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Afghan Weightlifting Relaxes Post-Taliban
9. April 2006, 13:50

By DAVID GUTTENFELDER, Associated Press
In a country famous for the body-shrouding burqa and the Islamic puritanism of the former Taliban rulers, a gym's advertisements are jolting: a shirtless man in bikini briefs with bulging arm and abdominal muscles rippling, his massive chest flexed.

Gyms for bodybuilders are opening all over Kabul. Growing numbers of men are working out in places like Super Gym and Afghan Gold's that have set up shop in abandoned war-ravaged buildings and new high-rises.

Sayed Mohammed Payanda, secretary-general of Afghanistan's National Bodybuilding Federation, says bodybuilding is second in popularity only to soccer in Afghanistan.

All over the city, hand-painted Arnold Schwarzeneggers and other iron-pumping heroes point down alleys to gyms that have sprouted up behind crowded markets and next to red-carpeted mosques.

At every gym, patrons leave their shoes by the door. Some are state of the art, with imported computer-monitored running machines. Other gyms lack electricity, and the men pump battered barbells in the flickering light of lanterns. They square their shoulders and pose in front of cracked mirrors.

Bodybuilding is a long tradition in Afghanistan's male-dominated culture.

Even under the Taliban, bodybuilding was allowed, but it was tightly controlled: Men had to exercise and compete wearing T-shirts and traditional baggy pants. Long beards were mandatory.

Now, young men work out while showing off bare chests and flat stomachs. Competitors on stage strip to their briefs and oil their skin.

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