Names of exercises in fitness training

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Names of exercises in fitness training

There are numerous names given to different types of exercise, that effectively mean the same thing. A lot of these different names of exercises have occurred because of use in military training or simply from different cultures or nationalities. Some names are more fashionable titles for exercises that have been used in fitness training over countless years.

The list below is a sample of different names of exercises, and their alternative names used in a variety of circumstances. This list of names of exercises is there to demonstrate that although the names of exercises are different, the exercises are either the same, or have only slight variations.

A list of Names of Exercises

The list of names below identifies what are essentially groups of exercises. Our major muscles work in a standard mechanical way, which means there are only a limited number of different ways in which they can be worked.


Ski-Sit (Samsons chair, static squat)
Press-ups (Push-ups)
Burpees (Suicides, bastards)
Down ups (Suicides)
Chin ups (Pull-ups)
Shoulder press (Military press, deltoid press)
Shoulder raises (Deltoid raises, front or side raises)
Lunges (Single squat, split squat, step squat)
Back raises (Back extensions)

These are just a few names of exercises that have variations in name. It is important that just because an exercise has a different name it doesn’t mean that is should be included in the same routine as the same exercise under another name. This could risk injury through excessive fatigue or strain put on the muscle groups. Similarly, be wary of the same name being used to represent different exercises.

These issues are known in English language as Synonyms (different words, same meaning) and Homonyms (same word, different meanings). It illustrates the importance of using detailed descriptions in addition to exercise names when designing an exercise or fitness plan.


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