Best 5 Outdoor Workout Spots at UCLA
by NICHOLAS CARPO
If you are tired of working out at Wooden and BFit, it may be time to take your exercise routine out in the fresh air and sunshine! Here are five of our favorite outdoor spots to workout at UCLA to get you started:
1. Drake Stadium
Do you crave for the thrill of a good run? You are in luck! UCLA’s Drake Stadium has a nine-lane track oval for all types of running activities. Whether you want to practice sprinting or go for a relaxed jog, the track is open to runners of all skill levels.
2. Janss Steps
Just a few steps from Royce Hall are the iconic Janss Steps. Here, you can do some quick stair exercises, which are a great way to train your legs and strengthen your heart.  Of course, you can just run up the steps as if you were Rocky and have a look at the view from up there.
3. Intramural (IM) Field
Spanning nearly ten acres, the Intramural (IM) Field is a great spot for any type of active play. Here, team sports such as flag football, soccer, and even spikeball are popular choices to both workout and spend quality time with friends.
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4. Sculpture Garden
The Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden is a quiet spot in North Campus composed of several grassy areas. With over seventy sculptures scattered across the garden, this place has a very peaceful atmosphere. This creates the perfect setting to fit in a yoga session and destress after a long day of classes.
5. Bomb Shelter
Located at the heart of South Campus, the Bomb Shelter is best known for its bustling food court. But if you take the stairs up, you will find yourself in a grassy area—perfect for a short bodyweight workout in between classes.
Hill Bonus: Sunset Recreation Center
Sunset Recreation Center is one of the best workout spots on the Hill. Featuring sand volleyball courts, regulation tennis courts, swimming pools, and large grass areas, the site is a great option for an afternoon sporting activity. You can even rent frisbees!
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