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Modern slang has made its way into the fitness world, and if your vocabulary needs some pumping up, go ahead! 

I have included some "Gym Slangs", "Training Talks", "Workout Terms" and "Body Parts" in this article. If you don't want to appear "newbie", then you should know these words before hitting the gym. 


Bro-science is an unreliable science. It's born in the gym, not in the lab. It’s the half-cooked knowledge, which is tossed around by guys at the gym. 


Slang for steroids. If someone is said to be “juicing,” you can be sure they are not talking about fresh juice.


Refers to a lady who wears a full-on clown mask (full make-up) to the gym.

Slip N’ Slide: 

Refers to the person who sweats on a bench and doesn’t think they need to wipe it up. 

“Can I get a spot?”

It means someone is asking you to help him do an exercise with an amount of weight he is nervous about.

“Hey bro! Can I work in?”

The guy just wants to use the machine you are on. 

“What are you lifting today?"

For those following a split training routine, the question is what muscle group are you going to work today. 

“What’s your max, bro?” 

The guy wants to know the maximum number of weight you can lift. 


Refers to one complete movement of one exercise.


Refers to number of reps performed in a row.

Forced Reps: 

These are extra repetitions at the end of a set that require the help of a spotter. 

1RepMax (1RM): 

Refers to the amount of load you can lift for only one rep, and no more.


Refers to the point at which you can't lift another rep with proper form. 

Super Set:

It is two exercises performed back-to-back with little to no rest for the opposing (antagonist) body parts, like biceps and triceps.

Compound Super Set: 

It is two exercises performed back-to-back with little rest for the same body part. 

Giant Set: 

It is three or more lifts performed back-to-back with minimal rest.

Drop Set:

In a drop set, you start with a weight (say, 25 pounds) and lift to failure, then you grab a lower weight (say, 20 pounds) and lift to failure again, effectively extending the set. You can drop the weight multiple times in a drop set.


A sequence of exercises that is done with little or no rest in between the sets.

Isolation Movement: 

Any exercise or movement that places stress on a single muscle or muscle group. Example: Bench Press.

Compound Movement:

Any exercise or movement that places stress on several muscle or muscle group. Example: Squat. 


If you are doing lot of efforts in the gym and still you are not getting results, it means you have hit a plateau.


Short for pectoral muscles (chest).


Short for latissimus dorsi (back).


Short for trapezius muscles, which span across the neck, shoulders and upper back. 


Shoulders. You can work the front, middle and rear deltoids.


Quadriceps (front of the thighs).


Hamstrings (back of the thighs).


Short for gluteas maximus – a much nicer way to say “butt”.


Refers to your trunk – your low back, mid back, abdominals, obliques and stabilizers.

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