Published on November 9th, 2010 | by Amna Al Haddad4
Lesson 1: Your Gym Jargon Vocab – ABCWhen you have to take up a new lifestyle and starting using a gym, not only you have to deal with the motivation and consistency, but you also have to learn a new language. Kind of like learning Arabic then Chinese. Yikes, right? So if you are overwhelmed with all the seemingly improper words at the gym and avoid conversations which include words like hammies & lats….Well 999-Fitness is here for the rescue with your first gym jargon class: ABC.
Before we hit the dictionary, lets know a little about our 123’s.
1RM: is your one-repetition maximum, which means the maximum amount of weight you can lift in a given exercise in a single repetition.
Aerobic exercise: Steady-paced training that uses up oxygen and increase your overall fitness levels by strengthening your heart and lungs. Exercises include: jogging or biking.
Anaerobic training (my favorite): It involves exercises at a high intensity but in short bouts of time. The body usually uses carbohydrates and fat instead of oxygen. Exercises include: heavy weight lifting & sprinting.
BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate): BMR is simply the amount of calories your burn while at rest, while sleeping, sitting, etc. Your BMR also changes with the amount of muscle you have.
She says: So far, mine is 1,200. Hence, for me to stay alive and for my heart & lung to function the MINIMUM I should eat is 1,200 if I were a couch potato, since I am not & want to gain muscles, I eat up to 2,000 calories a day.
Barbell: Straight or a curved bar in which could weigh 15kgs(usually for women) or 20kgs (usually for men) on its own and you can add weighted plates on each side. Mostly used for bench press, military press, deadlift, squats, and barbell curls (for biceps) among others.
Today I’m training my bi’s: Bi’s simply refers to biceps, also known as guns.
Feel the “burn”: The burn is a feeling you get when you’ve exhausted your muscles while training for failure.
Cutting: No! Not that kind of suicidal cutting, but more like shedding the fat. Bodybuilders often time go on a bulking up phase; where they gain muscles and fat and after a certain period of time they go into a cutting-phase in which they reduce their body fat while maintaining max. amount of muscles.
So, if you like & learnt something new, do let 999-Fitness know so she care prepare your DEF lessons for you ASAP.
GymFreak at 999-Fitness
Have you come across any words in the gym you didn’t know & wondered what they meant? Do you feel intimated going to the gym because of the jargon?