“Wait- how many reps per set? Or was it how many sets per circuit?” All this lingo can get confusing.
Here are some common terms you may see/hear me use related to workouts:
Rep: (“repetition”): One complete movement of a single exercise
Set: A group of consecutive repetitions
SuperSet: Set of two exercises that are performed back-to-back, without any rest time between them
Compound Sets: Involve the performance of two exercises for antagonistic muscles (e.g. bench press <chest> followed by cable rows <back> ).
Circuit Training: A series of exercises that an individual performs one after another with minimal rest
Split Routing Training: A system that incorporates training an individual’s body parts with a high volume on separate days
Cardio: Physical exercise that involves and places stress on the cardiorespiratory system
Strength Training: Exercise that works the muscles; the ability of the neuromuscular system to produce internal tension to overcome an external load
Stability: The ability of the body to maintain postural equilibrium and support joints during movement.
Flexibility: Normal extensibility of soft tissues allowing full range of motion of a joint; training that integrates various stretches in all 3 planes of motion to produce maximum extensibility of tissues
Intensity: The level of demand that a given physical activity places on the body
Core: 1. The center of the body and the beginning point for movement; 2. The structures that make up the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex, including the lumbar spine, the pelvic girdle, abdomen, and the hip joint.
Core Strength: The ability of the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex musculature to control and individual’s constantly changing center of gravity
Agility: The ability to accelerate, decelerate, stabilize, and change direction quickly while maintaining proper posture
Dynamic Balance: The ability to move and change directions under various conditions without falling