However, I do get the occasional glazed look when I mention certain parts of the body so here is a quick A-Z of some of the most commonly mentioned bones and muscles referred to in class:
‘Abs’ (Abdominals) – collective name for your tummy muscles (which includes rectus abdominus, transverse abdominus and the internal and external obliques)
Calves – the muscles at the back of the leg below the knee
‘Glutes’ (Gluteals) – a collective name for the three muscles that make up the buttocks
Hamstrings – the muscles at the back of the thigh
Lumbar Spine – the lower part of the back
Obliques – the abdominal muscles that run down the side of the abdominals
Pelvic Floor – if you don’t know this one you need to come to class more often!
‘Quads’ (Quadriceps) –the muscles at the front of the thigh
Sacrum – the part of the spine that runs through your pelvis
Scapula – the shoulder blade
Sternum – the chest bone
Tailbone – the very base of your spine
Thoracic Spine – the upper part of the back
Finally, if you are not sure of any another term used in class, please make sure to ask.