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30 Squats for a Subway Ticket

Moscow subway to reward good health

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The Moscow subway system will begin to reward good health with free subway tickets. For just 30 squats, any subway user will be allowed to ride the Moscow subway for free. The squats will be judged and regulated by a new machine that will print a ticket after you complete the mini workout. The first machine was installed in the Vystavochnaya station on Friday, reports Russian news source Pravda.

Russian Olympic champions Alexei Nemov and Elena Zamolodchikova are supporting this squat-to-ride idea to promote better health—and crack down on fare dodgers. Moscow subways have been struggling for years to decrease the number of free-riders by implementing strict tactics and installing gates to prevent jumping, reports Pravda.

The first squat machine was installed on Friday, which will hopefully entice free-riders to stop for a workout. More machines will be installed throughout the Moscow subway by early December.

Video: Introduction of new squat machine at Vystavochnaya station. Please note: video is entirely in Russian

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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