Bodybuilding dictionary – Part 1

Here are some commonly used words you should be familiar with to understand exercise performance and our sport of bodybuilding.

Repetitions (Reps):

Moving a barbell, dumbbell or a machine handle from the starting position of an exercise to the finish position one time is known as a repetition or ‘rep.’


A specified number of reps of an exercise performed continuously without rest is known as one set.

Training routine:

A complete programme of exercises for each muscle group is known as a routine.


Often referred to by our Indian bodybuilders as ‘practice,’ it is just an exercise session done on a particular day.


It is the short from of carbohydrates, the macronutrient that provides energy. It used to be known as ‘carbo’ in the 1980s. Now, it is popularly known among international champs and nutritionists as ‘carbs.’

_ P. Srimathy


3 Responses to “Bodybuilding dictionary – Part 1”

  1. Dear sir


    I have gone through the website. It is quiet interesting and informatine.

    Thanking You

    Yours sincerely


  2. Radhakrishnan.N Says:

    Dear sir,

    Many of us who are new to body building require more information

    Need to know about compound and isolation exercises in detail


  3. takeupsculpting Says:

    Dear Radhakrishnan,
    this dictionary is only a small part brother. Do not compare it with an oxford dictionary or something where you will find all words in English.
    I intend writing more such parts, several stories, in which more terms will be explained. Just wait for them…
    Remember, if I write several pages of text in just one story, some readers will find it boring.
    I have to strike a balance….
    I WILL write in detail about Isolation and Compound movements very soon.

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