Workout vocabulary is yet another thing we take for granted in our own language. We grow up taking gym class in school so we know the basics like push-ups, squats, jump, etc. There may be a few machines in a gym you don’t know the names of, but overall, it would be pretty strange for an adult not to be able to point out a treadmill or a bicycle, right? Now imagine having to do that in Spanish.
Body parts used in your workout in Spanish
It will be helpful if you at least know what body part you are targeting before you try to decipher what exercise you are meant to be doing.
1. Cabeza – head
2. Cuello – neck
3. Hombro – shoulder
4. Brazo – arm
5. Muñeca – wrist
6. Caderas – hips
7. Glúteos / Nalgas – buttocks
8. Pierna – leg
9. Tobillo – ankle
10. Pie – foot
11. Pecho – chest
Basic exercises in Spanish
There will always be exercises you need to be shown, no matter what language you are working in, but here are some basics you can familiarize yourself with.
1. Ponerse en cuclillas – to squat
2. Flexión – push-up
3. Saltar, brincar – jump
4. Abdominales – ab work, crunches
5. Pesos, pesas – weights
6. Estirar – stretch
Workout machines in Spanish
If you don’t want to deal with working with an actual person and facing the language barrier while working out, you can simply look for a machine.
1. Cinta de correr, Trotadora, Corredora – treadmill
2. Elíptico – elliptical machine
3. Bicicleta estática, bicicleta estacionaria – stationary bike
4. Bicicleta recostada – recumbent bike
5. Bicicleta spinning – spinning bike
Here’s hoping you can stay fit while you learn Spanish!
Check out these other English Spanish articles.
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