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Cross-Training for Runners 

Switch up your workout routine at NYC Parks by cross-training and combine cardio with strength and conditioning to unlock your fitness potential! Build a stronger, healthier you while training for the next big race. 

Where to cross-train if you want to...

Skip the weather 

At our indoor recreation centers, you can work out on cardio and strength training equipment, go swimming, and play sports. Learn more about our recreation center memberships

Avoid both burnout and injury while training for races. Runners can improve their muscle strength at our body toning and bootcamp clases, and increase flexibility through yoga, pilates, and stretch classes. Find a free class near you

Go for a swim

Swimming is a low-impact cardio exercise that can help you develop pacing and breathing techniques. Our indoor pools host lap swim hours and water exercise classes, as well as fun water sports like water polo and synchronized swimming. Learn more about our indoor pools

When it's too hot out, opt for a swim at our free outdoor pools! During the summer months, we offer free early bird and late night lap swim hours for adults, so you can skip the crowds and get in your workout before and after work hours. Learn more about Lap Swim at our outdoor pools

Train like the pros

Our 400-meter, state-of-the-art track has been famously used by Olympians and world-class cyclists. The track loops make for easier tracking of speed and time and its perfect for cycling without the traffic! Visit our cycling track at the Velodrome

Ocean Breeze Track & Field Athletic Complex

Before the NYC Marathon kicks off, dozens of celebrities and VIP runners warm up at our new state-of-the-art indoor track and gym on Staten Island. Become a member and train like the stars! Visit Ocean Breeze Track & Field Athletic Complex 

See your city

Switch up your cardio routine by going for a bike ride. Riding a bike eliminates the pounding on your feet from running. It's also a great way to explore our parks and see NYC's 520 miles of coastline! Plan your trip

Take a break from the road and opt for NYC's beautiful waterways! Take your own boat out on the water, rent a boat, or join a free and low-cost canoeing and kayaking program in our parks! Learn more Canoeing and Kayaking at Parks

Up your competitiveness

Build strength and agility at our outdoor obstacle course in Queens! The course features climbing walls, cable traverse elements, trust-fall stations, a human swingshot, zipline, and more! Bring a group of friends or join a team on-site. Learn more about Alley Pond Park Adventure Course

Challenge a friend and have some fun with this multi-muscle, cardio activity! Our outdoor tennis courts are open from spring through late fall. You can buy a season permit or a single-play pass. Learn more about Tennis at NYC Parks

Featured Guides

Discover tips for running and training with NYC Parks for your big race in the Big Apple. Learn How to Train for a Marathon

Work out like a triathlete! Our parks are perfect for combining swimming, running, and cycling to your fitness routine. Train like a Triathlete

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