Brushing up on Gym Slang
You’re at the gym, working out, making the most of your weight loss plan and Acai Effect instructions to EXERCISE in addition to dieting. Well good for you. But now there’s just one problem, there’s all this talk on the gym floor and you have no idea what anyone is talking about! It’s like there’s a whole exercise language that you now need to learn if you want to look like you know anything about working out.
Well I’ve compiled this little gym slang dictionary to help you get more comfortable with your workout and to help you bond with the guys and gals who have been pumping iron for years.
GYM SLANG MEANING RECOMMENDED MOVES
Abs Abdominals (the belly) Crunches, oblique stretches
Bis Biceps (upper arm, your guns) Bicep curls
Butt Buttocks (the tush) Squats, hip extensions
Delts Deltoids (located in your shoulders) Frontal raises, lateral raises, reverse flies
Hams Hamstrings (posterior thigh) Leg curls, leg presses
Lats Latissimus dorsi (mid-back) Rowing
Pecs Pectoral muscles (chest) Push-ups, bench presses
Quads Quadriceps (anterior thigh) Leg presses, lunges, steps
Traps Trapezius (back) Shoulder shrugs, reverse flies, dips
Tris Triceps (located around the elbow) Tricep dips and pull downs
There are your basic muscle groups and the lingo that goes along with them. Study the chart and then hit the machines. Before you know it you’ll be talking like a macho bodybuilder and intimidating the newer guys on the floor!
One more thing: It’s great that you’re working out and trying to lose weight, but hitting the gym is not only about looking and sounding macho. Make sure that when you’re tackling a new exercise, you get help adjusting the machine and advice about how to execute the exercise properly. You don’t want to injure yourself simply because of ignorance and because you’re too proud to ask. You’ll lose weight faster and build muscle more effectively if you’re using the machines and lifting weights