10 SPOTS TO BREAK A SWEAT OUTSIDE IN BALTIMORE

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ALISON SALLITT

APR 15, 2019

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Even being the gym rats that we are, we can all agree it can boost your fitness game to change up the scenery every once in a while. Grab a pair of sunglasses — it’s time to explore a bit more of what Baltimore has to offer in the outdoor department. And maybe get a nice base tan.

So we’ve got a few thoughts on how you can mix it up with popular parks and awesome views during what will possibly be the best outdoor workout ever…

Do you have what it takes to keep up with the fittest of the fit? Under Armour headquarters in Locust Point offers high-intensity outdoor cycling classes, led by some seriously credentialed instructors. If you’re up for this sweaty challenge, you’ll find these classes throwin’ down on their outdoor turf field overlooking the Bay. Also looking for something more low-key? Stretch it out with their Friday morning outdoor yoga. Trust us — your quads will need it after that cycling class.

Canton’s waterfront has the breathtaking views and the spacious spread that will take your workout experience to the next level. A prime yoga spot, attend the park’s free yoga series on select Friday nights complete with glow sticks and giveaways, or simply escape your apartment to go practice your self-guided Vinyasa on a night of your choosing. For a walk or run with a view, follow the path leading from the park around a b-e-a-utiful section of the harbor. This park’s practically begging you to Insta that artsy sh*t.

This is THE center of Canton fitness activity. On your typical night or weekend, you’ll see the Baltimore Social leagues playing all types of beer sports on part of the lawn. Here you can grab some space to toss a football, stretch out your retired pitching arm with a bud, or take your pup for a jog around their running trail to watch the action as you go.

Have you visited the actual hill in Federal Hill? It’s a rite of passage to becoming a true Baltimorean. Make your way to this city landmark Federal Hill Park to get one of the best views of you can find. Hike your way up with a blanket to picnic (you’re welcome for that winning date idea) or bring a basketball up to shoot around on the courts.

Want to get a workout in the heat of the city? The Inner Harbor isn’t just a place to shop and sight see – it’s a killer exercise spot. Just follow the yellow red brick road! You can get a solid 5k walk or run in from doing a harbor loop. If you get there early enough in the morning, try laying out your yoga mat and flowing through your pre-work sun salutations right on the water.

The latest buzz is that Locust Point is up and coming. But do they have a spot for your outdoor workouts? Absolutely. Latrobe Park is Patterson Park’s little bro. It’s live with social sports, tennis and basketball courts, a dog park, and a recreation center. If you’re not in a sports mood, go for a run or do that HIIT routine outside for a change so you can bronze while you’re at it.

You finally did it! You signed up for that daunting half marathon! It sounded easier in the moment you were signing up didn’t it? But now you have no clue where to do those long-distance training runs in the city without dodging cars. We have your secret spot. The BWI Airport Trail is 11 miles of flat surface just 11 minutes out from M&T Bank Stadium. Slightly out of the way, but worth the drive to stretch those legs and get prepared for that half.

Ready for a challenging twist to your outdoor workout? Time to visit B’More SUP and give their FloYo class a try. Riding atop their stand-up paddleboards, you’ll flow through an instructor-led yoga sesh with the sunset or sunrise. It’s the perfect balance challenge to shake up your traditional yoga practice while enjoying a killer view from the water. Head over to Dundalk’s B’More SUP to give it a go.

Dust off those hiking shoes and break out the bikes, Gwynn Falls Trail will trick you into thinking you’re out in the sticks without actually leaving Baltimore. Believe it or not, the Gwynn Falls entrance is located in Southwest Baltimore near Horseshoe Casino. So pull your roommate away from wasting their Saturday afternoon and see the other side of the city. There are 15 miles of these fresh-air trails waiting for you to take advantage of.

The Northern Central Railroad Trail, a 20-mile trailing stretching from the Hunt Valley area nearly to the state line, is a great outdoor spot for running, hiking and biking. You can usually find various running groups getting together for a fun run or training for the Baltimore Running Festival, catch the NCR Marathon in November, watch kayakers paddling down the Gunpowder, or even partake in outdoor bootcamp classes. Whether you want to work out with a group or alone, the NCR Trail offers tons of activities.

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