What's Your Workout: Jungshin

Wooden sword leads to toned arms, shoulders and abs

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    Get some stress relief with exercise and sword fighting. (Published Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012)

    Last week was, shall we say, interesting? One woman I interviewed showed me her breasts. Another person spoke to me about a different private part. And last, but not least, I was given a wooden sword.

    I know, I know ... I had you at wooden sword.

    Now this sword probably won’t help me win any duels, but it may be able to help me tone up my arms, shoulders and abs. That’s because this sword is part a workout called Jungshin.

    Jungshin is based on Korean martial arts. It involves intervals of swinging the sword around and cardio/strength exercises like mountain climbers and push ups.

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    Now here’s the thing: the sword isn’t light. You continuously swing it over your head while in various stances and lunges. Next thing you know you’re sweating and your arms ache.

    But another bit of information about this workout -- you kind of feel like a bad ass because you are getting all Bruce Lee with the sword. I mean, I’m pretty sure I could deter any attacker at this point.

    Now Jungshin is a commitment. You can’t just hop into class and know what you’re doing. There are stances and “cuts” to learn. But if you’re a natural fighter/yogi like me, you’ll be sweating and sword-fighting in no time.

    So now I’m the proud owner of my very own Jungshin sword. There’s even a matching bag with my name embroidered on it (not kidding). I wasn’t sure how my colleagues would take it. But I have to say they’ve all been much nicer to me since I brought it back. I guess they know what’s good for them.

    Jungshin is offered at Sport & Health clubs in Northern Virginia.


    Lauren Dunn is News4's medical producer.