Heading to Santa Monica for vacation should be relaxing, but it can often feel a bit stressful. We’d like to take this time to remind you that your body, just as it is, is a beach body, and that being fit is simply about pushing your own limits. That being said, here are a few ways to balance indulgence with activity while on vacation in Santa Monica.
Ambrose Fitness Center
Equipped with free weights, a treadmill, an elliptical, Peloton bikes, and yoga mats, The Ambrose’s 24-hour, state-of-the-art fitness center has everything you need to maintain your healthy lifestyle while on vacation. After your workout, shower off, and enjoy a healthy continental breakfast.
Santa Monica Stairs
If you’re feeling guilty about all the drinks you had the night before at Bodega Wine Bar, lace up your sneakers and head over to the Santa Monica Stairs. The stairs are known as “the best workout in L.A.,” so it’s no wonder that celebrities are often spotted there sweating it out. We’re almost positive they’ll get you abs like Zac Efron. Santa Monica Stairs: 699 Adelaide Dr
Santa Monica’s legendary Muscle Beach has been around since the early 20th century, providing locals the space to unleash their inner Arnold Schwarzenegger, and giving the city a reputation for being perfectly tanned and toned. On your next visit, stop by for a quick pump, then head to nearby LifeFood Organic for a super smoothie with berries, vegan protein, avocado and other nutritious supplements. Muscle Beach: 1800 Ocean Front Walk; 310-399-2775
Santa Monica’s 26-mile Bike Path
With its unbeatable weather and bike-friendly streets, Santa Monica is a paradise for people who love to work up a sweat on two wheels. Here at The Ambrose, guests have a fleet of cruisers at their fingertip—just ask the front desk to try one out. Once you’re feeling confident on your new ride, check out Santa Monica’s 26-mile bike path, beginning at the pier, and traveling both north and south along the shoreline.
Just a mile southwest of The Ambrose on Lincoln Boulevard, Basecamp Fitness offers a fun, fast-paced workout guaranteed to get your heart racing. Push your limits with 35 minutes of interval training, then stretch it out, and get on with your day. We like our workouts quick and killer. Basecamp Fitness: 1315 Lincoln Blvd; 310-451-2861