By Kelvin Tan, Editor for Men’s Health Singapore
There are some who eschew gym sessions, workouts, and the whole idea of building a fit body: reasons can range from a lack of interest or confidence. But then there are those that believe that the root reason for muscle-building and strength is vanity, and sometimes it’s hard to argue against the point, given the sheer number of fitness selfie takers in gyms.
But then on days like today we get reminders that real-world fitness does matter. That in the right time and the right place, someone who’s spent time building a body that has strength and flexibility can help save the day.
Meet Mamoudou Gassama, a Malian immigrant, also known as the “Spiderman of Paris”. He gained that moniker recently by climbing up four stories of balconies to save a four-year-old child clinging in fear about to fall off.
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The 22-year-old had little time to think about personal danger, according to reports in the Guardian, saying: “I saw all these people shouting, and cars sounding their horns. I climbed up like that and, thank God, I saved the child.”
“I felt afraid when I saved the child … [when] we went into the living room, I started to shake, I could hardly stand up, I had to sit down,” he added.
Gassama pulled himself up from balcony to balcony with his bare hands as a man on the fourth floor tried to hold on to the child by leaning across from a neighbouring balcony.
On reaching the fourth floor, Gassama puts one leg over the balcony before reaching out with his right arm and grabbing the child.
All in a manner of seconds.
If that’s not a good enough reason to feel inspired to build muscles that could help someone in danger, I don’t know what is.