Most of the Bay Area's indoor gyms and fitness studios have reopened since closures due to Covid, but the spike in cases thanks to Omicron means mask mandates are back, too. An outdoor workout may be our best bet for breaking a (non-virtual) sweat till this pandemic taps out.
The local fitness community has plenty of alfresco options for keeping fit, including outdoor bootcamps, boxing, yoga, spin, and reformer classes to keep you in tip-top shape. The occasional bridge view doesn't hurt, either.
Expect safety precautions—the physical release will be worth it.
Outdoor Bootcamp Workouts in San Francisco
If you didn't give Revision's outdoor-only fitness classes a try pre-pandemic, now's the perfect chance. Each site-specific class has a different focus. On Mondays, stop by Kezar Stadium for a cardio-focused endurance class; visit Aquatic Park for a Beach and Bleachers class on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and work your entire body outside Crissy Field Center on Fridays. BYO mask, mat, and bands. // $20/single class (first three free with code "newbie"); various locations in SF; revisionathletics.com
17th Street Athletic Club
Join 50-minute or hour-long bootcamp-style classes at Dolores Park and Twin Peaks. Walk or run your way through the cardio portion of class, and use your surroundings as equipment for full-body strength-building moves. Bring your own resistance band for an extra burn, and don't forget a mask. Even if you're a regular at 17th Street Athletic Club's indoor Cycle+Core or Cycle+TRX classes, the outdoor classes are worth a shot. // $25/single class (memberships available); various locations in SF; 17thstreetathleticclub.com
The Boombox is taking its high-energy fitness classes outside. Expect 45 minutes of moves during traditional bootcamp and TRX classes. Equipment is regularly sanitized and participants are well spaced. Don't forget your mat. Get your booty kicked on Market Street, at Kezar Stadium, and at the Ferry Building. // $30/class; various locations in SF; theboomboxstudio.com
While actually securing a spot is no easy feat, Barry's outdoor classes bring the same heat as workouts in the Red Room. Take a sweaty Abs & Ass class on the Castro studio's roof and expect some sore abs after. // $36 per class; various locations around the Bay Area; barrys.com
With open air classes in Hayes Valley and at the new downtown SF community space Crossing at East Cut, LuxFit is committed to providing members with strength-building training while allowing trainers to set their own group and private session prices. Opt for conditioning-centric StrongFit to get your sweat on with kettlebells and dumbbells, Boxing Roadwork for an endurance workout with plenty of punches, or Flex and Flow for 40 minutes of HIIT followed by yoga flow. Do your own thing with plenty of equipment during open gym. // Prices vary, group classes are $30 and up; Hayes Valley and East Cut locations; luxfitsf.com
Social Fit Club
You'll find Social Fit Club within the multi-purpose SoMa gathering spot District Six. Check out various offerings like full-body strength training seshes with Graylon Sanders (of Priime Fitness) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, plus special offerings like DEKA Strong, a day-long challenge featuring 20 functional fitness stations. Bonus: There are food trucks onsite for post-workout snacks. // Sign up for classes online and visit Instagram for updates; 428 11th St. (SoMa); socialfit.club.
