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The Ultimate Guide To Gym Lingo

Do you struggle with the confusing terminology used by personal trainers and gym rats? This guide will be your one-stop-shop of the most important gym terms and training concepts. 


AMRAP: Short for “As many reps as possible”. It is completing as many rounds of an exercise as possible in a given time frame.

Boulders: A person with solid shoulders. 

Bulking: Is a process commonly used by an individual to gain weight. It attempts to build muscle mass. 

Bulking is the process used by an individual to gain weight

Body Composition: A way of explaining what percentage of fat you have, relative to non-fat mass (muscles, bones, body water, and organs). 

Bro Science: Word of mouth knowledge passed off as a fact, primarily among bodybuilders or weightlifters. 

Bro Science is a word of mouth knowledge passed off as a fact, primarily among bodybuilders or weightlifters.

Circuit: A combination of five or more exercises performed with short rest periods between them. 

Cheat Reps: Changing your technique to make an exercise easier. 

Cheat Reps is a changing technique to make an exercise easier

DOMS: An abbreviation for “Delayed-onset soreness”. It is described as muscle soreness after doing an exercise for the first time. 

EMOM: An acronym for “Every minute on the minute”. It is a type of interval training where you perform a specific exercise at the start of every minute for a set amount of time.

Free Weights: Any equipment such as dumbbells used for weight training that doesn’t involve being attached to a machine. 

Free weights any equipment that doesn't involve being attached to a machine

Forced Reps: Additional repetitions of an exercise performed with the help of a spotter when you are too fatigued to complete them on your own. 

Form: Form is a particular method of doing a movement, typically a strength training exercise, to avoid injury and improve strength. 

Form: Form is a particular method of doing a movement, typically a strength training exercise, to avoid injury and improve strength

Gains: Refers to gaining strength (strength gains) or muscle growth (muscle gains).

Gym Rat: Someone who is at the gym constantly and cares a lot about their physique. 

Gym Rat: Someone who is at the gym constantly and cares a lot about their physique.

HIIT: Abbreviation for 'High-intensity interval training". It involves short bursts of exercise with periods of rest or lower-intensity exercise. 

Newbie: Someone who is new or unfamiliar to the gym. 

Maxing Out: Lifting heavy weights for one rep. 

PB: An abbreviation for “Personal best”. 

Plyometric: Training involving jumps from a dead start. 

Progression: Lifting heavier weights over time in order to gain muscle and strength. 

Progression: Lifting heavier weights over time in order to gain muscle and strength.

Pre-workout: A supplement that is taken before training to enhance performance. 

Supersets: Moving directly from one exercise to another exercise with no rest. 

Spotter: A spotter is someone who stands with you whilst you complete a weight lift and makes sure you don’t injure yourself. 

Swole: Getting extremely big and muscular. 

Swole - Getting extremely big and muscular.

Reps: A number of times a single exercise is performed continuously. 

We hope this guide will help you to feel confident and comfortable when using gym lingo!

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