Bodybuilding Glossary & Lingo

Like any large and complex community, the bodybuilding industry has developed a distinct lingo which can be hard to unravel. The proliferation of the internet and online forums and other communities have accelerated the creation of words, making it hard to keep up.

This list of bodybuilding terms and lingo will help you to easily fit in with the bodybuilding crowd in your local gym and online forums.

Simply find the term in the list (they are in alphabetical order) and click on it for more information.

Abs

Short for ‘abdominal muscles,’ a part of the body at the front and bottom of the torso.

Aesthetics

In a wider sense, ‘aesthetics’ refers to ‘A set of principles concerned with the nature and appreciation of beauty.’ In bodybuilding there is some debate as to what an aesthetic body looks like but most agree that its getting the right combination of tight waist, broad shoulders, proportion and symmetry.

It is also believed that what is considered aesthetic or most aesthetic may have changed over the years as bodybuilding trends and what people believe looks and is better change.

Anabolic

Anabolic processes tend toward “building up” organs and tissues. These processes produce growth and differentiation of cells and increase in body size, a process that involves synthesis of complex molecules. Examples of anabolic processes include the growth and mineralization of bone and increases in muscle mass.

The word anabolic comes from the Greek ἀναβολή anabole, “that which is thrown up, mound.”

Body Types

The terms ‘ectomorph,’ ‘endomorph’ and ‘mesomorph’ were originally used by American psychologist William Sheldon to associate body types with temperament types. His theories are now mostly considered as false by modern scientists. [source: Wikipedia]

The terms are now used, especially in the bodybuilding industry, to describe general body types, considering characteristics such as metabolism, fat proportion, muscle proportion, bone structure etc.

See also: Ectomorph, Endomorph & Mesomorph

Chestbrah

‘Chestbrah’ is the nickname of Said Shreddedshian a fitness model and member of the Nutri-Sups Worldwide Team.

Come at me bro

“Come at me bro” is a confrontational catchphrase used to instigate a fight with another person. It’s typically used to convey that one will not physically initiate a fight, but is willing to fight if the situation arises.

In image macro form, the text is overlaid on a picture where the subject is making an aggressive posture, usually with arms spread out to each side. [source: Know Your Meme]

It was further popularised in bodybuilding circles by Zyzz in the video below which has received over 320 thousand views.

Diet

‘The kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.’

In bodybuilding, diets are also called ‘nutrition.’

Dumb bells

‘An exercising weight; two spheres connected by a short bar that serves as a handle.’

‘The dumbbell, a type of free weight, is a piece of equipment used in weight training. It can be used individually or in pairs (one for each hand).’

Ectomorph

See also: Body Types

Typical traits of an Ectomorph:

  • Small “delicate” frame and bone structure
  • Classic “hardgainer”
  • Flat chest
  • Small shoulders
  • Thin
  • Lean muscle mass
  • Finds it hard to gain weight
  • Fast metabolism

Source: Muscle & Strength

Endomorph

See also: Body Types

Typical traits of an Endomorph:

  • Soft and round body
  • Gains muscle and fat very easily
  • Is generally short and “stocky”
  • Round physique
  • Finds it hard to lose fat
  • Slow metabolism

Fat burner

A type of bodybuilding supplement designed to help you lose fat.

Check out Nutri-Sups’s collection of Fat Burners HERE.

Fitness

‘The condition of being physically fit and healthy.’

IFBB

The International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) is a competitive bodybuilding organization founded in 1946 by brothers Ben and Joe Weider and is the highest level of competitive bodybuilding in the world. Currently, the IFBB consists of seven different sub-divisions for different competitors (gender or weight), divided into 21 contests throughout the year.[1] The current IFBB season begins with the FLEX Pro Championships on February 19 and concludes with Pro Florida Championships on December 10.

