Updated: May 3
Gym Terminology 101
Whether you are brand new to strength training or have several years of experience, understanding gym terminology will not only benefit you in your own workout program, but it will also allow you to share your knowledge with others.
Take your knowledge to the next level by learning and applying the strength training terms and examples below.
1. Compound Exercise - A compound exercise is an exercise that involves multiple joints and muscle groups.
○ Example: A squat involves moving the knees, ankles and hip joint by requiring a whole-body coordinated effort, while the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes bear the brunt of the load.
2. Isolated Exercise - These are exercises that involves just 1 joint and major muscle group (the participation of other muscles is very limited).
○ Example: The bicep curl is an example of an isolation exercise because the only joint involved is the elbow and the biceps muscles to do more or less all of the work.