Whether you are new to the industry or not there seems to always be different lingo thrown around.
Navigating industry lingo may help you progress long term. You may think you understand or show others you understand them, but you do not completely know what these terms are meant to be describing. Below you will find a short list of some of the most common lingo you will hear in the industry today. Should there be any more you want to learn about then do drop a comment below!
Super sets and compound sets
There are many different ways of performing your sets in a workout, and the most common ones being these. These supersets and compound sets describe 2 sets of exercises done back to back. The super sets are sets of moves that work different body parts, an example being squats and shoulder presses. Compound sets, however, work the same body parts so think deadlifts and leg curls. Most people confuse these terms, and that isn’t a big deal. But it is important to understand that one will be more exhausting on a body part and the other allows a break as you work different muscles.
eg. Super Set – Dumbbell curls immidiately followed by Walking Lunges
eg. Compound Set – Barbell Chest Press immidiately followed by Dumbbell Chest Press
Fat loss and toning
If you want to look toned, then you need to build muscle. If you want to lose weight and get smaller, well that is fat loss. An interesting fact though, is if you want to look really toned and really small you need time to build up muscle mass and then lose body fat. This can be done simultaneously but it is a difficult task. So remember, toned means more muscle mass – it gies you the appearance of being more firm. Fat loss is loosing the fat under your skin (subcutaneous) and surrounding your organs and muscles – allowing your weight to go down.
Pull and push exercises
Check out the FFG ebook on this. Some people perform full body workouts. Others have typical bodybuilding body split workouts. And others still have a form called push, pull and leg workouts. These are exactly as they explain! Push movements performed on one day and pull exercises performed on another then a leg day too. Pull exercises would be things like lat pulldown, any forms of rows and even curl movements. Think of movements which are pulling movements. Push exercises are shoulder movements like lateral raises and shoulder pressing. This also includes chest exercises so again you are pushing the weights away from you hence the name push exercises.
Pull exercises = pulling the weight up to/ towards you
Push execises = push the weight away from you
Bulking and cutting
Very similar to the above fat loss and toning explanation. You will often hear body builders saying that they are moving into a bulking phase. This is when they purposely consume more food, in a calculated manner. In order to gain more strength in the gym and therefore more muscle mass. This is perfect for an ‘off season’ when there aren’t any competitions being prepared for. A cutting phase is when it is time to reveal the well-earned muscle and to lose the extra weight gain or fat gain that happened along the way.
It is important for mental and physical performance to cycle periods of higher and lower calories as well as intensity of workouts. Even if you arent a competative athlete of bodybuilder
I would love to know if this was handy and if you want more of these! Comment below! Navigating industry lingo doesn’t have to be complicated if you keep up to date with it. Have a super week