Squirrels getting into shape for summer by pumping iron

These silly squirrels seem to be getting ready for summer by pumping iron.

The cute critters appear to be lifting the weights and at one point a squirrel seems to be spotting another.

This squirrel is clearly nuts about keeping fit

This squirrel is clearly nuts about keeping fit

Keen photographer Max Ellis, 52, created the hilarious scene in his garden in Teddington, south west London.

He uses treats for the squirrels to tempt them in before patiently waiting for the exact moment to get his shot.

Keen photographer Max Ellis created the hilarious scene in his garden in Teddington, south west London

Keen photographer Max Ellis created the hilarious scene in his garden in Teddington, south west London

Max, who originally started creating the scenes for his son Gulliver, said: “It’s a real 2kg weight hung on Spiderwire stealth fishing line.

“I work at a strength gym as a photographer so I get to watch and actually do a lot of these training routines.

“The upright rowing shot was the most unexpected along with the single arm shoulder press.”

Max said: "It's a real 2kg weight hung on Spiderwire stealth fishing line."

Max said: “It’s a real 2kg weight hung on Spiderwire stealth fishing line.”

He added: "The upright rowing shot was the most unexpected along with the single arm shoulder press."

He added: “The upright rowing shot was the most unexpected along with the single arm shoulder press.”