Whether you are a beginner in the gym or have a lot of experience, the terms that are commonly used in training can be confusing. Here is a basic list to help you start your challenge.
Refers to the number of ‘repetitions’ of each exercise you will do. A rep is a unique completion of the full range of motion of an exercise.
Ex. 12reps means that you have to do the same exercise 12 times.
Refers to a number of sets of repeti- tions to be performed one after the other wi- thout rest. Ex: 3x12 reps means 3 sets (sets) of 12 repetitions. It is therefore necessary to repeat the 12 repetitions 3 times.
Ex. 3x12 reps veut dire 3 sets (séries) de 12 répétitions. Il faut donc répéter 3 fois les 12 répétitions.
Refers to the rest period between sets.
Ex. 3x12reps Rest: 60 sec
Refers to two exercises perfor- med without rest. Once you have completed both exercises, you rest. This counts as a superset. When you see «3 sets» next to an exercise in a superset, it means you have to complete it 3 times, NOT the first exercise 3 times and the second 3 times, but the 2 exer- cises combined together, to do 3 times.
Refers to three exercises performed without rest. Once the 3 exercises have been completed, you have a break time before starting the exercises a second time, then a third time. The exercises will be identified as follows: 2a-2b-2c.
It is a combination of 4 or more exercises, performed one after the other, without rest. When you see «3 sets» next to an exercise in a circuit, it means you have to complete the whole circuit 3 times, NOT 1 exercise 3 times and then the next one. The exercises will be identified as follows: 3a-3b- 3c-3d- etc.
Barbell. This is a bar on which we can add weight.
Dumbbell. This is a weight that can be held with one hand.
Kettlebell. It is a ball-shaped weight with a large handle that can be held in one hand or with both hands.