Maybe youâ€™ve started going to the gym and have noticed a strange â€œfitness lingoâ€ being passed around by gym regulars. You hear someone talking about their last AMRAP or Burner Set and youâ€™re thinking â€œwhat the heckâ€? We understand – it can be confusing at times. But, just in case the hot fitness junkie at the gym asks you out, you need to know your stuff. Donâ€™t worry, play it cool. All you need to do is throw in a couple of these fitness terms throughout the conversation and youâ€™ll be right on track to scoring a date! If you just want to educate yourself for fun, thatâ€™s cool too.
Here are 50 terms that we think you should know:
- GYM RAT:Â aÂ person who spends all their leisure time in the gym (junkie, gym addict)
- MEAT HEAD: an enormously muscular guy, who usually cares more about fitness than anything else
- SPIN HEAD: someone who prefers to do cycling and is addicted to biking
- YOGI (or YOGINI for women): a practitioner of yoga
- BATTLE ROPES: used in HIIT training by making waves in the thick ropes as a stationary workout
- BARBELL: the long metal weight bar that disks are added to for lifting (usually 45lbs)
- PLATE: a plate refers to a 45lb plate (3 plates on each side of the bar=6x45lbs)
- POWER RACK: the complex metal racks where heavy lifting takes place at the gym
- TRX: total body resistance exercise: suspension training; a highly portable tool that leverages gravity and the user’s body weight to complete hundreds of exercises.
- DOUBLE UNDER: refers to jumping rope when you let the rope pass under your feet twice while in the air
- JUMP SQUAT: a regular squat with a jump at the top (a bit harder!)
- KIPPING: this is using momentum on an exercise (such as an explosive kick before a pullup) to make the weight seem lighter
- SNATCH: a highly technical olympic lifting move that involves lifting the barbell from the floor to the locked-arms position overheadÂ in one movement
- THE BIG THREE: bench press, squat and deadlift – the ultimate ways to test total body strength
Ways to describe someoneâ€™s physical appearance:
- PUMP: after lifting weights you may hear people talk about pump. That is the feeling when your muscles are biggest immediately after a workout.
- SWOLE: to get â€œbigâ€; put on muscle
- YOKED: describing someone who is well built and very muscular
Types of workout:
- AEROBIC: â€œcardioâ€- A type of exercise that when performing, the body requires lots of oxygen. Think running or cycling
- ANAEROBIC: stimulates heart rate and breathing rate in a way that cannotÂ be sustained. Think sprinting
- CARDIO: anything that will elevate the heart rate.
- BURNER SET: this is done at the end of your workout in order to complete burnout and fatigue the muscles you were just using
- CALISTHENICS: exercises using your bodyweight and a variety of HIIT workouts. Designed to elevate your heart rate and allow you to workout anywhere with minimal equipment
- CROSSFIT: a type of exercise made popular in recent years mainly consisting of HIIT training.
- DROP SET: performing a workout with one weight then you super set the same exercise with a lower weight
- PERSONAL TRAINING: a one on one workout between a client and a fitness expert
- ON-DEMAND PERSONAL TRAINING: personal training that happens anytime you want itÂ (Think WeTrain!)
- PILATES: a system of exercises designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness
- PLYOMETRICS: explosive movements that incorporate the whole body
- PYRAMID SET: start your workout with a low weight, progressively increase the weight until you hit the desired amount, then repeat the process going down in weight
- SPINNING: a type of cardio that utilizes stationary bikes
- SUPER SET: when you follow one workout immediately with another, no rest in between
- TABATA: type of high intensity interval training with 20 seconds high intensity sprint and 10 seconds rest
- WETRAIN: your on-demand personal training app to get awesome trainers anywhere, anytime
- YOGA: a workout that is based on a calming environment, and combining stretching with strengthening
- AMRAP: as many rounds as possible (completing a circuit of exercises for a set time period trying to make it through the circuit as many times as possible)
- EMOM: every minute on the minute (doing a certain group of exercises for a minute and switching at the minute mark)
- HIIT: high intensity interval training (popular in crossfit and personal training)
- PR: personal record! This could be in weight used or reps completed in a certain amount of time
- RX: this just means that you follow all of the weight and reps instructed by your trainer, no cheating!
- WOD: this is very simple. Workout of the day, itâ€™s your choice!
- ANABOLIC THRESHOLD: the level of exercise intensity at which lactic acid builds up faster than it can be cleared away (aka lactate threshold or lactate turnpoint)
- BMI: body mass indexâ€”relationship between height and weight
- BMR: basal metabolic rateâ€”amount of energy expended while at rest
- BODY COMPOSITION: amount of fat vs. lean muscle
- LACTIC ACID: produced by the muscles during strenuous exercise
- GLYCEMIC INDEX: the effect a food has to blood-sugar levels
- MACROS: the specific aspects of your diet ie, fats, protein, carbs, etc.
- MEAL PREP: stick to a â€œmy healthy plateâ€ (Â½ plate of fruit and veggies, Â¼ plate grains, Â¼ plate proteins)
Periods in your fitness journey:
- BULKING SEASON: a time when someone is trying to gain weight by lifting weight and eating more (especially increasing protein intake)
- PLATEAU: when your progress comes to a halt and it is hard to push past it, but you can always break through the mental wall!So now youâ€™ve got it. Here is your complete study guide of fitness terms to take anywhere, anytime. Next time the fitness hottie comes close, start with something easy like, â€œWow, that AMRAP you just completed was super impressive, youâ€™re looking really SWOLE,â€ could even ask, â€œwas that a PR?â€. With that, your odds are looking good. Best of luck out there! Love, your WeTrain team.