Upside down: 61-year-old's strength and skills show age is just a number

Updated 2017-03-13 15:31:53 CGTN

Being able to walk on one's hands is an impressive skill, and not just a party trick reserved for youngsters. Zhu Leibiao, a 61-year-old man from Shaoxing, east China's Zhejiang Province, is a master of upper body strength, and can even take the art of balancing upside down one step further, by doing it on a tricycle!

Zhu started practicing his unique skill around ten years ago, using his own tricycle which he used to transport vegetables. Balancing his head on the tricycle seat, he can even ride the three-wheeler for some four hundred meters, using two ropes that connect his feet and the pedals.

In an unrelated but equally impressive show of skill, Zhu can also cut a brick in half with his bare hands, after some five years of practice.

Usually a skill associated with the traditional Chinese practice of Qigong, which is achieved through mastering specific breathing and strength techniques, Zhu has cultivated his own brick-smashing skill based on his own training, and is even able to cut as many as 40 bricks at one time.

Local residents are in awe of Zhu's extraordinary skills, and have given his “kung fu” the thumbs up.

Elderly people performing exercises are a common sight in parks and public areas across China, with square dancing particularly popular. Zhu from Zhejiang however is a cut above the rest, in terms of both athleticism and creativity.

However, it is still debatable whether such strenuous exercise could be good or even harmful to the health of China's elderly population, which is predicted to reach 280 million by 2030, according to a December 2016 report by the Social Science Academic Press.

As long as Zhu can ensure that he won't hurt himself during his hardcore exercise regime, he surely deserves praise for his dedication and innovative fitness methods. As they say, if you've got it, flaunt it!

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