A workout is an exercise session. If you hope to join your school's track team, you'd better be prepared for regular workouts.

If you do yoga, lift weights, or run with your dog, you can call each of these activities a workout. When it's a verb, workout becomes two separate words: work out. So you can either say "I work out three days a week" or "I usually do three workouts a week." When this noun first appeared around the turn of the 20th century, it referred specifically to a practice boxing match.

Definitions of workout

n the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit

exercise, exercising, physical exercise, physical exertion
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cardiopulmonary exercise
exercise intended to strengthen the circulatory system
gymnastic exercise
(gymnastics) an exercise designed to develop and display strength and agility and balance (usually performed with or on some gymnastic apparatus)
kick up
raising the feet backward with the hands on the ground; a first movement in doing a handstand
exercise set, set
several exercises intended to be done in series
anaerobic exercise, bodybuilding, muscle building, musclebuilding
exercise that builds muscles through tension
calisthenics, callisthenics
light exercises designed to promote general fitness
isometric exercise, isometrics
muscle-building exercises (or a system of musclebuilding exercises) involving muscular contractions against resistance without movement (the muscles contracts but the length of the muscle does not change)
isotonic exercise
exercise in which opposing muscles contract and there is controlled movement (tension is constant while the lengths of the muscles change)
Kegel exercises, pubococcygeus exercises
exercises for women designed to improve the ability to hold urine
stretch, stretching
exercise designed to extend the limbs and muscles to their full extent
arm exercise
exercise designed to strengthen the arm muscles
back exercise
exercise designed to strengthen the back muscles
leg exercise
exercise designed to strengthen the leg muscles
neck exercise
exercise designed to strengthen the neck muscles
stomach exercise, tummy crunch
an exercise designed to strengthen the abdominal muscles
a system of exercises practiced as part of the Hindu discipline to promote control of the body and mind
a gymnastic exercise performed on the rings when the gymnast supports himself with both arms extended horizontally
a gymnastic exercise on the parallel bars in which the body is lowered and raised by bending and straightening the arms
double leg circle
a gymnastic exercise performed on the pommel horse when the gymnast (with legs together) swings his legs in a circle while alternating hands on the pommels
grand circle
a gymnastic exercise performed on the horizontal bar by swinging around it with the body fully extended
the act of supporting yourself by your hands alone in an upside down position
a gymnastic exercise performed on the rings or horizontal bar or parallel bars when the gymnast's weight is supported by the arms
kip, upstart
a gymnastic exercise performed starting from a position with the legs over the upper body and moving to an erect position by arching the back and swinging the legs out and down while forcing the chest upright
long fly
a gymnastic exercise involving a long leap from a vaulting horse
a gymnastic exercise performed on the pommel horse when the gymnast moves his legs as the blades of scissors move
a gymnastic exercise performed with a leg on either side of the parallel bars
jump rope
a child's game or a cardiopulmonary exercise in which the player jumps over a swinging rope
exercise that conditions the body
aerobic exercise, aerobics
exercise that increases the need for oxygen
weightlift, weightlifting
bodybuilding by exercise that involves lifting weights
weight gaining
bodybuilding that increases muscle mass and body weight
running at a jog trot as a form of cardiopulmonary exercise
yawning and stretching (as when first waking up)
power walking
a form of cardiopulmonary exercise consisting of rapid walking accompanied by vigorous swinging of the arms
press-up, pushup
an arm exercise performed lying face to the floor and pushing the body up and down with the arms
chin-up, pull-up
an arm exercise performed by pulling yourself up on a horizontal bar until your chin is level with the bar
knee bend, squat, squatting
exercising by repeatedly assuming a crouching position with the knees bent; strengthens the leg muscles
leg curl, leg curling
an exercise designed to strengthen the flexor muscles of the leg
leg extensor
an exercise designed to strengthen the extensor muscles of the leg
a stomach exercise in which a person sits up from a supine position without using the arms for leverage
hatha yoga
yogic exercises (popular in the West) that combine difficult postures (which force the mind to withdraw from the outside world) with controlled breathing
Type of:
effort, elbow grease, exertion, sweat, travail
use of physical or mental energy; hard work

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