Hi Guys. Some fun today.
Sometimes the terminology and language around exercise stuff can be a little confusing, if not intimidating. Especially when it’s coming from the mouth of an expert who thinks that you know what he or she is on about. With that in mind, today I thought I might demystify a few often-used terms. And before anyone decides to do a plyometric (jump) up on to their academic high-horse (oh yes, they exist), take a chill pill and relax. It’s all a bit of fun with a smattering of science for the non-sciencey. Here we go…
Progressive Resistance Training. Find something heavy. Lift it. Keep lifting it. When it’s not heavy any more, find something heavier and lift that. Repeat.
Beep Test. 2 to 10 minutes of pain. Picture a mouse doing laps of a shoebox.
BMI. An out-dated equation involving your weight and height.
Lactate Threshold. The point when you feel like your legs (or some other muscle group) might actually explode.
Anecdotal evidence. What some bloke (or girl) saw. Allegedly.
Muscular Hypertrophy. Your biceps are growing.
Dumbell. A weight with a handle.
A Kettlebell. See above.
A Treadmill. An expensive machine for running on the spot.
Anatomy. Where all your bits are in relation to each other.
Physiology. How all your bits work.
Elbow Flexion. Picking up your beer. Or coffee.
Elbow Extension. Putting it back down.
Flexibility. How bendy you are. Or aren’t.
Internal Rotation (of the shoulder). Scratching your lower back.
External Rotation (of the shoulder). Scratching the back of your head.
VO2 max Test. Intense pain on a treadmill. Or bike. How much oxygen you can transport and use during incremental exercise.
Biological Age. How ‘old’ your body is (from a functional perspective) based on (1) genetic disposition and (2) how you’ve treated it over the years. Things like diet, exercise, lifestyle, career and personal habits will have a major influence on this number.
Mesomorph. The Rock. Arnie. Sly. Pink.
Ectomorph. Mick Jagger. Nicole Kidman.
Endomorph. John Candy (RIP). Mellissa McCarthy.
Muscular Power. How hard you can punch me in the face.
Muscular Endurance. How many times you can punch me in the face over the course of ten three-minute rounds.
Strength. Your ability to push me around the ring.
Maintenance Training. Exercise-based wheel spinning. What most people do.
Progressive Training. What they should do.
Let me know if you enjoyed this and I’ll do some more…