When it comes to outdoor places to exercise in Brighton and Hove, have a kickabout, walk, run, ride your bike or have a personal training session, our lovely city has something for everyone. So, there’s no excuse not to keep fit Brighton! As an active personal trainer these are my favourite spots to exercise across Brighton and Hove.
Although it’s rather compact Blakers Park offers a number of attractive features including a small café, tennis courts and a playground. The park also has a rather distinctive Victorian clocktower, useful if you’re timing your workout and a great place to exercise in Brighton.
Brighton and Hove Seafront
The seafront from Portslade through to Saltdean offers numerous places for an outdoor training session with a refreshing sea view. The coastal cycle path along this stretch is also my favourite route in the city, particularly the section out from Brighton Marina to Saltdean. I often take a break at the end of the path in Saltdean sitting on the wall staring at the sea. How very zen! As you’d expect the weekends are busy with ramblers, dog walkers, day trippers to Brighton, so I tend to head here during the week when it’s much quieter.
For training my clients outdoors, I love Hove lawns as this is close to where I live, and the stretch of pathway leading from the King Alfred Leisure Centre back towards Portslade offers a nice flat surface for high intensity interval training (HIIT) sessions. For my Kemp Town personal training clients, I favour the area around the Black Rock Station at the east end of Madeira Drive as it offers a nice hard flat surface to set up my battle rope workout, good for group classes too as well as one-on-one sessions. The elevated patch of grass by Dukes Mound is another spot for a great early morning personal training workout.
For those of you who like a challenging cycle and/or running route, then Devil’s Dyke has this and more. The more is the stunning views if your fitness levels allow you to take them in as you attack an uphill section. I like to head here for a Sunday afternoon walk.
Dyke Road Park
Dyke Road Park is a jogger’s paradise with its network of pathways that meander through pretty gardens. There is also a café with a raised terrace and views of the sea great for post personal training workout/run refreshments!
East Brighton Park
The attraction of East Brighton park is the feeling of open space with its wide-open expanses of grass that really give you an air of freedom, great for a run to clear your head! Another lovely place to exercise in Brighton.
Easthill Park has a large number of attractive features which include a lovely walled garden. Numerous pathways are good for jogging, and plenty of grass for a decent personal training HIIT workout.
Hollingbury Park and Woods
Located along the Ditchling road, Hollingbury Park has a large grass area perfect for one-on-one personal training sessions. The woodland walkways are ideal for those looking to take your dog out in a beautiful country setting.
Another favourite park of mine for an outdoor personal training session is Hove Park, and with some 40-acres of space, it’s easy to pick a quiet spot of open grass. There are sports and play facilities here too. I often cycle through Hove Park on my way to Corals Gym where I’ve been a member for four years combining an outdoor ride with an indoor weight training workout at least three times each week.
The stretch of beach and the path along Basin Road is a stone’s throw from where I live, and a quieter workout spot even at the weekends. I often head here if I’m short on time for a quick half hour cycle ride, and while I’m not much of a jogger when the mood does take me, I run here. It’s popular with kite surfers and I greatly admire their daredevil skills. There’s also a decent popular café with plenty of outdoor seating. Another great place to exercise in Brighton!
The largest urban park to exercise in Brighton and Hove is Preston Park. I train a number of my personal training clients in the park come rain or shine. It’s the perfect place for a high intensity internal training workout. Head here for your early morning run or a kick about with friends at the weekend.
Queens Park offers a sheltered spot for a walk or run, and I currently train one of my personal training clients here too. There are also good paths to run on to warm up first.
As much a feast for your eyes as a great place to exercise in Brighton, Stanmer Park with its stunning woodland walks and expanse of open lands is a great spot that I head to particularly in the spring and summer months. Head here for a kick about with your friends, or a brisk paced walk over the stunning Downs with your dog.
St. Ann’s Well Gardens
One of the most beautiful outdoor spaces for a workout is St Ann’s Well Gardens situated not far from Hove seafront. I’m told it’s a tree enthusiasts paradise with a wide range of native and exotic trees giving the gardens a unique character. For those of you who enjoy a game of tennis or bowls then St. Anne’s Well Gardens is a treat for you also.
St. Helen’s Park
St. Helens Park is a pretty retreat with some nice open space and is a recent discovery for me since I started my first Young At Heart Keep Fit Club exercise classes in the church hall back in January. Visit www.youngatheartkeepfit.club If you go for a run here you can admire the 11th century stone chapel as you lap the park. Better still if you’re aged 60 and above, why not come along to our regular Friday fitness classes which starts at 1.30pm.
Hove’s Stoneham Park features a children’s playground, sporting facilities and a decent café. It’s a fairly small park but I have a couple of clients that like to take their workouts here.
The Level is one of the largest public open spaces to exercise in Brighton. The Level now offers a range of attractions, facilities and activities for all to enjoy.
Near to where I live in Hove is the small but perfectly formed Wish Park, great for running laps around the outside, having a kickabout not to mention one of my more challenging one-on-one HIIT training sessions and even the occasional battle rope session!
Wild Park is Brighton & Hove’s largest local nature reserve and has extensive woodland walks and spectacular views over the city. The ideal park for a long walk at the weekend.
Withdean Park is a large informal space with good views of the South Downs. The park is popular with ramblers and dog walkers. Perfect for a long un too.
Working out outdoors
I offer a fully mobile personal training service; kettlebells, battle ropes and HIIT are perfectly suited for clients who love me training them outdoors. As you can see from the list here, there’s no shortage of stunning countryside and breath-taking sea views to exercise in Brighton and Hove to enhance your workout experience! Now that we’re heading into the Spring and Summer months with longer hours of daylight why not try my taster personal training offer; two 1-hour workouts for just £45. Pick your personal training beauty spot to exercise in Brighton and Hove and give me a call on 07730 038830, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book yours now.