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25 Kick-Ass Alterna-Gyms

The best out-of-the-box fitness facilities, from bike parks to Parkour playgrounds.

We’re all about the fact that a good workout doesn’t require more than a bench, a bar, and good set of weights. But we’d be lying if we said we weren’t in awe of some of the outlandish gym alternatives out there. Our friends at Greatist recently put together a list of the 25 most kick-ass fitness facilities. From urban obstacle courses to indoor surf lessons, the offerings at these gyms make us want to be kids again. Here are a few that you might want to read up on.

1. Sky Zone
“Bouncing off the walls” is usually just an expression, but it's exactly what you'll do during a game of 3D basketball or dodgeball at Sky Zone. The courts are essentially floor to ceiling trampolines.

2. Tempest Freerunning Academy
If you envy the competitors on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, you’ll get a kick out of this Parkour playground, which is home to replicas of the obstacles that appear on the show.

3. Woodward Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park
A fun house for the Midwest’s mountain bike enthusiasts, this place is full of ramps, jumps, bridges, and even a foam pit. The best part: new obstacles are added every season.

To see the rest of the list, click on over to Greatist.com

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