Gym culture in Korea

  1. Random Korean American just stopping by to agree with everything you said - actually literally coming back from the gym where the trainer was flirting with a cute girl on the hack squat machine whichh pissed me off i go to a youngish gym where everyones 20-40 and the problem with this place is they all try and outdo one another silently in terms of how heavy they lift etc such a weird dynamic cuz there's weird flex everywhere maybe i should just do pilates :(

  2. The funniest thing is watching some chubby gym bro pile a load of weight on the leg extension machine then do some pathetic quarter rep where his knees don't even bend ninety degrees, then let the weight slam down and look around to see if anyone noticed.

  3. Whoa I lucked out like crazy in my gym. Everyone there lifts super light but high rep or uses machines, but the actual smith machines and squat racks are usually free

  4. Not a gym guy, but a martial artist guy. Long story short Koreans are very closed when it comes to these kind of places. They gather up, practice, and leave like almost immediately. Back in the States or other countries when I practiced martial arts, we would at least have a tea time or a drinking session("Second Dojo") but in Korea when I tried to do that I was called out and was told not to "분탕" or "친목질" at me. I was surprised at the results from my quick Naver search of what they meant. After that incident I try to keep it to myself and not talk to people and just go home. Ironically, I decided to continue my martial arts practice to meet new friends, only to turn out "trying to make friends(aka 친목질)" is considered a taboo here. LMAO.

  5. Because there is no small talk culture. Koreans don’t talk with strangers. They don’t know/can’t make new friends after graduating a school. And they’re trying to make friends in their office. They don’t/can’t distinguish a professional and private life. I don’t understand it even though I born, grow and live in south korea.

  6. I love this myself, but even bodybuilding gyms in Canada I don't think people got into any big conversations or anything like that. Love the idea of just doing my thing and leaving.

  7. Completely agree. I'm Korean too but lived in the states and am here for a bit (been here for around a month now?) and was kind of shocked at the gym. Especially agree with number four and six, I tried to work in with a few guys at the gym and they just seem super uncomfortable sharing weights. Also, no one ever seems to go high in terms of weight, they just keep squatting their ~60kg or whatever instead of ever going up and NO ONE deadlifts. Actually, I got stared at for deadlifting, it was like their first time seeing someone ever do it.

  8. was doing deadlifts and the trainer told me to put the weights down softly because i was scaring the other people in the gym?? like shit bro i wish i could but if im going at 80% my pr for 8 reps i am gonna be dropping that shit hard around 5

  9. I also agree with everything you said. I stopped going to the gym a long time ago. I found everything I needed at the outdoor gyms. There are some outdoor workout areas with a few machines. But there are also some outdoor gyms with actual, allbeit old, equipment. Now, for a part time body builder or heavy lifter, this might not be for you. A buddy ordered his own heavy lifting rack and dumbbell set. He has lived here for many a moon and just couldn’t take the gym culture here any longer. So he set himself up at home. He is a tree, so when I say heavy lifting, I mean heavy lifting. Good luck to you.

  10. I'd like to piggyback on the outdoor gym mention. I'm SO much happier after quitting my gym and going to the mountain instead. I not only no longer have to deal with the culture already well-documented in this thread, but the people who frequent the outdoor gym do indeed desire to socialize and share!

  11. I'm similar to you but a woman...throw in creepy old men watching me and clapping or laughing as I walk by and just straight up staring me up and down. I was so upset last week from one guy basically following me around the machines. I wish I had some body building friends, esp other women. There are some good gyms though with a decent community. I think that kind of culture is still growing here and it will only be a matter of time. I can speak pretty fluently so I've spoken to people at my gym first and they were surprisingly very friendly but were afraid to use English so they just stare (well not the creeps.)

  12. I actually saw a headline about how there’s an increase in women only gyms/establishments in SK because lots of women have been getting harassed and creeped on.

  13. OMG THIS. Creepy old men watching me, trying to "talk to me" (e.g. ask if I'm a professional athlete, am I new etc. 🙄) happened all the time. Saw a post about female-only gyms being on the rise in Korea earlier, and I 100% get it. Next time I'm in Korea, I'm definitely gonna look into it.

