"Gains. Shredded. Juicing." Know the terms? Weightlifting has its own specialized vocabulary that can leave the non-lifter’s head spinning. If you're unfamiliar, check out our quick guide to help weightlifters and non-weightlifters get on the same page.
Normal Person: The type of lettuce used for taco Tuesday.
Weightlifter: To have very low body fat and well defined muscles.
Normal Person: Horrible. Excess body fat, usually induced by donuts, potato chips, and extra trips to the dessert bar.
Weightlifter: Awesome. Building up muscle size and strength. One step closer to getting swole.
Normal Person: The unfortunate result of a broken foot, bruised leg, or otherwise damaged limb.
Weightlifter: The fortunate result of lifting hard and becoming well-built and muscular.
Normal Person: One of those random holidays that you’ve never heard of, nor care to participate in.
Weightlifter: The thing that renders you unable to walk for the next 24 hours.
Normal Person: Squeezing lemons to help your 8-year-old get ready for her lemonade sale.
Weightlifter: Using anabolic steroids or other growth hormones.
Normal Person: Weapons that shoot bullets.
Weightlifter: The things that come out when the suns out.
Normal Person: Did you say NCAA?
Weightlifter: The building blocks of mass gains.
Normal Person: Something you only do when you know you’ll have visitors.
Weightlifter: This lift. Alternate: "eating clean" is avoiding fattening, sugary, or otherwise unhealthy foods.
Normal Person: Noun: something with two wheels that moves when you pedal.
Weightlifter: Verb: rotating through different types of training.
Normal Person: A desert involving bananas.
Weightlifter: Working different muscle groups each day. What other gym slang means something completely different to a non-weightlifter? Photo Credit: Runar Eilertsen