Workout and slacklining are becoming popular in Turkmenistan

Workout and slacklining are becoming popular in Turkmenistan

Easy extreme sports subcultures have a special interest for youth: there is an adrenaline, on the one hand, while on the other – it looks really cool. Non-standard sports as amateur sport are becoming popular in Ashgabat as well.

Such sports are good to promote a healthy lifestyle to the masses and promote physical education among teenagers. Indeed, instead of sitting hours playing computer, it is much more fun to do exercises with friends on a horizontal bar in the neighborhood playground.

ORIENT talked to Artyom Korolev and Ivan Argetkin, who made their list of sports interests, and learned many new terminologies from them. They are hardly familiar to a person who is far from sports and outdoor activities, but well-known by any athlete.

Street Workout or Gymnastics is a fun and interesting exercise trend among adult athletes. It began to develop in to the Soviet period, as people used the environment around them, which included playgrounds and benches, to get a workout in for passing sport standards introduced that time in the Soviet countries. Many people still use regular old playgrounds for their workouts.

It combines the muscle-building power of calisthenics with the endurance-building power of athletics. Instead of going to the gym to lift heavy weights, Street Workout works on the principle of body weight training, using your own weight for resistance. In addition, it educates you to become a strong-willed and many-sised personality.

Street Workout includes many different calisthenics exercises intended to work the whole body. To work your arms, you can do pull-ups, chin-ups, dips, and muscle-ups on monkey bars, high railings, or even gateways. Other exercises are static holds. The human flag position involves holding your body out horizontally from a pole or even making an acrobatic rollover in the air using only your arms and pulling your body up off of the ground until it is completely parallel with it. It is especially spectacular when the moves performed in a duet or in a group.

The guys together have training in various places of the city, using all kinds of objects as sports equipment: beams, lights, bricks to work the arms. Part of Street Workout is using your environment to the fullest extent, regardless of its usual purpose. Street Workout is a free way to get fit and build the body you have always craved.

Street Workout athletes from Ashgabat find persons holding the same life-style views all over the country and have already made friends with enthusiasts from the city of Turkmenbashi. Warm-ups were carried out right on the shore of the Caspian Sea.

“The second year in a row, we have been visiting our friends in Turkmenbashi during the summer season,” Ivan says. “To work out, relax and share experiences.”

Technical progress does not stand still , and is developing many modern training equipment and sport devices to promote any new kind of sport, even such an extraordinary one.

“Healthy mind, healthy body”. Most of us have heard or read about this and some people also keep saying this to others as friendly advice. According to followers of extreme sports, they are free from bad habits. Amateur athletes want to prove to themselves and others that there is no limit to perfection in either life or sport.

“Usually, in the spring, we gather in Ashgabat Park on the site of the old “VDNH” (Exhibition Center), tensioning slacklining ropes to walk on it and teach those who wants to learn.”

Slacklining refers to the act of walking or balancing along a suspended length of flat webbing that is tensioned between two anchors. Slacklining is similar to slack rope walking and tightrope walking. Slacklines differ from tightwires and tightropes in the type of material used and the amount of tension applied during use. Slacklines are tensioned significantly less than tightropes or tightwires in order to create a dynamic line which will stretch and bounce like a long and narrow trampoline. Tension can be adjusted to suit the user, and different webbing may be used in various circumstances. You should have a special training and experienced coach next to you while doing slacklining.

“Sometimes we combine a springy rope with such a thing, which we called a “Balance Board.” It is a small metal coil mounted on a flat ground surface. A dense board, which will be capable to hold the maximum weight of a person, is placed on the metal coil. That is all. Gently get up on the board with two legs and catch the balance. This exercise shakes your leg muscles, you need to cushion and try to keep your body level.

Slacklining is a little easier for the girls. More experienced athletes try to complicate the slacklining exercises by rolling over, jumping and stretching.

Ivan and Artyom add juggling. It is a way to develop both coordination and brain reaction, as the athlete should simultaneously perform several operations. In general, training is fun and healthy for the body.

People of different age groups, 7 to 45 years, come to see the master-classes of Artyom and Ivan.

“I would like more all-round developed people. Extreme is good, of course, but the more important is to avoid any of injuries,” Artyom says.

Svetlana MAYAK