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Feels like: Skiing
The 45-minute cardio-heavy Aspen Ascent (The Sports Club/L.A.–New York, 330 E. 61st St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-355-5100; memberships from $176 a month) class utilizes props like a step, light free weights, and a disc to imitate the moves you’d use while skiing. There’s also an emphasis on squats and lunges, which strengthen the slopes-injury-prone knee area.

Rating: 2

Photo: Courtesy of The Sports Club/L.A.

Feels like: Rowing
Using a six-foot projection screen, a special software program, and, of course, rowing machines, trainer Mike Creamer sets clients loose in a virtual one-man boat on a virtual lake. His Indoorance sessions (142 Wooster St., nr. W. Houston St.; 212-353-8834; from $110) invite individuals to compete against themselves as well as duos who want to race each other.

Rating: 4

Photo: Courtesy of Indoorance

Feels like: Snowboarding
For first-timers, snowboarding can be tricky. The same goes for Winterboarding class (Crunch Fort Greene, 691 Fulton St., nr. St. Felix St.; 718-797-9464; membership from $80 a month), which engages your core and legs to balance atop a 30-inch wobbly wooden Indo Board. The 45-minute session also uses the board for sequences of push-ups and lunges.

Rating: 2

Photo: Courtesy of Crunch Gym

Feels like: Road-biking
Trendy it may be, but spinning is a far cry from pushing yourself outdoors. In Power Cycling (Chelsea Piers Sports Center, Pier 60, 20th St. and Hudson River Park; 212-336-6000; eight-week programs from $300), you set up your own road bike on a stationary stand, then watch yourself and your classmates onscreen as you cycle.

Rating: 5

Photo: Courtesy of Chelsea Piers Sports Center

Feels like: Ice skating
Spunky former figure skater and owner of Physical Mind Studio Lauren Piskin’s Cardio Slideboard (1200 Lexington Ave., nr. 81st St.; 212-744-6100; 55-minute sessions from $34) trades the ice rink for a six-foot-long slick mat. Wearing nylon booties, you’ll glide back and forth using your quads, abs, and arms, quickly working up your heart rate.

Rating: 4

Photo: Gabrielle Helle/Courtesy of Physical Mind Studio

Feels like: Running outside
On the Matrix treadmill at Dasha Wellness (115 E. 57th St., nr. Park Ave.; 212-755-5500; sessions from $60), you can simulate running down Sunset Boulevard, the mountains of Utah, or the streets of Chicago. The selected landscape will display on a screen in front of you, making for an entertaining, if not completely real-feeling, scenic route.

Rating: 2

Photo: Adam Zeliger/Courtesy of Dasha Wellness

Feels like: Surfing
Developed by a former hockey player who surfed to keep buff in the off-season, the RipSurferX is essentially a surfboard with a base and resistance bands. Enroll in SurfSet boot camp (Chelsea Piers Sports Center; 209-819-7873; classes from $35; January 9 to March 4) to experience the same effect on your core and arms as catching real waves.

Rating: 3

Photo: Courtesy of Chelsea Piers Sports Center

Feels like: Beach games
A small Beach Boys–soundtracked cardio class, Fun in the Sun (Smart Workout, 124 E. 40th St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-661-1660; membership from $145 a month) aims to perk up the S.A.D.-afflicted through swim-inspired cardio moves like the backstroke using resistance bands as well as sand-simulating workouts using ankle weights.

Rating: 1

Photo: Courtesy of Smart Workout

Feels like: An obstacle course
Designed to emulate Tough Mudder, the hard-core outdoor obstacle course created by the British Special Forces, Crunch’s brand-new One Tough Mudder class (1109 Second Ave., nr. 59th St.; 212-758-3434; membership from $90 a month) puts you through a gauntlet of intense running, jumping jacks, crawling, push-ups, and mountain-climbers.

Rating: 3

Photo: Courtesy of Crunch Gym

Reginald Chan (left) Third Avenue and 17th Street. On September 15, 2006, Chan was hit by a flatbed tow truck while making a delivery of Chinese food.

Brandie Bailey Houston and Essex Streets. On May 8, 2005, Bailey was struck by a private sanitation truck while on her way home to Williamsburg after waitressing at the West Village restaurant Red Bamboo. Bailey was a regular at CBGB, where a memorial was held in her honor.

Craig Murphey (left) Ten Eyck Street and Union Avenue, Williamsburg. Early in the morning of October 18, 2007, Murphey was biking home from escorting his date to her South Williamsburg apartment. According to police reports, Murphey attempted to outrun a gas truck turning left on Ten Eyck Street. His pelvis shattered on impact, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. In his honor, over 40 friends have since received tattoos that read BE BETTER.

Frank C. Simpson Linden Boulevard near 175th Street, St. Albans. Simpson, a janitor returning from the evening shift at a Con Edison facility, was hit by a Dodge Stratus on November 9, 2006.

Jose Mora (left) North Conduit and McKinley Avenues, Cypress Hills. On September 4, 2006, 11-year-old Mora was on his way to the barber for a back-to-school haircut; that week, he was to start the sixth grade at nearby Junior High School 302. He was struck by a Honda while walking his bike across an intersection.

Jonathan Neese South 4th Street and Roebling Street, Williamsburg. On August 12, 2006, Neese, a bike messenger known as “Bronx Jon,” was struck by a livery cab while cycling from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Sam Khaled Hindy (left) Base of the Manhattan Bridge. On November 16, 2007, Hindy was run over after mistakenly entering a Manhattan Bridge lane reserved for cars.

Habian Rodriguez Main Street and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing. On September 1, 2007, Rodriguez collided with a city bus and died 30 minutes later.

Elizabeth Padilla (left) Fifth Avenue and Prospect Place, Park Slope. Commuting to the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 9, 2005, Padilla swerved to avoid the open door of a parked P.C. Richard’s truck. She lost control of her bike and fell underneath the wheels of an ice-cream delivery truck.

Juan Luis Solis East Gun Hill Road and Bouck Avenue, the Bronx. Attempting to pass a double-parked car on June 22, 2007, Solis was struck by a box truck and died of severe head trauma. The truck did not stop.

Jeffrey Moore (left) Chauncey Street and Rockaway Avenue, Bed-Stuy. According to witnesses, on May 29, 2007, Moore was run over (twice) by his girlfriend Jeanine Harrington. She was indicted on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon (her Nissan Pathfinder).

Derek Lake Houston Street and La Guardia Place. On June 26, 2006, Lake reportedly skidded on a steel construction plate and was crushed underneath the wheels of a passing truck.

Elijah Armand Wrancher (left) Springfield Boulevard and 130th Avenue, Springfield Gardens. On August 28, 2007, 12-year-old Wrancher attempted to ride his bicycle while holding onto a moving truck. He lost his grip and fell under the truck’s rear wheel.

David Smith Sixth Avenue and 36th Street. On December 5, 2007, Smith was biking up Sixth Avenue when the passenger-side door of a parked pickup truck opened unexpectedly. He was knocked into the path of an oncoming truck.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

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