[BLOG] Haz In Korea | Wonderfully Weird Korean Gyms

Hello lovely people!
I hope your week is going wonderfully.

I visited my motherland, South Korea, last month for 3 weeks and it was just amazing.
One of things that I did during my visit was, of course, to work out at Korean gyms! I have a friend who’s a PT at this gym in Seoul, and so I could use the gym for FREE. So I send special thanks to my friend Hansu who gave me vouchers for the gym & sauna 🙂
Anyway, including the one in Seoul, I went to two Korean gyms; and both managed to impress me with their special features!

 

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Doing a rehab exercise at the Korean gym in Seoul 🙂

 

1. Free-to-use Tshirt, Shorts, Towels & Socks

I know right, which gym in the UK does provide gym clothes let alone towels?! However, it seems very usual for gyms in Korea to provide such kit. The shorts had mesh inside so if you were a man, you wouldn’t need to bring anything! It doesn’t limit your freedom to wear your own gym clothes though, but I just wore them for the sake of convenience and.. you know, they are free :p

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Fully kitted with a free t-shirt, shorts, socks and a towel; in the sauna room 🙂

 

2. Amazing Sauna Facility

I absolutely loved the sauna facility at the gym, you are given a key for both shoe locker and clothes locker in the sauna room. So you may… 1) take your shoes off  2) get into the sauna/changing room 3) put your things in the clothes locker and 4) go to either the gym or sauna. I think the one I went to was probably a little nicer than some other gyms in Korea. They had hot & cold baths, showers, steam sauna and a room with hair dryers, combs, cotton buds, lotion etc etc… Wow just wow!!! I could spend hours in there!

 

3. Weird Machines

These machines have taken Korean gyms to another level. They were amazingly popular to elderly people, so I couldn’t easily get a hold of them. However, at one evening, I finally did..!!!

 

korean-gym-machine 1First one is some kind of massaging machine, mainly for your calves. When you switch it on, the machine starts spinning at a speed, and these wooden balls(?) on the machine give your calves a massage. My husband managed to get his forearms done on this machine though. How creative!
Click here to watch a video on it 😀

 

korean-gym-machine-2Second one is this vibration belt, again this is to give yourself a massage. I think it is mainly for your lower back but I saw some people getting their WHOLE body massaged with some awesome maneuvering skills. My skin got really sore after 10 minutes of it though, so I do NOT recommend it to people with sensitive skin!
Click here to watch a video on it 😀

 

korean-gym-machine-3Third one is my least favourite, I have to say; it is an upside-down machine. It simply flips you upside down at a very slow speed. I think it’s designed to help elderly people with their blood circulation, but I found it so uncomfortable!! I felt like my nose was bunged up and all the blood was going into my head, which isn’t a pleasant experience really. Still, it was worth a try!

 

korean-gym-machine-4The last one is actually my favourite, it’s a little sauna machine. I really wanted to take it home once I had tried it… it was that nice! I am sure it would be very very nice in winter, mmm… This was at another gym in Pangyo, a relatively new techno-valley near Seoul. You basically sit in the machine, pull the lid towards you, switch the button on and enjoy the sauna! You can control time and temperature to your liking too. Oh how lovely!

 

4. Wide Range of Population

I was really impressed by how many elderly people were at the Seoul gym. The major age group was over 50s and I was one of the few youngsters there. Even more, they exercised with a passion, which motivated me a lot! The gym in Seoul was combined with a rehab facility to aid the elders physical conditioning, which might well have been the reason for such number of over 50s. Still, I hadn’t seen so many elderly people in the gym before so it was inspirational for me. It was just great.

 

Overall, I had a great experience at Korean gyms, gaining some inspirations and motivations for a more enthusiastic gym life. Oh how I miss the weird machines and lovely saunas!

Thank you so much for reading,
and I will see you in my next blog 🙂

H xx

[REVIEW] Mac-Nutrition Uni LIVE 3 2016

Hi lovely peeps! I hope your day is wonderful. 🙂

In September, I attended one of Mac-Nutrition Uni (MNU) Live lectures and made it into a vlog- but I thought I would write up a review on here too.

You could attend these live lectures for FREE if you are either a FULL ONLINE student or a FULL ONLINE with HONOURS student*.

MNU LIVE 3 was held in Loughborough, which was about 2 hours away from where I was based at that time. So I got up much earlier than usual (6am was very early to me… No judgement please haha) and set off!

The venue, Burleigh Court, was great for the event, endless teas and coffees and nice snacks in the lecture room as well as in the foyer! It’s good to know that most of live lectures and the upcoming conference are held in this venue as well.

The Mac-Nutrition team was very welcoming and helpful during the whole day of the event, working their socks off behind the scene while Martin was teaching us.

MNU LIVE 3 Lecture Room

The live lectures were on Optimal Health, including “Is There An Optimal Diet for Human Health”, IBS and PCOS. Most lectures were pitched at an advanced level for later in the course; but it was still very interesting to learn about new concepts in Nutrition, and having a better understanding of IBS etc. 🙂

One thing that I really loved about these lectures was Mac-Nutrition team’s evidence-based approach to each subject. For example, on Optimal Diet(s) for Human Health, Martin presented a case study on Kitavan diet in South Asia. The diet contains high level of carbohydrates(~69%), but the obesity & heart attack rate in the region is lower than the Western society**! Martin also provided either complementary or contradictory case studies on different diets like Gluten-free and Fasting.

Another thing I loved about the day was the group of people that I got to mingle with. We all were from different backgrounds but gathered altogether for the same reason- learning more about Nutrition to help others. Now I am a member of this amazing MNU Mentoring Group where people constantly supporting each other! Please let me know on comments if you want to know more about this group, I will write a little blog 🙂

MNU LIVE 3 Interview with Martin

I was able to interview Martin on a few questions including how he pursued Integrity in Nutrition/Fitness industry, which was a great advice to me if not us all 🙂

All in all it was an amazing day, I really enjoyed every minute of it.

Thank you for reading, and I will see you in my next post.

Bye! xx

*Click here for more information on the MNU course
**Low serum insulin in traditional Pacific Islanders—the Kitava Study (Lindeberg et al., 1999 Metabolism)