Le mot du travail: « to work out »

30 Juil

I find that when my workday of interpreting stressful  (yet fulfilling) phone calls, translating tricky terminology, billing projects and bidding on new ones is over… I am ready to let my brain rest and to get my body working!

I could assimilate all the knowledge and wisdom in the world (if only I had a brain large enough to memorize every bit of information that matters!), but it would not lead anywhere if meanwhile, my body was deprived of any challenge or care. Sure, I could go to the gym and run around in circles like a lab rat (or worse, at a standstill!), or go to my man’s basement and try myself at bodybuilding (and I have before!)…

Woman deadlifting (not me!)

… Whatever physical activity I pick, it has to be fun! But first, let’s review how to express working out in French:

To work out // faire de l’exercice/ faire du sport/ faire un entrainement sportif

To lift weights / go weight-lifting // faire de la muscu(lation)/ aller à la muscu

To pump iron // soulever de la fonte

To do fitness training // suivre une remise en forme/ faire du fitness / faire de la gym

Fitness addict // fou de la forme

To train for the Olympics // S’entraîner pour les jeux olympiques

Snatch // arraché              Clean and jerk // Épaulé jeté

Biceps curl // flexion du biceps

To do 3 x 10 push-ups // Faire 3 séries de 10 pompes

Pull-ups // Tractions

Squat // flexion des jambes / accroupissement

Bench press // Développé-Couché

Deadlift // Soulevé de terre / soulevé avec barre

Abdominal crunches / curl-ups / to do abs // demi-redressement assis / redressement (assis) partiel / faire des abdos

Personally, I prefer hiking or more recently, I have been able to pick up rollerblading again, after many years of not having a smooth (and relatively flat) trail nearby. After watching the short video below with my submission for the upcoming video promoting the release of the new book Found in Translation, you may think it looks effortless (also see point 5 of the current issue of the Interpreter’s Launch Pad newsletter).

However, a 1991 study by the University of Wisconsin Medical School found that “During a 30 minute period: On the average, inline skating at a steady comfortable rate exceeds 285 calories and produces a heart rate of 148 beats per minute (versus Running and cycling expend 350 and 360 calories respectively)”.

Also, rollerblading involves all large muscles in the lower body (abductors, adductors, quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximums and the calf). The core muscles (abdominals) provide a stabilizing action. The large muscles of the upper body participate less, but act as stabilizers.

So what do you think, want to join me in the nerd-to-athlete mutation and work out along the streets of your neighborhood, the paths of the local park and let your community know that translators and interpreters have fun too?

3 Réponses to “Le mot du travail: « to work out »”

  1. guyilannoa juillet 30, 2012 à 20:11 #


    You have the knack of taking a subject, presenting it in a novel and interesting manner, and throwing in lots of useful terminology. Every time I’m done reading an article on your blog, I’m already looking forward to reading the next one.


    • FrenchNad juillet 30, 2012 à 20:26 #


      Thanks for your heart-warming compliment! I am so glad and will continue to work on this type of article then… It is so great to have some feedback, keep it coming!


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