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Fitness Equipment Glossary

Even for an expert, keeping track of the dozens of various types of workout equipment available may be a difficult effort. New types of technologies and equipment are always being introduced, which does not help and can terrify newbies to the fitness sector. We’ve created a list of the most commonly used phrases in the fitness industry and broken them down into clear, non-jargon definitions. If applicable, we’ve additionally specified which body component the equipment addresses. If you’re stumped by terms like ergometer, P80 console, or smith machine, this list will come in handy. We’ve compiled a list of all the exercise equipment names we could locate, and we’re constantly updating it.

Ab Bench

Category: Strength

Targeted Body Parts: Abdominals

An ab bench is a fitness bench with padded leg rollers that you can use to wrap your legs or feet around to do a crunch or sit-up. There are also adjustable versions of these that can be used for a variety of workouts.

Adjustable Bench

Category: Strength

They’re similar to flat benches, except they may be adjusted to be a flat bench, an incline bench, or a decline bench.


The Precor AMT (Adaptive Motion Trainer), an all-in-one elliptical machine, is abbreviated as AMT. It can adjust strides and adapt to the user without the need for manual changes.

Arc Trainer


Hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteus maximus, and core are among the body parts targeted (if it includes upper body: triceps, biceps, back)

Cybex’s cardio machine resembles an elliptical, but the independent floating pedal mechanism decreases impact on your lower joints even more.

Assisted Chin Dip

Category: Strength

Triceps, deltoids, pectorals, abdominals, and biceps are among the body parts targeted.

A tower with two protruding rods is an assisted chin dip machine. On some machines, the user is required to kneel or stand on a weighted platform. To perform the exercise, the user starts with their arms at a 90-degree angle and extends them.


See the elliptical entry for more information.

Curl Bench

Category: Strength

It’s also known as a preacher curl. This bench has a padded piece in front that resembles a seat. The user can curl with appropriate form by placing their arm over the padded area of the bench.


One of the most well-known exercise equipment producers. With almost 150 unique components, they mostly concentrate in developing strength equipment. Cybex is also known for their Arc Trainer cardio machines, which are known for their revolutionary design.

Decline Bench

Category: Strength

The user’s legs are higher than their head on this weight bench. Bench presses that target the lower chest are performed using it.


Category: Cardiovascular

Hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteus maximus, and core are among the body parts targeted (if it includes upper body: triceps, biceps, back)

A stationary cardio machine that simulates running or climbing is known as an elliptical. The users stand on pedals, resulting in a low-impact workout. Some ellipticals include adjustable arms, allowing you to get an extra upper-body workout. It’s also known as an elliptical crosstrainer or a crosstrainer.

The term “ergometer” is a bit of a misnomer. 

The instrument inside your exercise machine that records your data like heart rate, calories burned, distance run, and so on is sometimes referred to as an ergometer. 

An indoor rowing machine is also known as an ergometer. See rowing machine for other definitions on the term used in that context.

Flat Bench

Category: Strength

The purpose of a flat bench is for people to lie flat on top of it. 

Its purpose is to provide support to users while they conduct bench presses.

FreeMotion Fitness

A workout equipment company that makes both strength and aerobic machines. 

Their FreeMotion Functional Trainer, which uses pulleys and cables to provide a more dynamic range of motion, is their most well-known product.

Functional Trainer

Category: Strength

Targeted Body Parts: The entire body

Functional trainers are multi-purpose fitness machines that resemble a huge tower. Many of them make use of cables or pulleys to facilitate a diverse range of workouts. The upper body, lower body, and core are all targeted by functional trainers. Depending on the model, the type of workout varies.

Fitness Hoist

Hoist Fitness is a San Diego-based company that manufactures strength-training and indoor cycling equipment for both commercial and residential use.

Incline Bench

Category: Strength

The user’s head is higher than their legs on this weight bench. Bench presses and curls are common uses.

Incline Press

Category: Strength

Pectorals (upper chest), deltoids, and triceps are the body parts targeted.

The incline press machine is a weight equipment that comprises of a seat with two weight-attached handles in front of the user. 

To complete a repetition, the user extends their arms and slowly returns them to the beginning position.

Indoor Cycle

Category: Cardiovascular

Parts of the Body 

Hamstrings, quadriceps, calves, gluteus maximus, abdominals, tibilais anterior, and core are the muscles targeted.

