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Oct 11, 2016

Chinese brick carrier builds social success with his fitness regime

Chinese brick carrier builds social success with his fitness regime

On most construction sites, lunch would be a welcome break to rest and refuel. Not for Shi Shenwei.
The 23-year-old labourer spends his midday break swinging from scaffolding poles on a building site, a gymnastics routine that has made him China's latest social media sensation.

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Worker Shi Shenwei covers his hands with magnesium at the construction site of a Buddhist temple in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 28, 2016. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Worker Shi Shenwei yawns after waking up in a colleague's room in an old farm house in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 28, 2016. Shi had to vacate his room after heavy rain leaked through the roof and wet his mattress. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Worker Shi Shenwei demonstrates his training routine on the roof of an old farm house in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 28, 2016. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Worker Shi Shenwei (L) and a colleague fill a wheelbarrow with bricks at the construction site of a Buddhist temple in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 28, 2016. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Worker Shi Shenwei (R) pulls a wheelbarrow at the construction site of a Buddhist temple in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 27, 2016. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Worker Shi Shenwei hands a bucket of cement to a colleague in the shell of a Buddhist temple in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 27, 2016. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Worker Shi Shenwei lifts himself up at a scaffolding during work at the construction site of a Buddhist temple in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 27, 2016. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Worker Shi Shenwei stands in the shell of a Buddhist temple where he works in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 27, 2016. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Mobile phones are piled up at a construction site to be used to record a high bar routine of worker Shi Shenwei in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 28, 2016. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Worker Shi Shenwei pulls a wheelbarrow at the construction site of a Buddhist temple in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 28, 2016. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Raindrops run down the back of worker Shi Shenwei as he works at the construction site of a Buddhist temple in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 28, 2016. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Worker Shi Shenwei performs a high bar routine on a scaffolding as his cousin films, at the construction site of a Buddhist temple in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 28, 2016. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Worker Shi Shenwei sets up his phones to record a high bar routine at the construction site of a Buddhist temple in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 28, 2016. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Fitness trainer Bi Zhenbo looks at a video of a high bar routine by Shi Shenwei at a gym in Beijing, China, October 5, 2016. “I think this person gives a lot of inspiration to us. And I think he’s really amazing. He inspires more and more young people to do what they like, like working out. I think he’s doing something very meaningful,” Bi said about Shi Shenwei. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Worker Shi Shenwei (R) and his grandmother prepare breakfast in the kitchen of an old farm house that serves as dormitory for workers of a nearby construction site of a Buddhist temple in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 28, 2016. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Worker Shi Shenwei performs a high bar routine on a scaffolding at the construction site of a Buddhist temple in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 28, 2016. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Worker Shi Shenwei performs a high bar routine on a scaffolding at the construction site of a Buddhist temple in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 28, 2016. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Worker Shi Shenwei (2nd L) and his colleagues and family members eat dinner in the yard of an old farm house in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 28, 2016. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Worker Shi Shenwei brushes his teeth in the yard of an old farm house that serves as dormitory for workers of a nearby construction site of a Buddhist temple in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 28, 2016. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Worker Shi Shenwei edits a video of his workout routine on his phone in an old farm house that serves as dormitory for workers of a nearby construction site of a Buddhist temple in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 28, 2016. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Sweat runs down the temple of Shi Shenwei as he works at the construction site of a Buddhist temple in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 27, 2016. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Worker Shi Shenwei (L) uses his phone in a colleague's room in an old farm house in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 28, 2016. Shi had to vacate his room after heavy rain leaked through the roof and wet his mattress. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Worker Shi Shenwei uses his phone at the construction site of a Buddhist temple where he works in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 27, 2016. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Worker Shi Shenwei stands outside his room in an old farm house that serves as dormitory for workers of a nearby construction site of a Buddhist temple after a day's work in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 27, 2016. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Worker Shi Shenwei (L) listens to his uncle and foreman Shi Lijia in an old farm house that serves as dormitory for workers of a nearby construction site of a Buddhist temple in the village of Huangshan, near Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China, September 28, 2016. THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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