by HAEIN JUNG
Look at dem washboard abz.
Over two hundred strapping bodies entered the 15th annual Mr. & Mrs. Muscle Beach competition, and when the smoke cleared, two Korean trainers were among the winners as they took home the top prizes.
Joon Ko and Jung-Seok Kim, both fitness trainers at Fitness M, a premier gym located in L.A.’s Koreatown, took first Place in Men’s Physique Tall Class category and second place in the Men’s Physique Short Class, 5’7 and under division, respectively.
“I’m so grateful I overcame the hardships that came from preparing for the competition,” Ko told the Korea Daily. “I thank those at Fitness M who helped me overcome them.”
Kim added: “As Korean Americans, being able to compete in a sport that aren’t dominated by Asians is an incredible opportunity for myself and for the Korean community.”
Aside from their glossy silver and gold medals, their resumes are quite impressive as well. Kim has a fifth degree black belt in taekwondo while Koh is a Red Cross lifeguard and certified First Aid instructor.
Mr. & Mrs. Muscle Beach started in 1999 by Joe Wheatley, a long time producer of bodybuilding shows, and has been held every year in Venice Beach.
Image via Korea Times