Fitness Equipment Glossary

Fitness Equipment Glossary

There are many fitness equipment glossaries here.  There are dozens and dozens of different types of fitness equipment out there so tracking them is also a lot of work for the expert. The constant flow of new types of innovations and equipment also does not help and can frighten newcomers to the world of fitness. We have compiled a list of the most common rules regarding fitness equipment and, to understand them, divide them into non-terminological explanations.

If applicable, we also describe which body part the fitness equipment targets. If words like ergometer, P80 console and smith machine bother you, this list will become your friend. We have collected the names of all the fitness equipment we can find and we are constantly adding to this list.

Different types of fitness equipment

Ab bench

Category: Strength

Targeted body parts: Abdominals

Ab bench is a fitness bench that is usually in a slump, usually with padded leg rollers hooked to crunch or sit up your legs or feet. There are also tweaked versions of which you can do different exercises.

Adjustable bench

Category: Strength

Targeted body parts: N / A

Similar to a flat bench, they can be adjusted to become a flat bench, incline bench or decline bench.

AMT

Abbreviation for Precure AMT (Adaptive Motion Trainer), an all-in-one elliptical machine. It can change strides without any manual adjustments and can be customized accordingly.

Arc Trainer

Category: Cardio

Targeted body parts: hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteus maximus, core (if it has an upper-body: triceps, biceps, back)

The cardio machine designed by Syrex is similar to the elliptical, but the independent floating pedal mechanism further reduces the impact on your lower extremities.

Auxiliary chin dip

Category: Strength

Targeted body parts: triceps, deltoids, pectorals, abdomen, musculature

Auxiliary chin dip machine is a tower with two protruding rods. Some machines make the user stand on his knees or on a heavy platform. The user starts with their hands at a 90-degree angle and extends their arms to exercise.

Cross strainer

See entry for elliptical.

Curl bench

Category: Strength

Targeted body parts: N / A

Also sometimes called the Instructor Curl. This bench resembles a seat with a padded section at the front. The user places their hand on the soft section of the bench and can make curls with the correct shape.

Sybex

One of the leading manufacturers of fitness equipment. They mainly specialize in producing power tools with 150 separate pieces. Sybex is also known for their innovative arc trainer cardio machines.

Rejection Bench

Category: Strength

Targeted body parts: N / A

A weighted bench with the user’s legs higher than their head. It is used for bench presses that target the lower part of the chest.

Elliptical

Category: Cardio

Targeted body parts: hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteus maximus, core (if it has an upper-body: triceps, biceps, back)

An elliptical is a stationary cardio machine that mimics running or climbing. Stand on pedals that allow users to exercise with less impact. Some ellipticals have moving arms that also allow for extra upper body exercise. Also sometimes referred to as elliptical cross-trainer or cross-trainer.

Ergometer – This is a very confusing term. Sometimes an ergometer can refer to a device in your exercise machine that keeps track of your statistics, such as your heart rate, calories burned, distance run, and so on. An ergometer can also point to an indoor rowing machine. See the rowing machine for more definitions of the term used in that context.

Flat bench

Category: Strength

Targeted body parts: N / A

The flat bench is designed so that users can lie flat on top. It is designed to support users while maintaining bench presses.

Preemption Fitness

Manufacturer of fitness equipment that produces both strength and cardio equipment. They are best known for their Cremation functional trainer, which uses pulleys and cables to allow for more dynamic range of motion.

Functional trainer

Category: Strength

Targeted body parts: Whole body

Functional trainers are all-in-one fitness machines that usually look like giant towers. Many of them use cables or pulleys to suit a wide variety of different exercises. Functional trainers target the upper body, lower body, and core. The type of exercise varies depending on the model.

Hoist Fitness

Hoist Fitness is a San Diego-based company that manufactures energy training and indoor cycling products for the commercial and home markets.

Incline bench

Category: Strength

Targeted body parts: N / A

The user’s head is a weighted bench that is higher than their legs. Commonly used in bench presses and curls.

Incline Press

Category: Strength

Targeted body parts: pectorals (upper chest), deltoids, triceps

Incline press machine is a weight machine that has a seat with two handles in front of the user, which is added to the weights. The user extends their arms and slowly brings them to the starting position to complete the repetition.

