The NOW Fitness Dictionary
(Fictionary, if you will)
Next time you find yourself nodding along to a gym-based convo with no clue as to what’s really being said, give this a little once-over
Having fewer calories than your body uses per day, which results in fat loss and a bit of muscle development, causing more definition.
High Intensity Interval training. Alternating short periods of intense activity (think burpees, jumps and sprints) with recovery periods.
Performing an exercise at your chosen weight and then continuing to drop (reduce) the weight until you reach ‘failure’ (when you can do no more reps at all).
Choosing two different exercises and performing them back-to-back with no rest in between. You then rest before super-setting again.
Lifting a loaded bar (from a standing position) from the ground to the hips and back down again.
‘I’ve got serious DOMS today…’ Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness comes on around 24-72 hours after exercise. Usually pain or stiffness from a tough workout.
Not for the faint-hearted. Simply, alternating carbohydrate intake on a daily, weekly or monthly basis to promote fat loss or overcome weight loss plateau.
Using a combination of ballet, yoga and Pilates-inspired postures, the barre itself is used as a prop to balance on. Expect lots of reps of small movements that really burn.
Those hard, foam cylindrical things lying around the gym? Slowly rolling sore muscles over one of them relieves tension and eases tightness. Expect it to hurt.
Short for ‘repetition’.
A single movement of any exercise, e.g, one squat. Fewer reps usually means a heavier weight.
A series of reps of an exercise. Each rep within a set is done continuously with no rest between. Typically, there is a rest between each set.
‘Look at my gains!’ Often used by pumped-up men at the gym. Yawn. Gains means any progress you’ve made in your training, or improvement to your physique.
Not your run-of-the-mill chilled out massage. These work deep in the muscles. Can reduce injury and increase flexibility. Expect to feel crippled the next day.
Quite literally, working out using your own body weight as the resistance instead of adding weight with dumbbells and barbells. Squats, lunges, push ups and crunches are a few examples…
Similar to HIIT trianing although Tabata can be more intense. Uusally, eight rounds of highintensity exercises with 20 seconds on and 10 seconds off.