Breathe in deeply, arms - stretched more,
Do not hurry, three and four!
Grace and pliability are emphasized.
All around conditioning,
And hangover quickening,
If you’re still alive and fidgeting-
If you’re working out at home -
Do lie down, three and four!
Correctly go through every motion!
Lose the tension that you feel,
Get accustomed to the drill!
Inhale deeply right until -
Quickly growing round the world--
Flu and illness - three and four! -
The disease is gradually flourishing.
If you’re weak—straight to the grave!
If you want your wellness saved,
With a towel rub yourself,
If already you feel spent,
Sit and stand, sit and stand.
Do not fear the Arctic and Antarctic!
Our main scholar Dr. Joffe,
Proved to us that booze and coffee
Will be swapped for sporty prophy-
All the talking should be stopped.
Keep on squatting til you drop,
Do not be such gloomy creatures!
If you cannot hold your ardor -
Rub yourself with something harder,
In the water, you can start the
We’re not scared of foolish talk-
In response we run and walk.
Amateurs--triumphant from the start.
Beautiful - right from beginning
No one’s losing, no one’s winning!
Stationary running‘s bringing
Peace to hearts.
By Vladimir Vysotsky
Translation by Andrey Kneller