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scmp - 25 days ago

Ageing Chinese bodybuilders keep old Beijing gym alive after decades

An old bicycle shed filled with rust-stained equipment, built decades ago from scrap metal, is home to one of Beijing’s longest surviving gyms. Up to eight men, mostly in their 60s, gather there each afternoon without fail, ready to pump iron. Many of the club members were young men in their 20s and 30s when it was founded in 1984 by Zhang Wei, winner of Beijing’s first long-distance race in 1956 and a fellow worker at the state-owned Erqi railway carriage factory, according to current gym…


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