January 21, 2009 / 5:27 PM / 9 years ago

British gym replaces dumbbells with human weights

LONDON (Reuters) - A British gym is trying to add human interest to otherwise dreary workouts by replacing traditional dumbbell weights with human ones.

<p>A gym member does some exercises for photographers using human weights at a Gymbox gym in London January 21, 2009. REUTERS/Stephen Hird</p>

The Gymbox chain gym in central London says fitness enthusiasts can now swap their usual lumps of metal for human beings in a range of shapes and sizes.

According to the gym’s owner Richard Hilton, it’s all about visualizing strength.

”Creating a mental image or intention of what you want to happen or feel is proven to improve physical and psychological performance,“ he said in a statement. ”The human weight lifting apparatus ... is the ultimate embodiment of visualization theory.

The human weights range from the “Dainty Dwarf” 32-year-old Arti Shah, who weighs just 30kg (66.1lbs or 4.7 stone), up to the “Super Human” weight of 37-year-old -- and 155kg -- Matt Barnard.

Reporting by Kate Kelland, editing by Paul Casciato

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