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Rage Against the Machine: 4 Ultimate San Francisco Urban Workouts

Steep hills, rugged parks, and a freezing cold bay. If any city’s terrain can lure you out of the gym and onto the streets, ours can. Four experts put together the ultimate urban workout. One writer reports on (barely) surviving it.

Test your endurance with the workouts below, and then add your own workouts to the comments. Once we get enough of your maps, we'll publish them in a gallery.

 

 

THE WORKOUT: Top of the Castro 10K Big-Hill Run

THE EXPERT: Dave Parrish, cofounder of K-Stars Running Club (malvina.com/kstars), offers free Saturday training and Thursday track workouts at Kezar Stadium. He came up with this killer run.

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THE WORKOUT: The Coit Tower Multi-Press

THE EXPERT: Keith Wohlwend, founder of Boot Camp SF (bootcampsf.com), runs boot camps in neighborhoods across the city and is an expert in urban terrain.

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THE WORKOUT: The Mile-Long Bay Swim

THE EXPERT: Morgan Filler (morganfiller.com) is a marathon swimmer who offers open-water swim camps and individual coaching.

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THE WORKOUT: The 25-Mile Cross-City Ride

THE EXPERTS: The staff at NoPa’s Mojo Bicycle Café and shop (mojobicyclecafe.com) enjoy a hard ride without the bikier-than-thou attitude.

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photos by Chad Riley