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    work out and gym machines

    Hello,

    What do we call different equipment and machines found at a gym (treadmill, rowing machine, non-electrical equipment)? Is the term 'gym machines'? I'm afraid 'gym/sports equipment' may conjure up images of barbells, mats, weights, ropes etc. What I'm trying to describe is:


    My second question is about the verb 'work out' - do we use it to talk about any kind of physical exercise? Would taking, say, a step class at a gym be considered as 'working out', or does the verb imply using errr... machines?

    Thank you!

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    Re: work out and gym machines

    I think "exercise equipment" covers it all. And yes, a "work out" is any physical activity.

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    Re: work out and gym machines

    Thanks, SoothingDave!

    And what would be the most natural way to use the term?
    "I'm going to the gym and use some equipment". Sounds horrible! I guess the best way to put it would be 'I'm going to the gym and work out a bit", but some people who ask me this machine/equipment question every now and then aren't happy with 'work out' - they want to make mention of the equipment.
    Maybe "work out with some equipment"?

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    Re: work out and gym machines

    Simply "i'm going to the gym" works for most people. Or "I'm going to work out." "I'm going to the gym to work out" isn't necessarily redundant.

    If you want to be specific, then you would say something like "I'm going to go walk/run on the treadmill" or "I'm going to ride the exercise bike" or similar.

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    Re: work out and gym machines

    Thanks! Now I know what to say

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