Burpee? HIIT? WOD? Fitspeak explained
Do you even speak fit? Master these workout slangs and breeze through your workout routine without missing a beat.
Have you ever found yourself in a fluster halfway through your workout routine because you don’t know what “10 reps of burpees” means? Working out can be an intimidating affair especially when you’re struggling to understand what you’re supposed to be doing.
Burpee? HIIT? WOD? What do they mean? We round up and explain 10 workout slangs so you’ll never get put off by fitspeak ever again.
Short for “fit inspiration”, fitspo refers to a series of images and words depicting active, fit people or healthy foods with the purpose of inspiring a healthy lifestyle.
For one, eating clean is not just about a strict salad diet. Eating clean, or clean eating, is about the consumption of unprocessed or limitedly processed, “pure” whole foods that are as close to their natural source as possible. Examples of whole foods include whole grains and organic greens.
Short for repetition, a rep is one iteration of a single continuous movement. For instance, if a rep consists of one squat and one high-knee kick, 10 reps comprises of 10 squats and 10 high-knee kicks.
Short for cardiovascular activity, cardio is commonly referred to as a workout that assists in fat burning rather than muscle building, even though it is meant for heart and lungs strengthening. Running, swimming and aerobic classes are examples of cardio workouts.
A free weight is a form of weight-training equipment that is not, simply put, attached to a machine. Barbells or dumbbells are examples of free weights. It promotes versatility and does not limit your range of motion, allowing you to engage more muscles and train your flexibility as compared to structured machines.
An acronym for “Workout of the Day”, WOD is a term used for CrossFit, a total fitness program that combines high-intensity cardio, core training, weight lifting and more. WOD is a daily CrossFit workout that changes on any given day.
An acronym for “high intensity interval training”, HIIT is another exercise program that is similar to CrossFit. An intense form of interval training that alternates between quick bursts of exercises and short, active rest periods, the goal is to keep your heart rate at its peak while burning fats in a shorter amount of time.
“Feel the burn!” How many times have you heard exercise instructors say this during workout sessions? They’re actually referring to a burning sensation from your muscles, caused by the lactic acid produced by your body when you work out. While it’s not a bad thing — it’s a sign that you are working your muscles hard and strengthening them — it’s important to be mindful that you don’t overlook it and risk an injury.
A burpee combines a squat, push-up and vertical jump in one swift movement. (Picture reposted from Fitgirlcode.com)
A burpee combines a squat, push-up and vertical jump in one swift movement. Usually included in a cardio workout, a burpee works your entire body without any equipments needed.
Short for gluteus maximus, it is the primary butt muscle in your body. Primarily used for upper leg extension, it strengthens your backside and gives it the significant lift and tone we desire.
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