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Squatters in Russia get free subway rides

A scene from a recent commercial for the

A scene from a recent commercial for the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, shows a subway ticket machine that accepts payment in the form of 30 squats. Credit: YouTube

What would you do to get a free ride on the subway?

Would you be willing to stop in the middle of a subway station and start exercising if it meant your trip that day was free?

That's what commuters in Russia are doing.

In a new commercial before the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, subway passengers are challenged to stop and complete 30 squats (a camera watches participants to make sure they're not cheating), and for their efforts, a free subway ticket is dispensed at the end of the exercise.

Despite my cringes at poor form throughout the commercial (push your knees out, people!), I can't help but to think that this idea is pure genius.

What do you think of trading squats for subway fares? Let us know in the comments below.

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