A person’s first day at the gym can be daunting. It might even seem as if you’ve landed on another planet. If that’s not enough, there’s a language that regulars speak. It’s like secret code.
So, here are 4 common terms that should help get started at the gym:
1: Maxing Out
This usually refers to a 1-rep max which is the most weight you can lift with proper form. Knowing this can help you quantify results and progress too. In fact, trainers use this to determine the weight and number of reps. That said, finding your max rep should involve a spotter.
Shredded means the person has well-defined muscles. In most cases, people use this term for a skinny bodybuilder with muscle definition. This pertains especially to the abs. Having said that, it takes a lot of discipline and training to reach such a level. The average person would find this goal a bit unrealistic.
3: Go To Failure
This usually means pushing your body to its absolute limits. What it also means is that you’ve reached a point where you cannot do one more rep with good form. The mental strength of the exerciser comes into play here. Of course, the type of exercise and intensity necessary are also important factors.
4: Hard Gainer
This term is usually for a person who cannot develop muscle. This could be due to genetic reasons. This is especially true for those with a long and lanky ectomorphic build. So, to make gains, one will have to eat much more. Eating every two hours is a must including a healthy breakfast of 800 to 1000 calories.