In Oakland, Sweat's 9,000-square-foot outdoor gym is hosting an array of socially distanced HIIT workouts. (Courtesy of @sweat.often)

Sweat It Out: Socially Distanced Outdoor Workouts in San Francisco and Around the Bay Area

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While indoor gyms and fitness studios are beginning to reopen their doors, very limited capacity and small class sizes mean that outdoor workouts are still our best bet for breaking a sweat outside our homes.

Keep in shape and support the Bay Area fitness community with outdoor bootcamp, boxing, yoga, spin, and reformer classes. Expect safety precautions and mask-wearing while you sweat—the physical release and bridge or ocean views will be worth it.


Outdoor Bootcamp Workouts in the Bay Area

Outdoor Bootcamps in San Francisco

Revision Athletics

If you didn't give Revision's outdoor-only fitness classes a try pre-quarantine, 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 of Crissy Field Center on Fridays. BYO mask, mat, and bands. // $20/single class; revisionathletics.com

17th Street Athletic Club

Join 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. On Fridays, members can join cofounder Shannon for Bike Bootcamp at Polo Fields. // $25/single class (membership and class packs also available); 17thstreetathleticclub.com

The Boombox

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 at Dolores Park, Kezar Stadium, the Ferry Building, or at The Boombox's outdoor Church Street Gym. // $30/class; theboomboxstudio.com

Barry's Bootcamp

While actually securing a spot is no easy feat (mark your calendars for noon exactly one week in advance if you want a shot at getting in), 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 or in front of the firehouse at Fort Mason Center. Outdoor classes are also being offering at Barry's Palo Alto location. // $36 per class; barrys.com

Basecamp Fitness

Held at Ghirardelli Square, Basecamp squeezes both strength and cardio intervals into their 35-minute, nine-person outdoor sessions. Switch it up with Full Body, Core/Cardio, Lower Body, and Full Body classes, each with weights and assault bikes provided. Bring your own mat. // Membership options online; 900 North Point St. (Fisherman's Wharf); basecampfitness.com

Koi Fitness

If you're in it for the long haul (aka six weeks) and looking for individually paced and encouraging group workouts, 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 Oakland

Axé's 45-minute HIIT classes promise plenty of variety with every session. Build endurance, flexibility, musicality, and coordination during Capoeira classes; shaded tent yoga is offered on Sunday mornings. // Details and schedule on @axeoakland; axeoakland.com

Game Changer Fitness

Conveniently held in the gym's parking lot, Game Changer's hour-long outdoor bootcamp classes use cardio and strength training to increase overall fitness for athletes of all levels. Expect a rotating mix of moves with equipment and body weight, plus mobility exercises that will work your whole body. The only bad news? You're going to have to wait until January 4th to take class outside—but in the mean time, you can hop into Game Changer's Zoom offerings. // Monday through Saturday, details on gcfitclub.com; 5427 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland); gcfitclub.com

CruFit

Head to the top of the Montclair parking garage for a social 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. Got dumbbells or kettlebells laying around? Step up to the challenge of a Bells & Bodyweight class. Bring your own mat and face covering, or tune in to CruFit classes via Zoom. // Class packages online; Montclair Parking Garage, 6235 La Salle Ave. (Oakland); crufit.net

Sweat

High-energy music sets the soundtrack at this 9,000-square-foot outdoor gym where HIIT class options include Super Legs!, Arms & Abs, and Lower Body Strength & Stability. You'll receive your own workout pod with 15x15 feet of isolation space and a cleaned cardio machine and dumbbell assortment. // Class packages online; outdoor gym at 5315 San Pablo Ave. (Oakland); details on sweatoften.com

Outdoor Yoga in San Francisco, Marin & the East Bay

Glow Yoga SF

On Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, join Glow in picturesque Washington Square Park for a workout from the safety of your own social distance circle. Choose from classes including Glow Flow for all levels; Core With Resistance Bands; and Glow Barre, a gentle-on-the-joints class designed to sculpt and elongate muscles. Bring your own mat, resistance bands, or weights. // $34/single class (memberships and packages available); Washington Square Park, Filbert and Stockton St. (North Beach); glowyogasf.com

Outdoor Yoga SF

Even before the coronavirus, we all loved Outdoor Yoga SF's community-centric, silent disco outdoor 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. // $28/class with packages available; outdooryogasf.com

Baptiste Power Yoga

Kick off your weekend with an hour-long power yoga class on Presidio Green. You'll strengthen and stretch your whole body and clear your mind, with plenty of space of course. // Purchase classes (packages available) online; Main Post Lawn, Montgomery St. (Presidio); baptistepoweryogasf.com

Outdoor Pilates, Boxing, and Spin Classes in the Bay Area

Mighty Pilates

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 on the shady second-floor rooftop. More in the mood for a mat class? Mighty is also offering 50-minute mat sessions on the parklet at SF restaurant Spruce. BYO grip socks or purchase some from the studio, and have your temperature checked upon arrival. // $40/reformer class or $27/mat class (membership and class packs available); 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle (Larkspur) and 3640 Sacramento St. (Presidio Heights); mightypilates.com

Body Chemistry

On Saturdays at 9am, join Body Chemistry founder Artemis Anderson at Little Rec Field in Golden Gate Park for a 50-minute outdoor Pilates class designed to lengthen and strengthen your bod. Wear layers and bring a mat. // $23/class; Little Rec Field, 541-561 Kezar Dr. (Golden Gate Park); bodychemistrystudio.com

Third Street Boxing

Let go of your shelter-in-place 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

SoulCycle

Spin, dance, and tap it back safely with a SoulOutside class at Marin Country Mart or Stanford Shopping Center. The hill- and sprint-filled 45-minute experience now has a silent disco audio system. Classes are offered seven days a week; expect temperature checks and socially distanced bikes. // $35/class (packages available); 1601 Larkspur Landing Circle (Larkspur) or 660 Stanford Shopping Center; soul-cycle.com

Uforia Studios

Get your endorphins going with a Driveway Revolutions spin class held in Nob Hill. After riding to the rhythm, cranking up the bike resistance, and dancing to tunes for 45 minutes straight, you'll be sure to leave nice and sweaty—bonus points if you sign up for a theme ride (think Beyonce or Rihanna and Friends). // $35/single class (packages available); 1561 California St. (Nob Hill); uforiastudios.com

MX3 Fitness

If you'd rather do your own thing and don't have equipment lying around at home, book a 55-minute session at MX3's sidewalk gym in the Castro. Each station, available for one person or couples, has its own squat rack, weight bench, and full set of free weights. For one-on-one attention, you can also book a session with one of their knowledgable trainers. // One open gym workout credit is $30; 2336 Market St. (Castro); mx3fitness.com

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