Fitness is full of terms that the average gym goer might not recognize. “Tabata,” “EPOC,” and others are constantly throwing newbies and seasoned trainers for a loop. Fitness is constantly evolving, and it can be hard to keep up with all the lingo.
Take a minute to get these tough fitness terms right once and for all! You’ll not only sound like a pro when talking to gym buddies, but you might even be able to save others from sounding ridiculous.
Learn to say tough fitness terms correctly with this article:
You’ve probably heard some of these words a million times, but if you are new to fitness they can seem downright confusing. It is like people are speaking a different language. What is plyometrics and what does EPOC stand for? What are these electrolytes you’ve been hearing about?
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a word you’ve no doubt come across. It involves short bursts of high intensity exercise — as close to max effort as possible, followed by a lower intensity recovery period. Although there is no specific formula, most HIIT sessions operate on a 2:1 ratio. For example, 40 seconds of sprinting followed by 20 seconds of jogging or walking then you repeat. This can be done with any combination of exercises, and can be used both in your cardio sessions and your strength training sessions. Giving yourself these periods of serious effort allows you to get a great metabolism boost and fat burn in a much shorter workout.
The more fit you become, the better your cardiovascular system (blood circulation) and respiratory system (oxygen circulation) can supply oxygen to working muscles and the better your muscles become at absorbing it. The more efficiently this system works, the more you body can sustain exercise over long periods which is what determines your fitness.
EPOC is the key to burning fat and calories even after you’ve left the gym. If you exercise really hard, your body has a difficult time replacing the energy stores used in the workout. This means your metabolism stays in overdrive even when you’re done working out and going about your normal day. This is known as Excess Post Exercise Oxygen Consumption or, as you may sometimes hear, ‘afterburn.’ EPOC has nothing to do with how long you’ve worked out but everything to do with how hard you’ve worked out. If you reach at least 70% of your max heart rate, you will get to reap the EPOC benefits all day long!
……………….. muscles rapidly stretch and then contract over and over. These sorts of exercises include box jumps, hops, skipping and throwing. When you jump, your muscles stretch, when you land, they contract. The goal of these workouts is to build greater explosive power and have better neuromuscular coordination.
………………..don’t work nearly hard enough for that. Instead, just make sure your post workout meal includes the minerals magnesium, sodium, potassium and chloride — easily done with a plate of fruits and veggies with a dash of table salt– add a glass of water and you’re on your way.