W — Fitness A-Z

Fitness terms beginning with 'W'

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 ‘W’…

Warm-down, activity.
See Cool-down.

Warm-up, activity.
Gentle, slow exercise at the beginning of a workout. A warm-up prepares a person’s muscles and improves their heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature before an exercise session.

Water rower, equipment.
An indoor rowing machine that uses a water-filled tank and paddle as the resistance, thereby more closely replicating the variable resistance that is experienced when rowing in the water.

Wet-vest, equipment.
A buoyancy garment that enables a runner to train in a swimming pool by mimicking a running action while in the water. Usually employed when injured or rehabilitating from injury.

Wicking, other technical term.
A process by which moisture is transported away from the body in a fabric. Typically, this means that a layer next to the skin attracts sweat and passes that moisture through the membrane or fabric of the garment to the exterior, where it can be evaporated.

Wobble board, equipment.
A circular wooden disk — approximately 45cm in diameter — with a hemisphere on one side. It is used for stability training, core exercises and strengthening the ankle and/or rehabilitation from ankle injuries.

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