The IFBB is most renowned for the cash prizes awarded to top 5-10 finishers depending on amplitude of the contest, being the sole organization of providing a means of living for competitors. The Mr. Olympia is the highest accolade achievable in theIFBB, giving the title of the current number one bodybuilder in the world. In November 2004, the IFBB congress voted to change the long name of the organization to the International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness. The logo and “IFBB”abbreviation remain unchanged. [Source: Wikipedia]

Intra-workout

Simply refers to the period of time during a workout. Intra-Workout Supplements are those designed to be taken during a workout to increase energy levels, fuel muscles and build bulk.

See also: Pre-workout and Post-workout

Iron

Iron is an essential element for most life on Earth, including human beings. The control of this necessary but potentially toxic substance is an important part of many aspects of human health and disease. Hematologists have been especially interested in the system of iron metabolism because iron is essential to red blood cells. Most of the human body’s iron is contained in red blood cells. Iron deficiency anemia is the most common type of anemia. [Source: Wikipedia]

Jacked

‘Someone who is very strong and has very defined muscles’

Mesomorph

See also: Body Types

Typical traits of an Mesomorph:

  • Athletic
  • Hard body with well defined muscles
  • Rectangular shaped body
  • Strong
  • Gains muscle easily
  • Gains fat more easily than ectomorphs

Misc

The name of the miscellanous section of the popular bodybuilding.com forums. Contains all the random topics that aren’t appropiate for the other sections of the forum.

It has aquired a stereotype that it is predominatley populated, ironically, by people who don’t even work out. Most members enjoy the anonymity the section provides and therefore feel free to post opinions and content that they would otherwise feel too embarrassed to share in real life, often with hilarious results.

Members have the option to post an avatar of themselves to show off their physique as well as the option to list their physical stats and age. If the avatar and/or stats are unflattering, they could end up being reposted by other members mockingly when they disagree with one of their opinions.

Members can be awarded with positive or negative reputation points from other members depending on the content of their posts. The positive points are known as reps/greens and are received for quality posts while negative points, otherwise known as negs, are usually reserved for poor posts and trolls. These trolls are disdainfully known as ‘reds’ and are largely ignored by the other members of the board.

It is heavily moderated to keep the frequent trolling at bay with moderate success.

Source: Urban Dictionary

MRE

Stand for ‘Meal, Ready-to-Eat’ and is a packaged food ration used by the U.S. military.

Muscular

‘Having well-developed muscles’

NABBA

Stands for National Australian Body Builders Association.

From Philosophy section of their Official Website:

“In the past fifty years Australia has developed and grown into an independently strong nation, enriching our relatively young heritage through our diverse cultural background and ‘Faith’.  Faith in oneself, in one’s associates, in one’s industry and in the nation itself.  Faith in the future.  We embrace this new century with a vision that encompasses a new LEADERSHIP. My strength is in the ability to translate an idea into action, to make things happen. To make my dreams and yours a reality. To do today what can be done today, and set goals for future endeavours and achievements for those that follow me in choosing the BODYBUILDING -LIFESTYLE.”

Source: Official Website

Naso

Nutrition

‘The process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth’

Pharmaceutical

‘A compound manufactured for use as a medicinal drug’

Pre-workout

Refers to the period of time shortly before a workout.

There is a class of bodybuilding supplements designed to be used specifically in the pre-workout time period.

Checkout Nutri-Sups’s range of Pre-Workout Supplements.

Prohormones

prohormone is a substance that is a precursor to a hormone, usually having minimal hormonal effect by itself. The term has been used in medical science since the middle of the 20th century. The primary function of a prohormone is to enhance the strength of the hormone that already occurs in the body. Prohormones add no hormones whereas steroids add hormones which commonly causes confusion between the two. Examples of natural, human prohormones include proinsulin and pro-opiomelanocortin.

