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Fitness and Gym Slang Terms

Gym Jargon

Modern slang has made its way into the fitness world, and if your vocabulary needs some pumping up, try adding these terms into your workout.

Hammies = Short for hamstrings — the muscles on the back of the thigh, as in "I'm going to go stretch my hammies."

Gun show = Muscular arms

Mirror Muscles = Muscles you see when you look in the mirror, namely pecs (chest muscles), deltoids, and biceps


Newbie = Someone new to the sport, or to the gym

Powerhouse = Core and sometimes core plus a booty squeeze

Resolutionaries = Folks that join the gym on New Year's Day and stick around for about a month

Spin head = Folks that wear full biking gear to spin class

Yogatude = Yogis with a competitive attitude about their spiritual practice

What is your favorite (or least favorite!) piece of gym or fitness slang?

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Fitness Fitness 8 years
I find the term newbie endearing. No one knows everything, especially when first trying a new sport or new activity. I feel I will always be a newbie when it comes to skiing, and introduce myself as such. It helps when asking advice, especially on forums. It is A-OK to be a newbie in my book — it means you're trying new things.
nancita nancita 8 years
Haha I love "resolutionaries." But I hate the word "hammie"!
J-Rabbit J-Rabbit 8 years
I wouldn't have included "newbie" in the list because that term isn't used exclusively at the gym. I kind of agree with petites. Nobody wants to be a newbie!
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Cycling shoes make a big difference - they enable you to pull UP as well as pushing down. Cycling shorts = necessary .. or at least they are on my road bike !
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
I'm with you Fit, lol. i'm becoming a spinhead :) shorts (padded comfort), shoes (help align legs to peddle stroke), gloves (sweat slip on handlebars) and I've been eyeing the bike jersy from my dance studio. -sigh- I remember a couple times this guy came in full bike gear jersey et al including a camel back along with his water bottle and I thought that was strange. He later became one of my favorite cycle intructors :)
tatsauce tatsauce 8 years
"Work in" is one that confused me at first. I was on a machine and this guy asked, "can I work in?", like rotating in while I'm resting and vice versa.
jessy777 jessy777 8 years
Ha! Spinhead and Yogatude are funny. I hate the "gun show" slang. Makes me wanna scream douche every time I hear it.
petites-mains petites-mains 8 years
Haha these are all pretty funny. I don't love "newbie" though. Its intimidating enough to first get into exercise or a new sport, no need for a snarky nickname!
Fitness Fitness 8 years
I have to admit. I think I might be a spinhead. Once you ride with biking shoes and the convenience of the back pocket, it is hard to go back.
marisa99 marisa99 8 years
Ha! Yogatude abounds at my gym.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Yogatude is great! hehe. my fav tri related slang is "hardware" for medal
Nellllll Nellllll 8 years
I love Yogatude ;) That's great !
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
I love saying hammies. It makes me feel like a muscle head.
cg130 cg130 8 years
Spinhead is really funny, lol!
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