This Korean Fitness Trend Will Shock You

by Stephanie Montes

Whether you’re just now discovering the cute and offbeat K-products or have completely embraced the ten-step Korean skincare regimen, you know how serious our overseas beauty junkies can be about their appearance. However, you might not have realized how far the K-beauty community will go to look their best—and yes, their routines extend far past just their complexions. Here, Peach and Lily founder and CEO Alicia Yoon shares everything you need to know about the latest trend in Seoul: microcurrent workouts. Trust us, it’s as crazy as it sounds.

Yes, Like The Facials

"Electric muscular stimulation (or EMS) is based on the same concept of what's used for microcurrent facials. In short, it's based on mild electric currents going through the body to stimulate the muscles and make them contract and release, which helps tighten them. However, it's most effective when paired with actual workouts."

A Bit Of Background

"Microcurrent workouts have been catching on among celebrity circles in Korea. Only recently—in the last ten years or so—has fitness become more and more of a focus in Korea. Unlike in the US, women didn't go to the gym regularly. Instead, they preferred going for walks, doing light stretches at home and following along with online videos for light workouts. Obesity is less of a problem in Korea, mainly due to diet and all the walking. It's been interesting to see that there's definitely been a big increase in pursuing fitness—especially those that take place in an actual gym. However, I would say there is still less emphasis on working out in Korea than there is in the US—for now, at least."

What It Does

"When electrical currents are added to the workout, this helps amplify your routine and offers faster results without putting in more effort or time. Microcurrents do more than just tone muscles; they also help with lymphatic drainage. However, this technology doesn't replace cardio or help with flexibility like most workouts do—EMS primarily helps with muscle toning and building strength.

The first time I tried it, it felt like a mild tingling, and as the current got stronger, it felt more like intense muscle contractions. It was interesting to feel muscles contracting even where I didn't realize I had any. I wouldn't say it hurt, but toward the end, the sensation got so strong that it bordered on pain. I also noticed I was fairly sore the next day.

I haven't been diligent enough to see results, but celebrities in Korea swear by this. I would say it's worth a try, even if it's just to experience the feeling (it's such an interesting sensation)—or get a cool Instagram."

How You Can Try It In LA


The good news is, you don't have to invest in a plane ticket to experience the microcurrent workout. Just like Korean beauty products took over our vanity, their fitness routines have already started taking over our gyms. Here, two equally out-there locations to visit without booking a flight.

Platefit West Hollywood. Do your next yoga, bootcamp or kickboxing class on this vibrating machine to kickstart your fitness goals. The "power plate" uses vibration technology to engage the muscles and deliver better results in a shorter amount of time.

The Art of Body Shape

The Art of Body Shape Beverly Hills. This futuristic gym in the heart of Los Angeles transports you to a whole new realm. Featuring the most innovative fitness contraptions, The Art of Body Shape allows you to try out the coolest equipment, from water aerobic machines to infrared technologies.

Let us know what you think of this shocking fitness craze in the comment section below. Would you try it?