What All Those Confusing Fitness Terms Actually Mean

It isn’t easy getting fit. There’s a lot to learn: Your workout itself, whether the number of reps you do matters, and then there’s all the gym and exercise lingo you’ve never heard before. Say no more. We understand, and we’ve put together this primer to help.

Keep in mind that fitness jargon is endless, so this list isn’t comprehensive. It is made up of many terms that you may have heard before but didn’t understand, or heard a trainer toss around.

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It’s important to mention that lifting to failure happens when you cannot perform another rep with perfect form.

You Don’t Need to Spend Hours in the Gym to Lose Weight

When it comes to weight loss, people often think that you need to spend countless hours in the gym, pounding away at the treadmill while you watch reruns of How I Met Your Mother. Not only do you not need much time in the gym, it might be optimal to spend it elsewhere. Here’s why.

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But if it makes you happy, you can do it. The only exercise plan that’s right for you is the one you can stick to where you do something.

If you’re struggling with exercise, try to keep that in mind. If you despise your workout, then you need to find something else. Clinical studies aside, anything you’ll actually do consistently is going to be more effective than anything you don’t.

Are Bodyweight Exercises (Yoga/Pilates) Effective?

While the process of building muscle at a cellular level is complicated to say the least, at the practical level, it’s quite simple.

…Building muscle can be simplified into one simple concept: increase the weight, repetitions (also known as “reps”), or volume that you can do in a given exercise. This concept is known as ” progressive overload.” The result is an increase in muscle size—a process known as muscular hypertrophy.

…What about heavier folks who are worried that they can’t perform bodyweight exercises? That can be solved by finding versions of exercises that you can do, such as kneeling push-ups or wall push-ups instead of regular push-ups. Don’t beat yourself up if you use an easier version of an exercise. What truly matters is improvements week over week.

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What the article doesn’t discuss is oversight – having an instructor of some fashion monitoring, giving you feedback, and correcting where necessary.  This is why though you can practice yoga on your own, I don’t recommend it.  I’ve seen too many cases of chest facing forwards, but the hips are at 45 degrees.  Or in foot position in warrior postures…  It also takes a lot of self discipline to practice on your own – making time and thinking up lesson plans.

There is no best program, diet, or exercise. When it comes to fitness and health, everything is contextual and depends on the individual. Done correctly, bodyweight training will build muscle, but definitely consider your time, budget, and goals when selecting the program that’s right for you.