Path to Ninja: Korean Gym

So I haven’t been exercising or eating right as much or as often as I want. I am a lazy piece of trash who rather have instant gratification than work for something. I am not being down on myself. I am just beung honest. I lack the willpower I used to have. However, I am slowly working on myself. Now since that is out of the way….

When it comes to gyms in Korea, there are two important things you should know.

1. Gyms are expensive.

In the United States, the prices of gyms depend on numerous factors. These can include, facilities, locations, type of staff, etc. I am sure these factors play a role too, but the gyms are still pricy.

2. Most of the time gyms are called Health Clubs.

When searching for a gym typing gym into “the Google” won’t cut it. A lot of the time, they are referred to as health clubs, fitness clubs, etc. Rarely, actually called a gym. I find this strange because everyone refers to it as one.

Now, I am going to take you on a tour of my gym. The place is called Health Time. I pay 60,000 Won (~57 USD approx.) for it. This is less than I paid while living in Yeongju, but the quality is worse. Surprisingly about the same I paid for Gold’s, but without none of the same features.

First is the entrance. This is where you can grab a towel and the optional workout clothes. So if you don’t have anything to exercise in, clothes are provided in three sizes. So, it cuts out some excuses already.

The firdt half of the gym is cardio stuff such as treadmills. The second part is the free weights and the body exercise equiptment. I didn’t get a chance to snap a picture because people were there and I didn’t want to be a creep. Korea (and a lot of Asian countries) have big problems with secret and perverted filming. It is probably as bad as you think. Might even be worse.

Next we go to the men’s locker room.

Everyone is assigned a shoe locker. There are 5 rows so I guess my gym gets a lot of business. I come in the morning since there is hardly people there. Plus all the fitness buffs and in shape people come at night. I feel both ashamed and intimidated. 😦

There is also temporary lockers where you can store your stuff. You just take a key with you and return it when you finish. There is also a shoe shelf where people leave their workout shoes. This is strange because it makes me wonder what is in their shoe lockers. Drug?

A locker room shower is also provided. Que the flashbacks from high school sports. Free bar soap is provided. Koreans have no problem sharing the showers with each other. I live like a 5 minute walk away so I shower in the privacy of my own home.

Last is the reception area. This is where you pay or ask for a trainer. There are many photos of a body builder on the wall. Rumor has it he works here as a trainer. I’ve never seen him. Maybe this is for eye candy. Maybe it is to motivate people. Maybe it is to attract people. There are probably psychological reasons for it being there. I could also be reading too much into it. Maybe it is just to show off or used for decoration.

Who knew my entire gym could be captured in so little photos. I’ve been to Planet Fitnesses that have been slightly better. Oh well, it is better than nothing. Plus the people are nice enough too.


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