We want everyone to have a good time. There are a few rules and some that are implied. If this is your first time in a gym setting, please feel free to read this article to help you understand gym lingo and behaviour.
- Keep hydrated
- Wear the appropriate clothing
- No cell phones allowed in the studios
- No bags allowed in the studios or gym floor
- First come, first serve
- Be there 10 minutes before class to prep
- You are not allowed to film, or take pictures in the spin studio
What to Bring:
- Water bottle (There are water bottle available to buy)
- Gym Towel (small hand towel)
What to wear:
- sports bra
- tank top / t-shirt
- training shoes (preferably non marking)
Things to remember:
- Wipe down the equipment after use.
- Use your towel when using equipment
- Pack away your equipment after use
- Don't drop your weights (unless needed)
- There is no eating on the gym floor.
- Drinking water is encouraged
- Don't judge, make inappropriate comments or make fun of other members
- Always ask before taking - when someone else is using a machine or weight, ask if you can share or to get them when they are done.
- Don't have an extensive phone conversation
- Chat away, but when using a machine keep chatting to a minimum so someone else can use the machine as well and not have to wait till then end of your conversation...
- Follow the bathroom stall rules. - Give a person space...
- Unless someone is in danger don't offer advise without being asked. Rather call a trainer to speak to the person.
AMRAP: As many reps/rounds as possible in a given time.
EMOM: Every minute, on the minute. A set number of reps are performed at the start of every minute.
HIIT: High-intensity interval training. Short, intense work periods provide improved athletic capacity and metabolism.
TRX®: Total Body Resistance Exercise. Refers to yellow and black straps you might see anchored to the wall or a rack used for bodyweight and suspension training.
BOSU®: Both sides up. The BOSU® is a half sphere. One side is flat and rigid, and the other side is a pliable ball. BOSU® is often used for balance or core training. Note: BOSU® recommends standing only on the dome side of the equipment.
DOMS: Delayed onset muscle soreness. Discomfort and stiffness experienced in the muscles hours or days after performing an exercise with unaccustomed loads or movements. Many people experience the effects of DOMS 1-3 days after exercise.
BMR: Basal metabolic rate. The amount of energy expended while at rest in order to perform biological functions. In general, the more muscle mass one has, the higher the BMR.
BMI: Body mass index. BMI is a person's weight in kilograms (kg) divided by his or her height in meters, squared. BMI should be used in conjunction with other measurements for best results.
WOD: Workout of the day.
Lifting weights: General resistance training with a variety of exercises and equipment. This is what most people do for strength training in the gym.
Weightlifting: Competitive sport focusing specifically on the execution of the snatch, clean and jerk movements.
Powerlifting: Competitive sport focusing on the deadlift, bench press and squat.
Functional training: Compound or multi-joint exercises or movements used to prepare the body for everyday life.
Group fitness: Mode specific, often choreographed classes such as indoor cycling, Zumba, aqua, or group strength training, where the instructor leads by demonstrating exercises.
Group training: Smaller, semi-private group in which the trainer leads by coaching. Group training often occurs on the main, public floor of a fitness center.
Circuit: Performing a series of exercises, moving from one exercise to the next with little or no rest.
Super set: Two exercises performed in alternating fashion.
Intervals: A set amount of time in work, followed by a set amount of time in rest.
Tabata: A method of interval training invented by Dr. Izumi Tabata. Eight rounds of 20-second, high intensity work intervals, followed by 10 seconds of rest.
Kettlebell: Cast iron weight equipment in the shape of a bell. Used for swings, lifts and carries.
Medicine ball: Firm, weighted ball often used for throwing and catching with resistance. Not designed for slamming on the ground. There are pliable balls called slam balls made specifically for slamming.
Selectorized machines: Weight machines where you can easily select a weight by inserting a pin in the weight stack. These machines are sometimes called circuit machines.
Free weights: Dumbbells or other equipment used freely or without the guidance of a machine or cable.
Collar: The attachment that secures plate weights on a barbell, so the weight doesn’t slip off.
Foam roller: A long, cylinder made of foam used for soft tissue massage (which is often called myofascial release).
Elliptical: Cardio machines that create a range of motion that follows an elliptical pattern, reducing impact to joints.
Spot: Watching and/or assisting someone as they perform a loaded exercise to minimize risk.
Rep: One complete motion of an exercise.
Set: A group of consecutive repetitions.