  14. A lot of problems with older folks (sitting at the machines for hours, taking your stuff etc) has been solved once I changed the gym (from Spoany to Gymbox). Both are pretty budget gyms and currently at my new gym (4 months in), I barely see old people, mostly yonger or middle age.

  15. Lol yes. Don’t forget the girls who come in with full makeup and done hair, gym set, and just spend 40 minutes stretching in front of the mirror and taking pics. Like m’am do you but I don’t wanna be in your pics looking like a fool mid lift.

  16. Even worse than their phone, some people put their ice coffee on the bench and let all the condensation pool around the bottom of the cup, so even after they've removed it you've still got to wipe up the little puddle they left behind.

  17. Yeah, pretty much. As for point 1, I've found it helps to be ingratiatingly polite but passive aggressive - when you see someone texting on the machine you want to use, ask them very politely if they've finished using the machine. They'll immediately apologise and say they've only got one set left, which they'll get right down to. (Stand and watch them do it for added effect.)

  18. Re: point 7, I had to buy noise-cancelling earphones cos the gym I went to played the zoomba music so loud that I couldn't hear my own music though my normal earphones, even with the volume turned up full. Unfortunately I didn't realise how loud they played it until after I'd signed up for a years' membership...

  19. My gym actually has a crazy amount of adjummas but they are all ripped. Like totally diced and wear sexy outfits to work out. There's a set of adjummas that deadlift and squat heavier than most of the men at the gym. And they look like your very typical adjumma with the perm and glasses. I think you just have to find the right gym. My gym also has a ton of body builders so I think it influences the PT sessions and everyone's routines in general. The rest of that stuff tho I totally agree.

  20. +10 points for the “ingratiatingly polite but passive aggressive.” Communication is expected to be implied rather direct in Korean culture and some other Asian cultures, compared to the direct way of the US.

  21. I think you get that kind of social thing more in Crossfit gyms or you might join a separate exercise club and then go to the gym together, not meet at the gym.

  22. If there’s one near you, the female-only gyms are quite nice if you like to incorporate lots of machines into your workout. I have no problem with guys, don’t get me wrong. It’s because the girls at the female gyms I’ve been to only use the same three or four types of machines so the rest stay empty without wait times. At a normal gym, you’re having to compete with the gym bros who live on machines, so you could feel more stressed to hurry up and finish as a beginner.

  23. UGH where I do personal training doesn't have the AC on in the summer and my white ass is sweating over EVERYTHING. I mop up as best I can but I can't really hide the evidence of it happening when my trainer is right there, watching my sweat rivulets drip onto the floor...

  24. The state of most gyms just being like 50%+ treadmills and then an impressive array of useless hyper-specific machines tells you the basic state of fitness culture in Korea. Given the prevalence of fitness competitions I assume there has to be at least a few strong man style gyms somewhere in the country but for the most part its just what you've experienced. Having to viciously defend your squat rack from plate stealers and waiting for dudes to finish their 80 reps of 30kg deadlifts is just life here.

  25. Most of my friends that are serious about working out dont go to regular gyms. Theyre mostly at PT gyms, or more specialized gyms specifically for people that are serious about working out.

  26. We have this gym in the countryside that is absolutely kick-ass. It has 3 benches and all of them have safety bars, so you never need to take a bench into a rack; then there are 2 racks for squatting. There's other equipment, too, but I'm so impressed with the safety bars on the benches, which I haven't seen anywhere else. It's a community gym so only costs 1,500 every time you go. The supervisor is some hulking mammoth; I imagine he designed the gym.

  27. I always felt like people join gyms here to lose weight and do cardio and nothing much else, like none of my friends lift to get big.

  28. this describes a lot of gyms in the US too unfortunately. Can't count the number of times I've had to wait to use a squat rack in my college gym while dozens and dozens of cardio machines go unused.

  29. First point hurts. It reminds me of how indoor climbing was really big last year and “influencers” would spend all this time setting up their tripods to record themselves only to stop halfway up to pose for the camera. Meanwhile, there’s a line of people waiting for their turn.

  30. In my experience, talking to strangers is rude unless you're older than them, then you can feel free to bother them even if they clearly don't want a conversation.

