By Martin Quin Pollard
BEIJING – Grunts, groans and the sound of pulsing music and crashing weights have returned to some of Beijing’s gyms after being closed for nearly three months due to the coronavirus outbreak.
With the respiratory illness under control in China, the economy has begun to open up again as authorities loosen lockdown restrictions including stay-at-home orders.
“After coming back to the gym I’ve been able to get my blood, my circulation going again and get my muscles flexed again,” said one gym enthusiast, surnamed Lu, 38, at “Mi Fitness”, one of the facilities which was allowed to reopen at the end of April.
“This kind of feeling is fantastic!” he said, after a few sets of lateral raises. Only gyms above ground level are currently allowed to operate provided they follow rules. Temperatures are checked at the door and names and contacts are noted. Everyone must