Make Long Beach Your Gym

Long Beach is well-known for producing elite athletes as well as active locals who can regularly be seen cycling, swimming, skating, running, etc. Adding to those activities, the Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department created “Fitness Zones” throughout the city; easy-to-use outdoor gyms, walking paths and exercise instruction stations located in and around local parks. They’re free, fun and never far.



One of the most innovative fitness zones is located at Houghton Park (6301 Myrtle Ave), where its half-mile Fitness Loop contains bilingual fitness activity signs with a QR code linking to an instructional video that can be scanned from mobile devices. The Coolidge Park Fitness Zone (352 E Neece St) has numerous pieces of exercise equipment located in close proximity to its playground so people can workout while they keep an eye on their kids.



Downtown Fitness Loop, the city’s longest fitness zone, is a 4.8-mile walking/running path bordered by Alamitos Avenue, Shoreline Drive and Ocean Blvd. It has distance markers connecting five active equipment stations–pull-ups, dip bars–and six passive stations–balance and stretching equipment. Within its cozy four acres, Lincoln Park (101 Pacific Ave) has a skate park, dog park, and turf sports fields as well as a variety of ADA accessible outdoor fitness equipment.


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