One really nice thing about being in Korea these last five months has been having a consistent schedule (generally). School daily from 8:30 to 4:30 (sometimes 9 to 5), night classes scheduled only twice a week. The rigid schedule has allowed me to get all my workouts in for the most part, without having to skip too much. I’m in much better shape then when I arrived here, and it’s been a combination of doing really hard workouts (they suck) and having a good Korean diet (rice, veggies, meat). I’ve tried to stay away from Lotteria (Korean McDonalds) and all the other deep fried things around.
So, when I arrived I was around 94 kg (207 lbs) and now I’m between 90 and 91 kg (198-200 lbs), but I’m basically stronger in everything I do in the gym. I’ve also been doing cardio, a lot. Mostly I’ve been just running, doing a couple different types of workouts. I bought a skipping rope, so sometimes I run to the top of the mountain near by (takes 10-12 minutes to get up there) and skip on a piece of concrete that that over looks both the East Sea and the city of Samcheok; it’s so far the only place here I’ve found offering that viewpoint. Other runs are a quick warm up and hill sprints – something quick and hard, good for fat burning, etc. And then lastly, I’ve found a big loop that goes through the city, up the mountain, along the ridge overlooking the ocean and back down near my apartment – my favourite one to do. The one thing that really sucks about running here is that my apartment is on top of a stupid hill, so generally no matter what I do, my runs finish off with an uphill. I’m starting to look for a few other workouts to do so I don’t get too bored/annoyed (suggestions anyone?)
It’s not a lot of fun, but it has gotten me into better shape.
When it comes to lifting weights, I’ve always been a fairly strong guy back home. At my gym here, I’m the strongest guy there by a long shot. It’s not that the Korean’s aren’t strong, just they generally have a skinnier frame and don’t pack on as much muscle. So, two weeks ago I was approached by the owner of my gym, former Mr Olympia Korea, a small guy but absolutely jacked. He asked if I would be interested in a powerlifting competition. He only speaks 4 English words, and I only speak 4 Korean words, so it was a little confusing, but he got his point across, and I agreed to it. So, on September 4th, I’m in a powerlifting competition.
The competition is up near Sokcho, 2 hours up the coast. The events are:
Bench Press – 1 rep max
Squat – 1 rep max
Wide grip chin ups – max reps
Sit ups – as many reps in 1 minute
Arm Wrestling Competition
So there you have it. I think at least I understood the arm-wrestling competition, but we’ll see. My goals are to lift 335 on the Bench Press, 365 for Squat, 25 chin ups, who knows about sit ups, and Arm Wrestling? I don’t know. The man at the gym said with what I’m lifting now (sets of 295 on bench) I should be 2nd, so with a little more heavier training I hope to place first.
I’ll try to keep everyone updated on this aspect of my life here, which is a big part of it.
*Update: I’ve started a workout blog, where I will update my daily workouts.