We generally move overseas due to my husband’s work transfers. After that, the next crucial factor of settling into our new hometown is to sort out schooling for the little ones and then that leaves me….
My ‘thing’ (and the only one thing I really do for myself) is my fitness. I have been a Les Mills fanatic for quite some years now and, other than the fact that I adore their classes, I also love the fact that no matter where I move, I’ll find a class, and I know what to expect. Well, normally that is what happens, but it wasn’t quite so easy in Busan!
I honestly thought Les Mills was popular everywhere but, while you might find some gyms offering their group classes in Seoul, I really had to search hard for the south of the country!
I shall spare you the long story of many a disappointing lead, and showing up at suggested addresses that were no longer in existence, and skip to the part where I can tell you that, for those of you interested in following (or starting!) one of the many Les Mills programmes, there are TWO gyms here in Busan to check out – yay! I’ve been a loyal member of one for over 6 months and I couldn’t be happier.
My trainer, Wade, was a star from day one. Before becoming a member of the gym, I was on my way to check out the club but I could NOT find the place at all! A quick message to Wade and he came all the way out to the station and met me at the metro exit; talk about service!
Wade runs the Les Mills programme at Dae Young Sauna and Fitness over in Namcheon. Fully certified, he teaches a range of Les Mills classes from BodyPump and BodyCombat, to BodyAttack and CXWORX. Of course if you’re not a Les Mills guru, that may mean nothing to you at all, but for those of you like me who adore the classes – fear not – they ARE available here in Busan! Wade runs all the classes and has three sessions daily, Monday to Friday.
I shall put an example of the timetable he had for the month of May to give you an idea of how the schedule works, but this does get mixed up from month to month.
The gym is part of the larger ‘Dae Young Sauna & Fitness’ so besides the Les Mills classes, you can also take a Zumba class, try out a bit of Spinning, or turn your hand to Pilates or Yoga. Membership packages can give you access solely to the Les Mills classes or you can make a combo deal to include other areas such as Zumba.
The second club offering devotees their dose of Les Mills classes in Busan is over in Seomyeon. The X Gym have a slightly larger variety of classes available and, besides those already mentioned above, they also run TRX and Sh’Bam! I’ve met a couple of their team and, in true Les Mills style, they’re qualified and speak enough English to get you through the classes and have a chat with you about things.
Dae Young was initially not the easiest of places to find but I’ve now got it down to a fine art form and can tell you the nearest metro is Namcheon (211) on line 2. Take Exit 3 to decrease the amount of roads you’ll need to tackle and walk straight on until the main intersection. Turn left as if heading towards the bridge or the Mega Mart and walk until you reach the corner with NH Bank. You’ll then see the fitness centre about two buildings down on your right hand side in the building with Cafe Aslan.
If coming by bus, this is a major station near the university so there are countless options, including bus numbers: 20, 39, 40, 41, 42, 51, 83, 131, and 155. Happy training and maybe I’ll see you around some day 😉