Several days a week, Wu Ruiyao hits the gym, where she sweats on a treadmill, tones her abs in a group exercise or stretches under the guidance of a personal trainer.
The 90-minute workout is routine to Wu, a 36-year-old ad sales representative. But the surroundings — a four-story fitness club catering to different fitness levels and needs — would have been unimaginable just a decade ago.
“When I thought of a gym in the 1990s, it would be bare with dumbbells and maybe running machines in a room,” said Wu, a small woman with big, smiling eyes. “My mom thought doing house chores was working out, but that’s not a truly aerobic sport.”