A 54-year-old man has been spotted wandering around the streets of Jilin with a block of cement balanced on his head, he claims that it’s his secret to staying so fit and slim.
Three years ago, Cong Yan weighed 115 kg. With his 1.63-meter height, his weight posed a serious threat to his health. Cong began searching for a way to lose weight and soon heard about one unconventional method of weight loss. “I didn’t want to take diet pills, so I decided to give the exercise a try,” he explains.
At the beginning, he balanced a 15 kg cement block atop his noggin, but slowly progressed up to a 40 kg block, CCTV News reports. As long as the weather is suitable, he roams around with the massive block on his head for around 3 km. “It’s working, I’m down to 85 kg after three years,” he boasts.
Cong has even created his own unique exercise routine, including practicing two sets of martial arts, circling around the bell tower 22 times and climbing 50 steps up and down six times, NetEase reports. According to ECNS, he says he wants to put his routine into the Guinness World Records.
Even though Cong claims his unusual exercise regime is responsible for his weight loss, netizens are skeptical:
“Don’t copy what he’s doing! It will only add extra pressure to your knees and when you get older, you may have difficulty getting around,” one web user warned.
“It isn’t worth trying. What if this kind of exercise causes some serious damage to the neck?” another wrote.
“That’s right, he loses weight but look at his bald head. I prefer being fat to having no hair left,” one netizen joked.
It seems that to get a good workout, you don’t need any kind of expensive equipment, just a couple of hefty stones. One 55-year-old man puts them on his feet and walks 200 meters every day to preserve his hot bod.
While another 52-year-old man from Wuhan balances them on his head while riding a bike to stay in shape.
Will this become the next natural weight loss craze?
By Katie Ngai
[Images via NetEase // CCTV News]