If you don’t have a state of the art gym available in your neighborhood you can always take The Alcantara Machado gym as an excellent example of creating something out of nothing whch benefits the community. The Alcantara Machado gym was founded in 2009 by Brazilian former professional boxer Nilson Garrido under the Alcantara Machado viaduct, with the aim of getting young people out of drugs and crime through sports. Currently the gym, which received all its equipment through donations, is visited daily by more than a hundred people, most of whom are unemployed or have financial troubles, who practice bodybuilding and other sports just for pleasure. [18 photos total]

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Franco lifts weights next to her 11-month-old son Aquiles at a gym under the Alcantara Machado viaduct in the Mooca neighborhood of Sao Paulo. The Alcantara Machado gym was founded in 2009 by Brazilian former professional boxer Nilson Garrido under the Alcantara Machado viaduct, with the aim of getting young people out of drugs and crime through sports. Currently the gym, which received all its equipment through donations, is visited daily by more than a hundred people, most of whom are unemployed or have financial troubles, who practice bodybuilding and other sports just for pleasure (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
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Woman and son look from inside bus, at a gym under the Alcantara Machado viaduct in the Mooca neighborhood of Sao Paulo (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
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Men are reflected in mirror as they lift weights at a gym under the Alcantara Machado viaduct in the Mooca neighborhood of Sao Paulo (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
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Man lifts weights at a gym under the Alcantara Machado viaduct in the Mooca neighborhood of Sao Paulo (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
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Man exercises at a gym under the Alcantara Machado viaduct in the Mooca neighborhood of Sao Paulo (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
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Man exercises at a gym under the Alcantara Machado viaduct in the Mooca neighborhood of Sao Paulo (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
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Tardoni plays with weights as he waits for his father at gym under the Alcantara Machado viaduct in the Mooca neighborhood of Sao Paulo (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
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Man is reflected in a mirror as he lifts weights at a gym under the Alcantara Machado viaduct in the Mooca neighborhood of Sao Paulo (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
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Man lifts weights at gym under the Alcantara Machado viaduct in the Mooca neighborhood of Sao Paulo (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
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Men lift weights at a gym under the Alcantara Machado viaduct in the Mooca neighborhood of Sao Paulo (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
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Bus passes by as a man stretches at a gym under the Alcantara Machado viaduct in the Mooca neighborhood of Sao Paulo (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
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Weights are seen as man exercises at a gym under the Alcantara Machado viaduct in the Mooca neighborhood of Sao Paulo (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
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Man lifts weights at a gym under the Alcantara Machado viaduct in the Mooca neighborhood of Sao Paulo (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
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Man exercises as friend looks on at a gym under the Alcantara Machado viaduct in the Mooca neighborhood of Sao Paulo (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
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Weights are seen near the shadow of a man at a gym under the Alcantara Machado viaduct in the Mooca neighborhood of Sao Paulo (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
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Man lifts weights at a gym under the Alcantara Machado viaduct in the Mooca neighborhood of Sao Paulo (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
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Man lifts weights at a gym under the Alcantara Machado viaduct in the Mooca neighborhood of Sao Paulo (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #
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Franco lifts weights next to her 11-month-old son Aquiles at gym under Alcantara Machado viaduct in the Mooca neighborhood of Sao Paulo (NACHO DOCE/REUTERS) #

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