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D — Fitness A-Z

Fitness terms beginning with 'D'

Our A to Z of fitness terms should ensure you are well versed in all the jargon and other technical terms associated with fitness. Here’s all the fitness terms we have identified beginning with ‘D’…

Delayed onset of muscle soreness, (DOMS), other technical term.
Refers to discomfort often felt 24 to 72 hours after exercising, which usually subsides within two to three days. The discomfort is caused by tiny tears in the muscle fibers and/or by training at a higher intensity or volume than usual.

Deltoid, (Delt), body part.
General term for a shoulder muscle.

Diastolic, other technical term.
The term given to the pressure exerted on the walls of the blood vessels when the heart is at rest between beats. Expressed as a number in combination with the systolic blood pressure.

Diet, other technical term.
Has a variety of definitions, including a prescribed selection of foods; the usual menu of food and drink consumed daily; or a restriction of your food intake.

Dumbbells, (DB), equipment.
Pieces of resistance training equipment, each comprising a short (typically up to 30cm) steel bar with metal disks at each end. Usually provided and used in pairs.

Dynamometer, equipment.
A device — usually handheld with a dial or digital display — used for measuring muscular strength.

Dynoband, equipment.
A long strip of elastic rubber used to perform a variety of resistance training exercises. Dynobands are made in different thicknesses — which correspond to different resistance levels — and are frequently used for rehabilitation purposes after injury.

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