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UGH! Look at us all talking about gym culture, as if we’re pros in this. In the five years that we’ve been in Korea, it’s only been over the past few months that we’ve really started going to the gym regularly, every two days or so, and now we can talk about it more! We had some gym memberships when we lived in Bucheon as well, and we talk about our experiences there as well, but – really – when we had those memberships we went a few times and then gave up because we were lazy. Now we’re not! Oh ho! We’re not gym-rats yet, though, but we’d like to be. Going to the gym makes us feel a lot better than when we don’t go to the gym. Martina was sick this past week and couldn’t go to the gym, and really wasn’t all too happy about it. ANYHOW: the point isn’t about us going to the gym and how much we pat ourselves on the back about it. We’re here to talk about gym culture and stuff, now that we’re totally scrotally pros.

Now, I’m sure there are lots of reasons as to why fitness culture in Korea is different than what we’re used to in North America, and I think one of them is because it’s not really taught here. Do schools have weightlifting class? Every school we went to had it. We learned all about hypertrophy and how long each rep should be, how long you should wait between sets, so on and so forth. I don’t remember seeing that in Korea. Sports in Korea, altogether, aren’t really that big, either. Compare it to the states where football is freaking huge and football coaches get very well paid, in Korea there’s more emphasis placed on academics than athletics. You don’t have any of the NCAA playoffs craze like you do in the States. So, we just think that gym culture and best practices aren’t really taught here. Or are they? Maybe things are taught differently here, and the practices we’ve grown up with aren’t effective here, so there’s a different school of physical education being taught? I don’t know. All we can say is that it’s quite different from what we’re used to, and we don’t see a lot of gym stuff taught in schools here.

We’d really like to hear your experiences, though, and if they’re different, or if you have any stories. Some of our girl friends have said that they hate going to the gym alone, because trainers are constantly harassing them and trying to teach them how to do things right. We’ve heard this from three different friends. Have you found the same? We haven’t been bothered before. We walk into gyms holding hands, skipping, and farting rainbows. Then we start sweating instantly because it’s hotter in the gym than it is outside, and we wilt and cry. DAMMIT KOREAN GYMS USE YOUR AIR CONDITIONERS! We didn’t even tell you about the one time we asked the person sitting at the desk to turn on the AC, and they said no, all the while they had a fan pointed at them. YOU AIN’T EVEN LIFTING BRO! We’re building deltoids and treltoids and sweating and you’re Kakaoing with a personal fan. RUDE!

Also, we talked briefly about public gyms here in the parks. Here’s a realllllly old video that we did of one. Ha! I just noticed the date. We uploaded it exactly 5 years ago, yesterday. WHOOOA so old.

 

and if you’re looking for more about Health in Korea, we did a few TL;DRs on the topic, including How We Lost a Lot of Weight in Korea, Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle in Korea, and last week’s Health Care in Korea. Yes, we are a bit crazed about the subject lately. We’ve been cooking so much organic/vegan/ultra health stuff lately and really starting to take health seriously, and it seems like we’re talking about it a lot, too.

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  1. airlie

    Soo I’m pretty sure Korean gyms/people who work out there qualify as “gym douche bags” according to this helpful video –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evJ1T5t0naY

  2. Hey guys, I like to body build and train gymnastics and things like that, is there much in the way of free weights squat rack bench press etc? Thank you :)

  3. Ash3070

    What’s the gym culture like in Japan? Have you guys visit one yet? Will you be doing so on your next trip? :) x x x

  4. Mariam Watt

    Every park I have been to in Miami has those fitness machines in them, including the one near my house. So far, I’ve never seen the machines damaged or stolen. Just sayin’.

  5. So if people don’t go to the gym, how do they stay in shape? I’m white, and if Koreans in Korea are anything like my Asian friends here in the US, their genes naturally keep them thin. My Asian friends who do work out get six packs without much effort at all. Meanwhile, I can watch what I eat and workout 6 days a week and still not have a six pack. Argh… Anyway, your observations and thoughts are appreciated!

  6. Don’t you know?
    Especially this year and also last year, Korea’s supply of electricity has been extremely low.
    In this problem, there’re several reasons.
    But, one of them is this.
    In Korean nuclear power plant, an irregularity was committed. (a.k.a 원전비리)
    So, Now in Korea, Electric power supply is abnormal.
    I think that’s why Korean people don’t turn on the AC recently.

    Anyhow, in a crowded gym, the AC should be turned on. right.

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  8. Oh my goodness! I am currently living in Taiwan and I thought there was something wrong with me always sweating like a freak in the gym. Thanks for doing this one! I am a strange foreigner but not a strange foreigner all alone :). A llot is the same in Taiwan. I go to a Curves and they have the decorational ac, the over helpful trainers (I like them though), in appropriately dressed ladies (somebody was wearing a lilac lace dress yesterday), the looks when I go crazy on the machines. I had 3 days of orientation when i started and its true when u said they don’t have training like in North America. They seemed to teach me stuff I learned as a kid. They taught me how to stretch as if I had never thought to do it in my life.

  9. I never knew gyms where like that there. I hate working out in the heat, I have joint problems in my knee’s and ankles and if it’s to hot (or cold) they swell up and I’m like huuurgh,.,,, errrrrrrgahuuurh T.T Have you guys considered just getting equipment for you’re apartment and working out at home so you don’t get asthma attack?

  10. CeceAvila

    Hey S&M I would really like to hear what you two have to say or know about the current rift in K-Hip Hop and Rap with the diss battles currently going on. Its really intrigued me and would just love to hear what you two have to say about it. Maybe you know more about it than most of us do. I hope you can also explain what Koreans think about it. Back here in the Sates the Kendrick Lamar thing has gotten pretty intense, some say its ever revived Hip Hop and that history is being made.

  11. Charmz

    I’m surprised that you guise mentioned Singapore in the video :D
    If Singapore weren’t air-conditioned everywhere i bet everyone will keep on complaining about it since Singapore is HOT all year round D:

  12. Sounds Like New york. 900 a year is a steal in manhattan. hard to find anything for less than 80-90 a month…maybe its just NYC maybe its just manhattan….Maybeeee its just me?

  13. What does Korea have to say about black people?
    If I was to go to Korea would people look at me differently?
    Would people ask to touch my afro?
    How will my life change?

  14. What kind of different religions are in Korea? Are some more popular than others? What ones have you seen? Or do most people just go to shrines seen in Korean Dramas/ Japanese anime?

  15. What is happening with SImon D, Dynamic Duo, E-sens and others? What is the general public’s reaction?

  16. I was reading this article about refrigerators pants in South Korea to keep cool..cnn.com random article…but it was talking about South Korea’s power-saving campaign in the beginning including taking drastic measures to turn air conditioners off. Would that be why the gyms are so hot..and the reason why the guy said no?

  17. What about family? The way Koreans view the importance of family as a whole is very refreshing and beautiful, but dramas always seem to portray an orphan, adopted, divorced, single parent, etc. person as ‘lower’ than someone who has a complete family. Is this true or is it just one of those things that is overly dramatized? Bonus Question! (^_^) What do you guys think the Korean opinion is on people who adopt children overseas (both the person who is being adopted and the person who is adopted)?

  18. About the air conditioning…I heard there’s a new law where you cannot have the air condition on lower than 26 degrees Celsius…O.o…something about conserving energy :)

  19. I feel your pain guise, I’m a freshman in highschool and the air conditioner DOESN’T WORK in my weight lifting class T^T

  20. Hey Simon & Martina – You pointed out that you wondered why all those people would just walk very relaxed for an unbelievable amount of time, right? So… I didn’t know before but my brother just told me that the human body is actually made to fast-walk 30km a day or slow-walk 12-15 hours a day. … Now I know why he runs those marathons and I thought this might be an explanation for this as well. – But really; imagine; 30 km every day o.O … naaaaahh… I stick to eating a little less and take a walk from time to time xD

  21. Questionnn~ I notice more and more kpop artists are getting tattoos. I too, l have a number of tattoos and I felt happy to see Koreans stars with their own tattoos. How do Koreans accept tattooing in general?

