field, as well as Mission Bay. The classes usually run 45 minutes to an hour and range from cardio-centric to strength building.

Wired Fitness also has outdoor programs in four different locations, ranging from Del Mar in North County to Mission Bay Park further south. The hour-long classes often incorporate resistance bands, sandbags, and medicine balls, alongside other equipment.

For female empowerment, Bootique Fitness offers small, ladies-only classes in Mission Bay, Mission Valley, Hillcrest, and La Jolla. The classes are 45 minutes long, and they provide a free trial class.