Jargon Used In Bodybuilding



1.Cycle: A period of steroid use often 8 or more weeks in length, followed by a similar period of disuse.
2.Pyramiding: This is when users build up to their heaviest dose on a cycle. Though prevalent in the early days of steroid use, this method was found unnecessary and is virtually no longer practiced.
3.Stacking: The process of combining drugs, or using more than one drug within a cycle.
4.Tapering: This is the opposite of Pyramiding. Users begin with their highest dose and gradually decrease in an effort to minimize the side effects associated with coming off. As with pyramiding, this method is obsolete.
5.Pin or Dart: These are needles used with syringes for injection.
6.UG or UGL: Underground Labs, or clandestine laboratories that produce steroids.
7.Gear, Juice, Vitamin S:Steroids
8.Test: Testosterone
9.Deca: This is a slang name for Nandrolone Decanoate, which was originally sold under the trade name Deca-Durabolin.
10.D-bol: This is a slang name for Methandrostenolone, which was originally sold under the trade name Dianabol or Naposim in Romania.
11.A-bombs: This is a slang name for Oxymetholone, which was originally sold under the trade name Anadrol.
12.Var: This is a slang name for Oxandrolone, which was originally sold under the trade name Anavar.
13.Winny/Winnie: This is a slang name for Stanozolol, which was originally sold under the trade name Winstrol.
14.EQ: This is a slang name for a veterinary drug called Boldenone Undeclynate, originally sold under the trade name Equipoise.
15.AAS: Anabolic Androgenic Steroids, this is the medically accepted abbreviation for steroids.
16.Tren: This is a slang name for any form of the drug “Trenbolone” which is available in several forms.
17.Clen: Clenbuterol is not an anabolic steroid. It is a prescription asthma medication that if used in high enough doses increases the metabolic rate, thus reducing body fat.


18.Bitch Tits:A condition in which female like breast development occurs in a bodybuilder, also called Gynecomastia.
19.Bulking Up:Gaining bodyweight by adding both fat & muscle, a once common practice no longer in vogue among knowledgeable bodybuilders.
20.Burn:The burning sensation in a muscle that comes from the lactic acid and pH buildup resulting from exercising the muscle to failure.
21.Cap:The deltoid muscle of the shoulder, which can be divided into front, middle and rear heads for training.
22.Cheat Reps:When muscle fatigue begins to set in or the weight is too heavy, some athletes employ body English or ‘improper’ form to make the lift, using surrounding muscle groups or even momentum to assist in the movement.
23.Close Sport:Standing by, alert and ready to assist promptly if called upon by someone performing an exercise.
24.Circuit Training:A workout technique in which the individual goes from one exercise to another. One set per movement per round, with minimal rest, thus gaining some aerobic benefit at the expense of maximal strength gains.
25.Cramping:Exercising a muscle using shortened movements that causes a muscle to cramp, contracting painfully perhaps to the point of temporary fatigue to achieve a greater pump.
26.Cutting Up:Stripping the body of excess bodyfat while retaining maximum muscularity. Also can be called Ripped, Shredded, Sliced, etc.
27.Definition:Extremely low bodyfat coupled with superior muscle separation and vascularity; the physical manifestation of ‘dialing it in’. Adjectives that are used to describe this desired state include ripped, shredded, sliced, cut, striated.
28.Dialing It In:The process of training and dieting to get shredded for a contest. Adjectives include on time, on the money, peaking.
29.DPP:Short for Discipline, persistence and patience.
30.Flat:Describes muscles that have lost their fullness, commonly caused by overtraining, undertraining or a lack of nutrients and water.
31.Flush:To increase the blood supply to a muscle, thereby bringing in more nutrients.
32.Forced Reps:Additional repetitions of an exercise performed with the help of a partner when you’re unable to do anymore reps on your own.
33.Freak:Anyone with inhuman size or unproportional muscles. The person that makes you stare.
34.Free Hand Movement:Any exercise that can be performed without exercise equipment, using only your bodyweight, such as a push-up or squat without weight.
35.Full:The appearance of muscle pressing against skin. The best competitive bodybuilders manage to look simultaneous full and shredded.
36.Glutes:A shortend version of gluteas maximus, the largest of the muscles forming each of the human buttocks.
37.Guns:Another word for Biceps, alone for with triceps. Other slang words include Pipes, Pythons…
38.H.I.T.:High Intensity Training. A method that states it is not about doing ‘more’ or ‘less’ exercise but rather an appropriate amount on exercise to stimulate optimum muscle growth.
39.Isolation:A technique that focuses work on an individual muscle without secondary or assisting muscle groups being involved, which provides maximal muscle shape. A good example is the seated dumbbell concentration curl.
40.Lats:A term which is abbreviated jargon for the latissimus dorsi. This Latin term translates roughly into ‘lateral muscles of the back’. When viewed from the rear, and relaxed, the lats form large inverted cones.
41.Lean Body Mass:Fat Free body tissue, comprising mostly muscle. Lean mass is the primary determinant of the body’s basal metabolism (calories you burn at rest). In healthy men, bodyfat (bodyweight minus lean body mass) ranges from 8-12%; in women, 18-22%.
42.Mass:Size – lots of it. If you train hard and eat right, you can add muscle. A growing bodybuilder’s favorite word!
43.Muscle Confusion:A technique to counteract the cessation of growth that occurs when muscles adapt to the training demands placed upon them. To keep the body growing and getting stronger, a bodybuilder needs to vary his/her sets, reps, rest, weight used and exercise angles during each workout.
44.Negatives:The act of lowering a weight againt gravity, specifically, resisting gravity by lowering the weight slowly and under control.
45.One Rep Max (1RM):Your absolute strength in a given movement. Powerlifting competitions are a test of 1RM strength. For many bodybuilders, especially beginners, 1RM training is harmful because of the higher risk of injury. A weight that you can just complete in 10 reps is a good approximation for most people of 75% of their 1RM.
46.Plates:The weights that you put on an Olympic dumbell, specifically a 45 pound weight. Smaller weights are called quarters (25 pounds), dimes (10 pounds), and nickels (5 pounds).
47.Periodization:Also called Cycle Training, a predetermined approach to strength and muscle building in which bodybuilders train light for several weeks, then heavier, and then really heavy, and the process is cycled. Helps avoid injury and burnout.
48.Progressive Overload:Gradually adding more resistance during strength training exercises as your stregth increase.
49.Pump:The look and feeling a bodybuilder experiences when his/her muscles engorge with blood as the result of intense exercise.
50.Six Pack:A ab muscles so well developed that you can see the separate muscle under the skin where your stomach is. Other words include washboard.
51.Skull Crusher:The lying french press, in which you lower a barbell from full extension above your head down to your forehead and then extend at the elbows to press it back up.
52.Unilateral Training:It means working one side of the body at a time.
53.V-Taper:A person with big shoulders and a small waist.
54.Vascular:The visibility of veins on a bodybuilder as a result of exercise and low bodyfat (and perhaps higher blood volume).

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  • Slang in bodybuilding says:

    jargon in bodybuilding or slang man it’s nasty i knew some of the words

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