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San Diego—home to beautiful beaches, tasty tacos, bountiful breweries, and fitness fanatics. Whether you’re a local or a visitor here, you can find tons of studios, classes, and outdoor activities to meet your fitness goals. Here’s a few of our favorite San Diego workouts to try next time you’re in town!
You might already know—San Diegans love yoga. In fact, San Diegans surveyed in the Mindbody Wellness Index ranked yoga (gentle and/or power) as their #1 most practiced group fitness type. But you may not have heard about some of the unique ways they like to practice it. From indoors and outdoors to upside down or floating, San Diego’s got it all when it comes to yoga.
Stand up paddleboarding (aka SUP) is a sport enjoyed by many in San Diego. You can paddle calmly across a lake or lagoon or take to the open ocean for stand up paddle surfing. But to really find your balance, try SUP yoga. In class, you’ll float on the water, breathe in the salty air, enjoy the scenery, disconnect, and find your center. If you’re up in North County, check out Floating Yogis on the Carlsbad Lagoon. And if you’re further south, try SunChaser SUP on Mission Bay! But if you’re not yet ready to leave the beach, don’t worry, there are tons of outdoor yoga classes in this sunny city.
Aerial yoga is another fave of San Diego locals. Take your practice sky high and gain a new perspective as you use a hammock to hold your poses in the air. San Diego has tons of great aerial yoga spots—if you want some fresh air, try Elka Yoga & Wellness in Point Loma Heights or Trilogy Sanctuary in La Jolla for outdoor classes with a view. Or, if you’re up in North County, check out Aerial Theory in San Marcos!
Your yoga instructor might have a great go-to playlist to put on during class, but do they ever bring in a live band? At a few studios in San Diego, you can get the full experience as you chaturanga to the sound of live instruments. Check out Riffs Studios in La Jolla for outdoor yoga with guitar or Soul of Yoga in Encinitas for live Sitar events and yoga with sound healing.
In a city that’s always sunny, of course people love to get their sweat on outside. In addition to all the outdoor yoga, there are plenty of other ways to stay active in the San Diego sunshine. Driving down the SD beaches, you may see people running, walking, hiking, surfing, playing beach volleyball or soccer, and more. Here are some of our favorite outdoor workout trends!
If you haven’t seen Mindbody’s annual Wellness Index this year, you’re missing out. But also, you probably don’t know that outdoor walking is the type of exercise most frequently practiced by the San Diegans surveyed. This beautiful city has no shortage of paths and hiking trails, so you can try a new one every weekend if you want! Start by hiking the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve for beautiful ocean views, or if you'd prefer an easy walk, stroll along the Carlsbad Sea Wall!
This one’s a no-brainer. Whether you’re a pro, a grom, or a surfing newbie, you can get a gnarly workout catching some waves. San Diego has 70 miles of coastline and *tons* of beaches so you can find the perfect place to hang ten. If you’ve never tried it before or just want to improve, check out Pacific Beach Surf Shop in PB for group surf lessons!
Hint: Check out our San Diego Wellness Guide for more outdoor activities!
Fine, we’ll admit it—you can’t do everything outside. Some exercises are just meant for an indoor gym or studio. Don’t worry. San Diego has lots of great studios so you can sweat to your heart’s desire. Whether your go-to is Pilates, barre, HIIT, or kickboxing, you’ll always be able to find a class.
Exactly what it sounds like, the ever-popular strength training is any form of exercise that builds muscle, usually through resistance (like with weights or bands). Browse the class schedules at F45 or Performance360 and grab a protein shake to start building that San Diego beach bod.
If they’re not already doing it, many people in San Diego would love to try kickboxing. A great way to get toned, take your anger out, and have fun, kickboxing is a unique form of exercise that’s definitely worth a shot (pun intended). In San Diego, there’s a few different studios that offer boxing and kickboxing classes. Some of our faves? American Boxing Muay Thai & Fitness in Pacific Beach or Maxwell’s Boxing in Miramar!
If you’re looking to try something a little more adventurous, indoor climbing is where it’s at. If you want to learn techniques and build the strength to climb, sign up for a Ninja 101 class at NXPT in La Jolla! Or if you’re feeling brave and just want to start scaling, head to Vital Climbing Gym in Oceanside to try it out. Not sure what to expect? Here’s what you should know before you go.
Whether you want to escalate your wellness game in San Diego, find fitness classes near you, or try a new studio with some *sweet* intro deals, download the Mindbody app to start exploring!
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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