When starting a new training plan or attempting a new training technique/style for the first time, it can be a little daunting to try and understand the technical terms used by professionals. It is also difficult to make heads or tails when trying to read up from medical or scientific sources about muscles and training when ‘big words’ are thrown around without any explanation.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced exercise enthusiast, knowing your muscles, the way they work and what they are called can be key to understanding your own workouts and figuring out what will suit your body type the best. The goal of the list below is to explain certain frequently used terms in anatomy and biomechanics to give you a clearer guide when starting a new program or doing your own research.
Frequently used exercise and anatomical terms:
It is important to be informed when starting an exercise regime. Knowing different terms and finding out how your body works will ultimately help you understand your body better and help you to train better.
All exercises are not as effective for every person. Muscle fibre type, previous conditioning, dietary history, medical conditions, age, gender and metabolic rate all play a role in how your body reacts to training. It is up to you to try the different combinations and methods until you find one that works for you.
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