  22. I grew up overseas, but we would return to Korea every few summers to visit our extended family, Because I played sports (soccer, volleyball, swimteam), I was always being told that girls shouldn’t have muscles. It’s just not considered feminine and pretty in Korea. Oh, well. Good thing I didn’t have body image issues or low self-esteem.

  23. I think it needs to be said when you’re talking about north america in this video, it’s mainly canada. most states in the US have failing education systems, and many have removed classes like PE, art, music, as well as removed sports teams.

  24. I’d like to know about religion in Korea. Since the majority of Koreans are Christian, how do they view other religions? Do they consider atheism a bad thing? In North America, atheism is kind of looked down upon by people, so I’m curious o that’s also true in Korea.

  25. HI SIMON-MON-MON AND MARTINA-NA-NA

    Can you tell us a how how to survive a kpop concert? Are there any tips to get the tickets before they’re all sold out? How do you find the perfect seat for yourself? I heard some people stand up for the whole concert and they might block your view. Is it cheaper to pre-order official items or at the venue? Is there a way special way to wave the light sticks for up beat or slower songs? Are we allowed to bring cameras? Do we have to watch out for sasaeng fans? I heard they’re really aggressive with fans. Thanks Martina and Simon!~

  26. Thank you for this video!
    Is it easy to eat organic food in Korea? Are there any equivalent to Whole foods for example?

  27. We have those exercise thingys in Estonia too~
    I imagined that they would be destroyed in a few months but i guess they are strong as f*** or maintained regularly >_>

  28. Here in the UK, gyms are relatively cheap, depending on whether you go for a chain company or not. The nearest gym to me has a student deal which costs £15 ($24 ish) per month including up to 3 forms of class (judo, dance, badminton, whatever)
    Classes at gyms vary in price without membership. My old Judo club cost me £2.50 per session (I did 3 per week, though they had 5…the other two were for the members of national squad.) But the one I want to start going to since I moved (I moved 200 miles away for university) is £5 per session and only has two per week.

    Though I’m not part of a gym, I should probably be. I have a shoulder injury (permanent strain, left of spine between shoulder blades) and need to get it back in shape to start Judo again…

    …Actually…to be honest, I probably need to get my whole self back into shape, lest I collapse within the first warm up lap. D:

  29. Hmm interesting theory about workout culture, but I am not sure if your “we learn early” mentality is correct. In school in New Jersey, we never learned weight lifting. We had a “class” but no one sat with us and taught us the concept of reps, sets, etc. It was just a free for all and a class girls did to slack off and talk while sitting on machines.

    I think maybe the big difference is probably that weight lifting is much more popularized in the US- for everyone. Guys want to be bulky (I work at a “health” food restaurant, and I get Mom asking often which foods will bulk up their boys) and lifting weights is kind-of pushed on guys. And weight training is kind-of big for women too. It is becoming pretty popular to tone up and not just doing cardio 24/7.

    But there DEFINITELY something different about health-exercise culture between countries. When going to national park I never really like hiking with Asian foreigners. Generally, I have found that they don’t follow some basic rules of hiking etiquette, like moving to one side for the other hiker, stopping for people, etc. They just barrel down the center of the path. And it isn’t just me who have noticed it, as other friends and family members have complained about it.

  30. Regarding the a/c, its usually a lot less intense than in other countries, and this year especially so cause of the horrific state of electric production. The gov’t issued an a/c limit of 26 degrees or something for all buildings like department stores and banks. The electricity reserve crisis is an annual event here, though this year was especially serious.
    But I can’t agree that the buses and whatnot are too hot. All the buses I ride are always air conditioned, and if you feel that the subway “section” you’re in is too hot, you can text message a service number, and they’ll usually respond and crank up the a/c ASAP.
    Maybe I’m just used to it, but whenever I visit the States, I always feel cold, cause the a/c is seemingly always set to freezing, everywhere. Even in Texas.

    Not to say that Korea’s summers are bearable. You can feel your flesh melt, and the humidity is stifling.

  31. How hot IS hot???? Because I’m from Australia and I KNOW it gets hotter than what I have seen classified as hot in Korea is actually colder than some of the temperatures we get here in WINTER. So could I please get some statistics????

    • humidity plays a HUGE factor in how the heat feels. is the heat in australia normally a dry one? if so then it might actually be comparable to the temperatures of korea since they have a high humidity. however, it could just be that people who complain about the heat are from places that have cooler temperatures.

      • It depends on what kind of weather we’re having. But the real killers are the hot AND humid days. At Karate training you can sweat yourself a puddle then slip in it in the course of 30 minutes!!!

  32. So, I’ve been like super super super super curious about this..

    Do K-POP idols employ dietitians to take care of their diets and stuff or do they just ask around and find of about a diet plan?
    If they do, do ALL of them do it? Or just a few?

    I’m asking because it’s like been my ultimate dream to be a dietitian but ALOOOOt of people are discouraging me saying that it doesn’t pay well and there are no job options.

    so like yea.. please please pleaaaase answer this. I’m begging you :D

    • pretty sure their companies set that stuff up for them, they don’t do go out and do anything like that themselves.
      also pretty sure companies make all their idols have diets.
      and anyway, dietitians are needed because tons of regular people go to them too if they struggle with weight problems or whatever.

  33. ATTENTION GUISE!
    OOOKAY! this is SOOOO STRANGE TO ME!
    I know you guys now live in GURO.

    I went to the Gym “Leehan Fitness” which is opposite D-Cube in Sindorim! (above Home Plus….i feel like it might be your local) Maybe you should check it out.
    As you guys said its mostly older people…..and people generally sit on the machines for a while.
    But it was never too hot for me in there….if anything it was a good temperature and there were a few GIANT fans in there to fan you if you got too hot (i was in Korea i the middle of summer….)
    So yeah I never found that.
    Also there were a bajillion towels that belong to the gym that people took onto the machines with them
    I am a sweaty beast so i took like 4…..or 7
    Maybe you should check it out there?
    I dont recall it being too expensive also they had a great deal of equipment and some great trainers.

    ANYWAY i can’t believe you guys didn’t mention the gym uniforms in korea?
    Have the gyms you’ve been to not had the clothes they give to people?
    I never used them myself but EVERY SINGLE korean in my gym used the clothes the gyms gave.
    I found that really interesting.

    Also the gym had an amazing communal shower……complete with hair dryers….so ya know….the old korean men could blowdry their (HMMMHMMMMMPUBESHMMMHMMM) post workout…..yeah….yeah that happens

    anyway I’ve seen in a few videos you guise are at Dcube and around that general Sindorim area so maybe check it out….
    aaaaand if you do read this and want to know more i’ll be stalking you guise out at Federation Square in MELBOURNE WHEN YOURE HERE! WOOO CANT WAIT!

  34. In my experience, here in the U.S., teaching about gym etiquette and how to use weights, etc, only existed for male athletes in certain sports in high school. As a girl who only took the generic P.E. classes, we didn’t get any of that training. Now I’m an actual regular at my local gym. I pay $15 bucks a month (and cannot FATHOM paying $900 a year). Also, don’t mock the walkers. I set my speed between 2 and 3 and then set the incline to a 12-13. In half an hour I’ve slowly climbed a freakin’ mountain without injuring my bad ankle or knee. In two months I’ve dropped 15 pounds without ever once being accused of hogging the treadmill. I use my android phone to watch Kdramas while I walk. It’s all subtitled, so I can keep the sound off.

    Love you guys and your videos! Keep vlogging!

    • i do the same thing on the treadmill (i go on incline 15!) and it is a crazy workout! it may seem like nothing but it definitely gets that heart rate going.

      • I’ve got my incline up to a 14 and have lost a total of 20 pounds now. It’s such a good workout, and actually do-able for those of us who are not athletes or able to handle jogging/running or other high impact exercise. I made the mistake of taking a “free boot camp class” last Saturday and seriously injured myself, tearing some muscles in my thighs. Today, I was finally able to walk again, so I went back to the safe and secure, steady weight loss on the treadmill again. Won’t make the same mistake twice.

        • congrats on the weight loss!

          i agree that walking on a high incline is a great workout. like you said, it really helps since i have a weak ankle and have difficulty doing high impact exercises.

          sorry to hear about your injury :( hope it heals quickly!

