What is Fitness? – Key Fitness Terms You Should Know

Keep up to date with the latest fitness lingo with the TeamGetFiiT Dictionary!

Nowadays there are so many different fitness terms we hear flown about left, right and centre that it is hard to keep up with what it all means! Especially for those who are just trying to get to grips with the gym.

For that reason we have come up with our very own TeamGetFiiT Dictionary!

In our dictionary we have listed what we believe are the top terms everyone should at least have an idea of when hitting the gym/getting into fitness, (please forgive us if we have forgotten any, and feel free to drop us an email with any you think should be added – teamgetfiit@gmail.com!)


HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training.

This is when you perform quick, intense bursts of exercise followed by a short recovery period.
For example; you are using the bike – for 30 seconds you will put all the power you have inside of you into pedalling. Once that 30 seconds is over you get a period of rest, also 30 seconds long.

In this 30 seconds of recovering time, it is up to you whether you completely stop or have an active recovery (you keep pedalling but at a very low intensity).

Once your recovery time is over you go again, and repeat this between 8 to 10 times.
HIIT workouts are great for burning fat and can be completed in 20 minutes or less – which is great for people who don’t have much time to spend working out!

Not only that, HIIT workouts continue to burn fat for upward of 24 hours after completing it!


LISS stands for Low Intensity Sustained State, which basically means you are performing at a lower intensity but for a prolonged period of time – typically 30 to 60 minutes.

For those who have longer to spend working out but don’t want to work to a high intensity, LISS is great. It isn’t, although people like to suggest it is, proven that HIIT or LISS are any better than each other, and we would suggest every one needs to find what works for them. Whether that be walking for 60 minutes a day, or completing a HIIT workout 4 or 5 times a week. Do what works for you, and what YOU enjoy!


The amount of times you repeat an exercise within a set. For example, you will do 3 sets of squats, doing 10 reps in each set.



A set is the amount of times you repeat a given number of reps. The same example as above still applies – you complete 3 sets of 10 reps.

Active Recovery

People tend to use this term for their rest day. Rather than lounging about all day and doing no workout, you would complete a low intensity activity like walking or gentle yoga.


Sounds pretty awesome right!? Ooooh I am just going to do a superset….

A superset is when you pair two exercises and do them back to back. They are great if you are short of time but want to focus on building strength.


My Favourite!!

DOMS stands for delayed onset muscle soreness. This is when you feel the soreness of a workout two or so days later rather than straight away. One day you wake up fine, the next you wake up and can’t walk! Well you can, but you know what we mean….

Foam Rolling

Foam Rolling is a form of massage, it is great as it helps to loosen tight muscles. Check out MyProtein’s Foam Roller.


Another high intensity workout. Tabata is when you perform all-out effort of a particular exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest. Then REPEAT 8 times. Known for being an insane fat burner! Although again, not everything works for everyone – find what works best for you…


Dropsets are when you start on a particular weight, for example 50kg, and do as many of the reps in your set as possible with 50kg. When you get to the point you can go no longer lift the 50kg, you drop it by 20/30 percent, so drop it down to 35/40kg, and immediately resume the set.

A little more advanced than some of the others already noted in this post, but one you may hear thrown about sometimes.


This is when you perform an exercise, for example barbell squats, to the point of muscle failure.




Once you know what they are you will see them everywhere! A kettlebell is a round weight with a handle (see image).


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The process in which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. It is determined by many factors such as weight, sex, age and body composition.

I am blessed with a fast metabolism! 😀


This is when someone feels intimidated at the thought of going to the gym, or a feeling they experience whilst at the gym. Also know as Gymtimidation.

There you have it! The TeamGetFiiT Dictionary of useful fitness terms.

If you think we have forgotten any feel free to drop us an email at teamgetfiit@gmail.com and we will get them added!


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