10 PERFECT SPOTS FOR OUTDOOR WORKOUTS IN OAHU

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KATHERINE GALLAGHER

AUG 15, 2019

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On any day of the week, on every part of the island, you’ll find Oahu residents taking advantage of the tropical Hawai‘ian weather for their workouts. Whether it’s hiking up a crater, enjoying an early morning beach jog, or doing burpees at an outdoor gym, there’s really no shortage of outdoor activities.

Since the island is home to some pretty spectacular beach parks, you're never too far from a post-workout dip in the ocean either.

Since this outdoor area is a short drive from both Ala Moana Mall and bustling Waikiki, it’s a pretty accessible spot. Plan on starting at the exercise station, where you can hit the bars (pull-up and dip bars, that is) and take advantage of other equipment geared toward calisthenic exercises. You can also get that heart rate up on one of many jogging paths that wind throughout the park. If you do a little research ahead of time, you may even be able to link up with a group practicing beach yoga or paddle boarding.

[PLACE: FORT DERUSSY BEACH PARK]

Apart from the beach volleyball, pickleball, and racquetball courts, Fort DeRussy also has running trails and several VitaCourse 2000 workout stations spread throughout the park. Each station targets a specific muscle group, allowing you to get a full-body cardio workout with breathtaking beach views. Head into the ocean for a refreshing post-sweat dip!

It won’t come as a surprise to learn scenes for Jurassic Park were filmed in this lush jungle — you might feel like you were transported to prehistoric times here. The famous out-and-back Manoa Falls hike is short—1.6 miles roundtrip—but scenic. Get ready for jaw-dropping scenery once you reach the base of the 150-foot-high falls. Fitt Tip: pack some bug spray — this path is known for being beautiful but filled with insects.

A local favorite for runners and cyclists alike, chances are you'll add this four-mile loop to your favorites list as well. For many, one of the best things about a run or bike ride is taking in the surroundings — and with gorgeous island views, this route delivers. With just over 200 feet of elevation gain, a mini fitness gym along the path, and two main hills, you can make this workout as easy or as difficult as you’d like. Reward yourself once you complete the loop with a trip over to Monsarrat Ave., where you’ll find plenty of healthy eats to enjoy while you cool down.

Also known as “Central Oahu Regional Park,” this 269-acre park has pretty much anything you could want in an outdoor recreation area. For the athletes, there are soccer fields, baseball diamonds, and tennis courts. There are also running paths, an aquatic center, and even a 20-lane archery range. Don’t forget to check out the map when you get there — with so much going on, it’s not hard to get lost!

For a unique workout you won't forget, head over to Salt Lake District Park to get fit inside of a crater. You can invite friends to join you for a soccer game or frisbee on the massive open field. Pop-up storm ruining your plans? Just take it inside to the park’s recreation center. What really sets this spot apart from others in the area is the Olympic-sized pool, perfect for swimming some laps.

If you’re looking to sweat it out while enjoying volcano views and the gentle ocean breeze, this outdoor gym might become your new go-to space. The fitness station has all the equipment you need to knock out a full fitness routine — stretches included. Since it’s near the public tennis courts in Kapiolani Regional Park, you can get in a game or two after your workout. The park is also close to the Waikiki Aquarium and the Waikiki resort area, making it a great starting point for a fun-filled day of exploring the area.

Across from the trendy Kaka'ako neighborhood packed with art, shopping, and hip restaurants, Kaka'ako Waterfront Park offers plenty of paved jogging trails and a slightly hilly grassy area for working out. The rocky beach is also a popular spot for experienced body surfers to catch some waves as well, so feel free to ride the waves yourself if you’ve moved beyond rookie surfer status.

With over 1,000 hillside steps climbing an old military railway, this hike will give your StairMaster a run for its money. Park in the lot at Koko Head District Park and follow the signs to the trail — it’s the one that jets straight up an insane incline along Koko Crater. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with some of the best scenes on the east side of Oahu. Make sure you pack lots of water and forget about your fear of heights — this trek is not for the faint of heart!

This park was named after the 2008 Summer Olympic decathlon gold medalist, so you know it was designed with fitness-lovers in mind. Warm up with a jog along the paved 1.3-mile Fort Ruger Pathway before facing the exercise equipment. Instead of just the usual monkey bars and balance beams, this park has several bodyweight resistance machines to give you a full-body workout. If you really want to push your workout, make the short walk over to Diamond Head State Monument for ’gram-worthy views.

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