5 weightlifting terms every girl who lifts needs

Welcome back to Fitopedia: fitness terms explained. This week, Nicola Addison, personal trainer of Eqvvs training who trains models Elle Macpherson, Daisy Lowe and Erin O’Connor explains five  weightlifting terms every girl who lifts needs 

Weight lifting equipment can feel quite alien if it’s new to you but it’s important to understand what everything does so you can get the most out of your workout while staying safe.

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1. Cage

The cage is a metallic structure used for upper, lower and full body exercises.

2. Hook 

The hooks are located inside the cage, either side. Their job is to hold the bar in place before and after each exercise and the height can be adjusted depending on the exercise.

3. Grippers

These are also located either side. If the exercise can’t be completed and the weights are dropped the grippers will be there to catch your bar and protect you from any harm.

4. Weight plates

These are the actual weights you will be placing on to your bar. These will be labelled as kg or lbs depending on where you workout.

5. Grips

Grips are what hold your weight plates in place on your bar so that they won’t go sliding off and landing on your feet.

Personal trainer Nicola Addison owns Eqvvs Training gym and has helped shape the bodies of Elle Macpherson, Erin O’Connor and Daisy Lowe.

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