What became of all the scrap metal from The Cold War? Believe it or not, a great deal of it ended up as training equipment in an outdoor gym on the island of Tuhev in the heart of Ukraine's capital.
As far as gyms, it doesn't get any more hardcore than this: we're talking about ten square kilometers of large vehicle parts, rusted tank chains, pulleys, tractor tires, crank shafts, and marine salvage pieces, all welded into monstrous primitive strength machines, barbells, dumbbells and lifting benches (unpadded, of course) -- and all free for anyone to use it.
The Ukrainian word Kachat means "to pump" an apt name. This amazing place -- and the people who train there -- was recently chronicled by the photo grapher Kirill Golovchenko in his new book "KACHALKA: MUSCLE BEACH."
We managed to get our hands on a few cases, ordered specially from Germany, and now available for as long as they last. "Kachalka" contains dozens of amazing photographs (the one at the top of the page is just one example)... 96 pages (the book is roughly 95% photographs), Hardback format, written in English, full color glossy paper and even the size is "oldschool" --the book brings back the long-forgotten
17 x 23 centimeter format that was popular in the 1980's.
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