Westerners could try to understand it by watching entire movie:
A lot of them have English subtitles. Kin-dza-dza is indeed up there. Brilliantovaya Ruka (The Diamond Arm) is another favorite of mine available with subtitles. And perhaps the most popular is the holiday classic The Irony of Fate.
I would say modern Russia is far more like Pluk (planet in the movie) than Soviet Union was - so that's where we actually got.
Planet Alpha near the end of the movie is another laugh at imaginary Socialist paradise - a planet with ideal ecology and society, where you have to wear a gas mask when your breath doesn't qualify. Also, decisions by wise post-human elders can't be overriden.
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So I decided to try. I managed to put in about 400 a day, and I think I reached 600 one of the days.
I'm an amateur power lifter. My squat max is about 190kg, and I do about 80 or so weighted reps on my squat days, ranging from 70kg on the lightest warmup set up to about 160kg x 5, and 5 sets of 10 at 80kg.
That feels like nothing compared to doing 400 body weight squats per day. The soreness and burn was just terrible, but worst was the demotivating effect of knowing you have still more sets (I varied my sets between 25 and 100 reps; ~35-50 seemed to be optimal for me in getting as many done as quickly as possible)
I'd like to try a high rep program again (probably not that high) for a few weeks to see how it works during a cut, as that was the original purpose of the kettlebell experiment mentioned, but the brutal effect on motivation is not something I look forward to.
As a 48yo rower, I can do IRO 300 squats before feeling the burn too badly, but then I have been doing endurance-type training for the past 35 years. I have known lightweight rowers who were pretty much unlimited in the number they could do in 1 hit. Their only limit was needing to eat/sleep/etc!
If you can carry goods over the border between Melilla and Morocco on your back you don't have to pay import duties. So, women queue up to carry the goods over for you, for a small fee.
I hope someone (Google maps?) will eventually get around to documenting these and other stations.
I think there are extensive sets of stations' photos somewhere on the net (Wikimedia commons?)
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Taganskaya-Koltse... , for example
Oh no! I had been warned not to take photos. It was my own fault. I had an amazing time in Russia, even in 1986.
(Although this would potentially lead to a completely subsidized transport system... but then you could increase the barrier to getting the free ticket or have the barrier depend on the person's physical fitness... and you might get the cost for the tickets back from the decrease in healthcare costs... it's just got so much potential!)
What if you started giving free tickets to people who can do 60 sit-ups, or 100, instead of 30? Wouldn't this mean free tickets for men only (or mostly)?
As for the men-only part... enhance the system to not use a fixed number but have that number depend on the applicant's estimated gender, age, weight etc.
You could even gamify this, gain money from selling people's user statistics (ugh!) etc.
Why would you think that? Body weight exercises are generally easier for smaller built people to get good at. For one, it gets harder and harder to add more muscle as you get bigger, and secondly smaller built people have shorter distances to move. If it was limited by explosive strength, maybe, because it's harder for women to grow large muscle volume, but if you can do 10-20 plus, it's pretty much down to endurance beyond that point.
Don't let diversity scare you away from doing things - do them, but make best efforts to be inclusive.
That's speaking for Germany, at least. Sadly, I can imagine what such a lawsuit would look like in the US rather well :(
By `mostly work', I mean `good enough for an art project'.
I just wish they didn't do situps. Situps are terrible for your back. There are so many better options - just make people hold a plank for a minute.
I do agree with your sentiment BTW, here in Norway there's been quite a bit of talk about similar programs through the years, but there are just too many pit-falls on the way, usually doesn't even get past the "Rights for X" organisations' whining.
and yea, totally Black Mirror S01E02. The best one imho.
People who weigh over 350lbs eat free at Heart Attack Grill. Are they discriminating against non-obease people?
Yes. It doesn't get any more straightforward than that.