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WTF – Couple Umbrellas

April 26, 2015

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FINALLY! We’ve been waiting for ages for the right day to shoot this video. We bought it last year, but we just couldn’t get a rainstorm during the day, until now. And on what a perfect day: Black Day – the saddest day for single people – to film this video about how to be a loving couple under one umbrella. Perfect!

This reminds me: I had a video I wanted to shoot at the studio, but I seem to be the only one who likes the idea. Here’s the backstory: I’ve been getting lots of shoulder injuries at the gym lately. I think it’s because of how I sleep. My shoulders are a lot wider than my hips, and sleeping on my sides is very awkward, because my balance is off as a result. So, I usually lift my arm above my head, and then I’m more flattened and can sleep better. Well, this is actually quite bad for my shoulders. So now I have to sleep like Fangurilla, and keep both of my hands in front of me. But that’s the worst, because it gets in the way of spooning at night. And I thought about complaining about this to everyone at the studio, and then the camera panning over to them in a line, all looking at me with disgust and not the least bit of sympathy, as arrows point over all of their heads and say “Single, single, single, single.” I thought that’d be funny. And that reminded me of this video, so there we go full circle back to the point!

And, I know some of you might be wondering about Martina’s arm sling. Well, it’s just another one of those EDS days. I complain about my shoulders being in pain and not being able to sleep right. Martina sometimes just can’t move an arm, and sometimes she needs to use the sling. Today was one of those days. She’s better now, though! We filmed our Mukbang video the day afterwards, and she wasn’t wearing it then. Speaking of which, this is the second video now in which you’ve seen Rose now as well, right? She was in that Mukbang video. She’s a good sport. For those of you who don’t know what she does, she’s our web developer here. She’s the one that’s keeping the website afloat, and building cool new things (a site redesign is currently in the works!).

Otherwise, if you’re ready to show your undying love for your significant other to the rest of the loveless world, you can pick up this couple umbrella on Gmarket. I’m sure it would be easier to open if I followed the instructions, but I didn’t :D

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  1. Simon! I need your hat NOW!!!!! And I guess the umbrella, too!

    4 years ago
  2. This is awesome! I was just at a baseball game and my SO and I had to fight over the umbrella the entire time and at best half of each of us were soaking by the 7th inning.

    4 years ago
  3. I was reading about EDS on Wikipedia … Martina, they actually mentioned you and EYK in the article.

    “Martina Stawski from the popular YouTube channel Eatyourkimchi has EDS and talks about it in a video on their channel.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ehlers-Danlos_syndrome

    4 years ago
  4. Why does it have to be blue and pink tho? *queer sigh*

    4 years ago
    • Cat

      I think it also comes in blue and brown \(O.O)/

      4 years ago
    • If Google Image Search is to be believed, this thing comes in all-black from… someone. Yay?

      4 years ago
  5. Whoa, recurring shoulder injuries? That’s not good, Simon. It’s one thing to experience workout-induced pain or soreness but straight up damage is another matter. I ground my left shoulder into dust years ago as a gym novice and I’m still paying the price for it. I have very wide shoulders as well and also sleep on my side with my arm raised close-to-parallel to my body. For me, however, I find it to be the only comfortable side position for my shoulders/upper back and haven’t experienced any negative side effects as far as I can tell, though your case may be different. From my and many others’ experience, I think exercise form and possibly nutrition may be the culprits here.

    If you do a lot of pressing movements, ie. bench press, shoulder press, etc, it’s very important to not place undue pressure on the shoulder joint. In terms of pressing form, your scapulae should always be retracted (shoulders should be pinned back and lowered), and your chest should be puffed out. You’ll notice much less strain on your shoulder and more emphasis on the larger muscle groups that way. Also, don’t completely lock out your joints during reps. Again, this will place less stress on your joints and put more tension on your muscles. Not only will these techniques decrease the likelihood of joint damage but they’ll also result in greater muscle/strength gains.

    Many people tend to overwork their front delts with pressing movements and ignore the rest of the shoulder, creating instability in the joint. I’ve been guilty of this in the past. Don’t forget to work your side/rear delts, and be sure to utilize pulling exercises along with the pushing exercises to help offset any preexisting muscle imbalances. It’s especially important to mainly use free weights during your workouts as opposed to machines since free weights are better at incorporating your stabilizer muscles into your movements.

