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Sarah Russo4 years ago

Gold Coast, is gym lingo leaving you stumped?

If you’re new to a gym, you may hear a few terms flying around which have you absolutely baffled. DOM’s, HIIT, maxing out and macros may seem like a completely different language, but in the fitness world are every day phrases. Before you go around attempting to use the lingo, check out this guide of the top 10 gym terms to get you up to date. You will be talking the talk in no time! Looking for a gym or post-workout snack on the Gold Coast? Don’t sweat it! We have you sorted there too with our favourite spots on the Coast.

You’re pumping up a sweat at the gym and someone asks you if they can work in, but how on earth do you answer? Read on to find out!

DOMS: Otherwise known as delayed onset muscle soreness, you will know this as the aching agony from a really good workout.

Rep: The number of times you complete a full exercise. For example, one rep for a bicep curl is lifting the weight and then lowering it.

Sets: The number of reps you do. For example, 10 reps completed 3 times is sets.

Supersets: A superset is performed when a chain of exercises are completed one after the other without resting. Preferably not to be carried out during peak hours.

Drop Set: This technique involves performing a set to failure (see below) and then dropping your weight for the next attempt.

Maxing Out: Maxing out is referring to the maximum weight you can lift. Similar is working to failure, which is when you cannot complete a full rep.

Working In: If a gym is busy, two people may use the same equipment at the same time, using the other person’s use of the equipment as a rest time. Someone may ask to work in with you if the gym is busy.

Spotting: A spotter is someone who stands within close range to ensure you can complete an exercise. Often used in heavy weight lifts and squats.

HIIT: HIIT also known as high intensity interval training, is when you combine a high-intensity exercise such a sprinting with a low-intensity exercise like walking. For example, you may sprint for 60 seconds and walk for 20 seconds. This is similar to Tabata, which consists of 8 rounds of 20-seconds-on, high-intensity exercises with 10-second rest times in between.

Macros: The IIFYM (if it fits your macros) diet is popular among the health-conscious looking for a more relaxed approach. The gist of the diet is that you can eat anything you like, as long as the nutritional values of all your food for that day match your nutritional requirements for carbohydrates, protein and fats.


Looking for a gym on the Gold Coast?

Edge Health Clubs Currumbin

At Edge Health Clubs Currumbin, affordable personal training, group fitness classes and gym memberships are available for anyone looking to lose weight, keep fit and feel energised! They have a range of great classes, including yoga, body pump and HITT classes to keep you on track with your fitness goals. After you sweat it out, refuel with a protein bar or shake available for purchase. Have kids? A crèche is available so you can leave your little ones in the best of hands while you work out.
Where: 109 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Waters QLD 4223


Need a protein hit after your workout? Try this Gold Coast Restaurant!

Outback Jacks Bar & Grill

Premium steaks and superior service are part of the family friendly experience when you visit Outback Jacks Bar and Grill. Select your own steak from the chilled display cabinet, browse the walk-in wine room or kick-back and relax in a comfy booth and have the friendly team make the decisions for you. Worked up an appetite? Test your stomach with the 1KG steak challenge to see if you can tackle the monster in under 30 minutes. The kiddies will be happy with their very own kids room to have a ball in!
Where: 2532 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218


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Have we missed your favourite gym slang? Tell us in the comments below!