Personal Trainer Transformation Guide: Key Terms!

Key terms listed here will help you understand what is discussed throughout this manual and give you a better understanding of some of the common gym lingo.

Key Terms

These terms will help you understand what is discussed throughout this manual and give you a better understanding of some of the common gym lingo.

1. Abs, Abdominals

    The muscle in the front of the stomach that form the six-pack when one's body fat is fairly low. Their function is to draw the base of the ribcage and the hips towards each other, as occurs when performing crunches.

2. Aerobic

    Aerobic means requiring oxygen. When describing exercise, it refers to extended sustained levels of exertion during which metabolic processes that provide energy are dominated by the complete oxidation of nutrients

3. Amino Acids

    Basic building blocks of protein.

4. Bodyfat Percentage

    The amount of fat in your body, generally expressed as a percentage.

    To Learn More About Body Fat Percentage, Click Here.
    To Learn More About Losing Body Fat, Click Here.

5. Compound Exercise

6. Electrolytes

    Minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium used by cells in the creation and elimination of membrane potentials used to propagate nerve impulses and muscular contraction.

7. Failure

    Lifting a weight until your muscles are so fatigued they cannot perform another repetition.

8. Forced Rep

    A repetition performed with assistance from a spotter after a lifter has reached the point of failure with a given weight.
Forced Rep Video:

9. One Rep Maximum

    The greatest amount of weight that can be handled by a lifter for a single repetition in good form.


Enter the amount of weight you can lift (in pounds) and the number of reps you can lift it for.

10. Overtraining

    Training beyond the body's ability to repair itself. This can be caused by training the same body parts too frequently so that the body does not have time to recover before the next workout; workouts that are consistently harder than the body is able to recover from fully; or impairment of the body's normal recovery ability due to nutritional deficiencies, illness, or stress.

    Besides impairing athletic performance, overtraining can increase the risk of injury or disease. Symptoms of overtraining include fatigue, reduced performance, and increased resting heart rate.

    To Learn More About Overtraining, Click Here.

Having Fun

It seems like every time I pick up a book that has anything to do with fitness, they never say a word about having fun. The people in the pictures demonstrating the lifts have absolutely no trace of a smile on their face.

A coach of mine once told me there are 2 kinds of fun:

  1. Having fun building your house.
  2. Having fun at a theme park.

Getting your body into shape is like "building your house type of fun," there is a lot of hard work that is involved. But when you get the final result you are extremely happy about what you have accomplished and it is very enjoyable. The feeling of accomplishment stays with you as you enjoy your house everyday.

So, be happy and have fun when you workout. Have a friend come with you to the gym, or make friends at the gym. Laugh and smile as you are working hard to get the body you desire, it will make time pass very quickly. Whatever you have to do to have fun, do it. Be creative, never get embarrassed, and it will make time fly.

Having Fun Overview:

  • There are two types of fun.
  • Theme park fun & building your house fun.
  • Having a great body won't be easy to get, but it will be fun when you get there.

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