You might know the basics, but do you know all the jargon? Don’t be caught unaware! Here’s a quick guide to some of the more advanced fitness lingo you might hear in the gym:
The short barbell with the humps in it.
The round weights you place on the end of bars. They range from 2.5, 5, 10, 25, 35 to 45 lbs and beyond.
Doing 2 or more exercises without rest periods in between them.
Reducing calories in order to lose body fat
Full Range of Motion
When you extend the exercise to the furthest beneficial point. A classic example of not going the full range of motion might be the pushups we used to do in elementary school, those ones where you pretty much just bent your elbows—okay, that might be a little extreme, but hopefully you get the point.
Short for macro nutrients: protein, carbohydrates and fats.
Extended periods of stalled progression in the gym. If you’ve been lifting the same exact weight for a couple months, you’ve probably plateaued.