Valparaiso, Chile: New Year, New Leg Day


[video width="320" height="576" mp4=""][/video] This year was my first New Year’s Eve that was not spent in Chicago’s frigid cold. It was refreshing to spend it in sunny, 75 degree weather in Valparaiso, Chile. It is a beautiful, artsy town located right on the Pacific Ocean. It also happens to be one of the best places to spend New Year’s Eve in South America and the world. I can totally see why with the 30 minute fireworks show that left me in awe and amazement.


With the beginning of the New Year comes the first workout of the year. This inaugural workout of the new year came on the 2nd for me (The Pisco Sours I had on New Year’s Eve told me to take the 1st off :)) The gym near my Airbnb, Sport

life (which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND), was closed for the official New Year’s holiday that extends to the 2nd in Chile so it left me with few options other than working out in the street. It was the perfect time of the day at 7AM because Valparaiso gets up late, no one was out, and there was still a cool, morning breeze coming off of the ocean. I had previously spotted a great area to get in a bodyweight leg workout while being a tourist and seeing different sights. Not only did the famous “WE ARE NOT HIPPIES, WE ARE HAPPIES” mural have a great space to do box jumps, lunges, step ups, and stair sprints, it also has an incredible backdrop of the ocean. As a bonus, if you are a dog lover, you may have a few stray dogs that hang out with you while you are working out as I did. Just be sure to scratch their bellies after your hard work!

Overall, Valparaiso is an incredible town to visit if you love the beach, culture, and street art. It also has tons of places to get creative with your fitness in the streets. If you have any questions about my time here or my workout, I would love to hear from you! Street workout at the “WE ARE NOT HIPPIES, WE ARE HAPPIES” mural posted below.



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  • 10 minute jog uphill
  • Static stretching
  • Dynamic Stretching



  • 3x20 Walking Lunges (20 each leg, hold 3 seconds) SUPERSET with 3x20 Box Jumps
  • 3x20 Step ups (20 each leg, bring knee to opposite elbow) SUPERSET with 3x20 Side Lunges (20 each leg)
  • 3x30 Jumping Lunges SUPERSET with 1 minute Wall Sits
  • 5 sets Stair Sprints


Cool Down:

  • 2 Sun Salutations
  • 10 minute walk