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Welcome to Workout Wednesday: every hump-day, we'll be rounding up some of the city's hottest fitness trends and studios.
Indoor and outdoor courts have come a long way since high school: if playing an actual sport is your idea of a workout, then you've probably noticed there's no shortage of places to do that. Several of the city's best larger-scale fitness studios have supreme indoor volleyball, basketball, and soccer courts, and New York City's public parks and blacktops offer countless spots to spike, shoot, and kick a ball around outside. See a handful of the best in each category below.
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The volleyball court at Chelsea Piers is the only year-round, indoor sand court in the city, and it plays host to Open Play times and one-on-one and group classes. You can also rent out the entire court for $315 an hour, if you and a group of friends can't quite make it to the beach.
Rather be outside? Head to the courts at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bride Park. Reserve a court, join a league, or just show up from 6am to 10pm any day of the week to play. They also have a handful of summer events geared toward young kids and teens.
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There are a lot of basketball courts in New York City, and last summer, Complex rounded up ten of the best. The list includes Holcombe Rucker Park in Harlem, West Fourth Street Courts in Greenwich Village, and Columbus Park in Chinatown, and seven others worth checking out.
Indoors, you can hit the courts at Reebok Sports Club/NY, Chelsea Piers, New York Athletic Club, New York Sports Club, and Body Elite in Carroll Gardens.
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Go from watching the World Cup at your corner sports bar to an actual playing field at any one of these public parks in the five boroughs. You can also join the league at Chelesa Piers, or play on the court at the New York Indoor Sports Club or the one at the Astoria Sports Complex.