Santa Monica Stairs
Want to work your legs and glutes while getting your cardio? Then the popular Santa Monica Stairs are for you. Here you have your choice of two sets of stairs: the wide wooden stairs (best for beginners), or the narrow concrete stairs, which challenge your balance and agility a bit more. Add variation and intensity by taking two stairs at a time, by running, or even by jumping the stairs.
Pan Pacific Park
Not only can you take advantage of the inclines and declines of the running trails at Pan Pacific Park, but you can also get your cardio in at the Fitness Zone (the official name of the outdoor gym areas that the city has placed in multiple parks throughout Los Angeles). For a great 30-minute workout, hop on the elliptical for five minutes, do 15 reps on the chest press, 15 standing squats, 15 reps on the pull-down machine, 25 crunches on the ab bench, and repeat three times.