    It’s also possible that your shoulder pain/weakness could be due to a basic mistake which even the most experienced lifters make: not eating enough. Whenever I was dieting or simply not eating enough food, I had terrible muscle and joint aches. I’d be squatting with light weights and suddenly be forced to abandon the workout session due to searing pain in my knee. My shoulders/arms felt numb and I had trouble sleeping because my arms would lose circulation in the middle of the night. I wasn’t starving myself; I felt like I was eating adequately but my body clearly didn’t have the nutrients it needed to repair itself. And not surpringly, I wasn’t getting the results I wanted in the gym. Once I started eating the right amounts of the right food, those problems all essentially vanished.

    To my disbelief, I learned that my weight/body fat percentage was not at all indicative of my state of malnutrition. I was technically slightly overweight but undernourished; my diets had slowed my metabolism to a halt and my body was cannibalizing its own muscle to repair itself. Now I literally eat twice the amount of calories I did back then but my body fat percentage hasn’t changed much. I had to work my way up there incrementally but it worked wonders; the strength gains have been enormous and I don’t feel any joint pain whatsoever from my workouts. Of course, sleep and supplementation are vital to this as well. Proper rest and intake of micronutrients such as Vitamin D, K, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM can definitely help in strengthening joints.

    Btw, is yoga popular in South Korea? It’s awesome to hear that Martina’s been hitting the gym regularly to battle her condition, but sometimes I wonder if there isn’t a better alternative. Weightlifting isn’t very functional at its core; it basically revolves around the isolation of muscle groups through artificial linear movements. Plus, it tends to exacerbate joint problems in the long run as opposed to alleviating them. I think yoga could be great for her. I’ve heard great things from people who’ve used it to rehab injuries as well as to increase overall fitness. It’s soft on the joints and should help to greatly increase functional strength throughout her entire body. I’d assume that her natural flexibility would give her a head start in it as well.

    4 years ago
    • Heya,

      Thanks, first of all, for writing such a thorough response to this. My shoulder issues are just complicated, and I can’t really find a good answer for them. I’ve had them since high school, and the doctor told me about the parallel arm sleeping thingy, which I try to remember from time to time, and being mindful of my sleeping helps.

      Also, I’m just a thwack of imbalances. I did a bagillion pushups as a kid, but never did anything for my back, so my posture’s terrible and I’m embarrassingly weak there. I can barely do 2 chin-ups. Anyhow, now at the gym I’m working with lower weights, free weights, and doing my best on focusing on form. Hopefully I’ll be able to get things in working order, someday.

      And we’ve seen some yoga places in Korea, but I don’t think it’d be a good fit for Martina in Korea. Every exercise related thing we’ve seen here has the go-hard-or-go-home approach. When we told masseuses about Martina’s injuries, they thought that hammering the joint would be the best approach. I’m worried that we’d go to a Yoga place in Korea and they’d hyperextend the hell out of Martina and just do her more harm than good.

      Anyhow, we’re both looking for fitness solutions, but doing so in Korea is a bit challenging, that’s all, and we might have to just make our own, once we do a bit more research on what would be the best fit.

      4 years ago
      • Yeah, correcting joint problems can definitely be a long and arduous process. My brother had to have surgery to fix a congenital problem with his shoulder and I experimented for years to try and fix mine. In my case, the problem wasn’t with the joint per se but with all of the weak surrounding muscle groups my shoulder had been compensating for. I was a typical bench/curl monkey who barely hit back and legs so I had the same issue of overdeveloped anterior muscles and weak posterior muscles. I’d noticed in your past videos that you stuck your chest out really far while standing, which does tend to indicate a weak posterior chain. For my back problems, rows and heavy deadlifts really were a godsend; strengthening my left wrist/forearm also helped alleviate some of the pressure off my shoulder during both pressing and pulling movements.

        Yoga is definitely a bit risky. I wasn’t quite sure if it would be more of a help or a hindrance since it’d be putting her in precarious positions. In the end, I just thought that since she’d been through close to everything already injury-wise, it’d be worth a shot. If Korean yogis aren’t the most trustworthy, maybe you guys could try it at home watching Youtube yogis or instructional DVD’s.

        4 years ago
  6. Sending you all the good juju’s to feel less limited Martina. Here’s hoping someone invents a device that allows you to sleep while levitating so there is no pressure on your body anywhere! And unicorns… I want real unicorns.
    I really liked the pink and black umbrella at the beginning of the video too. Did you decorate the handle yourself?

