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L — Fitness A-Z

Fitness terms beginning with 'L'

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 ‘L’…

Lactic acid, other technical term.
A by-product of exercise. Lactic acid has a negative effect on muscle function if it builds up faster than the body can eliminate it.

Latissimus dorsi, (Lats), body part.
Two wide, flat, triangular-shaped muscles which run from the spine to the back of the upper arm and out towards the sides of the body.

Ligament, body part.
Connective tissue that attaches bone to bone or cartilage to bone.

Local muscular endurance, other technical term.
The ability of a particular muscle or muscle group to perform repeated contractions against a resistance that is less than maximum. For example, performing as many repetitions as possible for exercises such as press-ups, which require good local muscular endurance from the chest and triceps muscles.

Long, slow, distance, (LSD), technique.
Cardiovascular training that involves covering a long distance at a slower than race pace. Used to build endurance, it also helps prepare the mind for the demands and concentration required in long distance races.

Lordosis, other technical term.
Excessive curvature of the lower spine. Resolved through postural and flexibility training exercises.

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