Gym jargon can sound like a completely different language if you’re a ‘newbie’. So if you want to mix it with the ‘pros’ then this guide gives you all the vocabulary you need to pump-up your workout.
– To look good and pleasing
How to use it: “She’s been working hard. Aesthetically she’s looking hot.”
2. Beasting it up
– Intensity training, anything involving intense effort and mentality
How to use it: “That guy is proper beasting it up in the pit!”
– Shoulders that are solid as rock and built as strong as steel
How to use it: “Mate, your boulders are looking solid.”
4. Bro science
– Word of mouth ‘knowledge’ passed off as factual
Bro science in action: “Bro, you must take 50g of protein within 10 minutes of finishing your workout or it’ll be wasted.”
– The process of adding muscle mass to one’s body through strength training and nutrition.
How to use it: “Breakfast of champions this morning?” “Yeah, I’m bulking up – need the protein.”
6. Cardio bunny
– A female Gym-Goer who spends her entire workout on cardio equipment
How to use it: “Look at that cardio bunny, she’s been on that treadmill for over an hour!”
7. Cheap reps
– When muscle fatigue begins to set in or the weight is too heavy, some athletes employ improper form to make a lift, using surrounding muscle Groups or even momentum to assist in the movement.
How to use it: “You’re getting lazy doing those cheat reps. Go hard or go home.”
8. Cutting up
– Stripping the body of excess bodyfat while retaining maximum muscularity
How to use it: “Big night out Friday- it’s time to start cutting up.”
– Delayed onset of muscular soreness. That aching feeling you get days after a workout
How to use it: “Talk about sore. I’ve got a bad case of Doms.”
10. Forced reps
– Additional repetitions of an exercise performed with the help of a partner when you’re unable to do anymore reps on your own.
How to use it: “How many more forced reps you doing?” “I’m getting beasted today – give me more.”
– A ‘head turner’. bodybuilder with unreal muscle development. People usually stare at these individuals like a rare specimen unseen before in nature.
How to use it: “That guy was an incredible size/shape! He was a freak of nature.”
– The appearance of muscular tightness. The best competitive bodybuilders manage to look both full and shredded.
How to use it: “Look over there. That lad is full – he’s an absolute specimen.”
– Dieting and training correctly to give you all kinds of gains!
How to use it: “Gains is what it’s all about – no pain, no gain.”
– Another word for pumped upper arm muscles, biceps and triceps.
How to use it: “Anyone want two tickets to the gun show?”
15. Iron maiden
– Smashes the myth that women shouldn’t lift. Not afraid to beast it up in the pit with the bodybuilder freaks.
How to use it: “Look at the weights that Iron Maiden is lifting, she’s putting me to shame!”
– A technique that focuses work on an individual muscle without secondary or assisting muscle Groups being involved, which provides maximum muscle definition. A good example is the seated dumbbell concentration curl.
How to use it: “Isolation day and I’m ready to get a pump on. It’s a chest day.”
17. Judy Dench
– A slang term for hench, someone strong-looking or muscular.
How to use it: “He looks well Judy”
18. Maxing out
– Lifting heavy weights for one rep.
How to use it: “You maxing out today?” “I’m taking it to the limit and going big.”
– Short for admiring. post work-out pose in front of the mirror and sharing the selfie on social media.
How to use it: “You ‘miring me? I’ve worked hard to achieve this.”
20. Muscle confusion
– A technique to counteract the slowing of growth when muscles adapt to the training demands placed upon them. to keep growing and getting stronger, a bodybuilder needs to vary his/her sets, reps, rest, weight used and exercise angles during each workout.
How to use it: “I’m not confused – my muscles are though, and I’m gonna be Dench this time next year.”
– A person new to the gym environment with no experience of equipment and lacking in fitness and technique.
How to use it: “Look at that total newbie. All the gear and no idea.”
– The process of dieting and training to get shredded for a competition.
How to use it: “Time to start prepping my meals.”
23. Progressive overload
– Gradually adding more resistance during training exercises as your strength increases.
How to use it: “It’s progressive overload time – I’m gonna stack and go!”
24. Skull crusher
– The lying French press, in which you lower a barbell from full extension above your head down to your forehead and then extend at the elbows to press it back up
How to use it: “Whoa – you’re about to do a Skull Crusher – I’m gonna spot you.”
– Adding more weights to your workout in order to set your personal best, build strength and increase muscle mass.
How to use it: Get ’em stacked
– Having large, well-developed muscles.
How to use it: “Bro – you look swollen today.”
– The term used to describe the so-called bodybuilding look which requires
the athlete to have wide shoulders. Big back and small mid-section. When that look is achieved the outlines of the torso form the letter “v”.
How to use it: “That guy over there has the best V-Taper I’ve ever seen.”
– The visibility of veins on a bodybuilder as a result of exercise and low bodyfat (and perhaps higher blood volume).
How to use it: “I’m making it vein in the gym today – time to go vascular.”
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