    4 years ago
    • Do they sell those SELECT COMFORT air mattresses over there? I don’t know if you’ve ever seen them but they are a (a bit expensive – but they have a 20 year warranty) twin cell air mattress that has a thick, memory foam type of pillow top and a RF remote control system for adjusting the pressure of each cell – you each can set your side of the bed to the firmness that is most comfortable to you. They really remove a lot of the pressure points. Some models come with a double hospital bed type of frame where each of you can sit up or raise your legs separately as well.

      4 years ago
  7. Meg

    I kinda just wanna get the umbrella for myself and whack all the people with its bigness (hehehe). Ahhhh foreveraloneness. Too bad in Arizona I’d only get to use it like….once a year haha. Except this year has been wetter than most. We’ve had like 5 rainy days this year! I don’t like it

    4 years ago
  8. I kinda want a couple umbrella just so my bf and I don’t have to fight for cover under one. But at the same time, I (so I’ve been told by multiple people) tend to walk faster than everyone and I often walk faster than my bf…. Guess playing golf does that sometimes…

    4 years ago
  9. This video was hilarious! I love how you bought this special couple umbrella to show your undying loveydoveyness, and then immediately whacked Martina in the face trying to get it open XD This umbrella does seem pretty awesome though. Sharing umbrellas is impossible!

    4 years ago
  10. FYI, abrir is Spanish for open :-D

    4 years ago
  11. Simon, about your sleeping habbits; did you try to put a pillow between your knees? it helps to rise one of the legs to the same label of your shoulders, it helps a lot. That’s what I do, it doesn’t really get in way while spooning if you use the correct pillow.

    4 years ago
    • My husband also sleeps like this to prevent his knees from knockin’. It only gets in the way of cuddling because he uses a large body pillow.

      4 years ago
    • I’m not sure how that’ll solve the problem of my forearm getting between my chest and my wife, and thus getting in the way of spooning.

      Also, I never thought I’d publicly discuss my spooning habits. But, well, life sometimes takes you on paths you never thought of.

      4 years ago
      • This is sort of hard to explain, but the solution to the arm in the way of spooning thing is for Martina to have her head at your chest level. That way your arm is closer to the head of the bed than Martina’s head and your arm out of the way.

        4 years ago
      • Why not just put your arm under her pillow/neck? Spooning 101, man.

        4 years ago
  12. Are you guys going to do a “meet eyk crew” video any time soon?

    4 years ago
  13. 1st of all… whoa! Has there always been a math problem to “prove your humanity” when you log in?

    Anyways, I wouldn’t use that umbrella (sad face) but you know what? It’s pretty cool. That acting though XD

    4 years ago
    • Meg

      Simon and Martina are secretly trolling their audience with this ;) LOL

      4 years ago
    • Umm, what’s this log in math problem you’re talking about? I never saw it!

      4 years ago
      • Yeah, there is a math problem at log in now to “prove your humanity”. It’s not like it’s a challenging problem (5+1=).

        4 years ago
  14. Fellow Nasties, This is our job:
    1. TURN ADBLOCKER THE FUCK OFF YA CHEAPSKATES.
    2. Protect Martina at all costs.

    4 years ago
    • ADBLOCK IS THE WORST! And the more we can make the world soft and squishy, so Martina doesn’t hurt herself on any corners, the better :D

      4 years ago
  15. I don’t know if that brilliant or just weird. I guess that the beauty of it

    4 years ago
  16. …also I feel a little trashy confessing this but your drunk in the rain song/beer umbrella made me remember that in the summer time when its way too hot and you wana take a shower too cool off and ungross yourself, I LOVE having a cold shower beer. Its like my redneck version of having a glass of wine when you take a bubble bath, but aint nobody got time for that. I’m a shower beer kinda girl.

    4 years ago
  17. I would love to be that obnoxious couple and share a giant umbrella! But my partner is 6’2 and I’m 5’5 so I feel like the umbrella would be so far up over my head I’d get soaked with side rain if it was even remotely windy! Let’s hope that we can come to Korea one day and revel in that rich couple culture that you’re both so lucky too enjoy! *travel goals!*

    4 years ago
    • Well, I’m 6’5 (I think?) and Martina’s 5’7, so we’ve got the same distance between us as you do, and it was totally fine!

      4 years ago
  18. Haha! That’s brilliant! Too bad that I have zero use for one. I was all excited to be sexy, free & single while living in Korea on Black Day. I was going to eat jjajangmyeon and pretend to be super sad and down in the mouth…and then…I forgot that it was Black Day on the day it was and only remembered later.

    4 years ago
  19. First comment! Do people really use that?!……

    4 years ago