Delhi’s rebel gym bunnies risk virus, and arrest, to pump iron

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Delhi’s rebel gym bunnies risk virus, and arrest, to pump iron

Muscle-bound exercise fanatics dodge cops to get their fix. Besides, owners say they can’t afford to close

AFP

While top gym chains in India are shuttered over the coronavirus pandemic, many workout dens are defying government orders of a lockdown by staying open for their muscle-bound customers.

Exercise fanatics say their need to pump iron is worth the risk, and the gyms’ owners keep opening up despite facing police action, meaning the dumbbells carry on being lifted and the treadmills stay turning.

In one cramped gym in a crowded Delhi backstreet, about 20 people are waiting for a turn on one of the 10 machines...

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