A journey into the heart of what is widely considered the world’s most hardcore gym – Kyiv’s enormous open-air ‘Kachalka’ gym.
A local gym goer takes a breather at Kyiv's formidable Kachalka gym



Gar O'Rourke


Ken Wardrop

Running time

10 minutes

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Our Judges say:

A forest in Kyiv filled with body builders. An incredible story with fabulous, wonderful photography. You've never seen anything like this.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

This film captures the love of a place with nice narration and super images of the physical movement.

Simon Taylor

This observational film follows the gym's caretaker as he takes us through the enormous scrap-metal site, allowing a glimpse into the workouts of various other local gym-goers along the way.