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H — Fitness A-Z

Fitness terms beginning with 'H'

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 ‘H’…

Half marathon, activity.
Race distance of 13.1 miles (21.1 km).

Hamstring, body part.
General name given to the group of muscles at the back of the thigh.

Heart rate, (HR), other technical term.
The number of times the heart contracts (or beats) in one minute. The average adult value is 72 beats per minute when at rest. Aerobic exercise can train and improve the heart (and the associated cardiovascular system), resulting in a lower HR.

Heart rate monitor, (HRM), equipment.
A device that allows the user to monitor their heart rate while exercising. It consists of two elements: a chest strap and a wrist receiver (which usually doubles as a watch). More advanced models can also assess other aspects of a user’s fitness.

Hypertrophy, other technical term.
Muscular enlargement that comes as a result of resistance training.

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