Finding gyms in shanghai and China can be expensive, so if you’d like to build you own home gym using Taobao, check out my guide for an alternative to the gym

Gyms in Shanghai are many, and they range from amazing spa-like fitness centers, which cost over $1000 a year, to local community centers, with mismatched weights and shirtless, cigarette-smoking patrons. Lots of articles have been written about the different gyms in Shanghai, so Im going to skip that. I like going to the gym as much as the average person, but last year when I was short on funds and unable to put down for a full membership, I used Taobao to buy all the materials to make my own home gym, and spent around $1000 RMB ($160). Using Taobao to build you own home gym is an especially good decision for those living in smaller Chinese cities where there are no gyms, or where selection is very limited. For learning how to do online banking in China, see my previous Shanghai Guru blog post For using Taobao in China, check out the Taobao Field Guide, which I highly recommend Build Your Home Gym in China When building your own home gym in China, first decide what you need. For me, the essential (and most expensive) were free weights. Thankfully, you will not have to buy a whole set of weights. Instead, you can get a knockoff Bowflex dumbbell, which allows you to turn a dial and change the weighs engaged by the dumbbell. Heres how you buy this...

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