If you're looking for individually paced, encouraging group workouts and you're in it for the long haul (aka six weeks), sign up for Koi Fitness' outdoor bootcamp classes held at Baker Beach or Golden Gate Park's Bandshell and Carousel. Each class combines running, strength, and core work. Bring a band if you have one. // Schedule and prices online; koifitness.com
Outdoor Bootcamps in the East Bay
Axé's hour-long HIIT classes promise plenty of variety with every session. Build endurance, flexibility, musicality, and coordination (and support a Black-owned business) during capoeira classes; yoga is offered on Sunday mornings. // 3261 Martin Luther King Blvd. (Oakland), axeoakland.com
Head to the top of the Montclair parking garage or the CruFit patio for a socially distanced workout with CruFit. Get your heart rate up and build strength with HIIT and functional movements using both body weight and accessories—think resistance bands and jump ropes (bring your own). Or, get your abs burning during Strength & Core class. If you're in the mood for an equipment-focused class, Cycle or Row on the Patio is a must. CruFit classes are also offered via Zoom. First class is free. // Class packages online; Montclair Parking Garage, 6235 La Salle Ave. (Oakland) and CruFit, 6125 Medau Pl. (Oakland), crufit.net
High-energy music sets the soundtrack at this 9,000-square-foot outdoor gym where HIIT class options include Cardio+ &Core and Shoulders & Back + HIIT. You'll receive your own workout pod with 15-by-15 feet of isolation space and a cleaned cardio machine and dumbbell assortment. // Intro three classes for $30; outdoor gym at 5315 San Pablo Ave. (Emeryville), sweatoften.com
Outdoor Boxing, Yoga + More Around the Bay Area
Glow Yoga SF
Glow Yoga is best known for its endless yogic offerings, but if you're in the mood to escape Zoom for the day, the studio's Scenic Stairs class is not to be missed. Meet at Cafe Trieste for coffee, then power walk up the Coit Tower stairs for a culminating core and stretch sequence with epic views. Bring light weights if you like. // $34/single class (memberships and packages available); Cafe Trieste, 601 Vallejo St. (North Beach); glowyogasf.com
Outdoor Yoga SF
Even before the coronavirus, we all loved Outdoor Yoga SF's community-centric, silent disco alfresco classes. Choose from power yoga and flow classes, plus dance-filled Groove yoga at picturesque locations including Baker Beach, Alameda Beach, Crissy Field, and Lake Temescal. Set up your mat 12 feet away from your nearest neighbor and rest assured all headphones are cleaned thoroughly after every class. // $29/class with packages available; various locations in SF and East Bay, outdooryogasf.com
If it's been months since you took a booty-burning reformer class, head to Mighty's Marin Country Mart outpost for an outdoor muscle-toning session—including the occasional advanced power reformer class—on the shady second-floor rooftop. New clients can get five classes for $99. // $40/reformer class or $27/mat class (membership and class packs available); 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle (Larkspur); mightypilates.com
If you used to be a Pelo Fitness regular, you just might see some familiar faces at their new home, Body Kinetics San Rafael. At three outposts across the Golden Gate Bridge, you can sprint, climb, and dance your way through the 50-minute Live Cycle Outside, all while developing your road cycling technique. // Pricing and schedule online; various locations in Marin, bodykinetics.com
San Francisco Boxing Club
When you're looking to throw some punches, San Francisco Boxing Club's Panhandle and Russian Hill classes will get the job done. A primarily outdoor operation, SF Boxing Club offers an intro class perfect for beginners, plus sweaty Boxing I and II classes and a yoga-meets-boxing Throw to Flow class. You can also opt for one-on-one or group training. // $20/class (various packages and memberships available); Panhandle or Russian Hill, sfboxingclub.com
Let go of your stress at Third Street Boxing's outdoor parklet, complete with Aqua training bags. Choose from multiple classes daily including Tough Love, which combines cardio, HIIT, and shadowboxing moves; Old School Boxing, a cardio-meets-fundamental-technique class; and Circuit & Strength, a boxing-free, calorie-burning workout. Be sure to bring your mask and gloves. // $30/class (memberships available); 2576 3rd St. (Dogpatch), 3rdstreetboxing.com
Rhythm & Motion
On days you just want to dance it out, Rhythm & Motion's music-filled workouts are a must. Perfect for those new to dance and experienced dancers alike, you'll see elements of contemporary, salsa, hip hop, and more in the choreography. On select Saturdays, Rhythm & Motion pops up at Noe Valley Town Center for free outdoor classes, and come spring 2022, outdoor classes will return to Yerba Buena Gardens on Thursdays at 11am. // Various locations in SF, rhythmandmotion.com