Free subway for squats in Moscow

Free subway for squats in Moscow

With just three months to go before the Sochi Winter Games begin, Russia is pulling out all the stops to whip up the Olympic spirit. Moscow city officials are now offering free rides on the subway to any passenger who does 30 squats before crossing the ticket barrier to enter the metro in an effort to promote physical fitness and sports. Each squat will be counted by a special machine marked with the Olympic logo that will be placed next to electronic ticket vending machines.

Instead of accepting money as payment, the high-tech ticket machine only accepted exercise. Riders could receive a free ticket by standing in front of the machine’s camera, and performing 30 squats or lunges. “We wanted to show that the Olympic Games is not just an international competition that people watch on TV, but that it is also about getting everyone involved in a sporting lifestyle,” said Alexander Zhukov, president of the Russian Olympic Committee.

The idea is that as one ride on the metro costs 30 rubles, so each squat will be worth one ruble. The free rides will be on offer for a month. The Olympic Games are set to kick off on February 7, 2014. How about applying the same principle to ski resorts so each turn done by skiers, snowboarders or telemarkers is worth one rubles?…

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