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French Fitness & Training Vocabulary

French Fitness & Training Vocabulary

Here you will find a complete list of French fitness and personal training vocabulary. 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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French fitness vocabulary list

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

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