Hangin’ Around, Bangin’ Around

gymFrom the Guardian’s Photo Blog:

Little gymnasts stretch themselves on wooden bars during an exercise session in the gymnastics hall of a sports school in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province in China. They have been in professional sports training since the age of two and their daily schedule involves four hours of athletic training a day. Photograph: William Hong/Reuters

Part of me wanted to make a “Look at them torturing those poor children!” joke, but the truth of the matter is, this is weirdly nostalgic for me; I remember that my own school had a gym with those bars lining the walls, and that we’d have to climb up and down them all the time, with teachers searching desperately for “exercises” that little six year olds could actually manage to do without complaint.

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