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Cahuenga Peak Cardio & Strength Training - Advanced

Join us for a great evening workout to Cahuenga Peak. The views of the city lights are amazing and it sure beats that boring treadmill/stairmaster in the gym. Chances are you'll get a much better workout too. Cahuenga Peak is now the highest peak in Griffith Park since the purchase of the private land west of the Hollywood sign in 2010. This is a really neat area, a little pocket of "wilderness" in the middle of LA.

Training Concept:
This will essentially be a form of interval training, which is actually quite effective for increasing your cardio capacity/fitness level. Since we are all at different fitness levels some of us will likely keep a faster pace than others. We'll all try to push ourselves a bit to get our heart rate up and then catch our breath and re-group at the junctions. At various locations we'll also take a few minutes to do some exercises like push-ups, leg raises etc. to include some upper body workouts as well.

Difficulty: ADVANCED
You need to be well conditioned for this workout. Although the distance is short this is a high intensity workout and several sections are quite steep. This is not a slow paced "social hike". We'll keep a fast pace power-walking uphill and jogging/trail running on the flats and downhill to get our heart rate up to improve our conditioning. If you don't like running this may not be a good workout for you.

Since we typically do different trails every week the difficulty and distance varies. In general though the workouts are easiest the first Thursday of the month and most difficulty the last Thursday of the month.

Extra Weight Option:
For those of you who are very fast and may feel the group is not moving fast enough, consider bringing a weight vest or backpack with weight - sand, books etc. Avoid hard objects like rocks though as it may hurt your back. I would only suggest this if you have attended one of these and know that you can move a lot faster than the group. The extra weight will slow you down significantly.

The Plan:
We'll meet by the entrance to Bronson Canyon Park by the gate at about 6:45 PM, do some stretching and introductions etc. and get started at 7:00 PM sharp.

We'll start heading up Canyon Dr. into the park. Then we'll head up one of several trail options past the Hollywood sign to Cahuenga Peak and then on to the lone tree where we will have a great view of Burbank. There we'll catch our breath for a few minutes while enjoying the city view before heading back a different way.

Distance & Elevation Gain:
6.5 miles or so and about 1800 ft or so cumulative elevation gain/loss.

Time Required:
About 2.5 hours or so.

What To Bring:
- Headlamp (best) or flashlight and spare batteries (important)
- Trail running shoes or flexible hiking booths with plenty of traction (important)
- Hydration system (best) or bottle with water or Gatorade etc.
- Your cell phone
- Layered clothing including a light wind breaker jacket
- Towel/small mat to put underneath while doing exercises (you must be able to bring this with you)

Directions:
Click here for Google directions to the meeting spot.

Parking:
There should be plenty of parking on Canyon Dr. up to the gate. Do not park inside the park as they close the gate at dusk.

No Shows:
It is inconsiderate to the organizer and anyone on the waiting list to RSVP and not show up, therefore I am registering no-shows. For this event you need to change your RSVP to "No" minimum 30 minutes before the start of the event. If you have multiple no-shows on your record you may not be admitted to the event when there are people on the waiting list.

DISCLAIMER:
Please ensure that you are in good health before participating in a high intensity activity like this one. If you are in doubt please get a check-up with a physician. As an event organizer I assume absolutely no responsibility for you. I am simply a "training buddy", nothing more. If you choose to participate, you assume all responsibility for yourself and agree not to hold me or our Meetup group liable in any way.

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