Kachalka gym is the brainchild of Polish gymnast Kasmir Jagelsky and maths professor Yuri Kuk. It opened in the seventies. Most equipment is made from scrap metal, vehicle parts and chains from machinery. It's probably the most hardcore gym in the world. When we visited the place it was -17 degrees, the river was as hard as rock and the landscape was covered under a white blanket but this didn’t hold anyone back for doing their weekly exercise.“This is Ukraine” was the only valid answer after asking why they are capable of training in such conditions.
In winter it was already an amazing sight but during summertime the testosterone really hits its boiling point when more than 200 hulk sized men gather here are to kiss their biceps. And the best of it all, it’s for free.