Hey there, Mathlete! One of the most annoying parts of being a fitness beginner is trying to sift through the terms that appear in your workouts, workout plans and exercise descriptions. If searches similar to ‘What is a rep?’ are constantly in your Google history, they don’t have to be!
The difference between a rep and a set? That’s just something I will never be able to remember. Fortunately, we have an Athlete to define these gym terms and a Mathlete to put them into a handy pocket-sized printable so that you’ll never have to ask yourself ‘what is a rep?’ again!
What is a rep? And other gym lingo defined
Rep: A rep is the number of times you do the exercise before a break
If I’m doing 10 push-ups, that’s 10 reps.
Set: A set is a group of reps that are broken up between little rest periods
A set of pushups will include multiple pushups. So, 4 sets of 10 reps is 40 pushups!
Bar or barbell: Long, heavy metal bar that you add weight to in order to work different muscle groups.
Plates: The weight loaded onto a barbell. Plates vary in weight.
Rack: Also called a ‘squat rack’. It’s the big metal, hollow box that usually has a bar across it. It serves as support for the barbell used for squats (think about how difficult it would be to lift a heavy barbell all the way up to your shoulders). Ouch!
Re-rack: Means you put your weights back where you got them. Clean up your mess, yo!
Cardio: Short for cardiovascular exercise. Any exercise that raises your heart rate. We typically associate cardio workouts with running, biking or elliptical workouts.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): This workout style is circuit-based and will get you sweaty in a short amount of time. HIIT workouts feature short spurts of high energy exercises mixed with rest periods.
‘What is a rep?’ cheat sheet
Once you’ve downloaded the ‘What is a rep?’ Cheat Sheet; print it out, add it to your gym bag and sound like a fitness wiz, you mathlete you!