W.H.A.T. D.O.E.S. T.H.A.T. A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. M.E.A.N.?


Every industry has it’s jargon.

Plumbers have pipe dope, back siphons and S-traps.

Statisticians have their Z-scores, sigma plot and p-values.

Realtors discuss expansion potential, assumable financing and quick possession.

In the time travel biz, most people are already familiar with flux capacitors and the all-important 1.21 gigawatts.

But what makes an industry truly unique is the creative thinking that goes into its acronyms.

The fitness-biz is no exception – and if it was, I sure as heck wouldn’t be writing about it here, now would I. [Would I? Would I? Hairlip, Hairlip!]

For regular ‘fitness-folk’, DB (dumbbell), SB (swiss ball) and OH (overhead) are pretty easy to figure out – at least when put in context as in Seated SB OH DB press.

Like I said, it’s obvious, right?

Over the years, I’ve created a couple of my own.  Namely, SMART (stability – mobility – agility – repeat – take control!) and the not-so-pretty-yet-still-incredibly-useful, PFROMASTYCC.  I pronounce it with a silent “P”, like pneumonia.  Phonetically, that’s FRAHM-iss-tyke.

Nice, huh?

However you care to pronounce it, it stands for:
Pain Free Range Of Motion And Speed That You Can Control
(this acronym/phrase can answer roughly 94.1% of all fitness related questions I’m asked on a daily basis)

(as an aside, at a conference a couple years ago, Alwyn Cosgrove, Bill Hartman, Stephen Holt and I tried to come up with something a little more streamlined to replace Vanna White’s worst nightmare above.  With a little thought (and maybe a couple beers?), we did come up with PROMISE and PROMOTE as possible alternatives, but nothing says it like the original).

Now I don’t know who came up with SHELC (supine hip extension leg curl), but glutes and hamstrings around the world will be forever grateful for that one.

Perhaps my all-time-favorite (and again, I have no idea who deserves credit for this) is AMRAP: as many reps as possible.

How could 3 unassuming consonants and 2 vowels (both of ’em “A”‘s even) possibly come together in such universal harmony as to describe the intention of performing a set to complete failure in a non-threatening way?

Ah yes, I still remember the day when I first saw AMRAP on the written page…

<cue dream sequence music>

It was before the war…
Of course, we all wore onions on our belts
because that was the style back then…

<slowly fade to black>

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