Fit City: It’s Called Broomball. And, Yes, It’s Grueling.

Back and forth on a hockey rink, often at full speed — or as close as players can get to speeding while sliding across the ice with no blades on their shoes. Balance is essential, which translates to a vigorous core-strengthening exercise.

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Special shoes made for playing broomball on the ice. Many players just wear sneakers.

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Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

“Every time you play, it doesn’t matter how fit you are, you are sore the next day,” said Thea von Zabern, a former competitive figure skater who now serves as Lakeside’s skating director. “And because you’re falling all over the place, you’re having to activate all these stabilization muscles.”

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