Let’s face it, the gym can be daunting. Whether it’s your first time at a health club in years or you’re trying out new equipment, there can be a lot to learn to navigate your way around! Naturally, we’ve got you covered. Below is a glossary of some of the most common gym terms and what they mean, so you can walk around like you own the place.
Spot: When someone assists another person with an exercise. ie: “Can you spot me?” or “I need a spotter.”
Rep – A rep (short for repetitions) is how many times you do a single exercise in a row. i.e.: “I did 8 reps at 80 pounds”.
Set – A set refers to a group of repetitions done without stopping. i.e.: “Do 3 sets of 10 reps”
Circuit Training – A method of physical conditioning in which one moves from one exercise to another, usually in a series of different stations or pieces of equipment.
Intervals – This is when you train at a low intensity for a period of time, followed by a high intensity.
Ripped – Someone is ripped when they have very low body fat and muscle separation is visible and defined. i.e.: “That guys is ripped!”
Pecs – Short for pectoral muscles (especially with reference to the development of these muscles in bodybuilding).
Lats – Short for Latissimus Dorsi – the large muscles that run down the back
Quads – Quadriceps (front of the thighs)
Core – Refers to your trunk – your low back, mid back, abdominals, obliques and stabilizers.
What other terms do you think are important to know? Leave in the comments below!