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I’ve just come back from the gym and while I was driving I was thinking: Hummm maybe an English Bite about fitness vocabulary would be a great idea, especially because this is something I’ve never shared on the web before. Yep, that’s a first haha
I don’t know how many of you exercise, workout, move your body… but the point is: you all should. And I’m saying you all because despite not being the thing I have fun the most in my life, working out is something I’ve been doing at least 4x a week and just so you know, because I need and not because I love it. Thank God I’m a healthy person but you know, I’m 34 and after 30 everything we eat turn into fat and it’s a goddam sacrifice to burn the calories of a single tomato. I feel that after 30 my metabolism decided to get retired LOL. I’m joking but I’m serious… when I was 23, I would eat 5 slices of pizza in a row and wouldn’t gain any weight. Now, if I simply smell a slice of pizza, I’ll weigh 5 pounds more. Ok, maybe I’m overreacting, being a drama queen but that’s pretty close what happens LOL
Anyway guys, so if you haven’t started working out, you should highly consider doing that! And to motivate you through this new thing, we’re gonna learn some new words and expressions related to this topic ok?
Ok, first of all, the word fit is a short form for fitness. A person who has strong muscles and little fat on his or her body is called fit. It makes sense that if people are physically fit then their bodies have a pleasing shape. A healthy person who is fit is said to be in good shape. However, someone who gets out of breath running up the stairs might admit to being in bad shape. Once they start exercising, they are working on getting back into shape.
Well, if you wanna lift weights there’s a nice slang for that: to pump iron. And be careful with the pronunciation here ok? IRON /aiórn/ and not /airón/. So TO PUMP IRON like ” wow, that guy has lots of muscles. I bet he pumps iron every day in the gym.
Some fitness activities that we usually have are: aerobics, Pilates, jogging, yoga, zumba, judo, karate, dancing and lifting weights – or pumping iron if you prefer LOL
Ok next one: abdomen is the belly area between your chest and hips, just above and just below your navel. Abs is simply the short word for it. That’s the way people call it on a daily basis. No one says: I wanna work hard to have a nice abdomen… no! LOL – to have nice abs!
Now, here’s an idiom for you: six-pack abs. That’s the dream of many of us – and to be really honest, not mine. I just wanna be in a better shape, but anyway, moving on… “SIX-PACK ABS” means someone whose belly muscles are so well defined that his or her abs look like the top of six-pack of soda (or beer). The muscles are so tight that they ripple.
Ok, that’s our next word: ripped. Lots of English word experts debate whether ripped comes from ripple, as in little breaks on water, or rip, as in cut cleanly. Either way, ripped means very clear muscle definition.
A great exercise to build muscle tone in your abs is called the crunch. A crunch is forcing two things to come together. Here, a crunch means to lean forward and tighten your ab muscles. Sit-ups are sometimes called crunches.
If you are going to repeat an exercise like a crunch, you are doing reps. Reps is just short for the word repeat. You might repeat an exercise 10 times, take a break, then do another ten. You might do two sets of ten reps. Sets just means group.
One more word, come on! at the beginning of your workout, you do stretching exercises to loosen tight muscles. These are called warmups because you literally are warming your body. At the end of the workout when you are very heated, you do more stretches to cool down your hot muscles.
Guys, next time I’ll bring some more vocabulary about it, but I’d say more focused in exercise machines, types of exercises and names for some exercises alright? Did you guys like this topic? Let me know!
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