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F — Fitness A-Z

Fitness terms beginning with 'F'

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 ‘F’…

Fartlek, technique.
Swedish for ‘speed play’, Fartlek refers to an unstructured speed training session — usually for runners and cyclists — where the athlete varies his or her speed over a course of several miles, alternating between slow, moderate and faster efforts for varying time periods. Using the Fartlek technique can relieve the monotony of repetitive track training.

Fitball, equipment.
See Stability ball.

Flexibility exercises, activity.
Exercises that maintain or increase the length of muscles and tendons by gently stretching them. Flexibility exercises are important to maintain full range of movement, and should always be carried out when the body is thoroughly warmed up.

Free weights, equipment.
General term for dumbbell and barbell resistance training equipment.

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