It can be tough to get everything when you're new to a gym, so we made this list of common terms we use in class to help you!
September 19, 2023
Have you ever felt lost in a workout class? Not sure what a term meant and afraid to ask?
One of the challenges with a class like ours is knowing all of the lingo. It can be tough to get everything when you're new to the environment, so we made this list of common terms we use in class to help you for your first workout:
Reps: Short for repetitions, or the number of times you do a movement
Countdown: The clock starts at a number and counts down while you do the movements at the number of reps stated on the screen. Once you get to the last movement, start back at the top!
Max Out: You do as many reps as you can for one movement until you can't do any more. Once you can't do any more (or "Max Out"), then you move on to the next movement
AMRAP: Stands for As Many Rounds As Possible. The goal for this workout format is to get through as many rounds of the movements as you can before the time limit is reached
40s/20s: Stands for 40 seconds on, 20 seconds off. This is used in circuits to denote 40 seconds of work, and 20 seconds to rest and rotate stations. You may see this written as "40s on/20s off", or with other numbers as well. The left number is always the time you're working, the right number is the time you rest/rotate
Tabata: X rounds of 20s/10s for a series of movements, where you complete all X rounds of one movement before moving on to the next movement.
OH: Abbreviation for "Overhead" - means you'll be holding the weight in an overhead position
SL: Abbreviation for "Single Leg" - means you'll be doing the movement on one leg
SA: Abbreviation for "Single Arm" - means you'll be doing the movement with one arm
1 Count (1ct): Often abbreviated as "1ct", used for movements where a rep happens on each side. This means each rep counts as 1.
Example: 20 lunges (1ct) means 20 total lunges (10 on each leg)
2 Count (2ct): Often abbreviated as "2ct", used for movements where a rep happens on each side. This means 1 rep on each side counts as 1 total rep
Example: 20 lunges (2ct) means 40 total lunges (20 on each leg)
We hope this helps you build confidence in your workout! Let us know if there's any lingo you heard that you'd like clarity on. We'd love to help!
Now that you know our lingo, we’d love to know what other gym lingo you’ve heard elsewhere. Whether it’s from a different gym, boot camp program, or even a TV show or movie, let us know! We’d love to hear how it translates over at IBX!