Whether you’re a fitness junkie or just starting to get your feet wet (or sweaty), Downtown St. Louis has plenty of options for workout locations. We understand that going to the same gym can get boring after awhile, so we found some great ideas for taking your workout outdoors. Yes, the St. Louis heat can be stifling, but these 4 workouts can be done in the morning or the evening, so you can escape most of the high temps.
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Want to start your day with a stretch? Pack your mat and head over to Sunrise Yoga at Kiener Plaza! Each Tuesday at 7 a.m., Yoga Buzz instructor Jamie Austin leads yogis of all levels through a 45-minute session of bending and breathing as the sun rises. After class, enjoy an iced coffee courtesy of Kaldi’s (just remember to bring a reusable cup or mug.) Sessions run each Tuesday morning until October 16.
Biking or Running on the Mississippi River Greenway
Whether you’re a cyclist, runner, or both, the Mississippi River Greenway is a perfect trail for getting active and exploring our community. Located near the heart of Downtown St. Louis, the greenway is mostly flat and entirely sunny. The best part is the scenic view of the riverfront that simply can’t be seen from the highway.
You can access this section of the Mississippi River Greenway at several points via bike If you’re Downtown, you can access the greenway on Chouteau Avenue, Chestnut Avenue through the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and on Washington Avenue. If you’re north of Downtown you can access the greenway on Mullanphy Street, Branch Street, Riverview Boulevard and Chambers Road.
To learn more about the greenways in the St. Louis region, check out the Great Rivers Greenway website.
You might need to pack some dry clothes for this one, because you’re guaranteed to break a sweat. This fun, upbeat Boot Camp at Kiener Plaza is led by Heath Norton, who owns TITLE Boxing Club in Rock Hill. The first fall session kicks off Thursday, Sept. 7 and runs from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. Boot Camps will take place each following Wednesday at the same time through October 10.
For more information, check out this event page on the Gateway Arch Park’s website.
Want to get your exercise while also taking in the sights of the majestic Gateway Arch? This four-mile double loop will take you from the Convention Center, around the Gateway Arch Park, and along the west bank of the Mississippi River. We call it “cardiovascular tourism.” If you’re looking for more running routes in the Greater St. Louis area, check out Great Runs.
Do you know of some other great outdoor workout ideas in Downtown St. Louis? Drop us a line here – we’d love to hear from you!