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44 Russian Fitness Studio

Russian Fitness Studio

Posted on October 1, 2006 by team


If you have seen the last post about the “Russian Spiderman” video you would probably like to know how does an average Russian fitness studio looks like?

Here is the sample. Of course there are more expensive studios for rich people in Moscow and major cities, but most of the young men make their bodies strong and fit in such studios.

There are proud signs “Made in USSR” on some of the equipment. Time passes – things stay the same.


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44 Responses to “Russian Fitness Studio”

  1. Xavi says:

    It looks rather a torture room than a gym.

    Luckily some things change… better public sport centers are being opened all over main russian cities (even its roofs in winter may collapse, because of cheap materials used).

  2. Allen says:

    Looks like a time capsule

  3. Juozas says:

    You must be joking if you think this is an average gym in Russia.

  4. Russian Nigga says:

    LOL Where you found such place in Russia?

  5. Russian Nigga says:

    LOL/ Where you found such place in Russia?

  6. russianOlesya says:

    I have never seen something like this in my life. I feel sorry for those who had to be in there.

  7. Anton says:

    Nice basement! When I was a kid we had a body building club in a basement in my native small town in 1980s,although it hadn’t look so neglected. To tell you the true, I believe something like that may exist in a deep province nowdays.

  8. Robert says:

    I can’t see anything wrong with this equipment; it looks like it still works. Actually, it has to be bloody good to still be standing after all this time I’d say.

    But yeah, it’s obviously not an ‘average’ gym.

    I’d like to go to Russia some time, St. Basil’s Cathedral is calling me.

  9. Kos says:

    that is not average gym. i don`t know where did u find it. and btw what is the difference what to lift? if you have motivation to become strong and not to play “fitness man” (just becouse that is glamour) that will be quite enough.

  10. steroid says:

    it seems that people like dRE are the reason books like Orwell’s 1984 exist.

  11. dRE says:

    2 steroid:

    Suit yourself, pal, you have no idea how far you are from the truth.

  12. Kos says:

    2 steroid
    watch the bush position: “humanitarian bombardments”, “we shall kill them in the name of democracy”, “guantanamo is quite democratic” etc. that is real 1984 person.

  13. Anton says:

    I was thinking also that place may be situated in a jail. Some prisoner amateur initiative.

  14. Kosmonaut says:

    lol, _it_ is she, lol

  15. Cheshire_d0g says:

    Probably such places do exist in the province, but though I live in the central part of the country, not in Moscow, I’ve never seen anything like that. This could really be jail or something like that… Author, where did you get that photos?

    Please post more of these so I discover more about my own country, but could you stop calling it “most russians” and “average russian”? It’s just an ordinary lie.

  16. dRE says:

    2 Cheshire_d0g:

    “could you stop calling it “most russians” and “average russian”? It’s just an ordinary lie”.

    Yeah, right, like he’s going to listen to you. That’s the whole point of this website – anti-Russian propaganda.

  17. Anton says:

    Diamond, just to let you know and get your English a bit better:

    people = люди
    peoples = народы :)

  18. Diamond says:

    Anton, okay, okay, i’ve been studying english for just 1,5 years ;)

  19. sasha says:

    “School and college students collected bars, weights and so on in such sellars in 1970-1980″

    – you mean this photos are from the 80s?
    No they are not – notice the MediaMarkt paper on the floor.
    It’s german electronics supermarket chain, that established in russia around year 2000

  20. spoodie says:

    Wow, the comments are even better than the photos. Out of curosity what does anyone gain from this propaganda?

    I just thought this site was about unusual stuff from a place I, unfortunately, know little about. Although it makes me keen to visit, even the strange stuff. Which I take for granted is not normal and I don’t expect to see it, you get weird people/places in every country.

  21. steroid says:

    tbh I would be offended if someone put up a similar site about my home country (which is in Europe), seeking out one disturbing example and claiming that it’s common.

    what I don’t understand is the “arguments” being used to defend themselves, a la “everyone is attacking our precious homeland” and “your president is a nazi c**t”, “we have only two allies – our navy and our fleet”, “a u vas negrov linchuyut” etc. ffs. why can’t people just relax and not to be paranoid about some kind of mythical “propaganda”? what the hell has politics to do with, say, one dirty cellar in Ukraine, anyway?

    man, sometimes the world is really twisted.

