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Russian Metro Offers Free Tickets In Exchange For 30 Squats

posted 14 Nov 2013, 14:39 by Mpelembe   [ updated 14 Nov 2013, 14:40 ]

Moscow metro station offers free rides to commuters who perform 30 squats.

MOSCOWRUSSIA (NOVEMBER 8, 2013) (REUTERS) -  The Russian Olympic Committee unveiled a new machine in the Moscow Metro on Friday (November 8) that allows commuters to complete 30 squats to receive one free ride.

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Russian Olympic champion synchronised swimmer Maria Kiseleva presided over its unveiling at the Vystovachnaya station, just under the skyscrapers of the Moscow City financial district.

The machine, similar to a regular ticket vending machine, counts a commuter's squats to 30 and then dispenses a ticket.

Kiseleva said the idea of the machine was to encourage fitness and to draw a connection between regular Russians and the Olympic movement.

"When the Russian Olympic Committee developed this project, we wanted to show that each person is a part of the Olympic movement, of the Olympic Games, of the Olympic ideals. Because all of us live by these principles, by these ideals - the themes of respect, friendship, and self perfection," Kiseleva said.

Fellow Russian Olympic champions Alexei Nemov and Elena Zamolodchikova, both gymnasts, gave the machine a try, before allowing commuters to take a turn.

"Generally (the idea) is fine. I like it that you get an almost free trip and it even gives you benefits. And you try harder and set a goal, then you can come and do enough squats to get a monthly or a yearly pass, so why not?" said Moscow commuter Oleg.

The machine will operate until Dec. 30. After that, commuters will again face the 30 ruble (aprox. 92 cents USD) fare for a ticket to ride.