Regardless South-Koreans’ passion and fame around their practice of martial arts, and more specifically Taekwondo, a national sport in which south korean people values and fighting spirit. What about fitness, workout, bodybuilding, personal training or even mere gym classes?
SPORT SPIRIT IN SOUTH KOREA
The culture of Taekwondo, a South-Korean martial art, has always been deeply topical in the country. In most of the biggest universities or even in private clubs located all around the country, we can find learning classes for Taekwondo. However, between culture and new trends, Koreans made multiple discoveries over the past few years: fitness, workout and gym classes as the core features. Bodybuilding competitions are even regularly organized and the population particularly appreciate it. The “beauty and physical appearance worship” is obviously playing a leading part in this sport’s need search.
As a matter of fact, Korean ladies are taking care of their bodies, want to keep in shape to stay healthy and have a perfect silhouette. Moreover, men are looking for more muscles to maintain their line and the way they look. We can infer that Sport in Korea is only about reshaping, improving or keep up with their appearance. However, some Koreans are keen on practicing a sport activity only due to the benefits of its impact on our bodies and health. In addition to physical aspect, South-Korea is really into well-being, wellness and sharpened physical condition. After its miraculous creams, its traditional medicine and its love for hiking, the country is now enjoying gyms.
THE PUBLIC EQUIPMENT FOR A BETTER GUIDANCE
When walking around Seoul, or even anywhere else in South Korea, it is not rare to run into little outdoors spots where a few machines for working out are gathered. We often meet seniors who are used to appreciate a morning sport routine, children having fun with the equipment but also regular guests who prefer to train here for free, far from the high prices of gyms. Although those places are pretty comfortable and pleasant during spring, fall or even summer, they become less interesting when it comes to the cold winters that South Korea brings upon to its population every year. Therefore, a lot of Korean are more fond on spending a part of their budget every month to go to a gym.
THE GYMS ENHANCE COLLECTIVE VALUES
Furthermore, plenty of gyms are opened in the country, some of them are chains that deliver more material and more comfort, rooms are usually bigger and, de facto -, more expensive. It is usually the favourite place for foreigners who are enjoying a safe structure where, most of the time, English is spoken and understood. There are also a lot of small training halls less expensive that provide for example crossfit or martial arts classes. Those places are often more attended by Koreans and are usually really discrete on the streets.
Even though indoors training is gradually developing in South Korea, gyms remain fairly expensive. This is probably due to the existence of plenty of others alternatives such as outdoors activities or even the physical activities that Koreans are acustomed to : walking, hiking and even the itinerant digital nomad.