There are so many terms thrown around in the gym it can sometimes feel like a whole different language. Here we help get you up to speed by decoding the most common fitness acronyms…
Decoding fitness acronyms
DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)
The pain and stiffness you feel 24 to 48 hours after intense exercise. Experts believe it is a result of inflammation caused by micro-tears to muscle fibers.
PB (Personal Best)
A way of measuring your top performance. This could refer to the highest number of reps of an exercise, heaviest weight lifted, or best time to run a certain distance.
WOD (Workout Of the Day)
A term used in CrossFit for the workout the group will complete during a session. It varies from day-to-day.
EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute)
A type of workout where you complete an exercise for a certain number of reps in less than 60 seconds. Once you complete the reps you rest and get ready to start the next round on the minute.
AMRAP (As Many Reps/Rounds As Possible)
AMRAP is a metabolic-style workout where the goal is to do as much work as possible in a given time. This can be a number of reps of a particular exercise or rounds of several exercises back-to-back with as little rest as possible.
HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training)
Short bursts of intense exercise (such as 20-30 seconds of burpees) at maximum effort followed by rest periods.
LISS (Low-Intensity Steady-State)
A cardio workout that focuses on doing aerobic activity at a low-to-moderate intensity for an extended period of time. Types of exercise include walking, running and swimming.
EDT (Escalating Density Training)
A type of hypertrophy training coined by strength coach Charles Stayley. It is based on the principle of performing as many reps as possible in a specific time period using antagonistic exercises, which work opposing muscle groups.
BMI (Body Mass Index)
BMI is the ratio of your weight to your height. It can be used to measure your health but does not measure your body fat percentage or body fat distribution.
BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate)
The total number of calories your burn when your body is resting on a daily basis.
TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure)
The total number of calories you burn per day when exercise is taken into account. This can be used to determine a calorie deficit for weight loss or a calorie surplus for muscle gain.
Did you know that DOSE is an acronym for – dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins?
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