Chinese bodybuilders pump iron at old Beijing gym

LOCATOR: BEIJING
These Chinese men train in an old bike shed
Some of their devices are made from scrap metal from a factory
The walls are decorated with bodybuilders from the 1980s and 1990s
NAME: XU WEI, MANAGER, ERQI GYM CLUB
"These are all world champions. Look, this and that are all our goals. We spent several nights sticking these on the wall to make our space more beautiful and to set goals."
The gym was founded in 1984
a year after a state ban on bodybuilding was lifted
The Communist Party had considered sport to be "bourgeois".
The gym has never closed in its almost 40-year history

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