  31. I’m sorry I’m not surprised at all. I’m a woman and I think most places are like this but I’ve been learning pole dance the past 6 months and maybe since it’s a class and not just a place for you to self-workout, I’ve found a real community there, even during open studio time to practice. Sure, some girls still keep to themselves but yeah…. Maybe it’s a guy thing lol. Many girls in my studio go to the gym to lift weights together too… I’m shocked about the cleaning thing though! I’ve never seen that in yoga or pole studios lol we always clean up!

  32. I second this! Go to a specialized gym if you can. The people that train there are more serious and aren’t just doing it for “health”, it’s a sport or passion they’re pursuing. They’re more inclined to take care of the equipment and have better gym etiquette.

  33. I personally love when people spend 30 plus minutes on 1 machine or station. Always on days I'm trying to work that muscle group, too.

  34. YMMV. I think it depends on the city/neighborhood you’re at, and whether your Korean is good/you look Korean, how much you’re lifting.

  35. Been going to the gym for 6-7 years in Korea. I dont know if this is widespread but Seoul is worst for everything you mentioned. I often work out in a large gym in a small city and thr vibe there is totally diff. Cleaner. Better equipment. People talk. Put away weights. Small town atmosphere maybe ????

  36. Funny thing is, at least for me, I've had very similar experiences in the States where there's not a language barrier. Gym frat bro sitting on something for 5-10 minutes just texting in between sets, old people jumping in without asking when I'm super-setting etc

  37. Join a powerlifting gym. They tend to be much more Americanized, and the community is much more friendly. Plus, everyone in the gym is pretty experienced or a dedicated lifter.

  38. Yeah. Seven years going to gyms in Korea, and I see most of what you talk about. Especially the not wiping off sweat and not racking weights. I'm an anti-social gym-goer though, so I haven't experienced any unfriendliness and only minor unwanted attention. The gym bros at the places I've been seemed pretty friendly to me if I were so inclined. I've lived in smaller cities my entire time here. That might have something to do with it.

  39. Why wont staff implement and enforce policy to make gym culture better for everyone? Also, why cant gyms buy wipes or spray bottles and towels for gym equipment cleaning?

  40. I’m a native Korean and I totally get you. I’ve been to several different gyms around Seoul and have more or less the same problems. It’s kinda normal to not socialize in gyms. It’s not easy to socialize at all in Korea. You have to be a part of a group, know somebody to introduce you, etc etc. the one thing I hated was that the ajummas ajoshis starting a picnic (this was pre-Covid) inside the gym full course: coffee, fruit, ending with kimbab.

  41. Worked out consistently for over 25 years, been in Korea over 10. Don’t take what I have as advice, it’s just stuff I’ve observed over the many years of working out here.

  42. Hey! Newbie bodybuilder here (show next year)! I've had the same experience (number 5-6) at my commercial gym. But it's mostly ajushis and the occasional high schooler so I don't have many problems with 1-3. I've never tried to work in (4) but I have seen one man on Saturdays use 5 different machines at the same time, ego lifting on the leg press with 18 plates and getting annoyed if I use any of "his" machines. There are one or two guys that I see all the time and I really want to chat because we've been seeing each other for 1.5 years now but... I haven't been able to do it. Small talk with strangers here doesn't usually work out well for me ha! One gym guy did ask me out on a date though, so that's... something? Other than that the only people who I actually chat with are the other two foreign women who go there.

  43. This is not only in the gym but everywhere you go. Getting in social groups is super hard but once youyou get in korean are the most caring friends you’ll ever met.

  44. Sorry for hijacking your thread but do people still wear/is it mandatory to wear masks while working out? I'll be going to Seoul for a month this November.

  45. bro... do you even...jk... yes... everything you said is fact... i get so frustrsted wirh that 🐂💩 too.. my homie, who is pretty huge, has gotten into a bunch of confrontaions ending up with the person running to the gym staff and whining.

  46. 5. When they do put the plates back, they make sure to mix them all together and put the 2.5kg plates behind three 20kg plates. I usually end up reorganizing the plate racks between my squat sets because it annoys me to no end

  47. That is just bad etiquette.. As a Korean I am embarrassed.. What you are asking of them is right and what they are doing is just downright rude.. on behalf of them I will apologize.. but I don’t blame them.. they just aren’t use to the proper gym etiquette..

