If you start to spend any amount of time in gyms, you will notice that there are certain somewhat unusual words that are used commonly. Do not worry if you have no idea what they mean, read the following terminology guide and all will be explained.
Failure: This is actually a good thing, and is what you should be aiming for when lifting weights. It means that you have repeated an exercise enough times and with sufficient weight that the muscles cannot complete another rep. Reaching failure is key to effective muscle growth.
Form: This simply refers to how well you are executing a particular exercise. When performing exercises, it is important to use the correct posture and alignment to get the maximum benefit from what you are doing, and to avoid injury.
Plates: Weight plates allow you to add weights to your free weights, thus allowing you to get stronger and bigger.
Alignment: This refers to posture. For example, it is advisable to stand up straight and hold your stomach in when doing certain weight lifting exercises. This would be referred to as having the correct alignment.
Recovery: This refers to the time you spend resting between each workout, either between different exercises, or different sessions completely.
Rep: also known as repetition, this refers to one completely executed exercise.
Set: A set is a group of reps performed without stopping.
Hydrate: Is just another word for water. People often say that they need to hydrate, when all they mean is that they are going to drink some water.
Warm up: A warm up is a stretch or any kind of stimulation that starts to get you sweating. The idea is that it gently gets your muscles working, and will help to prevent injuries once the more heavy duty exercises begin.
Warm down: Is basically the reverse of a warm up.
So next time you are at the gym, you do not have to feel intimidated, and you can even start using these terms yourself!