  35. Hannah

    I’ve never been taught any real gym etiquette in school in the US but that could be because I’m a girl and was handed self-defense instead :?

  36. What you said about gyms in Korea makes a lot of sense about why Korean guys beef up a lot when they come to Australia. They come to gyms here and see huge guys working out, all these “body pump” classes, protein is really easy to buy, other Korean guys are doing it. I can see how that difference in gyms contributes to that and why they only started once they came to Australia.

  37. When you first met Kim Jong Kook on Running Man were you guys surprised that his body was toned? :D

  38. I’m not sure if someone’s asked it yet but I’m guessing that means they don’t have gym classes either?

    • They have gym class in school! Everyone has a matching gym uniform and at my all girls high school they learned all types of sports but most ppl were not that into it. Watching them play baseball was the FUNNIEST thing. Lots of screaming and ducking when the ball was slowly underhand pitched. BUT pick up soccer is very common amongst high school boys. They looooove soccer!

      • I went to a girls high school and we never got to play baseball TT_TT Though I’m sure many of the girls would have acted the same way. And at the actual gyms? Do they have studios to do classes? I know we’ve got stuff like aerobic step classes and zumba classes etc.

  39. Stephanie Jane / 김아영

    Gyms sound crazy in Canada/ North America. Gyms are practically non-existent like that in Australia… There might be like basketball court/swimming pool facilities next to the gyms, but they’re not usually all in one. Wow.

  40. Thank you so much for posting on this topic! I am visiting Korea for a few weeks and I wanted to know – can visitors get day passes or week passes to gyms? Also, how would I go about finding a gym if I am not Korean and don’t read / speak Korean? Do I simply need to ask a local? Thanks in advance for your help! You guys are saving my life before my visit to Korea – I’ve been daily watching your tutorials!! :D

  41. I have to say that I’m guilty of being one of those people who just sit around for a while before actually beginning my work out….
    o_o lol

  42. AHHH the treadmill walkers! Damn them! I feel like a social pariah when I start running on a treadmill at the gym… so many eyes!

  43. Record a video of you guys making a simple meal please :D

  44. aw I’m proud of you guise!!! ^_^ as for the beefheads, I always joke with my dad that they can’t scratch their own back. hehe. so when I go to the gym at my school I sometimes feel awkward cos everyone in the weight room is a guy! but I just blow them off and do my own thing. I also like to do insanity, it’s something to do at home if you don’t want to go to a gym. :)

  45. Is there yoga studios? Exercise classes–spinning, Zumba, etc

  46. Could you please talk about religion in Korea? What religions are most common in Korea? Does Korean society base any of its morals/social norms in religion? How is religion practiced in Korea as opposed to North America?

  47. before i even watched this TL;DR, i saw the title and i was like they’re soooo gonna sing fergie’s fergalicious…..im physic aren’t
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  48. We get international students here at the gym that like to workout in jeans and a nice shirt… waee? Anyone else seen this?

  49. i’m curious, what are the locker rooms like? i’m very picky about how my locker room is set up and prefer privacy (like individual stalls) so i’m curious if the gym locker rooms are set up like their bath houses or something.

    • Korean people are very comfy with full nudity in the locker rooms (between the same sex) b/c going to the bathhouse 목욕탕 is an important part of the culture from a young age, so if you want privacy you’ll have to change in a bathroom stall.

  50. lady_kire

    I was taught how to use the gym in high school (I’m from Canada), but I have a strong dislike for gyms. I don’t enjoy being in sweaty, stinky rooms and using machines after someone left sweat marks on them. Also, I don’t feel like I’m achieving anything with those machines and weights. I think I’d have better results by lifting heavy grocery bags, running after the bus, or doing pole dancing. Pole dancing got me to feel the burn. Gym machines don’t.

  51. About the pools in gyms and stuff: are there no pools in any gyms, or is it just really rare to have pools in gyms? Do gyms with pools cost more? Are there public outdoor pools that you can go to or private swim clubs or anything? I am a rather avid swimmer and if I ever go to Korea I will need a place to swim. Thanks!

  52. Just a comment on the AC… Could the no AC or even the little AC be in part due to the ‘energy crisis’ in Korea? From what I understand, there is an extreme shortage of energy in Korea and the government is pressuring individuals and companies from using AC, etc. I know there has been a bit of a shortage always, but this year there has been an extreme shortage due to several energy plants being shut-down… I’ve been in Korea several times (vacation and to live) and I’ve personally haven’t had such a bad time with the AC (even at the gym I went to), so is it this year in particular? Or do you feel it’s been a constant problem for you?

    • From what I know, the energy crisis in Korea is the reason why so many places have been shutting off their ACs. I remember when I was visiting Korea in the summer 3 years ago, all major buildings were very well air-conditioned and the subways were nice and cool. My friends living in Korea have told me this has changed due to the energy crisis and that’s why Korea is in extreme energy-conservation mode and various buildings are so much hotter now :(

    • I’d like to confirm this. Summer in Korea has steadily been getting hotter the past few years, but this year is the first that I have been able to go around without a shawl or cardigan to cover myself indoors. However hot it may be outside, I always cool down pretty quickly once inside buildings with at least fans. I don’t sweat up to 30 degrees celcius, I think, even though I can’t sleep if it that hot :) So naturally if I go inside an airconditioned building I have to wear long sleeves in about 5min., and I expect the majority of other korean girls would be the same as they are all so skinny! But this summer I’ve never felt cold in any building due to government policies.. they keep the temp at 26 degrees. Except the buses. Buses are still too freezing for me.

      • hmm that makes sense. I was almost about to believe what martina said about foreigners feeling more heat than koreans. When I was in korea two years ago, during the summer every building I went into felt freezing! Even the buses and subways when not at rush hour.

  53. Heya Simon and Martina! My question regards the dances and choreography in the K Pop industry. Are choreographers typically freelance, working wherever they want or are they mostly employed by the various agencies? Thanks a bunch! :)

  54. I think it’s awesome that you are getting serious about your health, good on you guys! My gym experience in Korea has been a really positive one. I wrote about it a while back on a friends blog, (thewanderlustproject if you want more details), but honestly SUCH a good experience at my local gym! It’s small, they use the aircon (I can’t believe other gyms don’t do this!!) the amenities are good (but definitely no pool or tennis court etc) and the owners are insanely nice. However, to corroborate what you said about gym etiquette? Totally true. There is one guy in particular who gets there at about the same time I do and sits (LITERALLY SITS) on the tricep pulldown/ pull up/ fly machine for a full HOUR. WTF bro!!! He just does some lame too-heavy-for-him sets and then sits there for 5 minutes and then begins again. In saying that however, all the ajhummas complain about him, so obviously they don’t think it’s appropriate etiquette either. Can’t wait to get back to the gym, thanks for the cool video! ^^

  55. I went to Planet Fitness, cheapest ever, in NYC both in the Bronx and Harlem and I was pleasantly surprised to see a bunch of people over 50 working out regularly. The latest people I saw were a couple, in their 60s-70s, working out side by side on the bikes, both with same color headphones; so cute.
    One yuch thing I saw was ladies working out with heavy make up on and heavy wigs; by the end of their session the wig was pulled way in the back and they had the most oily face ever.

  56. I live in Montana and gym memberships are not 200 a year they are like 60 a month with a starving student discount and a third of the people are usually elderly the other two thirds are hotter than me I only go there a few times a year when I am going with friends

  57. Wow, let me just say… Martina, your arm muscles are looking awesome! *big thumbs up* ;D

  58. Oooh! The hats are here!

  59. i’ve never heard about schools teaching you gym ethics. Thats crazy! I wouldn’t know the first thing about gym ethics, I don’t even know what a set is!

  60. simon, i’m glad u noticed that almost every indoor area in singapore has air conditioning. simply because its freaking hot out here! thank you.

  61. I know when I went to the gym if you weren’t drenched in sweat or sweating at all you weren’t getting any real exercise. That’s what most people thought.

  62. Gemma Deacon

    I can’t really comment about gyms here in the UK because I’ve never been to one! Yey! But there are some outdoor gym equipment at the local park now and I went on it the other day and the walking thing felt really weird. It felt like I was walking on air xD There was another one where your legs swing like a pendulum which was fun.

