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And now – The Russian Eccentrics and their Influence

After yesterdays post on the unexpected public behaviour of Englishmen in the home environment, three things we admire about the Russian nation (and, in particular, Russian guys). First, the Street Workout: …does wonders for the chest, back, shoulder and arms! … Continue reading

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Our Magical Last Night

Today’s Gallery Theme: ‘Boys, Balances and Bars’ Friday night at our third summer camp: we put on a ‘show’ as per the last two. But this is a show with a difference! First of all, quite a few of the … Continue reading

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Not-So-Happy Campers

Today’s Gallery Theme: ‘On the Bar…’ Maybe that should read ‘raising the bar’. That wouldn’t be difficult, here at  our second summer camp, where we are running circus skills. It is not understaffed. In fact, I would say it is … Continue reading

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‘True Grit’ – Putting in the Effort!

Today’s Gallery Theme: Determination! This young gymnast’s face says it all. ‘I want to be the best and I’m not short-changing myself on these ab crunches!’ This little guy on the bar seems set on the same road to success: … Continue reading

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A Little More Leverage

Holding your body in a horizontal ‘lever’ is a really good demonstration of upper-body strength. These are the moves beloved of the Russian street-workout boys, spending endless hours on their bars outside their apartments. It is interesting that you almost … Continue reading

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Climbing Frame… or Zimmer Frame?

We’re being run ragged by four 12-year-olds (yes, Jaymee’s in there with the boys!) and their 10yo British protégé Ollie, here on vacation with his family. They challenged us to a “fun run” yesterday, which left me actually wheezing at … Continue reading

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For Igor: Street Workout Dude

Whilst we’re still on the road, Pete remains back at base keeping the coaching going at the gymnastics centre, aided by our new friends Ion (Romanian former gymnast) and Igor (Russian former street workout guy). They’re both working in nuclear … Continue reading

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Raising the (Russian) Bar

We’re a huge fan of the Russian/former USSR legacy of street workouts. Those appalling bleak communist apartment blocks, lads desperate for somewhere to let off steam… and outside, sets of high bars and parallel bars (and occasional sand pit for … Continue reading

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