Gym Vocabulary – Exercise and Fitness Phrasal Verbs and Vocabulary

Exercising in Barcelona - Fitness in Barcelona I was just in the gym and I was thinking of all the fun expressions and phrasal verbs that we use in English to describe different types of exercises. I don’t know why, but for some reason we use many phrasal verbs to talk about exercise. Here are some of my favourites. I hope you enjoy them and don’t forget to use them in your writing exam. They will get you extra points!

Exercise Vocabulary

To Work Out – When you do exercise, you can say you are going to “work out”. This is an American expression but we also use it in Britain too.

  •  “I’m going to the gym tonight to work out. I need to exercise after eating too many ice-creams!”
  • “I’ve got a new bikini and I think I need to work out so I good for the beach this summer!”
  • “I hate working out at the gym, I prefer to go running at the beach!”

To Shape Up – When you want to improve your body and make it look better, you can say that you want to shape up.

  • “I’ve been eating too much tapas this year. I need to go to the gym and shape up!”
  • “Have you seen Jordi? He has been at the gym 5 times a week recently, he has really shaped up!”

To Get in Shape – This is like “shape up” and when you say that you want to improve your body you can say that you want to get in shape.

  • “I am going on holiday this summer and I want to get in shape so I can buy some new clothes!”
  • “I have put lots of weight on recently, I need to go to the gym and get in shape!”

To Pump Iron – When you lift weights up and down at the gym, to make your muscles bigger, you can say that you are pumping iron.

  • “I’m going to the gym to pump some iron”
  • “My muscles are getting bigger because I have been pumping lots of iron”
  • “I need to pump some iron at the gym to keep my body in shape!”

Push Ups – Push ups are when you push your body up and down while you face the ground. Exercise vocabulary for TEFL EFL students in Barcelona

Sit Ups – Sit ups are a good way of make your stomach muscles stronger.

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Chin Ups or Pull Ups – When you pull your body up off the ground, it is called a chin up or a pull up.

Exercise Vocabulary for TEFL/ESL students in Barcelona Spain

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