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Russia Enacts Initiative to Provide Free Subway Rides in Exchange for 30 Squats

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by Barry Burch Jr.

Oh, so you want to ride the subway for free.  Drop and give me 30.

In Moscow, a new initiative is underway with the purpose of promoting physical fitness.  If you drop down and give 30 squats, you can ride the Moscow metro free of charge, as reported by Cnet.com.

The benefit of the initiative is two-fold.  Not only will it increase attention around physical fitness, but the Winter Olympics are approaching and having citizens participate in the activity will garner excitement and anticipation around the event.  The program is being sponsored by the Sochi, Moscow city officials and the Russian Olympic Committee.  Instead of 30 rubles (92 cents), patrons will be asked to give 30 squats for a single-ride ticket.

Two minutes are given to each rider for them to complete the allotted squats.  They have to complete the deep-knee bends in front a machine designed to determine if the correct form is being used.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Alexander Zhukov, president of the Russian Olympic Committee, told Russian state news wire RIA-Novosti “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.”

Participants of the initiative, claim the 30 squats are no easy feat.

“It was hard at first but I managed it,” said a young woman who tested the machine. “Two minutes is enough time.”

Squatting for a free subway ride is one of several attempts being made by the Russian Olympic Committee to provide physical challenges to the public in hopes of inspiring a healthier lifestyle.  The other events include turning handles hanging on buses into exercise bands and providing bikes that can create electricity to charge cell phones, as reported by Cnet.com.

Citizens will be able to continue their use of the option for squat payment for the entire month of November.

Barry is a scholar, who enjoys writing, arithmetic and politics.  Reach him @ Barryburchjr@gmail.com

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