Get sweaty, down and dirty: Top 20 places in Los Angeles to break a sweat with the stars


There's no place more lipsticked, put together, and ready for its close-up than Los Angeles. No one so much as goes to Whole Foods here without looking red carpet-ready. But there's a dirtier, sweatier side of L.A. that ensures everyone—celebs and civilians alike, get that camera-ready look. People here work out as if it's a religion. Celebrities aren't afraid to get sweaty on the regular. Hey, to get the toned body you crave, you've got to get a little down and dirty. It can't be all craft services on set. If you're headed to L.A. for a little R and R, you might want to rethink all that relaxing and plan to work up a sweat instead. The bonus is that in L.A. you can get sweaty next to some bona fide famous people. So go on, visit one of these 20 spots and get sweaty with the stars.

Runyon Canyon Park
It's starred in a many a film and television show and its close proximity to the Hollywood Hills means celeb-spotting galore as you sweat yourself silly on the various trails. When you reach the top, you'll be rewarded with some amazing 360-views of Los Angeles, from Downtown to West L.A.
Sweat Level: 3 Stars
Chance of Sighting a Celeb: 4 Stars
Cost: Free

Tracy Anderson Studio
Tracy Anderson, a celeb in her own right, is most famous for working with actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Get over to her studio for the tiniest toned arms of your life and the chance to celeb spot at the same time. Anderson's muliTAsk classes combine dance cardio and mat work and focus on the legs and glutes. The studios also offer atTAin definition and caTApult cardio classes (TA, get it?).
Sweat Level: 3 Stars
Chance of Sighting a Celeb: 3 Stars
Cost: $45 per class, packages available.

Manhattan Beach Sand Dune Park
Who doesn't love running in the sand? And running up an incline? IN the sand?! Pick me, pick me! Actually, maybe not. But if this sounds like heaven to you, head to the Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach. Just make sure you go to their website to register before you stop by. And if it's a hot day, don't forget your sand socks.
Sweat Level: 4 Stars
Chance of Sighting a Celeb: 2 Stars
Cost: $1
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Santa Monica Stairs, Silverlake Stair Climb, La Mesa Stairs, Culver City Stairs (aka Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook)
All four of these locations offer you the chance to step up your workout. The Santa Monica Stairs are the most popular and therefore the most crowded. The Culver City Stairs offer an expansive view of downtown L.A. You'll brush shoulders with all sorts as you make your way up and down the 170+ stairs at each of these locales.
Chance of Sighting a Celeb: 3 Stars
Cost: Free

Ken Hahn State Recreation Area
You know that view of Los Angeles that's basically in every movie about Los Angeles? You know the one—it's a distant view of downtown, skyscrapers framed by the snowcapped San Gabriel Mountains. That million-dollar view is yours for free as you hike the trails of Ken Hahn State Recreation Area. It's a natural oasis in an urban jungle.
Sweat Level: 4 Stars
Chance of Sighting a Celeb: 4 Stars. But c'mon. The real celeb here is the view
Cost: Free

K-Spa
Getting sweaty with the stars is one thing, but getting naked and sweaty? That takes things to a whole new level. Head to any number of Korean spas in K-Town to sit in the sauna and sweat it out, oftentimes next to your favorite celeb. One of your best bets to commune with a naked Oscar winner? Beverly Hot Springs.
Sweat Level: 4 Stars
Chance of Sighting a Celeb: 3 Stars
Cost: Spa entrance $30. Body treatments vary.

Venice Beach
Get your 70s vibe going with a roller skate session at Venice Beach. You can skate down the 17-mile path that runs along the beach and make a pit stop at the roller skate park, complete with pumping disco music. There are plenty of places to rent skates along the way.
Sweat Level: 2 Stars
Chance of Sighting a Celeb: 3 Stars
Cost: Free. Roller skate rental $8 an hour.

Los Angeles Athletic Club
If celebs of the athletic sort are more your cup of tea, pay a visit to the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Once a highbrow location for blue-blooded Angelenos, the club in recent years has gone through a few changes to make it more appealing to a younger generation of members. It's now a combined hotel, athletic facility and restaurant all in one.
Sweat Level: 4 Stars
Chance of Sighting a Celeb: 3 Stars
Cost: Membership fees vary

Universal Studios and Disneyland
Want to get really sweaty with some real celebs? Guaranteed? Here's the secret: Pick any hot day in L.A. Buy a ticket to Universal Studios or Disneyland. Enter with the masses. You'll be sweating it up with Minnie, Mickey and the rest of the stars in no time at all.
Sweat Level: 4 Stars
Chance of Sighting a Celeb: 4 Stars
Cost: Entrance fees vary by day, check websites for prices

Hot Yoga, Hot Cycling, Hot Barre, Hot Pilates, Hot Boot Camp
Love the heat? Then you'll love getting sweaty at the various heated venues popping up around town. Hot yoga might be the most familiar, but you can get your sweat on in any number studios. Just pick your favorite workout and make your way to a studio that does it with the heat up. You'll be dripping sweat in minutes.
Sweat Level: 4 Stars
Chance of Sighting a Celeb: 3 Stars
Cost: Fees vary

Malibu Beach
If you can only choose one beach to exercise at and want to see some bona fide famous people, head up the coast to Malibu. Get in the water with a stand-up paddleboard or a surfboard. You'll likely be joined by one of the many water-loving celebs who frequent the place.
Sweat Level: 2 Stars
Chance of Sighting a Celeb: 4 Stars
Cost: Board rental fees vary

Beachwood Canyon Hollywood Hills Hike
The Hollywood Hills house celebrities and hidden staircases, just perfect for taking a scenic hike through the hills. In Beachwood Canyon you'll find a hike that meanders through the hills, ending with a stunning view of both downtown L.A. and the famed Hollywood sign. With views like these, who needs the celebs?
Sweat Level: 3 Stars
Chance of Sighting a Celeb: 2 Stars
Cost: Free



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