  63. We had weightlifting classes at my high school (US), but they were electives so I never took one. Mostly it was guys who really didn’t need any more weightlifting practice…
    My personal theory about people who leave the weights on after they’re done is that they want the next person to be impressed at how much weight they could lift. :P

  64. You mentioned in your blog post you’ve been cooking vegan/organic/ultra healthy food lately. Are any of your recipes sort of Korean, and would you consider making a video showing us any? :D

  65. I find it kind of ironic that you talk about people walk on
    the tread mills for hours and here today Sandara Park g+ a picture of herself
    walking on a tread mill….

  66. Cute man warrior Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen doll in the background! I want them and Jon’s and Arya’s and just all of them.

  67. All my asian friends know, the reason there’s no air conditioning, is because: Asians love to save money!! They’s cheap. It’s that simple.

  68. Interesting topic, but doesn’t really apply to me since I’m to lazy to go to an gym :P

  69. Emilie

    What is buying things secondhand like in Korea? Do people have rummage/garage/yard sales? Are there many thrift shops or maybe a chain like Goodwill?

  70. I guess everyday for me here, in Malaysia, is like a day at a gym in Korea.. Except less exercising.. xD the average temperature here is like 28°C to 32°C, sometimes a little lower or higher.. But mostly higher. Why have I not lose any weight in this hot country yet.. I’m like sweating everyday and almost every time unless I’m in my room. >___>

  71. Making scrotally a word…ewww…

  72. I think the no air conditioner thing is to force you to sweat it out. I remember hearing if you sweat more that you’d loose more weight or something superficial. I heard Shindong from Suju wore layer upon layers when working out so he would sweat more. So that might be the reason why they keep the AC off.

  73. Jou (조 유카 우아츠)

    I couldn’t really make out what Simon was saying with the beefhead voice effect :

  74. Alex Min Song

    It’s weird, that every time I go to a building in Korea, it seems really well air conditioned. Especially malls and banks. Like, to the point where sometimes I start shivering. Maybe it’s because I’m Korean?

    And after a month of breathing air conditioned air (inside)/ methane (outside), I really started to miss fresh air of Britain.

  75. hey guys great post i thought i would put my insight into the air conditioning thing. ive been watching “the human condition” on kbs world and at the moment they are living without electricity. in one of the episodes they talk about air conditioning and how much electricity it uses up etc etc. and it mentions that the government recommendation for the air con is 26 or 28, sorry i can’t remember accurately and one of the guys goes around resetting all the air conditioners to that. i think south korea is on an electricity alert thing, like its using too much and there have been shortages in places so turning changing the air con temp is a way to help the environment, save electricity and reduce unnessary wasting

    • Yeah. I’m studying at a university in korea right now and the government turned off the aircon in most of the buildings to save electricity, so it’s hot as hell. Still though, aircon in gyms is kind of important so maybe they should rethink that. Back home the air conditioning broke in the building where I worked and someone had a heatstroke in the gym upstairs because of it.

      • Actually, you are lucky enough to have the air-con at all, at least you have the possibility that it will be used. I live in Hungary and during this summer the temperature went up to 42 degrees (it is usually around 36) and still no public schools or universities have air-con. It is not because of electricity-conscientiousness, but we don’t have the money to buy the air-con to begin with. ^.^” Kind of difficult to concentrate when your blood is literally boiling…

    • But I’m honestly confused about something…if the air con is at 26 (which doesn’t actually cool anything down) VS being at 21 (which does cool something down) isn’t it a waste of energy to just use the air con to blow around warm air? Also, does it make an actual energy difference to put an air con at 21 vs 26? I thought once something is on, it can only use a maximum amount of electricity per how the machine was made and how long it is on? But I don’t know for sure! Also, how does the bus/taxi effect the electricity use in Korea? I don’t understand why my bus/taxi is so hot when they are running on personal fuel; they aren’t plugged into the power grid so why make us sweat when we’re packed like sardines during rush hour? OH OH and, why am I still paying full price for my building maintenance bill if they aren’t using the A/C??? Confused! I NEED BILL NYE SCIENCE GUY!!!

      • very valid points, but i dont have the answers guys. from watching the show i think little buildings (like homes, small businesses, GYMS etc) are suffering because of how huge corporate companies misuse their electric, and because a huge corporate building pays less electricity they take advantage of it and blast lights/air con etc etc sorry i just learnt from a variety show, i cant give much insight to it all, can i suggest oppening more windows, oh but thats hot air isn’t it :S

        i live in england, it a miracle if the temp goes above 25 :/

      • In Singapore, i was told that 26′C is the most eco-friendly temperature ie most cooling effect with least energy used. But public ares in Singapore still blast the aircon at 21-22′C despite the push to be more evironmentally-friendly.

      • LOL! We watch Bill all the time in scienc class!!!!!

  76. There is an electricity shortage emergency in Korea now due to shutting down of several nuclear power plants. Businesses may be fined if they thermostat is set too low. Some factories are shut down during peak hours. This year all government building air conditioners were shut down. Even presidential palace never turned on air conditioning this year. So gym air conditioning will be turned on when electricity shortage problem is solved, maybe in several years at least.

  77. Not Korea, but the things mentioned in the video held true for China as well. I think it’s probably because Asian culture is has a pathological fear of becoming the Hulk, and don’t realize that absent rare genes or a very structured program it ain’t gonna happen. Exercise is one of my loves in life so I’d like to share my experience trying to maintain my habit in Beijing, China.

    FWIW, I’m 6′, Chinese woman, and people blatantly stare when I walked around Beijing. At the gym, people stared+made OMG comments when I would lift weights. They weren’t even heavy weights, and half the time I just did plyometrics or pushups. It felt weird because I could tell that they weren’t trying to judge me for using the weights but were just genuinely incredulous, like they’ve never seen a female do more than the inner thigh machine. I don’t remember what exactly he said now, but one guy basically came up to me at one point and said I was awesome with an O_O face. I was flattered but uh, have you really never seen a girl lift weights? Some of the girls did crunches and situps with a swiss ball or on that incline board thing as well, but generally not much else.

    Interestingly, this gender separation went both ways. There was this one older guy who totally loved all of the dance classes offered and went to practically every single one, but he was the only male in the class and would awkwardly stand a good distance away from the girls in the back. He totally kicked their asses at it too-while the girls made half attempts at shaking their butts his moves were smooth and he was totally into it.

    Also, girls were often inappropriately dressed for working out at the gym. I am one of those that goes to the gym to get work done, so I usually just tie up my hair however, wear an old shirt and comfortable shorts. This gym had group exercise classes to a certain extent, and there would always been a few girls that walk in late in leggings, a sweater, and a miniskirt. This would be especially noticeable in the cycling room, since they had to open a creaky door on the side and awkwardly set up as the class was in session. My friend and I swore they did it to get the attention of the instructor (who, tbh, was the only attractive guy in the room considering the skinny and out of shape male students he was teaching).

    On that note, this gym I went to had more interesting group exercise classes than the standard American gym. Although there were the basic things like cycling, step, cardio kickboxing, etc, there were also other stuff. One of the personal trainers at the gym had an extensive wushu background, so he would teach this wushu/conditioning class that ran 2 hrs (double the length of things here in LA) and actually got pretty technical with stretches and kicks. There was also a visiting dance instructor who did what looked like legit ballroom dance, as some of the students came in the full heels/performance outfits and practiced extensively. Alternatively, one of our friends from the nearby university said that his choices for PE included tai chi, which is way cooler than running around in circles then attempting to play sports.

    I was there in the fall and winter, so I can’t speak to aircon. However, the gym was completely underground, so I imagine it would be hell in the heat unless the aircon is blasting…

    I don’t remember the cost, but I believe it was more than the 23 a month I pay in LA. They did have a deal to decrease the price if I had paid for a year at a time, but since I was only in Beijing for half that time I couldn’t do it.

