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