Suns Out, Guns Out: The Coolest Outdoor Gyms Around the World

Suns Out, Guns Out: The Coolest Outdoor Gyms Around the World

What could be better than a blood-pumping, heart-racing, endorphin-crushing workout? One with a sweet view. Outdoor gyms are becoming a more popular option amongst the active crowd who still wants to get their swol on in the sun.

 

7 of the Best Outdoor Gyms Around the World

Whether it’s on a white sandy beach, overlooking a mountain range, or simply a stop at the park on your way to work, outdoor gyms can be an affordable, convenient, and social way to get in a daily strength or sweat sesh. Here are seven outdoor exercise spots to get active, socialize with your neighbors, and look at pretty sunsets while getting ripped!

 

1. Muscle Beach (Venice, CA)

 

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Right along the famous Venice Boardwalk in California, you’ll find the iconic Muscle Beach, the once home gym of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Here, you’ll find burly dudes and fit femmes working up a steamy sweat at this outdoor weight room that comes complete with plenty of machines and free weights. They often host figure and bikini competitions, and other events like arm wrestling challenges, and don’t forget to check out the Muscle Beach Walk of Fame!

Pricing: Day pass is $10, week pass is $50, 1 year membership is $170.

Hours: Monday – Friday 8 AM -6 PM, Saturday 8 AM – 4 PM, Sunday 12 PM – 4 PM

 

2. Tulum Jungle Gym (Tulum, Mexico)

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Dubbed a “real life Flintstone gym,” this award-winning outdoor gym uses equipment entirely made of wood, bamboo, and stone. With a creative layout set on white sand beach and a beautiful Caribbean Sea backdrop, you’ll love taking one of their specialized classes or building your bis  at this outside gym. Access it through the Ahau Hotel, or stop here as you stroll along the beach.

Pricing: Day Pass: $25; Classes: $30

Open Access Hours: Mon – Friday 9 AM – 5 PM, Sat & Sun 8 AM – 5 PM

 

3. Rio Academia (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)

 

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This Brazilian 3,400-square foot outdoor gym is located at Post 10 on Ipanema Beach, which offers truly incredible views of both the mountains and the city, in addition to the ocean. The equipment is free and open to the public, and the gym also offers free classes three times a week, like bodybuilding, Tai Chi, Fit Dance, MMT (mixed modalities training), yoga, dance, and volleyball.

Pricing: Free!

Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30 AM – 10:30 AM and from 5 AM – 9 PM

Saturdays and Sundays: 8 AM – 1 PM

 

4. Gordon Beach Gym (Tel Aviv, Israel)

 

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On a trip to Tel Aviv, you’re going to need some place to work off all that amazing pita bread. Not to be confused with the indoor gym nearby, this free, 24-hour outdoor exercise park is located right on Gordon Beach in between the Sheraton Hotel and Hotel Tel Aviv. It has stationary bikes, rowing machines, steppers, gliders, and even punching bags that come with an impeccable view of the Mediterranean Sea. You’ll also find volleyball courts and a saltwater swimming pool nearby for a full active experience!

Pricing: Free!

Hours: 24/7

 

5. Kachalka Outdoor Gym at Hydropark (Kiev, Ukraine)

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Near the Dnieper river in Kiev, Ukraine sits Hydropark, a unique outdoor gym that offers nearly 200 unique machines made from leftover scrap metal from the Cold War. When the weather gets hot and stuffy, this is the perfect place to get in a quick strength workout and then jump into the nearby river for a refreshing cool-down. It’s open 24/7 and free of charge.

Pricing: Free!

Hours: 24/7

 

6. National Fitness Campaign Court (Various Cities)

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The National Fitness Campaign is on a mission: bring public fitness access to more than 1,000 cities by 2021. Their gorgeous outdoor gyms features a “seven movements in seven minutes” program that you can easily follow to work your whole body. The circuit training system is complete with shock-resistant sports flooring, and offers routines that are suitable for all ages and fitness levels. It’s free, always open, and located in cities across the U.S! Check to see if there’s one near you.

Pricing: Free!

Hours: 24/7

 

7. Tiger Muay Thai (Phuket, Thailand)

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If you’re looking to improve your MMA game, you’ll love this open-air Muay Thai gym in Phuket, Thailand. The gym comes complete with punching bags and plenty of weights to help anyone become fighting fit. It also offers a weight room and classes such as yoga, kickboxing, and Brazilian jiu jitzu to appease athletes of all types.

There are several packages based on interests, levels, and budget, so pricing varies; you can even stay at one of their many villas to make it an all-inclusive fitness experience! If you’re in Phuket and want to learn to kick butt like a MMA fighter, check here to find the right package for you.

Pricing: Varies. 250 THB (weight room access only) to 12,100+ THB (VIP training)

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 7 AM to 7 PM

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Chelsea Frank was born and bullied in Los Angeles, CA. When she's not performing stand up comedy or crying while doing squats, Chelsea writes about all things health, beauty, and travel. Her work has been featured in Shape, Uproxx, TripSavvy, The Daily Beast, Thrillist, and Reductress, among others. Fun fact: she's traveled to over 50 countries and has gotten sick in pretty much all of them!

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