  48. omg, this is so true about the gym. the other koreans in there are always doing their own thing but what's worse is that most of them have no etiquette when it comes to sharing gym equipment. if someone else is waiting to use the machine, you should hurry up and finish up your set and leave or let the other person work in, etc. but most koreans will sit there like they own the machine and take their sweet old time on their phone watching tv, etc. while you're standing there waiting. it's rude and totally annoying.

  49. Haha no offense but it's kinda funny hearing your complaints as a Korean. What I wanna know about 1-4 is did you ask them in Korean or in English. I think that would be quite important. So let me know and I can advise you. About 5, it's weird and if most people in your gym do that, I think you should suggest your gym to notice people to keep the mnners. Because I barely see that kind of people in my gym. That sucks. Hope you love my hometown but with these all things, I feel bad and sorry. But still It's a bit funny because as much as I feel you, I still understand the other Koreans in your gym as a Korean.

  50. Been here for 10 years, also go to a Big Bro Gym. I’m completely used to all of these things and it kinda just doesn’t bother me any more… :(

  51. Korean gym culture definitely has those problems you've mentioned. You could still probably find a gym/people you like if you look hard enough. I'm by no means a "gym bro" but the community gym of my family's Busan apartment seemed good. It's one of the nicer apartments so maybe that has an effect, but the personal trainer I worked with would mention often that he wished Korea's gym culture would learn more from American gym culture. Maybe try talking to some of the personal trainers and see if some of them have similar views? Although there's so many of them in Korea lol Yeah it might be very difficult to find the right place.

  52. I stopped going to the gym during the pandemic but it’s as you described pretty much every where. Very few people know the first thing about weight training and just walk around and do random shit and hog weights, benches, or the racks. At my last gym there was one girl who—admittedly—was in great shape so she was doing something somewhere, but most of the time she would just walk around in her spandex being seen. Then there were the people that sat on the bikes and peddled only hard enough to keep the display from falling asleep and used their phone. Same with the treadmills. Then there’s the leaving their shit everywhere, the trash cans overflowing with plastic coffee cups, missing equipment and a few of the dude bros doing a set of squats every 15 minutes for two hours. No gym etiquette whatsoever.

  53. I am in a small middle sized town. Considered "countryside" by many. It's your basic suburb imo. It's in Jeonbuk which I think influences that perception. Anyway, the PTs who work there are the only people who talk to me. The gym bros don't. They're actually really cool. Young guys who like to practice English and learn work out terms in English. They even let me try their protein powder. They'll just give me a scoop. It's super cool.

  54. I belonged to LA Fitness in South Miami for 1 month (before I ended my membership and bought my own squat rack and weights for home) and my experience was basically exactly the same as what you are describing. I think any gym that doesn’t communicate and enforce etiquette rules will experience this type of thing.

  55. Without getting into each point, simply, koreas gym culture is quite in its infancy. It's getting more and more popular but it's not something that has been accessed by the general public.

  56. Good for you for at least using a gym in Korea. Not sure I could ever do that tbh. I daily use to visit my community center gym pre-COVID because its close to my crib and cheap. Lots of grannies and grandpas there which is more my scene tbh. And the price is right for 35,000 won a month! All the tight clothing young gym people bother me and spend too much time flexing and showing off so I avoid the gym scene. Im 40+ and have literally nothing to prove in my elastic stretch pants. I stopped going after COVID hit and the community center wanted me to mask up and would only take a certain number of people at a certain time spot everyday. Forget that mess. Peace out. Now, I lift weights in my house regularly, and walk 2 hours every day around my neighborhood winter, rain, summer, and shine.

  57. I don’t have that many complaints about gym etiquette, although I don’t disagree with most of this. My biggest problem is how expensive and utterly pretentious gyms are in Korea. I know there are some reasonably priced chains, but I can’t believe what some gyms charge for such subpar quality. And personal training is absolutely absurd. 60 to 80,000 per session and recommending three sessions a week? Give me a break.

