4 Gym Phrases You’ve Heard and Don’t Understand, Explained

Joining any new type of community often comes with a learning curve. If you’ve scratched your head when hearing any of these wacky gym phrases for the first time, you’re not alone. And the good news is that each term listed has a very useful place in your coaching routine. Read on and get equipped!

Tabata

“Sounds like we’re bringing back elementary music class”

What it is: A Tabata style workout is a combination of timed workout and timed rest. Your coach may have you hold a squat for 30 seconds and rest for 15 seconds. You’d complete this maybe six times before moving to the next exercise of work and rest.

Why it’s effective: Tabata workouts are great if you’d like to fit in a hard workout in a short amount of time. They get the job done! While an effective form of conditioning, they also present a new challenge where you don’t have to count repetitions but rely on endurance to keep moving through each time block.

Kettlebell

“Are we drinking tea during my training?”

What it is: The kettlebell is a cast iron or steel ball with a handle attached to the top. With it, you can perform exercises that combine cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility training.

Why it’s effective: Incorporating kettlebell training into your lifting routine will help you move better, increase your strength and improve cardiovascular endurance. Every movement recruits multiple muscle groups so you get a lot done in each rep. Plus, the exercises are fun to try and master.

HIIT Training

 “HIIT me with what? This sounds dangerous?”

What it is: HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training.  A HIIT workout isn’t set to one regular routine, but usually includes consistent movement with high intensity bursts and less intense recovery exercises in between.

Why it’s effective: HIIT workouts are challenging and versatile. You can apply this type of activity to any area with limited equipment. It eliminates boredom and is very satisfying to finish!

Body Scan

“What on my body do you need to scan? Why do I feel uncomfortable?”

What it is: Your club coaching program may include the use of a Body Scanning device or BIA machine. It’s an easy process and is completely pain-free. Step on (fully-clothed with bare feet!) and you’ll receive a detailed analysis of your body composition including weight, muscle and fat mass.

Why it’s effective: Body scanning takes the guess work of your routine to ensure it’s delivering the results you want.

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