Trek Up: The Santa Monica Stairs

Photo by Annie Shak

Taking the stairs is worth it. It will firm up that bum a lot faster than a fancy elevator ride.

That’s what I tell myself when I’m trekking up 170 steps in Santa Monica alongside The Chalkboard Mag. The stairs are famous in LA, hosting everyone from workout buffs to want-to-be-seen celebs.

You can squeeze in a good stair workout anywhere. Think of your local high school stadiums, your home, your workplace. It’s easy to find a good set of stairs to take.

Here’s why my trainer says the stairs are worth it: relieves tension + stress, increases muscle strength, tightens your butt, improves cardiovascular health+ it’s free! You can also shed serious calories — a 30-minute stair workout can burn up to 220 calories [depending on your weight]!

There’s also something innately encouraging about the workout. I think it’s the idea of accomplishing something one step at a time – never looking back – that inspires me.

Note: There are two sets of Santa Monica stairs – wooden and concrete. Repeat the steps a few times. 


STRETCH. Kick things off with a solid 3-minute stretch, especially focusing on your legs.



TREK UP. Choose a pace that’s comfortable for you (switch between walking + jogging).


REFUEL. Sip on a cold pressed juice + take in the views!



JOG. Go for a slow jog between sets to squeeze in extra cardio [+ burn more calories]!


STRETCH. Stretch again for a few minutes before making your way down.



TREK DOWN. Control your pace, using your core muscles.


SMILE. You did it… now repeat!

Pants, Shirt + Bra from Lulu Lemon | Nike Tennies

PS. Wellness lovers — my mindful friends are vying to bring free wellness, yoga and meditation across America. You can support their mission by heading to their IndieGOGO campaign and spreading the word! They’ll be hitting 10 major cities and a lot of small towns in between. Spread the word + the love!

Photos by Annie Shak