TTMIK Culture Ramblings – Working Out

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Do you work out regularly? If so, what kind of exercise do you do? Or if not, what keeps you from working out? Other than the obvious fact that you can stay healthy, what can be possible benefits you can get from working out regularly? In this episode of TTMIK Culture Ramblings, Stephanie, Hyojin and Hyunwoo are joined by Alex (Alex’s YouTube) to share their thoughts and experiences about working out.

<About this series> Welcome to  “TTMIK Culture Ramblings”! In each episode, you will listen to a roundtable discussion, in English, between people who were born and raised in Korea and someone with a different perspective. These 100% real and unscripted laid-back conversations cover various topics related to Korea and Korean culture. If you have any topics that you’d like us to discuss, be sure to tell us in the episode’s comments section


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TTMIK Culture Ramblings – Working Out
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  • Jake Martinez

    I live in the western USA, and at least in my area gyms are extremely popular. There are of course many very overweight people (both in and out of gyms), but I have been regularly exercising for about 4 years and have noticed that every gym I’ve had membership to has been busy nearly any hour of the day.

    • Hyojin

      I recently started working out (not to lose weight (okay, maybe a little bit..:p) but mainly to build some muscle.) and it’s funny how I see a lot more people on Monday than any other days of the week. Maybe people start out a week thinking “I’m going to work out this week!” and then things get in the way or get lazy in the middle of the week?:p

    • Jake Martinez

      Hyojin are you one of those “Monday-only” people? 😉 When I visit Korea later this year or 다음봄 I hope you guys can help me find a gym in 서울 to weight-lift at!

  • beatbox

    I had a gym membership here in South Korea during the cold winter season, but after it end around early February I found a playground near my house and I started jump roping about early in the morning 4 to 5 days a week to shed fat. I find it more motivating to workout outdoors than indoors especially after the sun comes up around the playground around 7:45am.

    • Seokjin Jin

      Yes, I also prefer to work out outside. There are some exercise facilities along the Han river park so my wife and I go there often to work out. I personally lost much weight.

  • gob

    Just to throw it out there. I would really enjoy a lesson dedicated to gym/gym expressions. I always wonder what is the most natural way to as “how many more sets are you going to do” (몇 세트가 남았어요?) or “are you using this power rack”(usually 요기 다 했어요?, but I realise it is a fairly crude way of putting it).