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Gym Slang | Are You Up To Speed?

There are a lot of new terms and buzzwords being bandied around the gym floor. For many of us, they form part of our daily dialogue. Though, many others may be left wondering what exactly they're being asked to do! So we take a look at some of the gym jargon overheard in the fitness world, so if you're new to fitness, you won't get lost in the lingo...

Beasting it up

HIT (or High Intensity Training). Any exercise that involves intense effort and strong focus. As in: “He's absolutely beasting it up!”


Well-built, strong shoulders. As in: “Look at the boulders on this guy.”

Bro Science

Fitness guidance, techniques and tips shared between fitness enthusiasts. Not always based on fact (leave that bit to the Personal Trainers!) As in: “You need to ensure you have your protein shake no more than 5 minutes after cooling down otherwise you won't get the benefits."


Adding muscle mass through strength training and a protein-rich diet. As in: “I’m bulking. Plenty of chicken for me!"

Cardio Bunny

A female in the gym who spends her whole time on cardio equipment As in: “She's such a cardio bunny, she’s on the treadmill for an hour a day!"

Cheat Reps

When muscle fatigue begins to set in, and you start to use the incorrect technique to lift, using different muscles or swinging the body to help you with the manoeuvre. As in: “Enough of the cheat reps! Sort your form out!"


Stripping excess bodyfat while retaining maximum muscle. This is done through strict diet and dedicated training. As in: “Not for me thanks, I'm cutting."


Stands for 'Delayed onset muscular soreness'. That killer ache you feel a few days after a really good gym session. As in: “My legs are killing. I’ve got serious Doms.”

Drop Sets

Multiple sets of the same exercise, reducing the weight each time, with no rest in between. As in: "I'll just get some drop sets done before we go".


Impressive biceps and triceps As in: “Check out these guns!"


Someone with a lot of muscle, such as competitive bodybuilders As in: “That guy is jacked!”


Admiring yourself in front of the mirror after a workout. Then taking a selfie just to share on Instagram. As in: “Look at this guy miring. I don't blame him, looks good."


When someone assists you with an exercise to ensure you're moving correctly and safely. As in: “Can you spot me?”


Adding more weights to beat your personal best. Great for developing your strength and muscle tone. As in: "I'm stacking today. Time to up my game."

Protein Window

The best time to eat protein for maximum effect (Ignore the 'Bro Science' - ask your Personal Trainer). As in: "I need to grab a shake before I miss my protein window".

Work In

Sharing a piece of equipment with another gym-goer whilst you rest in between sets. As in: "Can I work in?"


Someone who loves yoga As in: "She's such a yogi." the next time you're faced with a little fitness slang, you'll be well-equipped to respond! As your career progresses you may want to continue your learning to realise your full potential and boost your career prospects. Focus Training has the expertise to offer an exciting range of Level 3 and Level 4 Specialist personal trainer courses that will really give you the edge in your chosen field. Our popular courses relating to this blog post gym slang | are you up to speed? include our personal trainer courses, gym instructor courses, exercise referral courses and the ever popular sports massage courses. Our qualifications are specifically developed to target the changing health needs of our population, giving you the skills, knowledge and expertise to meet the needs of your clients both now and in the future. All our courses are designed to give you the necessary tools to become a fully-certified fitness professional. Alternatively via our home page you can find personal trainer courses.