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Fitness and Gyms in Korea

August 22, 2013

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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.

Yeah! And…you should totally click on this button below. We’re almost at 400,000 subscribers! Amazing! Hopefully you like these videos, and the other random videos we make throughout the week, and feel like subscribing. It’s totally worth it :D

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  1. 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.

    2 years ago
  2. 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. -_-

    2 years ago
    • 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.

      2 years ago
    • :3

      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!

      2 years ago
      • 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.

        2 years ago
        • 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…)

          2 years ago
  3. That’s what she said…

    2 years ago
  4. 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

    2 years ago
  5. 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.

    2 years ago
    • 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.

      2 years ago
      • 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.

        2 years ago
      • 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!

        2 years ago
    • 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.”

      2 years ago
      • 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.

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

      2 years ago
  6. 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!

    2 years ago
  7. 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.

    2 years ago
  8. I wish I could click on the button below, but I can’t, I’m already subscribed…darn.

    2 years ago
  9. 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! ♥

    2 years ago
  10. 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 ;)

    2 years ago
  11. 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?

    2 years ago
  12. 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.

    2 years ago
  13. I have asthma too. We can wheeze together.

    2 years ago
    • 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.

      2 years ago
      • 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

        2 years ago
  14. 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.

    2 years ago
  15. 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.

    2 years ago
  16. 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.

    2 years ago
  17. I have seen shops that I would assume are sex shops, because it says more like “Adult Usage” shop.

    2 years ago
  18. 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.)

    2 years ago
  19. 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:

    2 years ago
  20. 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,,

    2 years ago
  21. Old ppl go to gyms in North America, but they just go at like 5 am

    2 years ago
  22. 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.

    2 years ago
  23. 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…

    2 years ago
  24. 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???

    2 years ago
    • :3

      idk but you can get a cough going from cold to warm air and vise versa. I did it one summer and had a terrible cough!

      2 years ago
  25. 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?

    2 years ago
    • 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.

      2 years ago
    • 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?

      2 years ago
  26. 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!

    2 years ago
  27. 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!

    2 years ago
  28. Leigh says she volunteers as tribute!

    2 years ago
  29. *grunt* ugh ahhh ARGH *grunt* = Martina ^_^ ahaha

    2 years ago
  30. Is this directed at ALL us Nasties or just Kevin?

    2 years ago
      • Ewww no lol
        Princess Bride

        2 years ago
      • Anybody want a peanut?

        2 years ago
        • 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!

          2 years ago
        • 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.

          2 years ago
        • 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.

          2 years ago
        • 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.

          2 years ago
        • 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?

          2 years ago
        • Go away or I’ll call the Brute Squad.

          I’m on the Brute Squad.

          You *are* the Brute Squad!

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

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

          2 years ago
        • Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates?
          Yes.
          Morons!

          2 years ago
        • Why won’t my arms move?

          You’ve been mostly-dead all day.

          2 years ago
        • Chocolate coating makes it go down easier.

          2 years ago
        • First things first, to the death.

          No. To the pain.

          2 years ago
        • Surrender.

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

          2 years ago
        • As you wish.

          2 years ago
        • 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!

          2 years ago
        • 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.

          2 years ago
        • Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.

          2 years ago
        • Oh what I wouldn’t give for a holocaust cloak…

          2 years ago
        • There, we cannot help you.

          2 years ago
        • 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.

          2 years ago
        • 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.

          2 years ago
        • 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.

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

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

          2 years ago
        • As you wish.

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

          2 years ago
        • 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.

          2 years ago
        • 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.

          2 years ago
        • We may be strange, but we’re entertaining.

          2 years ago
        • 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.

          2 years ago
        • 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

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

          2 years ago
        • 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.

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

          2 years ago
        • 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!

          2 years ago
        • 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!

          2 years ago
        • I have a mole?!

          2 years ago
        • Hahaha it is a rather long, but glorious quote.

          2 years ago
        • 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

          2 years ago
        • 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.

          2 years ago
        • I haven’t watched Princess Bride in probably a year or more lol.

          2 years ago
        • 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.

          2 years ago
        • 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…

          2 years ago
        • “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.

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

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

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

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

          2 years ago
        • 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.

          2 years ago
        • I love the book, but the movie really is much better than the book.

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

          2 years ago
        • A dweam wiffin a dweam.

          2 years ago
  31. How is education like in South Korea? I mean in high school.

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

    2 years ago
    • 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?

      2 years ago
  32. 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.

    2 years ago
  33. 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?

    2 years ago
  34. 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:

    2 years ago
  35. $900 dollars? Wow. I go to a basic gym like that for under eight bucks a month.

    2 years ago
  36. 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.

    2 years ago
  37. Totally scrotally? The imagined visual has scarred me for life! ;)

    Nice tl;dr.

    2 years ago
  38. 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

    2 years ago
  39. Simon i really want your cap o.o’

    2 years ago
  40. 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

    2 years ago
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