A stationary bike that is similar to an upright bike but is smaller and has a weighted flywheel is known as an indoor cycle. 

It’s most typically seen in indoor cycling sessions, when riders follow a teacher and listen to music while riding the indoor cycle in a group.

LeMond Fitness

LeMond Workout, powered by Hoist Fitness, is a fitness company created by Greg LeMond that specialises in constructing stationary cycles.

Life Fitness

Life Workout is one of the most well-known and well-respected producers of fitness equipment. 

They manufacture all form of equipment including cardio and strength devices.

Matrix Fitness is a company that specialises in fitness.

Matrix Fitness is a manufacturer of commercial-grade fitness equipment. 

Their industrial design and current appearance are well-known.

Olympic Bench

Category: Strength

Olympic benches are slightly larger than conventional benches and are usually composed of composite steel for long-term use. 

Olympic benches are also more cushioned, as they are meant to support bigger weight loads and lifters.

Precor’s P80 Console is one of their newest consoles for cardio training equipment. 

It sports a capacitive touchscreen LCD display of 15 inches. 

It’s also iPod/iPhone friendly.

Precor’s older model console, the P30. 

Motion controls and a huge LED display are included.

Power Rack

Category: Strength

A power rack is a contraption that catches barbells with four vertical bars and two adjustable horizontal bars. 

In addition to barbell workouts, many power racks have additional horizontal bars for chin-ups and pull-ups. 

They are normally large enough to fit a person inside, as well as a fitness bench.

Preacher Curl

Category: Strength

See the curl bench entry.


Due to its emphasis on high quality, creative innovation, and overall performance, Precor is a worldwide leader in home/commercial workout equipment. 

They specialize in both strength and cardio equipment and are perhaps best recognized for their groundbreaking AMT technology (Adaptive Motion Trainer).

Recumbent Bike

Category: Cardio

Parts of the Body 

Hamstrings, quadriceps, calves, gluteus maximus, abdominals, and tibialis anterior are the muscles targeted.

A recumbent bike is an exercise bike that has the pedals out in front of the user in a reclining posture. 

The recumbent bike is ideal for people who have back difficulties since it allows them to sit comfortably.

Because of the relaxed position, there is less strain on the lower back.

Smith Machine

Category: Strength

Quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus, and back are the body parts targeted.

A smith machine is a weight-training machine that usually consists of vertical steel rails. 

It’s primarily used as a self-spotting machine and with a barbell. 

With a twist of the wrist, you can hook a barbell into the slots on the smith machine. 

There are normally safety catchers that can be positioned at a low height to catch the barbell and prevent injury. 

Smith Machines are mostly used for squats and only allow vertical movement.


A fitness company recognized for its stair-climbing workout equipment was founded in 1983. 

The stepper and stepmill are two of their most well-known items.

Star Trac is a company that specializes in the production

Since 1979, Star Trac has been producing fitness equipment for both home and business use. 

Their Pro Treadmill series, entire lines of selectorized strength equipment, and much more are their key specialties.


Category: Cardiovascular

Quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus, hip flexors, and calves are the body parts targeted.

In the sense that it is an unending set of rotating steps, a stepmill is similar to an escalator. 

This set of steps is connected to a belt that rotates with each step. 

Stepmills are designed to replicate stair climbing by using your own body weight as resistance, which can help you burn more calories.


Category: Cardiovascular

Quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus, hip flexors, and calves are the body parts targeted.

Steppers are machines with two side-by-side pedals that you can use to imitate stair climbing. Steppers are more effective for lighter folks who may not have enough bulk to move the step mills correctly because they rely less on body weight. Steppers, in general, allow you to modify the resistance level to alter the workout’s intensity and difficulty.

Upright Bike

Category: Cardiovascular

Parts of the Body Hamstrings, quadriceps, calves, gluteus maximus, abdominals, tibialis anterior, and core are the muscles targeted.

An upright bike is a type of exercise bike in which the rider sits in an upright position, similar to that of a road bike, with the pedals practically directly beneath the seat. In comparison to a recumbent bike, the upright position helps to imitate real road bike riding and activates the core more.

Weight Bench

Category: Strength

A weight bench (also known as a fitness bench) is a cushioned board with legs that is designed for weightlifters to sit or lie down on. An incline bench, a decline bench, an ab bench, a preacher curl/curl bench, and an Olympic bench are all examples of weight benches.


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