This year, Special Olympics launched the School of Strength fitness campaign in response to athletes’ need for at-home workouts. Athletes in the United States and around the world accepted the challenge to get fit and have fun while doing it. Because of the campaign popularity, many countries translated the videos and other campaign materials into their own languages. Among them, Spanish, Russian, Korean, and Chinese.
School of Strength China Edition is now available online, offering warm up, flexibility, strength and endurance exercises at different levels of difficulty. The video series was produced specifically for Asian audiences by WWE and Special Olympics East Asia, and invites athletes and families to exercise together as part of their health routines.
The workouts are led by Special Olympics China athletes and special guest trainers from the Chinese sports and entertainment worlds. The celebrity trainers are Chinese Kunqu opera performer Zhang Jun, professional Shanghai SIPG Football Club soccer player Yang Shi Yuan, senior fashion consultant Candy Li and WWE NOW TV host Nina Wu.
Nina Wu expressed her excitement about the project. “I am honored to be part of School of Strength China Edition and to help bring people together through the common goal of a healthier lifestyle. It was a thrill to workout alongside the young Special Olympics athletes whose motivation and determination will inspire every viewer to get off the sofa and get fitter.”
Her enthusiasm was echoed by fellow on-camera participant, Special Olympics gymnastic gold medalist
Li Xiang. “I watched the original School of Strength video series launched by Special Olympics and WWE in March this year. I did exercises with the video every day. Now I can follow the new edition with Mandarin instruction. I believe it can keep my body fit and it can keep yours too!”
Other athletes appearing alongside Li Xiang in the video series are Special Olympics gymnastic gold medalist Wang Jiali, Special Olympics footballer and table tennis player Fan Shiyao and Floorball player Zheng Suxing.