Beijing bodybuilders pump iron in converted bike shed
Xu Wei, a 63-year-old former factory worker and the current gym manager, show his muscles. An old bicycle shedmore
Self-made iron dumbbells are seen. Up to eight men could be doing bench presses, dumbbell curls or wide-grip pmore
Cutouts of famous bodybuilders are displayed on a wall. Many club members were young men in their 20s and 30s more
Zhao Shuyuan, 61, shows his muscles. The founder Zhang had visited a hotel where some foreign athletes were stmore
Zhao Shuyuan, 61, suspends himself in the air. The founder Zhang opened his gym just one year after the governmore
Men work out at the gym. Xu moved the gym to the 130-square-meter shed - about the size of a four-bedroom aparmore
"In the factory, there were many different specialized workers. For example, I was the fitter," said Xu (L), smore
Xu has posted on the walls of the gym numerous photos he's cut from a local magazine of bodybuilding greats frmore
Zhao Shuyuan, 61, exercises. With the rise of thousands of private gyms and training studios to cater to a youmore
Tian Fenggang, 65, carries his pet birds as he leaves the gym. Xu said he will try to keep it running for as lmore
A pet bird which belongs to a bodybuilder is seen in a room next to the gym. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang
Men work out at the gym. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang
A man works out with self-made equipment. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang
Liu Hongtao, 53, is seen in a mirror as he works out. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang
Zhang Yue, 63, works out. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang
Wang Guofu, 59, drinks tea as he takes a break after working out. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang
Yang Hongzeng, 82, uses self-made dumbbells. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang
He Chunsheng (L), 66, and Liu Hongtao, 53, play Chinese chess in a room next to the gym. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang
A man works out. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang
Zhao Shuyuan (L), 61, and Yang Hongzeng, 82, work out. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang
Liu Hongtao, 53, works out. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang
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