What Does That Mean? Gym Terms 101

Team FitNice knows walking into a gym or fitness studio can be intimidating.  A brand new place, lots of strangers and equipment that looks like a torture device.  Whether you’re starting yoga practice, kicking off Crossfit or picking up Pilates, fitness has a language all its own.  Every workout community has gym terms and phrases that describe and direct each session, but they often differ by nature.  The words that work for yoga don’t get it done in a kickboxing class, and it’s almost impossible to cover every single phrase you could come across in this post.  Here’s a list of basic gym terms that will help you feel at home starting any fitness program.

Reps – Short for repetitions, reps count the number of times you repeat an exercise.  This can be anywhere from 1 to 100 and depends on the type of workout.

Set – A group of reps for any given exercise.  This predetermined number is high for cardio-endurance workouts and low for strength building workouts.

DB – Dumbbells are a versatile, standard piece of gym ware and can be used for a myriad of exercises.  Two weights are separated by a handle, allowing one hand to hold the weight and can be anywhere from one to 100 pounds.gym terms

Circuit Training – A series of exercises performed with little or no rest between them.  A circuit consists of one set at each exercise and a short period of rest after completing each circuit.

Work In – Sharing a piece of equipment by alternating sets with rest so another person.  The usually occurs on stationary exercise machines or with heavy dumbbells.

1RM/3RM – One rep max, three rep max.  The maximum weight you can lift one or three times.  This is common in Olympic style lifts and for those who are trying to increase muscle mass.

Superset – Similar to circuit training, a superset is a sets of two exercises performed without rest between them.  A superset often works complimentary muscle groups, such as biceps and triceps or back and chest.

AMRAP – As Many Rounds as Possible.  Given with a preset time limit, AMRAP workouts are common in Crossfit and designed to be short, intense periods of activity with predetermined exercises.

Tabata – A form of high intensity interval training (HIIT), Tabata is a four minute interval during which the participant alternates 20 seconds of work with 10 seconds of rest for 8 sets.  This is a flexible but advanced, difficult cardiovascular workout.

Feel comfortable in any fitness center with these terms and get started today!  Have questions about another terms you’ve heard in the gym?  Ask us!

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