    • That’s so interesting. I love that these videos inspire people to share their in depth comparisons and differences from other cultures are well. ^^

    • i will NEVER understand why some girls come to the gym in full make up, sit on a bike, and peddle once every other minute as they text away on their cell phone. when i see this, i almost want to go up to them and say, “you’re hogging a machine a person who actually wants to exercise could use! if that’s all you’re gonna do, just stay home.”

      • What’s the point of even buying a gym membership? Might as well stay at home and not have to put on full make up and save that money to buy stuff eg more delicious noms.

        You see where my priorities lie here.

    • Yes i find that when i’m training people in the US, that a lot of women not just asian women have this pre conceived notion; that if they lift a certain weight that they are going to all of a sudden look like a she hulk. less in america, but its still there, so i’m not surprised that it’s more prevalent in korea. i toured a korean company this past summer and they had a gym on the bottom floor. Funniest thing I saw was that they had the vibrating belt machines, 4 of them in a row as well as treadmills, ellipticals, etc.

      • Damn, I swear this was also there in Beijing. I stuck to dumbbells and barbells but the selection was not good there, not to mention breaking through the crowd of men and having them all seriously side eye me for picking up something heavier than 5lbs. At my local 24hr fitness the men don’t bat an eyelash when I select the heavier weights!

      • Wow, I didn’t know these things were still around. In the 80s, my grandfather was psyched to find one of these retro machines. We all thought it was nuts trying to let a machine do the work.

  78. I wish I could click on the button below, but I can’t, I’m already subscribed…darn.

  79. I like it guys that you talk about this health stuff :D at least I find it very interesting and inspiring, you know, my kind of people :P and yeaaah, go for organic/vegan! It’s the healthiest and the most environmentally-friendly! ♥

  80. thisisjustforfunval

    You should have threatened to lock that guy in a room alone with his fan, maybe his fear of “fan death” would have changed his mind about not turning on the A/C ;)

  81. What sports are commonly practised in Korea? When I was an exchange student in Japan there was many after schools sport clubs to join like Kendo and Basketball and the Baseball club was HUGE. I went to practised Japanese archery at night and the house wife gymnastics next door was also a big thing. What sort of sports are big and what typically Korean activities have you tried out?

  82. Whoa, culture clash between US and Canada: when you said football, did you mean soccer or American football? O_o. And uh, you had weights classes? Wow, my P.E. class consisted of wiffle ball and basketball…with no real lessons on technique or anything. Physical education was terrible in my state, which probably explains rising obesity in the US.

    • Right? I live in the U.S. and our gym classes were absolutely USELESS. We didn’t learn how to use weights or anything. In fact, half the time the teachers would send about 30 people to the fitness center, which was built for about 15 people, and then all the students would sit and talk or do nothing even remotely related to physical activity for the entire period. Hearing that Simon and Martina actually learned the proper way to exercise makes me wish that gym classes here in the U.S. did the same thing. -_-

      • LUCKY!!! You can either do 2 years of PE or Athletics at my school. And if you dont wanna do that then 4 years of band!

        • XLovelyFantasy
          XLovelyFantasy

          Not just band though, marching band right? At least that’s what my school said. Regular concert band and orchestra didn’t count as “exercising” but marching band did.

        • well most bands do an exercise but my band does not! That is probably why our freshman whine.

        • XLovelyFantasy
          XLovelyFantasy

          I meant marching band as in the ones that perform during halftime for American football. Or march in parades. Since they have to practice, that counts as PE (although what they do is easier than running miles…)

      • i had a completely different experience from you guys. my gym class actually made you play sports and do the running and stuff and if you didn’t, your grade got deducted. we also had an elective in our school that was specifically for weight lifting (lots of boys took that class). of course, pe was required only 1 year and the rest of the years it was optional.

      • Same here. I think the only reason why we had a weight lifting class was because someone donated all their old equipment. It was funny because I was talking to a friend about how he loves to watch teenagers in gyms. They always try and lift too much at once, and spend most of the time watching what other people are doing.

    • I guess it also depends on the state because not all of U.S is the same. I live in California and where I lived when I was in high school we actually had a body sculpting class and all of the P.E classes had some sort of weight lifting semester in addition to running at least a mile once a week so we were taught about reps and stuff. We also had the normal sport teams like american football, soccer, tennis, swim, baseball, track and field, etc. As far as I know the whole school district had the same stuff. America should make it the same everywhere. Note: it was a public school and my school was actually the smallest in the district but every school made an effort to have physical education and games with each other.

      • XLovelyFantasy

        Wow I live in California too and my high school had nothing like that. We had required PE classes of course, but it was not that intense. It would depend on the teacher how many miles you would run that year (some would make you run one mile a week or some would only make you run like 5 miles in the whole year). I think it depends on the district. I live in a very Asian area where sports that require intense training (like American football) aren’t all that popular compared to academics. So I guess that was reflected on the intensity of the PE classes. Although, my high school did offer a weight training class (where you worked on weights everyday…) but it wasn’t that popular.

        • Jenna Leigh

          My PE classes in Cali were the same, depended A LOT on the teacher you had. We only did maybe 3 weeks in the weight room during winter though, so it wasn’t a lot of time to learn, the rest of the time it was badminton. The longest sessions of sports were defiantly tennis and volleyball, but almost no one tried, which is upsetting.

        • JenniferSakraida

          I feel like American’s have a very weird view on academics and sports. My school was a highly ranked public school (usually ranked in the top 50-100 schools in the US) So even though academics where top priority, most students were super competitive in sports because they knew being good would mean possible scholarships. That said, we had NO spirit for teams, or football, and I only heard guys argue about who was the better golfer (not better QB, or whatever)

        • I guess I made it sound intense haha. I live in a very Asian area as well in Orange County. Maybe it’s different now since I’m not in high school anymore or depending on the high schools. Some teachers didn’t use the weight room while many others did so I guess that depends too. I do say we have American football but doesn’t mean my school was good. We won for the first time in like 30 years last year I found out LOL. I just wanted to say we had all the sports, it may not be super awesome but we had them and things like weightlifting safely was taught to us. Just the basics but we had them

    • My Gym classes around where I live were great. We did lots of different stuff one of them being the weight room. We also did lots of other cool stuff but from what I’ve seen telling people makes them even more upset about their gym classes…

    • irritablevowel

      The U.S. doesn’t have a national curriculum, so schools can vary WILDLY not just from state to state, but from town to town. I went to two high schools. In one we had a pool and learned proper swimming and diving forms. When I moved to a new town I went to a new school that didn’t have a pool, but it did have this giant movable wall down the center of the gym that they used to teach us how to rappel (like for rock climbing). I always remember going to a pool party at a classmates house and everyone was amazed by what they thought were my amazing professional looking diving skills. As far as they were concerned I was a step away from the Olympics. Not even close, but since that was something they were never taught, it looked really impressive to them. My point is that schools usually design their P.E. curriculum around the resources that they have. Big giant movable wall? Perfect for learning rock climbing technique. Deep swimming pool? Perfect for learning diving technique. They use what they have.

    • My school PE classes in Washington State didn’t really include weight lifting. There were specific weight training classes, but no one was required to take them.
      I didn’t get any training in gym techniques or exposure to gym culture until I joined a gym. Thankfully, the employees there are awesome at helping people who aren’t pros.
      Also, my current gym has a wide range of people using it. Lots of seniors, too. That’s a nice bonus.

      • Really off-topic and irrelevant, but yay for finding another Washingtonian Nasty!
        I actually had gym classes in middle school where we focused on weight lifting and how to do it correctly. I learned about reps, rotating between machines, resting days, etc. Didn’t have that in high school though. But my high school did also have weight training classes in replacement of just taking normal PE class. Students were only required to take 1.5 years of PE, and not many people took weight lifting, so I’m pretty sure about 90% of my high school population never learned how to properly lift weights.

    • It’s not just a difference in education in the US and Canada either though. I live in Canada too (a different province than SM) and never learned anything like that at all. We just spent all class playing dodgeball everyday and trying to avoid getting hit in the face by rowdy boys -.-

    • I’m so jealous of all these kids who had rock climbing walls and pools D: You’re making me realize how deprived I was as a child. Also, all of this sports talk is making me think of Cool Kiz on the Block. I watched the badminton episode with Chansung and Nichkhun, and now I reallly want to play it. *cough* I mean, of course that’s why I watched the show in the first place…for badminton…not gorgeous guys kicking butt in sports…

  83. Annieyo
    can you tell us about how to become citizen in S.Korea?Does it need hundred thousands of dollars like Green Card in USA?Can one become citizen just with university degree or something other than marriage with a Korean?
    By the way,do you guys want to become citizens and live there for your rest of life?