  58. I wanted to know about this. Anyone know about any CrossFit gyms? Maybe they may have a different attitude? I think in most parts of the world I noticed it's harder to make friends as an adult. Especially in countries like Europe where they keep the same friends since high school. I never have been to Korea, but I noticed how insular Asian societies are (Central Asia included). I went to a Chinese event and it wasn't so welcoming. I felt like they just wanted me to eat their food and that's it. I actually had a refund because they asked me a pay fee that wasn't even on the flyer!

  59. Just wanted to say that not all Asian societies are insular. Filipino society will overwhelm you with friendliness and kindness. Same with Indonesian and Thai cultures

  60. Gym culture in Korea, at least for the majority of the population, is mostly a trend, something you put on the list of annual goals at the start of the year. Attendance is key, and it doesn't matter if you workout or not, it's just going to the gym to 'show' you work out is important. If you want gym partners, or at least have similar gym goals as you would, it's best to poke around social media to find someone that would be interested. As for thinking people are not polite, all I can say is most Koreans, despite years of English education, are not comfortable with speaking in front of foreigners, and the internal 'fight or flight' response kicks in (we usually call it English nausea). It doesn't matter if you can speak some Korean; if its not perfect fluency, the majority will stare, turn around, and leave. Sharing machines in the gym may be a personal preference, since I am more used to training alone, and really am uncomfortable sharing machines unless I know the person, or at least someone I frequently bump into in the gym. It may be a bit frustrating and/or even upsetting to see lots of stuff you would normally think is not normal, but you do have to realize that you are in a different country with different people. There are some things you can change, but it's better to get used to your current environment. Once you get settled in, and everybody gets used to what kind of person you are in the gym, they'll let you be and barely notice you.

  61. Number 6. Koreans often take time to get close (Except when drinking at 술자리 lol). and you should know many Koreans are afraid of talking in English not of you. Rather, Koreans like Western people.

  62. Oh my fucking god, once i saw this one ahjeossi spending an entire fucking hour on the only flat bench press setup in the gym working out 3 sets at most while facetiming his girlfriend/daughter JFC

  63. Meeting gym bros is near impossible. I used to make alot of friends in gyms back in the states, become lifting buddies, and etc but here it seems like nobody socializes. I've tried a few times when I first arrived here but they looked super uncomfortable talking to me lol.

  64. It’s a different culture. I used to compare everything to western culture and complain. The best advice I got was nothing is better or worse, everything is just different.

  65. yep it’s the worst. i’m a female into bodybuilding. my old gym in seoul was the absolute best ever, great bodybuilding community, no creeps, great vibes. now that i’m in gyeonggi, my gym is fine but full of ajushi’s and ajumma’s that have no respect for anyone else.

  66. Huh, my experiences with gyms in Korea were all positive. Although I am not nearly as adamant or probably knowledgeable about etiquettes, I found many gyms where I stay during the summer, gyeyang, they tend to be better then the ones I go to back here in Canada

  67. I’m a bit of a powerlifting meathead and have done exchange programs in both Korea and Japan. I’ve learned to just keep myself. In Korea specifically, I went to both school and regular gyms. At least with school gyms, I didn’t have to deal with old people.

  68. its the sandals while lifting weights that gets to me, or not wiping sweat, or not putting weights back

  69. I wanted to criticize you for stereotyping Koreans, but goddamn as a fluent Korean speaker who lived in Korea for years, I empathize with you on so many levels. I think a lot of this is inherently learned in American bro culture, so I try to understand my Korean bros about this since it's obviously going to be different. To be fair, I also see a lot of this behavior in American gyms too.

  70. That's Korea for you. If they don't know you, they will not bat an eyelash nor engage when you spark a convo with them. Brace yourself

  71. I’ve experienced all of that here as well. I desperately need a gym bro. If anyone lives in 강동구, let me know. I’ll pay for your membership if I can choose the gym. Instagram: mattray628

  72. it sounds like going to the gym is more for saying you went, rather than doing someone beneficial. they could post on ig that they’re in the gym and leave ten minutes later. i would only assume that type of behavior is because fitness and aesthetics are valued heavily there, but not because they’re passionate about it as a society for the wellbeing of others, but because it’s to maintain appearances. that’s really what i got from this post and your personal experience living there for an extended period of time. i gotta admit the ahjumma’s crack me up tho😭😭😭😭😭😭

  73. I feel like whenever I see the 8 PTs at my current gym with people it’s always arm days. I hardly ever see them working legs with clients and I go 5 days a week. I mean to each their own and their goals, but I just find it strange that whenever I’m there and see people with them I seen them running the the same arm circuits.

