Working it Out Abroad

Britney said it best: "You want a hot body?...You better work, b*tch".  I had gained about 30 stubborn pounds in Toronto over the course of my 3 years since leaving Vancouver.  I had a trainer, I would diet, but nothing seemed to work.  I've kind of come to the conclusion that I'm getting into those twilight years of my twenties where rather than losing weight I'm just working out to avoid the inevitable gain my body so desperately wants to waddle into.

Keeping Fit In Korea


I’ve spoken before about healthy eating in Korea and explained why I find it easier to follow a healthy diet here than at home in England. The other part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is obviously to exercise. Before coming to Korea I’d switch between using the gym and going for runs outside. Since moving, I’ve found some aspects of keeping fit easier, others more difficult.

Boxing or regular gyms in Suyeong-gu/dong?

I recently just moved to Busan and live in Suyeong-dong. Does anyone know of any good boxing gyms, or fitness gyms in the area? My Korean friend (girl)and I want to exercise in the evenings. Cardio style boxing, if possible, but a regular gym would be okay too.


Zumba Dance in Busan


By Fiona Van Tyne

Working out is just that, work. Why not ditch the treadmill and join the new Latin dance inspired aerobics craze ZUMBA!

Zumba is a latin-inspired, easy-to-follow, calorie-burning, dance-fitness party! FEEL THE MUSIC, AND LET LOOSE!!!

Zumba photo

Man of the Week: Park Jin-kun (박진근)

I saw this guy over at Koreabang (a news portal, not a porn site) and couldn't help but spread the word. Korean Canadian fitness instructor Park Jin-kun is hot.

Man of the Week: Lee Sung Hwa (이성화)

Um, what?
Sometimes I feel bad about objectifying men, but obviously guys like this want to be objectified. This is Lee Sung Hwa; although he isn't a celebrity, he sure has the body of one. Seriously, how is that body even possible? I guess if your job is getting other people in shape, you spend much of your work day working on your own body as well. I'm proud of myself when I can get a solid hour in a day.

Rant and Rave of the Week 3: The Gym Gargoyle

Despite the subtle differences in my experience with gyms and my current one I was not prepared for a recent encounter with a gargoyle husk of man who has been attending my morning sessions. It was not until the loud clearing of his throat that my attention was brought to him. Sadly the unfortunate man was burdened with cold. However luckily for all, the gym was acoustically equip to handle his mucus movements from the gullet up his windpipe to his mouth and back again.

How to imitate a stone at the gym

For the first time in my life I actually committed myself to one of my New Year’s Resolutions. This year I joined a gym near my work. Pure narcissism drove me to joining. A more toned body, less weight and higher fitness levels were the desired objectives and had been put off for too long.

I found that this Korean gym was very much like the gyms back home and in some ways better. Just for starters, there is a range of bikes, a selection of work-out clothes, clean towels, extensive weight lifting equipment, a sauna room and powerful showers. Each of the treadmills is equipped with a TV offering over 70 channels. Admittedly, 95% of these channels are in Korean but the thought is there

Gym / Health Club in Seomyeon

I'm trying to get a head start on New Year's resolution planning and wondering if anyone knows of any gyms or health clubs  in Seomyeon, especially near Lotte or Global Village.


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