China's new six-pack obsession

With prices ranging from 1,000 RMB to 19,000 RMB (US $156 to $2,974) a year, salespeople are ready to explain the advantages of their gym’s membership card over the competition.Exercise isn’t traditionally part of Chinese culture, barring some aunties square-dancing in the park and a few tai chi practitioners on the sidelines. But that’s changing now, with the hashtag #MajiaXian going viral on Weibo, China’s Twitter.Because the outline of well-toned abdominal muscles looks like a vest, Chinese call abs “majia” — or “vest” — and “xian” — or “lines,” and this year they have become the goal of many women’s pre-summer workouts.Related terms such as “MajiaXian VS Fat Tiger,” “Follow Victoria Secret Models to have Majia Xian” or “If you

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