  74. I don’t really hang out in gyms I also go there to lift and go. But there are also times I do wanna lift with a few bros for a session when I have more time.

  75. As a once casual gym guy I stopped going because what should have been taking 45 minutes of my day was taking 90 minutes to two hours. People just sitting around on machines and in weight areas doing nothing EVERYWHERE. And it's the norm so the gym staff don't care at all, makes sense actually, they get their $$$ and the only equipment damage is Homer Simpson-esque couch grooves on all the benches (perhaps that last bit is a little hyperbolic haha).

  76. This is why I go in the Am. But sometimes RIGht As I’m trying to do a machine someone comes and sits there for literally an hour sometimes. Leg extension machine is notorious for this

  77. I'd say at my gym the only 3 that I found are the last 3. I guess I got lucky. I don't mind not meeting people though, I go to the gym to have some me time anyway. To be honest the gym bros bothering you is one thing I don't like about gyms at home. I can't imagine what it would be like to be a woman working out and having to deal with them.

  78. Im ok with not socializing either tbh I wanna be in and out but doesn’t hurt to say what’s up lol. I don’t know I’m weird. I’m like one of those people that always say good morning/hello to people

  79. If you're willing to go to a powerlifting gym, then I believe you would enjoy it. Powerlifting gyms around the world share pretty similar culture and tend to have more serious clientele.

  80. You need to find a local "bro" gym. There are a few scattered around Seoul. The gym you're going to is one of those franchise one's from the way you described it. If you go near the universities that are known for Ssireum, then you will find these "unicorn" gyms that I have found - plain, no frills gyms strictly for working out and getting bigger/stronger. There are no trainers or typical women in these places. You'll find your gym bros in these places though.

  81. It just East Asian culture.. there’s not much interest of in other people. Especially a “hypothetical other person” like the next guy who will use the machine or the person who might want to exercise on the machine you’re using as a sofa.

  82. Koreans don't see gyms as a place of "community" or a place to strike up conversations with strangers. (I haven't been to a Cross-fit center here yet, so maybe these are the exception). Your gym experience is not surprising to hear, given that Korea is a "low-trust" society. Koreans generally do not interact with strangers. (perhaps these articles help to explain why:

  83. So, it's been a few years since I went to a gym in Korea so take this with a few grains of salt ... But in my experience, the culture of each gym varies a lot. I've been to fancy gyms and grungy ones. Various parts of town. Like you, I usually went in the mornings.

  84. Every gym I went to Gangnam was so stupid. It was filled with small-tier influencers/wannabe YouTubers coming in (sometimes with entire camera crews) and doing some BS exercise filming, loudly and obnoxiously. It was like that almost every single day. Gym membership $80/month but only one bench rack in the entire place and always taken by a guy on hormones doing half reps for 25 minutes. Plates were all over the place, whole place was a mess, the 3+ staff members always on duty are just sitting on their phones texting on Kakao, bathrooms were filled with older naked Korean men rubbing vinegar on their balls and blow drying it for some reason. Overcrowding was extremely common during peak hours - like literally not a single free piece of equipment anywhere. Let's not even talk about all the misuse of equipment and crazy shit people were doing

  85. As a Korean, I know first hand how difficult it can be to make friends with us. I find it difficult too! The good thing is that Koreans are very open and warm to foreigners who really try to speak Korean, and the more you try the more you will be accepted. I’m not implying you don’t try, by the way. You gotta be a bit shameless and ballsy, almost like an ajumma, in your friendliness.

