As if it wasn’t enough to pull on our workout gear and lace up our shoes, we are also expected to speak an entirely new foreign language that trainers and gym enthusiasts seem to speak so eloquently. ¬†Well fear not, we will share with you some of these common acronyms and terms to allow you to hang with the best of the best and impress a few of your friends at your next gathering!

  • DOMS – Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
  • BOSU ball – Both sides up or Both sides Utilized
  • HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training – an intense cardio session
  • BMI – Body Mass Index – an assessment of body composition
  • BMR – Basal Metabolic Rate – The number of calories your body burns just by being alive
  • Reps – Repetitions or one complete exercise movement
  • Sets – Number of Reps performed in a row
  • 1RM – One Repetition Maximum – the maximum amount of weight that can be lifted at one time
  • PR – Personal Record
  • Atrophy – decrease in muscle size (going the wrong way ladies)
  • Hypertrophy – increase in muscle size or growth (looking good ladies)
  • Drop Set – When one complete exercise set is done, you immediately follow by another with slightly lower weights followed by another set again with slightly lower weights
  • ROM – Range of motion – limits of motion of the joints and muscles associated with an exercise
  • Rep Out – repeat an exercise over and over until you are unable to do another one (also knows as going to failure)
  • Super set – when one set of exercise is done you move directly into another exercise without a rest in between. For example: dead lift set directly over to Calf raises set
  • WOD – Workout of Day (a common term used in Cross fit)
  • Circuit – Training in circuits where you perform certain exercises usually ranging in 5 or 6 different exercises multiple times (for example: 20 Burpees, 20 mountain climbers, 20 step ups, 20 lunges, 20 push ups is one circuit. Then repeat 3 times)
  • Tabata – A type of timed circuit HIIT

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