French Fitness Vocabulary

Here you will find a complete list of French fitness and personal training words. You will find that while there are specific words for different kind of gym exercise in English, the French use very generic terms. For example, to say “chest press” in French you say: “l’exercise pour la poitrine“, or “exercise for the chest”. Another example is “l’exercise pour les biceps” (exercise for the biceps), which means curls.

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le conditionnement physique fitness l’exercise exercise s’entraîner to train/workout
le vélo d’entraînement exercise bike
les poids free weights
l’appareil de gym gym machine
le banc bench la barre bar le gymnase gym
la piscine swimming pool
la machine à ramer rowing machine
la tapis roulant treadmill
l’entraîneuse individuelle personal trainer
la machine de randonée cross trainer
l’escalier d’entraînement stepping machine
le sauna sauna l’étirement stretch la fente en avant lunge
la traction push-up la flexion de jambes squat le redressement assis sit-up
l’exercise pour les biceps curls la traction pour les jambes less press
l’exercise pour la poitrine chest press
l’entraînement poids et haltères weight training le jogging jogging l’aérobic aerobics
jogger sur place to jog in-place
s’échauffer to warm up
étendre to extend
les exercise Pilates Pilates l’entraînement en circuit circuit training
fléxir to flex
tirer to pull up
la saut à la corde jumping/skipping rope

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