Yet another flexible old man in China has left us feeling utterly unskilled. This week, a 96-year-old man in Shanxi province made headlines after he was photographed pulling out the splits on Taiyuan Street like a pro.
The senior citizen named Zhang Chenglin was born in 1918 and has been retired for the past 20 years or so.
During his retirement, he began practicing Taichi and started running every morning. By the age of 83, he was able to do the splits, boxing and leg pressing better than most people a quarter of his age.
“In the beginning, I couldn’t stretch my legs this far apart. I did it after I tried it bit by bit,” Zhang told reporters.
Zhang’s children attributed their father’s health to his diet and persistent exercising.
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By Lucy Liu
[Images via China News]