Indoor bicycle

Category: Cardio

Targeted body parts: ligament, quadriceps, calf, gluteus maximus, abdomen, anterior to tibialis, core

An indoor bicycle is a stable bike that resembles an upright bike but usually uses a smaller and heavier flywheel. It is commonly used in indoor cycling classes, where riders ride an indoor bicycle following a teacher and music in a group.

Lemon Fitness

LeMond Fitness, powered by Hoist Fitness, is a fitness company founded by Greg Lemon that specializes in creating stable wheels.

Life Fitness

Life Fitness is one of the largest and most respected manufacturers of fitness equipment. They make all kinds of fitness equipment, including cardio and power machines.

Matrix Fitness

Matrix Fitness is a manufacturer of commercial-grade fitness equipment. They are known for their industrial design and contemporary look.

Olympic bench

Category: Strength

Targeted body parts: N / A

Olympic benches are slightly larger than standard benches and are usually made of alloy steel for maximum durability. Olympic benches are also more padded because they are designed to withstand heavier loads and heavy lifters.

P80 Console – Procore’s newest console for their cardio fitness equipment. It has a 15 “LCD capacitive touchscreen that is also compatible with the iPod / iPhone.

P30 Console – Procore’s older style console. Features a large LED display and motion controls.

Power Rock

Category: Strength

Targeted body parts: N / A

Power Rock is a machine with four vertical bars and two movable horizontal bars used to hold the barbells. Many power racks come with barbell exercises as well as additional horizontal bars to perform chin-ups and pull-ups. They are usually wide enough to fit easily inside along with the fitness equipment.

Instructor Curl

Category: Strength

Targeted body parts: N / A

See entry for curl bench.

Antiquity

Precure is a worldwide leader in home / commercial exercise equipment with a focus on outstanding quality, creative innovations, and overall performance. They specialize in both power equipment and cardio and are well known for their innovative AMT (Adaptive Motion Trainer).

Falling bike

Category: Cardio

Targeted body parts: ligament, quadriceps, calf, gluteus maximus, abdomen, anterior to tibialis

The Recumbent bike is an exercise bike that keeps its user leaning with their front pedals. The return bike is great for customers with back issues because it is there

Less pressure on the lower back due to the backward position.

Smith Machine

Category: Strength

Targeted body parts: quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus, back

The Smith Machine is a machine with vertical steel rails commonly used in weight training. It is mainly used with barbells and as a self-dropping machine. The Smith machine has slots where you can hook the barbell with a twist of the wrist. Safety measures that are kept at a minimum height to hold the barbell and prevent injuries are also common. Smith machines usually have only vertical movements and are mainly used for squats.

Stair Master

A fitness company was founded in 1983 and is known for its stair climbing fitness equipment. Their most popular products include stepper and step mill.

Star track

Star Track has been manufacturing exercise equipment for home and commercial use since 1979. Their main specialties are their Pro treadmill lines, their full line of select fitness equipment, and more.

Step mill

Category: Cardio

Targeted body parts: quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus, hip flexors, calves

The step mill is similar to an escalator, with a set of endless rotation steps. These steps are attached to the rotating belt with each step. Stepmills are intended to mimic stair climbing and use your own bodyweight as resistance, which increases calorie intake.

Stepper

Category: Cardio

Targeted body parts: quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus, hip flexors, calves

Steppers are machines that have two side pedals that you pump up and down to simulate climbing stairs. Since steppers are less dependent on body weight, they are more effective for light people who do not have enough mass to move the steppers properly. In general, steppers allow you to adjust the level of resistance to adjust the intensity and difficulty of the workout.

Steep bike

Category: Cardio

Targeted body parts: ligament, quadriceps, calf, gluteus maximus, abdomen, anterior to tibialis, core

An upright bike is an exercise bike where the user sits in an upright position, similar to a road bicycle, with the pedals almost directly under the seat. The upright position helps to mimic real road bike riding and engages the core more than a backward bike.

Weight bench

Category: Strength

Targeted body parts: N / A

A weight bench (sometimes called a fitness bench) is a soft board supported by legs and its main purpose is to sit or lie down with weightlifting fitness equipment. There are a variety of weight benches, including incline bench, declared bench, ab bench, preacher curl/curl bench, and Olympic bench.

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