The Best Cities in the U.S. for Street Workouts

What do yoga, gymnastics, martial arts, and parkour have in common? They’re all part of a street workout, or “freestyle calisthenics,” a single fitness routine you can do outside — for FREE.

With street workouts, all you need is a playground, park bench, street lamp, or even a tree — the exercises rely on your own body weight for resistance.

Calisthenics are known for the use of body weight being the sole weight included in the workout.

Lucky for you, Lawn Love already did the heavy lifting of finding the Best Cities for Street Workouts. They compared over 130 of the biggest U.S. cities based on access to playgrounds, ratings of street-workout parks, variety of available equipment, and eight other metrics.

Check out the 10 best cities for toning up your pandemic body below, followed by some surprising findings from our report.

2021’s Best Cities for Street Workouts

  1. Providence, RI
  2. Las Vegas, NV
  3. San Francisco, CA
  4. Arlington, VA
  5. New York, NY
  6. Knoxville, TN
  7. Denver, CO
  8. Honolulu, HI
  9. Chicago, IL
  10. Tacoma, WA

Surprising findings:

  • Pumped-Up Providence: Your brain isn’t the only muscle you can strengthen in Providence, Rhode Island. This major college town topped our ranking of the Best Cities for Street Workouts.

What pulled Providence up to the top? The city finished sixth in Access (to street workout parks and playgrounds and equipment variety).

More impressive is the quality of these facilities: Providence ranked No. 2 overall in this category, with one of the highest walk scores (No. 6) and calisthenics fanatics who rated the city’s street workout parks an average of 3.6 out of 4 stars (the fourth highest among the cities in our ranking).

  • Big Cities = Big Muscles: The U.S. street workout movement first took hold in New York City (No. 5 overall) over a decade ago, but it quickly spread to other big cities that cultivated a rep as popular hubs for the sport. Unsurprisingly, these cities all made the top 15, namely Chicago (No. 9), Miami (No. 11), and Washington, D.C. (No. 14).

Other large metros that could grow into the next street workout capitals: Las Vegas (No. 2), San Francisco (No. 3), Honolulu (No. 8), and Seattle (No. 18).

There’s no discernible pattern among these cities, though — each has its own strengths. Sin City, for instance, claimed the No. 1 spot for Access but ranked No. 49 for Quality and No. 77 for Climate. The Big Pineapple, on the other hand, ranked 30th for Access, 12th for Quality, and first for Climate. Then there are cities like San Francisco that performed well across the board: 15-4-5, respectively.

The full ranking and analysis can be found here: