Cost for A Subway Ride in Russia? 30 Squats

To promote physical fitness and the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, 30 squats gets you a train ticket.

All photos are screenshots from the YouTube video below.

All photos are screenshots from the YouTube video below.

Here’s one way to combat obesity: squats for cash.

As part of a promotion for the upcoming 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, select subway stations in Moscow have added these cool, new machines that give passengers a train ticket for the price of 30 squats.


The Wall Street Journal reports that each squat will be counted by a special machine marked with the Olympic logo that will be placed next to electronic ticket vending machines. Also, don’t even think about cheating. The machines use sensors to know if you haven’t completed your required 30 squats.

“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,” Alexander Zhukov, president of the Russian Olympic Committee, was quoted by state-run news wire RIA-Novosti as saying.

One ride on the metro costs 30 rubles, (92 cents), so each squat is worth one ruble.


The “free” rides will be available for a full month. The Olympic Games are set to kick off on February 7, 2014.