If you’re new to working out, you may hear some terms that you’re unfamiliar with. At the Y, good health and fitness is for everyone, so we’re demystifying some of the fitness jargon in this glossary.
Aerobic Exercise - Activities that get your heart rate and breathing up. When you're doing aerobic exercise, your body is using oxygen to burn carbohydrates and fat for energy. Aerobic training is often called "cardio." A good workout plan has both Aerobic and Anaerobic (see below) exercises built in.
AMRAP - Prounounced "Am Wrap," this is an acronym that stands for "As Many Reps As Possible." It can also stand for "As Many Rounds As Possible." AMRAP is used in workout descriptions where there are a set order of exercises to perform against a running clock. The idea is to get as much work in during the time limit as you can!
AMQRAP - Pronounced "Am Crap," this acronym is related to AMRAP but stands for "As Many Quality Reps As Possible." You may see this in workouts involving heavy weight. Better to have fewer solid, safe reps than losing form when you get tired!
Anaerobic Exercise - Exercises that burn only carbohydrates for energy. Anaerobic exercises are done in short bursts, such as weight lifting and push ups. A good workout plan has both Aerobic (see above) and Anaerobic exercises built in.
Hypertrophy - The scientific term for the growth of muscle cells. A program like the Flex Fit Powerbuilding program can be a hypertrophy program. Hypertrophy occurs using medium-heavy weight in the 6-12 rep-range.
Macros - Macro is short for Macronutrients. It's the carbohydrates, fat, and protein in your food. Learn more about macronutrients in a nutrition program.
METs - MET stands for Metabolic Equivalent and is another way to measure the intensity of exercise. 1 MET is the amount of oxygen and the number of calories you’d burn at rest. So the harder you’re working, the higher your METs. It’s basically a way to measure how many times harder your body is working while on the treadmill or elliptical than when you’re just resting. Mets can also be used to measure exercise intensity. According to the journal PLOS One, 3 or fewer METs is light exercise, 3.1-5.9 METs is moderate exercise, and more than 6 METs is considered vigorous.
Proprioception - A fancy way of saying "your awareness of how your body is positioned or moving."
RPE - RPE stands for Rate of Perceived Exertion. This scale helps you estimate how hard you're working. Here's a good blog post about it.
Watts - Another way to measure output on a cardio machine this one measures the amount of power you are generating.
WOD - Short for Workout of The Day.