Looking for a seriously booty-blasting workout that’s also free? Umm...yes. I’m a huge fan of running San Francisco’s beautiful (and sometimes hidden) staircases. It’s a killer high-intensity cardio workout, sculpts your legs and butt and feels sooo good just to be out in the fresh air. Plus the views at the top are amaze. Here are a few of my favorites.
Filbert Street Steps: Picturesque winding wooden stairs up to Coit Tower, past bohemian gardens and potentially a few Telegraph Hill parrots. Love love love it.
Lombard Street: C’mon, we all know this one. Run up the stairs alongside the world’s windiest street, or hit the middle of the road (watch for cars!) for an added challenge.
Vallejo Street Steps: Secret sprawling steps past beautiful Russian Hill homes. Bonus: there are few runners so it’s nice and quiet. (Sunrise view from the top is pictured above)
Lyon Street Steps: Okay, so this is a scene. Gorgeous, yes. Steep, yes. Full of boot camps and personal trainers, yes. Wear your cutest Lulus because you’ll definitely be running into people here.
16th Avenue Tiled Steps: A little bit of a trek if you don’t live in the Sunset, but totally worth it: these majestic mosaic steps are absolutely breathtaking. Oh, and there’s parking. #win
Chestnut Street Steps (between Polk & Larkin): Pressed for time or kinda looking like shit? This is the staircase for you. Nice and short so you can get a lot of reps in and get outta there, plus usually empty if you're looking to avoid human contact of any kind.