Crossword clues for gym
- Kind of rat
- Facility with treadmills and yoga mats
- Business with monthly memberships
- ___ shoe
- Setting for many a political rally
- Class followed by a shower
- Press room?
- Athletic facility equipped for sports or physical training
- P.T. place
- Hard bodies place
- Palestra's mod. cousin
- Sports site
- Where to find dumbbells
- Training ground for Larry Holmes
- Place for dumbbells
- Treadmill setting
- Where somebody might be spotted
- Calisthenics site
- Workout place
- Workout loc.
- Campus facility
- Phys ed
- Workout spot
- Place for court battles?
- Y provision
- Sock hop locale
- Game room?
- Strenuous class
- Workout site
- Court site
- Place to play hoops
- Nautilus locale
- Court locale
- High school class
- Ball room?
- Where Joe gets a six-pack?
- Rep center?
- Place for phys ed
- Sweaters' place
- Place for barbells and treadmills
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
short for gymnasium, 1871, U.S. student slang.
n. 1 Short form of gymnasium. 2 (context weightlifting English) A sports facility specialized for lifting weights and exercise. 3 physical education class vb. (context intransitive English) To go to the gym.
n. athletic facility equipped for sports or physical training [syn: gymnasium]
A gym, short for gymnasium, is an open air or covered location for gymnastics, athletics, and gymnastic services. The word is derived from the ancient Greek gymnasium. They are commonly found in athletic and fitness centers, and as activity and learning spaces in educational institutions. "Gym" is also slang for "fitness center", which is often an indoor facility.
Gymnasia apparatus such as bar-bells, parallel bars, jumping board, running path, tennis-balls, cricket field, fencing area, and so forth are used as exercises. In safe weather, outdoor locations are the most conductive to health. Gyms were popular in ancient Greece. Their curricula included Gymnastica militaria or self-defense, gymnastica medica, or physical therapy to help the sick and injured, and gymnastica athletica for physical fitness and sports, from boxing to dance.
These gymnasia also had teachers of wisdom and philosophy. Community gymnastic events were done as part of the celebrations during various village festivals. In ancient Greece there was a phrase of contempt, "He can neither swim nor write." After a while, however, Olympic athletes began training in buildings just for them. Community sports never became as popular among ancient Romans as it had among the ancient Greeks. Gyms were used more as a preparation for military service or spectator sports. During the Roman Empire, the gymnastic art was forgotten. In the Dark Ages there were sword fighting tournaments and of chivalry; and after gunpowder was invented sword fighting began to be replaced by the sport of fencing. There were schools of dagger fighting and wrestling and boxing.
Then in the 18th century, Salzmann, German clergyman, opened a gym in Thuringia teaching bodily exercises, including running and swimming. Clias and Volker established gyms in London, and in 1825, Doctor Beck, a German immigrant, established the first gymnasium in the United States. It was found that gym pupils lose interest in doing the same exercises, partly because of age. Variety in exercises included skating, dancing, and swimming. Some gym activities can be done by 6 to 8 year olds while age 16 has been considered mature enough for boxing and horseback riding.
In Ancient Greece the gymnasion was a locality for both physical and intellectual education of young men. The latter meaning of intellectual education persisted in Greek, German and other languages to denote a certain type of school providing secondary education, the gymnasium, whereas in English the meaning of physical education was pertained in the word 'gym'.
The Greek word gymnasium means "school for naked exercise" and was used to designate a locality for the education of young men, including physical education ( gymnastics, i.e. exercise) which was customarily performed naked, as well as bathing, and studies. For the Greeks, physical education was considered as important as cognitive learning. Most Greek gymnasia had libraries that could be utilized after relaxing in the baths.
Usage examples of "gym".
Mark used the gym at the Bienvenue so often, and because it was well known that he was friends with the boss, his car was always close at hand.
She walked off the gym floor, taking the bleacher steps two at a time to sit next to Maury.
The young image was compounded by his clothes, he wore a coat from Dexter Wong, black leather Prada trousers and the new Nike cross trainers, his hair was shaved to mask his baldness and his arms were muscled and buffed from gym training.
Sometimes they worked out together in the shabby little gym in Bloomsbury run by a Hungarian expatriate who had fled his own country after the abortive rising.
Seven years ago, she had been a frumpy mother with flyaway hair, hiding her stomach under loose sweaters and, tired of being humiliated at the gym, trying to shape up by drinking carrot juice.
The camera makes a herky-jerky pan away from her, traveling along the empty corridor to the empty gerbil gym at the far end.
Listening to the narrative of the diamond heist, she grabbed a bottle of water, took a peach as an afterthought, then walked through the quiet, empty house and down to the gym.
As the gym building passes by, all hulky and black, I look the other way, and think of other things.
Thirty or so five-year-olds bounced around the free fall gym like a barrage of demented ping pong balls when their creche mother, a plump pleasant downsider woman they called Mama Nilla, assisted by a couple of quaddie teenage girls, first let them out of their reading class.
Mike Carlson, the bully of H oad, and the next she was pushing you off the gym.
Delmot reached for phone, as though to call the gym and tell Rydal to warn Harry.
Friday, which summoned her to the gym there to submit her naked bottomcheeks for the rod or tawse or cane.
And one by one, Teigh put the whole class on their backs on the gym floor, even the last few who were warned and tried to rush him four at a time.
Imbs and Jenny -- she in a yellowish fluffy coat -- were probably on their way from the ballet school, for the laces of her ballet slippers were dangling pink and silky out of a gym bag that Jenny was carrying.
After the ballet lesson, she stood with locked-up face, letting the bevy of chattering ballet rats pass with their swinging gym bags.