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.”
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!”
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!”
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.”
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.”
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”.
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.”
…so the next time you’re faced with a little fitness slang, you’ll be well-equipped to respond!