In the last two decades, prohormones have also been used by bodybuilders, athletes, and nonmedical users of anabolic steroids and other hormones to refer to substances that are expected to convert to active hormones in the body. The intent is to provide the benefits of taking an anabolic steroid without the legal risks, and to achieve the hoped-for benefits or advantages without use of anabolic steroids themselves. Many of these compounds are legal to manufacture, sell, possess and ingest eliminating the legal problems associated with schedule III anabolic steroids. The typical definition of “prohormone” includes a steroidal molecule that has the opposite molecular structure to testosterone on either the 3a/b position or the 17b position. Testosterone has a ketone group on the 3 carbon and a hydroxyl on the 17b carbon. A steroid with modifications away from testosterone in one or both of these areas is commonly referred to as a “prohormone”. These enzymatic changes occur with the body’s bidirectional enzymes.

Source: Wikipedia

Protein

Bodybuilders often supplement their diets with a powdered form of protein. The powder is mixed with water, milk or juice. Protein powder is generally consumed immediately before and after exercising, or in place of a meal. Some types of protein are to be taken directly before and after a workout (whey protein), while others are to be taken before going to bed (casein protein). The theory behind this supplementation is that bodybuilders, by virtue of their unique training methods and end-goals, require higher-than-average quantities of protein to support maximal muscle growth.

Source: Wikipedia

Ripped

When someone has well defined muscles. This can result from large muscles, low body fat of a combination of both.

Shredded

To have well defined muscles especially in the arms and abs.

Similar to Ripped, Jacked or Muscular

Steroids

A steroid is a type of organic compound that contains a characteristic arrangement of four cycloalkane rings that are joined to each other. Examples of steroids include the dietary fat cholesterol, the sex hormones estradioland testosterone, and the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone.

Anabolic steroids, technically known as anabolic-androgen steroids (AAS) or colloquially simply as “steroids”, are drugs that mimic the effects of testosterone and dihydrotestosterone in the body. They increase protein synthesis within cells, which results in the buildup of cellular tissue(anabolism), especially in muscles. Anabolic steroids also have androgenic and virilizing properties, including the development and maintenance of masculine characteristics such as the growth of the vocal cords, testicles, and body hair (secondary sexual characteristics).

Source: Wikipedia 1, 2

Supaturk

Supaturk is the nickname of Ozcan Aytemiz, an aspiring body sculptor who is in pursuit of perfect aesthetics.

Official Facebook Page

Sus

Toned up

‘Toning Up’ refers to the process of developing a physique with a large emphasis on musculature. In this context, the term ‘toned’ implies leanness in the body (low levels of body fat), noticeable muscle definition and shape, but not significant muscle size (“bulk”).

U mirin

Bodybuilding lingo that is short for ‘Are you admiring me?’ or ‘you admiring me?’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)

Originating from the full contact sport of Vale tudo in Brazil, the UFC was created in the United States in 1993 with minimal rules, and was promoted as a competition to determine the most effective marital art for unarmed combat situations.

It wasn’t long before the fighters realized that if they wanted to be competitive among the best, they needed to train in additional disciplines. UFC fighters began to morph into well-rounded, balanced fighters that could fight standing or on the floor. This blend of fighting styles and skills became known as mixed martial arts (MMA).

Today, the UFC is the premier organization in MMA and enforces the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Artswithout exception. With more than 20 fights every year, the UFC hosts most of the top-ranked fightersin the world. Events are held not only in America, but in many countries all over the globe.

Source: Official UFC Australian Website

WBFF

WBFF stand for ‘World Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation.’

From the mission statement:

The desired public image of our company is to give athletes a venue in which they can compete, and be treated with the utmost professionalism. The key strategic influence is to promote health and fitness in a rapidly growing industry. Our target market is a health and fitness conscious individual who wants to embark on or develop a professional career within the health and fitness industry. Ultimately the WBFF seeks to raise a standard in bodybuilding, fitness, and modeling, and give athletes an unlimited opportunity. Our expectations are to promote our company, our athletes, and our sponsors to the best of our ability while becoming internationally known as a reputable and conscientious corporation.

Official Website