  84. Thanks to you guys starting and keeping up a healthier lifestyle, and also starting college and living on my own, I’m starting to get really motivated to become healthy. You guys are awesome!
    ps I would love to buy a hat but I’m a poor college student and can’t afford it.

  85. Holy Cow! Simon! Let Martina finish a sentence.. lols.

  86. I have asthma too. We can wheeze together.

    • Yaaaaaaa *whhhheeeeezzzeee* I stopped using my puffer a long time ago by doing cross country running and swimming and learning to control it and not panic, but humidity and hot weather always brings it out.

      • I have been running to try and make it less severe, but when the grass has just been cut and such I am like nfmzjdjsk
        I hate how the inhaler makes my heart pound so I try to avoid it. ㅠㅠ

  87. You don’t expend any more energy working out in a hot environment.. the only difference is that you are expending more water which you will just have to replace once you are done or you could get really sick.

  88. Doesn’t that no air-con thingy relate to the electrical energy deficit that Korea is presently facing? Or was it the case even before? Because I listen to Arirang Radio and heard about this a few times.

    • I read that a lot of places get them for “aesthetic purposes”

      • hahahaha
        I saw in the latest Human Condition episode(on KBSWorld) that there was this shop that had something that looked like a/c but the owner said it’s for blocking the hot air from outside to come in or something like that. Weird, just weird.

  89. Singapore’s temperature and humidity is really high so… air-con all around! Anyway i’m so used to the temperature here that i’m typing this is maybe 29 or 30 degree C weather (with the fan to circulate the air) and i’ve barely broken a sweat. But Korea in autumn or winter is so dang cold. ><

    Anyway, shifting back onto the topic of exercise, i have to exercise outside in 30degreeC or 31 degreeC weather because i get cold while i run, which is irritating because who wants to exercise in that kind of heat? And then i get really warm after i stop and i sweat tons and it irritates my skin and gives me eczema patches.

    tl;dr i don't run anymore because SKIN IS WEAK AND SENSITIVE.

  90. i think korea gives more importancce to baseball than football…………..

  91. I’m so jealous of you guys, you have so much self discipline!! Changing the way you eat and exercising regularly, I wish I was that dedicated D:

  92. talking about aircons in the summer, I had once that I had go to the gym and the aircon was on in the winter! In the freaking WINTER!, It was warmer outside than inside. Normally it would be colder outside then inside, So I don’t stay long or else I would have froze my butt of,, haha,,

  93. Old ppl go to gyms in North America, but they just go at like 5 am

  94. They taught you in high school how to use the weight room? Wow I wish they did that here :| We basically did the same tests over and over again each year lol Oh and we went 2 times (in 12 years of education, 12 years) to the gym to do nothing at all.

  95. Girls just hog up the equipment at the gyms in Korea…and they barely do anything. haha.

    You forgot to mention the big belt massage things that don’t exist in America/Canada anymore! I used to see people use them all the time! I still don’t know the purpose…

  96. Rebecca Kiew

    I think I can somehow explain the A/C part. From young, I’ve been told not to go into the aircon room when you’re sweating (like you got back home from jogging and is smelly and full of sweat), because my mom told me that I will get sweat marks (do you guys know what sweat marks are?) and it will stay. When I grew up I kinda rationalized it as I might get catch a cold with my wet body (oh yeah) and exposing in the cold air. So I guess that’s why they don’t turn on the aircon???

  97. Sonia

    Kind of a tangent off of the broad topic of health–

    How are people with disabilities, mental and physical, treated by the general public and government in South Korea? My mom’s blind, and she’s got a guide dog, and she sometimes has trouble in the States with people who don’t know that it’s illegal to refuse service to people with service animals, and people who mean well but are ignorant of how to act around blind people. Is Korea wheelchair friendly? Is there any stigma attached to disabilities?

    • That’s a great question!! My mother is completely paralyzed on one side of her body, but she’s likes to be out and about. We use a wheelchair to get her around and we often run into the issue of aisle space and handicap restrooms usually being big enough for one person…not two. Would you please address this question?

    • I would love that question to be a addressed since I have hearing loss. I really interested how disabilities issues are handled in South Korea.

  98. UK here! At my school we didn’t learn much at all about this: “We learned all about hypertrophy and how long each rep should be, how long you should wait between sets”, nor did we have a weightlifting class. We went to the gym sometimes because our school was right next to the sports centre. It might have been taught then, but I had to opt out of PE due to health reasons so all I know is that sometimes the rest of my class would go to the gym and I would sit in the library. I did, however, use the gym on my own outside of school and everything was wiped down properly and it was super cool, but I totally get the whole monopoly on equipment thing. I ended up just skipping certain things or changing the order because they took too long. Then I started dancing and I just gave up the gym- it was waaaayy too expensive for not an awful lot (much like in Korea apparently).

    AND THAT’S MY STORY!

    • Yep, gyms in UK are quite expensive. I prefer to just play some badminton or volleyball.

      • Yeah, my dad and I went to the same gym and quit when it started getting more expensive, and got some stuff at home. Buying some small pieces of gym equipment is soooo much cheaper than paying the gym membership fee.

  99. Really interesting TL;DR video and blog post. Thanks, guys!!

    Also, it is really awesome that you two are practicing such a healthy lifestyle and are so enthusiastic about it. It inspires me to try not to slack off so much in that department!

  100. *grunt* ugh ahhh ARGH *grunt* = Martina ^_^ ahaha

  101. I am a vegan and worried that if I come to Korea I wont be able to eat out. Do Koreans even know what vegan means?

    • There is a restaurant called “Loving Hut,” which Marina and Simon even made a video on! (the restaurant is full out vegan, or so I understand. Maybe just vegetarian? I never went there.)
      Other than that, I think you will have a really really really hard time (like really). I’m having a hard time coming up with any Korean dish that is vegan. (You MIGHT be able to find a vegan bibimbap, but it often has ground up hamburger meat and/or an egg included.)

    • They still haven’t quite figured out what “vegetarian” means. It will be difficult to eat out especially if it’s a Korean restaurant. Almost all Korean foods have some sort of meat and seafood. If it isn’t a big chunk of meat like Bulgogi they might not consider it being meat e.g. Soups with meat based broths, kimchi, odeng (fish cakes), ham in the kimbap etc. So be very careful if you are eating at a non-vegan establishment. But like Lisa Wiest said there is Loving Hut which is 100% vegan. There are a bunch of them in Korea and quite a few in Seoul. You can also try eating out at Buddhist temple food restaurants and western food restaurants. I also strongly recommend you live in Seoul since it will be easier to find vegan food there. There are also more people that speak English than in other parts of Korea thus making it easier to communicate your dietary needs.

    • I’m vegan too and I also heard that it might be difficult. Although there are vegan koreans (even if it’s still uncommon) and vegan communities in Seoul :) and a lot of side dishes are vegetables (not to mention rice) so it could work out? I heard that most koreans indeed don’t really get veganism yet but if you say what stuff you don’t eat they accept it more easily, especially that you can play ‘the foreigner card’ :P

      And Loving Hut of course!

      • Buddhists in Korea practice vegetarian diet. Look for restaurants specializing in Buddhist dishes, there are found in every city. Also visit nearby Buddhist temples. Some have cafeteria where you can buy food (but must arrive at lunch hours, usually 10-12 a.m.?) . Temple food taste great, one of the hidden secrets of Korea. Cooked rice at temple is usually the best cooked rice in the world! They consider it as a part of meditation/learning process and they study how to cook best rice with just water and rice for 10 years, hahaha…But that kind of dedication is disappearing even in temples, so some temple food may be just above average, unfortunately. Still better than average, I am sure.

