These Chinese men are working out in an old bicycle shed
Some of their equipment is made out of scrap metal from a factory
The walls feature bodybuilders from the 1980s and 1990s
NAME: XU WEI, MANAGER, ERQI GYM CLUB
"These are all the world champions. Look, this one and this one, they are all of our goals. We spent several nights pasting these on the wall to make our space more beautiful and to set goals."
The gym was founded in 1984
one year after a government ban on bodybuilding was lifted
The Communist Party had thought the sport 'bourgeois'
The gym has never closed in its near 40-year history
INTERPRETER: These are all the world champions, this one and this one. They're all of our goals. We spent several nights pasting this in the wall to make our space more beautiful and to set goals.