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.

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

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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