  86. Appreciate the advice. Most times I do enjoy working out alone due to wanting me to get in and get out. I’ll check out the website yoi recommended because sometimes I do want some iron brotherhood

  87. Dude feeling you deeply i am working out more than 2 year at my hometown country but here i couldnt stand at gym more than 2 month i start to do home exercises which is not even enought but better mentality than going to gym at Korea

  88. I have totally the opposite experience with "gym bros." No one will leave me alone! I just wanna work out in peace, not say where I'm from and have to keep declining to join their soccer teams, haha

  89. When I was a regular gym-goer before COVID (I was by no means body building, but I used the free weights and benches) I didn’t really have as many issues as you’ve had, or at least to a lesser extent. So it might be gym dependent. I’ve always gone to fairly small gyms (like the ones in a B1) that were not apartment gyms or big franchise ones.

  90. I left Korea for 5 years and returned when the pandemic hit. I noticed how buffed up some people had become since weightlifting became trendy while I was away.

  91. Hey! I've noticed all these things and Im going on my 4th year and also a beginning body builder! Unfortunately it was all the same back I'm America too, except number 6! For me I've got plenty of gym bros and gals here also!

  92. Yeah that's gyms in Korea. Why don't you try telling people you're hardcore and you're looking for some other hardcore bro's to spot you haha.

  93. Lmaooo I mean I don’t mind not socializing because I want to get in and get out. But I have a habit of saying hello to familiar faces I really gotta stop that.

  94. I don't go to the kind of gyms you mentioned but I do train boxing. Finding 'gym bros' is going to be super difficult here. I punch other guys in the face and I still don't know their names.

  95. Damn sounds like the gym you go to is the problem. I live in Seokchon-dong, and the gym I go to is amazing. None of these problems. Everyone is super nice and a ton of hc lifters just killing it.

  96. That’s pretty cool man. I goto a gym underneath a giant corporate building. It’s a super nice gym they have everything, just the etiquette is off. I understand the working in is cultural so I don’t mind but the machine hogging is real.

  97. Uh I feel almost everything you listed can be applied to Gyms here in the states. Just yesterday I saw someone reading a newspaper on the bench and not putting weights back always seem to be a meme at this point ( worse being people putting dumbbells on the wrong rack ) + I get the same response when I ask if they are done with a machine/bench ( literally " last set " or " I am getting off soon " ). Never really thought about it though.

  98. I don’t think talking to stranger for small talk is a thing. It’s like England they look at u like a fool lol

  99. I go to a basement gym in a Homeplus in Busan. It’s surprisingly decent. Three racks (four if you include a weird double one that also has a smith). Only one dedicated bench though. Nobody bothers you.

  100. It's been the complete opposite experience for me on every point you've mentioned. I feel like none of the gyms back home can compare to the phenomenal experience I've had in my gym here. However, I train in a small gym which might be the difference here.

  101. I do like the fact that Korean gyms don't have a bunch of fratbros ego-lifting. The whole "bro" culture should remain in the states

  102. As a semi-serious Asian lifter, I encountered these types of people as well. I chalked it up to Asian people not really understanding gym culture and etiquette. But sometimes people look as if they put their brains in the lockers before exercising or something. There was this time I asked a guy to not stretch in front of the weight rack since it would be dangerous when moving the weight around. He didn’t even respond, just stared at me like I’m some crazy person for talking to him then moved somewhere else.

  103. Korean American here. I have long understood that gyms are still a pretty Western innovation on what fitness was. Culturally, there’s already a lot of outdoor equipment and people would just walk around a mountain, trail, or a set course outdoors.

  104. That's why I go lift weights in a tent in the forest. Some of the forest workout tents have a pretty good supply of free weights and even a decent number of machines (real ones, not the standard park exercise machines) and the crusty old dudes who hang out there are good at putting stuff back.

  105. I guess it depends on the timings, going early morning(6-8am) or in afternoon(12-2pm) is ideal if you want to workout stress free. 6-10 is peak time, people literally doing 10 repetitions in 20mins and. One thing I have noticed is that people don’t start exercising on a machine that am/was using until they are completely satisfied that I have stopped exercising.

  106. Yah I used to go at night and it was unbearable. Am is way better. Less people, so it’s stress free except some elders using machine for sometimes 40 minutes.

  107. Damn, any suggestions for gyms in Seoul? I’m going in December and this would drive me mad… especially if I’m paying for a temp membership. I may just stick to the hotel gym and not bother with an actual gym.

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