  22. Kosmonaut says:

    spoodie
    this is not good site to recieve information about Russia

    steroid
    not russians started it (i am about this site). we are just trying to defend and let ppl know the real information about Russia not the deragotory comments from this site owner

  23. Anton says:

    About the owner I’d like to quote a Russian proverb: “Vaska Cat is listening but eating” :) Look at the growing number of ads on the right, they bring a few coins to the owner each time you’re hanging here :)

  24. 4emist says:

    “most of the young men make their bodies strong and fit in such studios.”

    most of young men pay about 40$ for a month and use normal fitness clubs.

  25. spoodie says:

    What are the good sites about Russia? I doubt they’ll be as funny but I’m interested none-the-less.

  26. Eolych says:

    Common, russian fellows, stop saying it’s a kind of anti-russian propaganda! I live in Moscow and I know this city pretty well. We have to confess, that it’s all true! Every russian gym looks like the one on these pictures! And every russian man or woman after visiting such fitness center goes out to the street full of gray snow, takes a bottle of vodka in the nearest shop and singing some drunk songs goes along the street shaking hands with bears snooking around, looking for some american guy to eat on supper! And the only thing we all dream of is to crash our balalaikas on the head of some damn Yankee.
    Welcome to Russia, american brothers and sisters! Peace!

  27. dRE says:

    spoodie: Do you understand Russian? If so, try http://www.fishki.net – it\’s a good blog-website (with lots of photos) with real humour about Russian life as well as life in other countries. Actually this site steals a lot from Fishki.Net.

  28. Diamond says:

    Eolych, ага, пардон =) только понял что это юмор…
    /me – тугодум =)

  29. Diamond says:

    >not russians started it (i am about this site). we are just trying to defend and let ppl know the real information about Russia not the deragotory comments from this site owner

    Come on, this I find this site pretty comic… Sometimes it’s useful to receive some self-criticism… Sometimes even if it’s wrong ;).
    I’d never name this site ‘Real information’, it’s just for fun I guess…

    >I doubt they’ll be as funny but I’m interested none-the-less.

    If you’re looking for a good(true) information about Whole Country…. you’d better got acquainted with a russian and ask him for the information, you’re searching…

    2ALL, remember please, the only ABSOLUTELY true information about Russia is located on the RUSSIAN sites! Or the sites with a russian author… Even if he’s not a patriot..

  30. AlexK111 says:

    I am Russian. Honestly, i think gyms like this can be actually found in small Russian cities and villages.

  31. AlexK111 says:

    And they are not really dirty, just have never been renovated

  32. meda says:

    Ah, 80s nostalgique… Reminds me of my youth, me too used to drop by that kind of “fitness room” aka “kachalka” and it did not look too bad back then :)
    dRE: go get a girlfriend, eh? you sound really stressed out ;)

  33. Diamond says:

    Meda, it’s not stress… Just sometimes ‘antirussian propagation’ (/me is sick of this phrase… too) is VERY irritating…

    Короче смерть нацистам по всему миру ;) особо ярым – долгая и мучительная…

  34. dRE says:

    Meda: I’m actually married and very happilly I must add! Go eat a hamburder.

  35. dRE says:

    That is… hamburGer. ;)

  36. Peter says:

    You all are wrong. It is sad for me but this gym is not Russian but Polish. It is the gym where Polish golden medalists in heavy lifting was trained. In the past there was many things “Made in USSR” in Poland. I’m sure of what I’m writing, because I saw a program about it on TV. In Polish sport lot’s of money is wasted by activists and athletes sometimes have to work in conditions like this.

  37. Igor says:

    I guess, 15 years ago it used to look like

  38. It’s not good for the russian people

  39. Ex_Russian says:

    good god… what a sad sad place…

  40. Dosug says:

    Очень полезная инфа, согласен с автором!

  41. Thanks for very consultive place. Close period I faculty be actuation my journal and Your place has helped me a lot.

  42. we always go in Fitness Gyms because right now we are very health conscious and like an active lifestyle.~;

  43. i always frequently visit fitness gyms to become physically fit and healthy~,-

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