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California State University, Long Beach
CHHS Lifefit Center
LFC Management

LifeFit Center @ The Beach
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
Phone: (562) 985-2015


Day Hours
Mon/Wed/Fr 8:30am - 2pm
Tue/Th 8:30am - 5:30pm




PT At the Beach






Terminology used in the Life Fit Center

Aerobic- A measure of how well your blood transports oxygen around the body, and how well your muscles utilize the oxygen.

ADLs- Activities of Daily Living-Physical tasks of everyday living, such as bathing, and walking up the stairs. ADLs are usually factored in to a person's basal metabolic rate, so tracking calories burned for these types of movement isn't recommended when trying to lose weight.

BC- Body Composition- Body composition refers to the components of the body. It is usually divided into two components: the amount of fat mass (weight) and the amount of fat-free mass (muscle, bone, skin and organs) in the body.

BPM- Beats per minute- the units of heart rate, beats per minute

BMI- Body Mass Index- Measure of the relationship between height and weight; calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by height in centimeters squared.

BMR- Basal Metabolic Rate- The lowest rate of body metabolism (rate of energy use) that can sustain life, measured after a full night's sleep in a laboratory under optimal conditions of quiet, rest and relaxation.

BP- Blood Pressure- pressure exerted by blood:the pressure exerted by the blood against the walls of blood vessels.

CPT- Certified Personal Trainer

DBP- Diastolic Blood Pressure- The bottom number, which is also the lower of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats (when the heart muscle is resting between beats and refilling with blood).

FFM- Fat Free Mass- The combined mass of the body of everything that is not fat (e.g. muscle, bone, skin and organs).

FM- Fat Mass- That portion of the human body that is composed strictly of fat

HIIT- High Intensity Interval Training- Type of short, high intensity cardio training that helps improve fitness and burns fat quickly.

HDL- High Density Lipo Protein- Known as good cholesterol

HR- Heart Rate- the rate at which the heart beats; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of a person's health.

LBM- Lean Body Mass- Lean body mass is the weight of a person's body that isn't fat. This includes muscle as well as bones and other nonfat tissue.

LDL- Low Density Lipo Protein- Known as bad cholesterol

MS- Muscular Strength- amount of force a muscle can produce. 

ME-Muscular Endurance- Muscular endurance is the ability of a muscle or group of muscles to repeatedly exert force against resistance. Performing multiple repetitions of an exercise is a form of muscular endurance, as is running or swimming.

MET- An expression of the energy it takes to sit quietly

RDA- Recommended Daily Amounts-  is the daily intake level of a nutrient that is considered to be sufficient to meet the requirements of 97–98% of healthy individuals in every demographic in the United States

R.I.C.E.- Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation- treatment method for soft tissue injuries which is an acronym for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. When used appropriately, recovery duration is usually shortened and discomfort minimized. This treatment is effective for various sprains.

RT- Resistance Training- Resistance training works to increase muscle strength and endurance by doing repetitive exercises with weights, weight machines, or resistance bands.

RHR- Resting Heart Rate- The number of times a walker's heart beats per minute while at complete rest. Resting heart rate will decrease as the walker's heart becomes larger and stronger with training. A low resting heart rate is an indicator of fitness

RMR- Resting Metabolic Rate- the rate of energy expenditure during any given state of rest or specified activity.

ROM- Range of Motion- the area through which a joint may normally be freely and painlessly, moved. It represents the range of flexion and extension of a joint.

RPE- Rate of Perceived Exertion- A number on a scale of 1-10 that quantifies how hard you feel you are exercising during your workout. Your rating is determined by paying attention to your overall effort, fatigue, and breathing during exercise. 1 represents no effort and 10 represents maximal effort.

SMART- Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time period- is a mnemonic to guide people when they set objectives.

SET- A collection of reps for an exercise or movement.

SBP- Systolic Blood Pressure-The top number, which is also the higher of the two numbers, measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats (when the heart muscle contracts).

SUBMAX- Submaximal load, submaximal energy load

THR- Target Hear Rate-The recommended range during exercise is 60-85% of your maximum heart rate. It represents a pace that ensures you are training aerobically and can reasonably be maintained. You can estimate your THR by subtracting 220- your age = your THR!

1RM- I  Repetition Maximum- The amount of weight/resistance that can be lifted or moved once, but not twice; a common measure of strength.

VO2- Oxygen consumption/uptake of the body

VO2 max- The maximum capacity for oxygen consumption by the body during maximal exercise