    • Theres plenty banchan that is vegan. As well as dishes made of eggplant, pumpkin, rice, different fruits, etc. I suggest watching some maangchi videos on YT. She has great veg. recipes/ korean food names

    • You should read this vegan food blog with tons of reviews of restaurants and places in Seoul http://aliensdayout.com/

    • It should be hard since there are lots of animal by-products used in Korean cooking. So you might think you are getting something vegan or vegetarian but your not. Like kimchi is actually NOT vegan OR vegetarian. There is usually shrimp put into the brine, or some other fish like squid, or fish sauce. Although there aren’t meat flavored ramens, there tends to be fish flavoring in them, which boggles my mind since there will be soy protein in the packet. Ask A LOT of question and I would learn the words for dairy, milk, pig, cow, chicken, and some various words for fish.

      Dairy is another really big thing too. Just looking at the back of food packets at my local Korean food mart, milk powder is added to a bunch of stuff. Like for example, those super yummy jjajangmyeon noodles aren’t vegan. The black bean sauce often contains chicken stock and I think the Korean paste uses caramel in it for sweetener and color.

  102. Great subject. It’s interesting how such thing as fitness can be so different when comparing any country. I’m wondering how SKorea gets their knowledge of sex. Since they don’t have sex ed, nearly no pda, no talk about sex with family or friends(?), how do they know what to do?

  103. I totally suck at the gym, LOL I’m not even sure how the machines work or how much time I have to spend on them, that’s why I love more group lessons like yoga or zumba or stuff like, how about those things?

  104. Slightly embarrassing to say, but after I saw After School doing pole dancing I actually started going to pole dancing classes. I’ve been doing it for about 2 months (twice a week) and it really is a full body workout. Flab is gone, butt is toned and I’m actually starting to see my tummy toning like never before. I’ve never seen results like this and I’ve gone to yoga, pilates and even did the gym membership.
    I hear they have fitness classes of all kinds of discipline (yoga, pilates, pole, parkour, etc) in Seoul, which maybe cheaper than a gym membership?

    • Fuck yeah. Pole dancing got quite famous in my city/country. The classes are quite expensive but everyone I know that goes to one says those classes do miracles.

      Have you seen Jenyne Butterfly performing? Sickest thing ever, she is awesome.

      • I just saw a YouTube clip and WOW … I saw a gif of her walking down to a flag and bringing herself back up before but didn’t know that was her.
        The classes are a bit pricey, but you really do get what you pay for. I’m still rather terrible because I lack flexibility but spinning around the pole is alot of fun and the workout is great. The other day, I met up with some friends for dinner and the first thing they asked was if I was working out because they noticed the toned muscle in my arms and shoulder. The studio I go to just participated in a provincial competition where everyone placed first in their category, except for the owner, who fractured her rib in rehearsal. She ended coming in 2nd.

  105. are any kind of sex shops in korea?

  106. One of my Korean friends is totally beefcake/musclehead, so they do exist! But, he does say that he’s really dissatisfied with the gym culture in Korea. It’s apparently very difficult for him to find things like protein products such as powders/bars that are readily available in North America (although he lives in 수원, so I don’t think that being in a suburb helps). Not to mention his difficulties getting a girlfriend – apparently he’s “too big” for most girls now. I guess the flower boy culture is still too pervasive!

  107. Skin care in Korea?

  108. How is education like in South Korea? I mean in high school.

    Is it really tough, like you have to study all day long?

    • There’s a documentary on it on youtube i think. Yes you do study all day long (during school hours) then study some more in the regular after-school program (cram school aka hak-won). You’ve heard of people committing suicide due to academic stress, i presume?

  109. Also, more importantly, I gotta say this: stop staring at my chest hair. I see you staring…

    • thisisjustforfunval

      Is this directed at ALL us Nasties or just Kevin?

      • What the crap, I probably have that many upvotes in all my comments combined…

        Edit: And you have more upvotes than S&M’s comment you’re replying to. INCONCEIVABLE!!!

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          Hehehe ;)

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die.

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          Anybody want a peanut?

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          I was gonna say “No more rhymes, I mean it!” but that’d be out of order…

          Get back witch!
          I’m not a witch, I’m you’re wife! And after what you just said I’m not even sure if I want to be that anymore!
          You never had it so good!

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          Knew I should have started it from the beginning of the rhyming lol

          Have fun stormin’ da castle.
          Think it’ll work?
          It would take a miracle.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          Yeah I coulda done ” Are there rocks ahead?” “If there are, we’ll all be dead.”

          R.O.U.S.’s? Rodents Of Unusual Size? I don’t think they exist.

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          Why do you wear a mask? Were you burned by acid, or something like that?

          Oh no, it’s just that they’re terribly comfortable. I think everyone will be wearing them in the future.

          Honestly I think kpop stars should use these type of masks as the next trend.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          I don’t mean to pry, but you don’t by any chance happen to have six fingers on your right hand?
          Do you always begin conversations this way?

        • unicornsgalaxy

          OK now because of you two, I have to find and watch The Princess Bride this weekend! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          So you can join in our quotefest? I still have more left if/when she replies.

        • unicornsgalaxy

          A little bit sarcastic, but since I love the movie to bits it was only a little bit. Lol

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          You are very welcome :-P
          And believe me, I have to watch it too after this little quotefest we’ve been having.

        • Love that movie! I think the movie is SO much better than the book. “Mawiage, mawaige is what bwings us together, today. That bwessed awangement……” I do a great impression of that scene.

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          I love the book, but the movie really is much better than the book.

          “And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva… “

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          A dweam wiffin a dweam.

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          Go away or I’ll call the Brute Squad.

          I’m on the Brute Squad.

          You *are* the Brute Squad!

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          What was that for?
          Because you’ve always been so kind to me and I won’t be seeing you again since I’m killing myself once we reach the honeymoon suite.
          Won’t that be nice?

          (Not gonna lie, I had to look up the exact wording of Buttercup’s line.

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          I do not envy you the headache you will have when you awake. But for now, rest well and dream of large women.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          Is this a kissing book?

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          There’s a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. It would be a pity to damage yours.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates?
          Yes.
          Morons!

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          Why won’t my arms move?

          You’ve been mostly-dead all day.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          Chocolate coating makes it go down easier.

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          First things first, to the death.

          No. To the pain.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          Bow down to the queen of slime, the queen of filth, the queen of putrescence. Boo! BOO!

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          Surrender.

          You mean you wish to surrender to me? Very well, I accept.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          Murdered by pirates is good!

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          As you wish.

        • Amazing dialogue ! To think that Simon’s chest hair started all this…

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          Simon’s chest hair is a magical conversation starter. You never know where it will take you.

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          OH MY GOD! I just realized something…what if Simon IS Inigo Montoya? And that is why his chest hair lead to the this dialog :-O Photographic proof that my theory, although nuts, has so validity too it. The proof is in the chest hair.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          He would have said “You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.”

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          True love is the greatest thing, in the world-except for a nice MLT – mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          I’ve had to cheat a few times to get exact quotes, don’t deny it, you have too!

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          I never claimed I didn’t lol. They were all quotes I knew but sometimes for the exact wording I would look it up.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          I keep wanting to say ones from Robin Hood: Men in Tights lol.

          Can we do Hot Shots! next?! lol :P

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          Hey Blinkin.
          Did you say Abe Lincoln?
          No I didn’t say Abe Lincoln. I said hey Blinkin. Hold the reins man.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          lol I was jk, this crap shall never cease if we do this.

          MASTER YOU LOST YOUR ARMS IN BATTLE!!! ….But you grew some nice boobs!

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          Or were you? :-P
          Maybe we should save these other gems for other threads to take over XD

          Save them, save them, hurt you, hurt you! I’ve got it!

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          Wasn’t your mole…. on the other side?

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          I have a mole?!

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          I really want to quote Blinkin’s story about Robin’s family but I would probably mess some of it up and it’s crazy long lol.

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          Hahaha it is a rather long, but glorious quote.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          There’s a lot more visual/unsaid puns in Robin Hood and Spaceballs than there is in Princess Bride.

          Edit: And Hot Shots! like 50x more than all of those lol. Hot Shots! is my favorite comedy, it SOOOOO stupid! lol. I let some ppl borrow it and they were unamused.

