Don’t sleep, comrades, do awake - let’s start running on the place. Look, all runners are as even as on the start! How it’s good when a beginner can be sure he’ll be the winner, Stationary running sets at ease the soul and heart! Breathe in deeply, arms - out more, don’t move quickly - three and four! Grace and pliability are emphasized! All around conditioning, the revival quickening - If ye’re as yet fidgeting - the exercise! If ye’re doing it at home, do lie down, friends - three and four! Go correctly through each single motion! Lose the tensity ye feel, get accustomed to the drill, Breathe in very deeply till exhaustion! Tears all people throughout the world influenza - three and four! The disease is gradually thriving. Those who’re weak will meet their death! If ye wish to keep good health, With cold water rub yourself or, shower ye! If ye’ve spent not all your force - stand and squat, friends, stand and squat. Don’t fear the Antarctic or the Arctic! ’Stead of coffee, strong tea, cognac, pills averting all-night turning, May ye use the active prophy– lactic! All the talking should be stopped - keep on squatting till ye drop, And don’t be depressed or sullen creatures! If ye cannot hold your ardor, set yourself to something harder - In the ice hole, start the drilled pro– cedures!
© Akbar Muhammad. Translation, 2015
[Adapted from Andrey Kneller’s “Morning workout”.]