The other day I came across an interesting article regarding Moscow subway commuters. On an average day metro riders pay 30 rubles ($0.92 American) for a one way ticket. That’s not so bad, but what if one could pay in the form of exercise? That is exactly what is happening at the Vystavochaya metro station. In this station there is a ticket machine that accepts 30 squats (1 squat per ruble) instead of money as payment. Commuters simply stand and perform all the squats in front of the special machine. This particular machine is able to tell if all squats are being done correctly. The challenge is to complete all 30 squats in two minutes in order to receive a free one way ticket. If subway riders can’t complete the task in the two minute time cap then they must pay the standard ticket price. Don’t expect to see these machines popping up everywhere across the world though. This ticket machine is being used for the promotion of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games that are taking place in Russia. Members of the Olympic Committee wanted not only way to promote the Games, but also to “add elements of sports to daily life”. More specifically the Committee “wants 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”. So far results have varied. Some subway riders find the task easy, while others needing the entire two minutes to complete the 30 squats. With the incentive being something positive (free ride) riders feel that this is very beneficial. This promotion will continue through the month of November until the end of December. The Olympic Committee has also mentioned they plan to promote the Games on other forms of transportation. They have an idea to turn handles hanging on buses into exercise bands. So even while you stand there you can exercise. My favorite idea that was mentioned is to have stationary bikes around the city being used as cell phone chargers. I could see that idea spreading across to the US. The tagline would be…Not only a way to keep up your battery life, but YOUR life too (TM, Jacob Delgado).
Intrepid would like to wish a Nathalia a very Happy Birthday. When asked about her birthday plans, her answer “Coming to Weightlifting class!” Enjoy your day!
AMRAP 17 Minutes:
After finishing the 5th Muscle Up work back up the ladder starting with 10 Ground to OH, 20 HSPU, etc.