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          Mel Brooks is huge on visuals, great lines but definitely big on visuals.

          I remember Hot Shots! being stupid lol but my siblings and I use to love doing the quotes. Just been a long, long time since I’ve seen it.

          Oh man, I had a friend we all got her to finally watch Robin Hood: Men in Tights and she was not amused at all. Then later on she caught us doing quotes and told us “Oh I see know, reciting the quotes is the only fun thing about the movie.” O_O

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          Napoleon Dynamite completely sucks to watch by yourself but is an awesome quote-fest.

          One time me and my cousin had to get up early the next morning and we were like “let’s watch a movie to fall asleep to”, for some reason we chose Hot Shots!, even though we had seen it plenty of times we still stayed up for the whole thing lol.

          Blazing Saddles is pretty funny too, Young Frankenstein is alright… I don’t think I’ve seen all of any of his other movies unfortunately.
          They all act like they’ll have sequels tho lol.

          (I don’t think any of those things were what I originally wanted to say and forgot what it was…. Oh well….)

          It’s good to be the king.

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          Will you disavow my existence if I acknowledge the fact that I’ve never watched Napoleon Dynamite? However I do know many of the quotes and scenes from the movie.

          I’ve seen a few of his other movies but Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights are my favorites. I prefer Young Frankenstein over Blazing Saddles but I’ve only seen that one once so not a fair assessment on my part.

          My roommate and I DVR’ed the Princess Bride two years ago. We still each watch it maybe once a month from beginning to end. Note: we both own physical copies of the movie. XD

          Actually the other movie we do that with is Paul. But that is a movie not everyone has seen and love it like we do.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          I haven’t watched Princess Bride in probably a year or more lol.

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          Lol and don’t I know it. My best friend is the reason I know the quotes. She would say them all the time to me. Even her guest room use to be full of Napoleon Dynamite memorabilia.

          And yupp I’ve seen Dodgeball more that a few times.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          Ppl always say necessary so I go and do the urine quote, but most of the time ppl haven’t seen it and it’s just awkward…

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          “Is it necessary for me to drink my own urine? No, but I do it anyway because it’s
          sterile and I like the taste.”

          Uhm yeah I could see how saying that to someone could be awkward.

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          Aww I actually have forgot most of the Hot Shot ones. I haven’t seen it in a long time. Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Spaceballs and Airplane quotes I know pretty well.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          Surely you can’t be serious…
          Yeah that’s really all I know from Airplane unfortunately. I actually know more Spaceballs than Robin Hood but I kept wanting to say those because it’s the same main actor.

        • I endorse your theory. Remember the window scene, where he doesn’t know what to do with the rest of his life ? That’s right, he decides to go to Korea and spent his days surrounded by aegyo and kimchi and miniskirts, but unlike kpop idols he sticks to his chest hair as a reminder of his dark-seeking-revenge-with-a-weird-hairdo past. Don’t worry, Simon, your secret is safe with us

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          And the chesthair plot thickens.
          Your scenario adds more credit to the validity of this theory.
          And she’s right InigoSimon, you’re secret is safe with us.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          You people are strange lol.

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          We may be strange, but we’re entertaining.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          Also btw, lol we are DEF not quoting Blazing Saddles on here. The butthurt would be too high.

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          Aw you mean you don’t want to be severally chastised or banished? That is of course only to come after an angry mob lynches us XD Yeah no Blazing Saddle quotes is gooooood idea.

        • BAA HAHAHAH! I’ll never tell!

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          As you wish.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          I’ve been waiting to see how long we took before we said that one.

          You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is never get involved in a land war in Asia, but only slightly less well-known is this; never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line!

        • You guys are making me want to rewatch this now! (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          There was a few times earlier I pondered its use but refrained. But it only seemed fitting with “Murdered by pirates is good!” Well in my warped mind lol

          Good night, Westley. Good work. Sleep well. I’ll most likely kill you in the morning.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          When I was your age, television was called books.

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          Oh what I wouldn’t give for a holocaust cloak…

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          There, we cannot help you.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work, but I’ve got my country’s 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder and Guilder to frame for it; I’m swamped.

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          My co-worker and I just went for a walk and she said this exact quote to me XD

          Where we did we put that wheelbarrow the albino had?

          Over the albino, I think.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          “Where we did we” lol.

          I am not left handed!

        • thisisjustforfunval
          thisisjustforfunval

          Lol, I’ve been making a vector illustration all day at work. I think I can’t see straight anymore, nor have the ability to type correctly.

          You seem a decent fellow. I hate to kill you.
          You seem a decent fellow. I hate to die.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

           We’ll never survive.
          Nonsense, you’re only saying that because no one ever has.

        • Did you just drop a “Princess Dairy” reference? Are you still dropping them down below as if they were hot? You and thisisjustforfunval officially win the internet.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          Ewww no lol
          Princess Bride

        • Oh, my gosh! I meant to type Princess Bride… But my brain just wasn’t thinking.

        • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

          I know lol, ppl do it all the time and I’m like “Why would I be quoting a chick flick…”

    • OHHHH you so freakin NASTY!!!!

    • What has been seen cannot be unseen xD

    • don’t wear a tank top ;)

  110. At the gym I used to go to the people were really annoying. They would practically sleep on the machines during sets. Then if you were on the treadmill there was always someone on the treadmill next to you trying to peak at your numbers like keep your eyes in your own machine ( reminds me of the JemnaMarbles video haha). The gym I go to now though the people are really respectful.

  111. I know gyms here in the U.S. have group exercise classes, such as Yoga, Cycling, Zumba, etc. Do gyms in Korea also have those types of classes offered? Or are they in their own studios, like Yoga studios?

    • Ooh, also and this is gong to sound very stupid, are there like sports leagues like soccer, basketball, etc.? Are they cheap? Are there coed versions of them?

  112. There’s a gym next to my school and our fitness course is sponsered by it so we get student discount ^^ But it’s still pretty pricey because I’m lazy and I’d rather do home workouts lol.

    SIMON AND MARTINAAA~ You should check out Blogilates^^ It’s a blog and youtube channel run by Cassey Ho and she does really awesome workout videos and you can do most of them at home without equipment. I’ve been doing that recently since I don’t wanna fork out $30 a month and then take the subway c:

    • Blogilates yeeees! <3 I have health problems that makes me really (reeeeaaaally) tired even when I'm just resting. Cassey's workout routines are really awesome for me, since I can do them slowly and whenever I feel like to. We also can't forget about her healthy recipes that are sooooo goooood! :D

    • thanks for showing me that! I want to try!!

    • Yes, blogilates is amazing and you don’t have to pay expensive gym fees to get a good workout! I’ve never really been into exercising but now with Cassey’s calenders I’ve been working out more often than I have before.

    • YES!!! I love Cassey and I hope to get in great shape before I travel the world!!

    • bigbangfosho

      SHE’S TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!

    • ♪ Yeyoung ♬ 예영 ♪
      ♪ Yeyoung ♬ 예영 ♪

      Woohoo Blogilates!! Seriously the only exercise I have EVER stuck to for more than a day. It’s a miracle!! Can not recommend it enough~~

  113. $900 dollars? Wow. I go to a basic gym like that for under eight bucks a month.

  114. It sounds like Korea is really obsessed with the misconception of “Toning muscle” and doing mostly Cardio to avoid getting big and bulky.

    Awesome hat Simon!

  115. So, erm, why do you actually pay to go to the gym? I just don’t see the logic if they don’t turn the airco on and there are a bunch of selfish people hogging the machines. Just seems to make more sense to workout outside for free! But then again, I’m pretty lazy..hehe.

  116. Cyber_3

    Totally scrotally? The imagined visual has scarred me for life! ;)

    Nice tl;dr.

  117. Sonia

    I can’t wait to buy and not use a gym membership in South Korea. It’ll be so different than me buying and not using my gym membership here in the U.S.

    I can’t even convince myself to go and hang out in the halls or do walk around the perimeter of the gym. I’m just too sleepy

  118. Simon i really want your cap o.o’

  119. Lol at the story of the person with the fan ;’D
    I would do it too, but then I need personal assistant to stand next to me with the fan while working out :’d

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