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Hollywood Sign & Cahuenga Peak Cardio Workout - Advanced

PLEASE NOTE: DIFFERENT MEETING LOCATION


Join us for a great evening workout to the Hollywood Sign and 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 and tops.

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 at the end of Beachwood Dr. by the white gate where the road narrows at about 6:45 PM, do some stretching and introductions etc. and get started at 7:00 PM sharp.

We'll head up one of several trail options to the Hollywood sign, then to Cahuenga Peak, and then on to the "wisdom 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 miles or so and about 1800 ft or so cumulative elevation gain/loss.

Time Required:
About 2 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:
Park by the last homes at the end of Beachwood Dr. just before the white gate where the road narrows.

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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  • Stein

    Great hike tonight, only had a tiny bit of drizzle in the beginning. The rest of the hike was very cool walking through the low cloud layer over Griffith Park. Thanks for coming out everyone. Nice to meet some new people too.

    January 31, 2014

  • Mark (.

    ??? How was it ???

    January 30, 2014

    • omar

      Extremely great & addictive

      January 30, 2014

  • mukti

    Sorry I'm at work still :(

    January 30, 2014

  • paul f.

    I can not make it this time, I just sign in as a member and have 3 minutes to get there from Calabasas.

    January 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Stuck on Franklin

    January 30, 2014

  • Stein

    looks like there is a chance of scattered showers tonight. Hopefully it won't be much if anything. I'd bring some extra clothes just in case.

    January 30, 2014

  • Abel H.

    Sorry but my knee still tired and I won't go tonight.

    January 30, 2014

    • Stein

      That's too bad. I hope your knee heals up soon.

      January 30, 2014

  • Jeff

    [masked] : Thanks!

    January 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I did this last Thursday. Oh boy, you are in for it. I'm still sore.

      January 27, 2014

    • omar

      Haha

      January 30, 2014

  • Jeff

    [masked] : Thanks!

    January 30, 2014

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