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12 Insane Fitness Facilities Around The World

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While your New Year's fitness resolution may be jogging on a treadmill every once in a while, or getting up during commercial breaks, some people think much bigger. In the Ukraine, for example, bodybuilders can bulk up on a six-mile-wide open air gym that's essentially a converted junk yard. In California, yoga enthusiasts can hang upside-down like something out of Cirque du Soleil. After the jump, take a gander at 12 playgrounds for fitness addicts around the world. Consider it treadmill inspiration.—Erika Graham

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Hydropark Open Air Gym in Kyiv

For those who think bench pressing is for weaklings, this free, open air gym in Kyiv, Ukraine is ideal. The gym boasts over six miles of "large vehicle parts, rusted tank chains, recycled heaters, pulleys, tractor tires, crank shafts, and marine salvage pieces," all fashioned into a bodybuilder's paradise.

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Athletic Republic

Athletic Republic is designed to make athletes better at their sports, and their nationwide facilities are packed with the kind of science-based workout gear that will make you feel like you walked straight into a Gatorade commercial. If you're looking to get serious about your club volleyball game, this is the place to go—as long as you don't mind training with future Olympians.

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Gymbox

This London-based fitness chain is betting that we would all work out a little more if our gym experience was more like a club. Workout rooms are lit by neon lights, and weekly classes include "S&M," "Backup Dancer," and "Twerk It Out."

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Ray's Mountain Bike Park

Founded by mountain bike enthusiasts who didn't want to give up their sport when the snow set in each year, Ray's Mountain Bike Park is an indoor fantasy land of wooden trails and dirt jumps built to cater to every expertise level.

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Nike World Headquarters

When they aren't at their day jobs, Nike employees at the world headquarters have access to multiple facilities that promote the sports that Nike has built its name around: Basketball courts, golf ranges, soccer fields, a track made out of recycled Nike shoes, and more are located on the Oregon-based campus. Lucky employees sweat alongside Nike's most famous athletes when they occasionally drop in for a visit.

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Tiger Muay Thai

Dragging old tires around and working out among elephants is all in a regular day's schedule at the Tiger Muay Thai facility in Phucket, Thailand. Residents of the camp live and toil on campus for anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, and if you've got what it takes, you can get your 15 minutes of fame in the ring sparring with other fighters, professional MMA-style.

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Shine Alternative Fitness

Also called "The Art of Fitness," Shine is all about getting in touch with your inner passion for alternative fitness. The facility offers numerous dance and pole fitness classes, but the aerial silks training and antigravity yoga classes are what's worth coming back for.

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Sky Wellness

Step up into the future at this elevated fitness facility located in Serbia. While the classes themselves don't differ too much from what you might find on the ground, the setting and aesthetic will make you feel like you've been beamed into the future.

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Skyzone

Tap into your inner child at Skyzone, an indoor trampoline park that will make you feel like you never left the playground. It doesn't just cater to kids though, adult dodgeball championship games were held in a Skyzone last year.

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Tempest Academy

Welcome to California's only indoor facility dedicated to the sport of freerunning and parkour. The activity, known to the layperson as jumping over park benches, gets some legitimacy here with professional trainers, classes, and a crazy-complicated indoor obstacle course.

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TGO The Green Heart

Feel extra good about your workout at The Green Heart, a fitness facility engineered by the UK-based Great Outdoor Gym Company. As you exercise, the machines generate the electricity needed to power the lights for the outdoor gym space to still be usable at night.

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The Third Space

At first glance there's nothing too out of the ordinary here, until you venture into the facility's famous hypoxic chamber. Hit any one of a number of treadmills, bikes, etc., inside this chamber, and the air is slowly sucked of its oxygen while you work out. The idea is that with less oxygen in the air, your body will be forced to work harder to produce and pump oxygen to your muscles, giving you a better work out without the added extra time. Fear of death aside, it's efficiency at its best.

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