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Do You Speak Gym? 37 Fitness Words You Should Know

HELP! My Gym Speaks a Different Language

Joining a gym can be pretty scary. It’s like going to another country. The members can even speak a different language using phrases and words you’ve never heard before. As if just being at a new gym was not intimidating enough, now you have to speak to people and pretend you know what they are talking about? Well, I’m here to tell ya, if you feel like an illegal alien in your gym, there are only a few words you need to learn before you will feel like a full-fledged gym citizen. Learning some of this gym slang will not only help you feel more comfortable, but it will help you learn how to maximize your workouts. Check it out! And if you have some words you’d like to add, post them in the comments below!


When someone assists another person with an exercise. ie: “Can you spot me?” or “I need a spotter.”

Rep :

Short for repetitions. This is how many times you do a single exercise in a row. i.e.: “I did shoulder presses for 12 reps at that weight”.

Set :

1 Set refers to a group of repetitions done without stopping. i.e.: “Do 3 sets of 15 reps”

Super Set:

Refers to a combination of complimentary exercises done back to back in one “super set” with little to no rest. For instance, “I did a super set of shoulder presses and lateral raises”


- A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me, I'm afraid of widths.

- Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.

- The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.

- To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.

- Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.

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