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Overtrained and Strained. Pushing your body to a point that it no longer recovers from workouts. Signs of overtraining can be sleepless nights, an unusually cranky personality, and losing muscle size. A change of workout is usually needed but first preceded with a period of rest so that body can recover. Following a periodization program will help prevent this.
Periodization Program. This program cycles light with heavy training days. This will help body recover faster and also provide an ever-changing training program to prevent body from adapting to workout and preventing growth.
Split Program. A bodybuilding training program that splits workouts up to one or two bodyparts per training session. This can be further broken down into 2 workouts per day. This is called a double split. It can be a 4,5, or 6 day a week program. This is a very advanced training program and can lead to overtraining from not enough rest between training sessions.
Superset. Working two opposing muscle groups in one set. An example would be doing a set of bicep curls and then immediately follow that with tricep pressdowns.
Forced Reps. This involves doing a set to failure and then having your training partner help you with additional reps.
The Pump. A tight warm somewhat burning sensation in a muscle that is from by being worked through manipulation. Can be from using a barbell, dumbbell, exercise machine, or some other means.
PumpOut. Generally, a set of 12 to 15 repetitions added at end of a bodypart workout. This is done to force additional blood into working muscle and deepen “pump” feeling.
Melon Knockers. Lying triceps extensions. The name came from bar being just above head at bottom of movement.
Gabby Haynes. Also called “all mouth”. This fellow bodybuilder can be quite irritating by disturbing other bodybuilders talking to them constantly. This person generally has no regards to other bodybuilders and will talk to them at anytime, even during a hard concentrated set. A common quote used around this bodybuilder is “where is switch to turn it off!”.
Lifting Belt. A leather or nylon belt that is 4 to 6 inches wide. It is usually worn when doing heavy leg workouts even though I seen lifters use them when doing wrist curls. They help support mid torso.
Tourniquet pants. A lifter who wears a bleached out pair of gray sweat pants that have severely shunken in laundry.
Squat Rack. An apparatus used in gym for safety. Most are designed to accommodate all heights with adjustable pins. Leg squats, bench presses, and other lifts can be done using a Squat Rack.
Lightbulb Man. This is describing a male bodybuilder who only works chest and arm muscles.
Rip Up. Can also be called cutting up or lean out. Shedding body fat by aerobic training and diet to show muscularity.
Melon Sized. Sometimes used to describe a pair of large and defined deltoid muscles.
Striated and shredded. A term used to describe a muscle distinguished from other smooth muscle by transverse striations of fibers.
Peeing Nitro. A condition of urinating excess nitrogen from consuming too much protein.
Carbed Up. A process of eating slow burning carbohydrates and drinking water three hours before a workout. This will provide fuel for energy for anaerobic training.
Quarter Barrel Sized. Sometimes used to describe a bodybuilder with unusually large leg muscles. Especially if out of proportion to rest of body.
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