Think Thin Thursday ~ Let's Get the Lingo Down First

Real Estate Agent with Florida Supreme Realty SL514814

There are times when a newbie doesn't have the vocabulary for exercise. We are going to describe the most basic of tools we use in the simplest routines we've read or seen.


Let's begin with the single movement of an exercise.

It equals 1 rep or 1 repetition

Several reps or repetitions make up 1 set

A few sets, when repeated, become a circuit

Multiple circuits will make up your workout


One bicep curl or one squat is a rep. You might have 12 to 15 reps that make up your set. Therefore a set represents the occurrence of a certain number of reps. Let's say that you have to complete 12 bench presses. That will be one set of bench presses. Combining  various sets of different exercises will become your circuit which might include squats, lunges, bicep curls, tricep extensions, leg extensions, bench press, dead lifts & more.

Your workout will eventually be 2 or 3 circuits of 7 to 10 sets with each set having 8 to 15 repetitions. It's not too difficult to undersand is it? Each set may be a different exercise with focus on varying the muscles used. Generally, you'll want each workout designed to work from the largest muscles to the smaller muscles of your body.


"It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable."  ~   Socrates


A 3 circuit workout might look like this:

15 squats, rest 10 seconds, 15 squats, rest 10 seconds, 15 more squats

10 deadlifts, rest 10 seconds, 10 dealifts, rest 10 seconds, 10 deadlifts

12 tricep ext., rest 10 sec., 12 tricep ext., rest 10 sec., 12 tricep ext.

15 bicep curls, rest 10 sec.,  15 bicep curls, rest 10 sec., 15 bicep curls

15 bench presses, rest 10 sec., 15 bench presses, rest 10 sec., 15 bench presses

12 overhead presses, rest, 12 overhead presses, rest, 12 overhead presses

25 situps, rest 10 seconds, 25 situps, rest 10 seconds, 25 situps

This should be about a 20 minute workout in all, you're done!



These collective exercises are completed one after another. They are done this way to increase your calorie burn and cardiovascular conditioning. They can help increase your endurance and ultimately enables you to breathe with less strain in daily life and during exercise.


What would you think we were going to do if you read this?

The workout is as follows:

Squats x15

Bicep Curl x15

Overhead Press x15

Complete 3 sets, rest for 20 seconds after each circuit

What the above circuit tells you is that we are going be heading into each exercise without rest until we finish the 15 reps of overhead presses. Rest for 20 seconds then repeat 2 more times.

This is a circuit. Circuits are a great way to test and increase muscle and cardio endurance in a workout. I will usually have at least 2 circuits in my workouts along with traditional sets. This concept tends to make the workouts less boring and thus gives you the ability to continue and reap their beneficial effects.


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Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

I like that quote:

"It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strengthwhich his body is capable."  ~   Socrates

Feb 07, 2019 03:40 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kevin. Now that I have the lingo, time to put it into practice. Enjoy your day!

Feb 07, 2019 04:42 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Off to the gym, thanks for the tips.

Feb 07, 2019 04:49 AM #3
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Even though I don't work out, I am familiar with those terms.  You do a great job of educating us with regard to exercising!  Such an important thing for us to do to stay healthy.

Feb 07, 2019 05:49 AM #4
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning,  Kevin - nicely defined. Simple yet effective.  Well-done.

Feb 07, 2019 07:31 AM #5
Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Understanding the lingo does help break it down. Thanks for sharing with us. 

Feb 07, 2019 08:29 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It has been proven by many that when most people don't understand something, they abandon the pursuit of it.  You did a great job.  A

Feb 07, 2019 10:00 AM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Kevin- I think it's wonderful that you have committed yourself to taking care of your health and your body!!!  Taking that first step goes a long way. 

Feb 07, 2019 06:33 PM #8
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I enjoy you trying to help others understand the basic terminology Kevin J. May 

Feb 07, 2019 09:33 PM #9
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Hi  Kevin J. May, thank you for the information.  Truly I am not only a neophyte -  talking or practicing the exercises. My family and a number of my 9 children love their gyms and workouts;  I am currently struggling at getting in my daily physical therapy exercises :)  But I found your post motivating and will work harder to get my 'reps' in....  Thank you, Kevin, as any info and insight is very helpful.  

Feb 09, 2019 02:03 PM #10
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

   Kevin J. May  - that is a pretty cool way of putting it .  As Lou Ludwig would say:  "As I See It..." - Well, as I see it, I am stuck - my Soul and my Spirit in this body  - "all stuck in the skin we're in" (Kevin May) --  Haha...And since my true mission here on planet earth is to fulfill my sacred contract with God and in the event grow and evolve, guess I better improve my vehicle, my body.  Thank you, Kevin, and have a wonderful Sunday.  Want to meet at the Library ;-) ----And that's a wink.  

Feb 10, 2019 10:06 AM #11
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