Employees of a fitness centre in Guangzhou have been made to undergo a range of unusual punishments, according to mainland TV channel Feng Yun Hui.

In a viral video, the workers were seen pole dancing, parading in the streets in their underwear, and kissing fellow co-workers after failing to meet their sales quota.

Employees in their underwear in public.

The fitness centre reportedly adopts “military-style techniques”, requiring employees to set their own targets and punishments.

Employees in their underwear in public.

Feng Yun Hui reported that, every time punishments were formulated, there would be a lot of excitement with employees themselves chipping in with ideas.


“They chose all the punishments themselves,” said Ma, manager at the fitness centre. “We never ‘force’ them to do anything.”

Karen is a journalist and writer covering politics and legal affairs in Hong Kong for HKFP. She has also written features on human rights, public space, regional legal developments, social and grassroots activism, and arts & culture. She is a BA and LLB graduate from the University of Hong Kong.