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7-10-2014 8-37-19 PM

Health Focus: CrossFit`s Popularity Grows in Korea

You’re doing your best to stick with your New Year’s resolution to get healthy/lose weight, and have been doing a great job going to the gym and getting in that workout. But, already you can feel the humdrum, monotony of health club purgatory set in. The constant routine of cardio, weights, cardio, weights, and on and on; it gets boring fast. It might be time to try something new and discover the new you.

CrossFit, according to the official website,, is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide. It is constantly varied, functional movement, at high intensity—in other words, everyday movements used in daily changing workouts with a coach to make sure you get your blood pumping.

While the CrossFit craze has been going on worldwide since its founding by Greg Glassman in 2000, Busan’s Sentinel Beachside, the only one located in the city with an English speaking staff and situated right across the street from beautiful Gwangan Beach, provides an extra large space in the warmer seasons for some great WODs (WorkOut of the Day). The laid-back, beachside attitude can also describe the atmosphere of their box (gym); a refreshing change from what you might find in your bigger gyms or health clubs. They provide all the necessary amenities and really focus on your workout.

Because of this sudden surge of interest many gyms are now offering crossfit classes, but be sure to request to see the CrossFit certifications of the instructors there. This style of exercise is high intensity and requires a level of skills knowledge. If your coach is not certified it can lead to major injury. Additionally, don’t allow yourself to be swayed by cheaper prices in programs that can’t assure you are in safe and capable hands. RCF Sentinel Beachside can offer you a safe workout experience as all of their coaching staff have been CrossFit certified.

Bootcamp class is another option for those looking to get a great workout. You might have heard of other bootcamp classes or even taken some at your local gym back home. However, here in Korea, Sentinel has attained copyright of the term Bootcamp when referring to any bootcamp class having to do with crossfit. Their system and style of Bootcamp is a great workout and a favorite of many of their clients.

Sounds too intense? Have you already been scared off by the insane YouTube videos and stories you’ve heard from other crossfitters? Don’t let that dissuade you. CrossFit is completely scalable and modifiable. People think they can’t possibly do the workouts, but this is entirely not true. Every single move, sit-up, pull-up, Olympic weightlifting, squats, all of it; their coaches will work with you to help you progress. CrossFit classes at Beachside are all led by a certified coach to ensure that you receive the best and safest gym experience and who will also explain the workout and encourage and help you through each workout everyday you come. All you have to do is show up; and try of course.

For more info on RCF Sentinel Beachside, you can check out their page on Haps, visit their website at, on Facebook, or give them a call. 051-758-3374

Photos courtesy of Sentinel Beachside.

Reebok Crossfit Sentinel Beachside is an advertiser with Haps Magazine.




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  1. Whats the address for this Sentinel Beachside?

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