• (British) IPA: /ˈwəːk.aʊt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈwɚk.aʊt/

workout (plural workouts)

  1. An exercise session; a period of physical exercise.
    • 2008, Jim Montgomery, Mo Chambers, Mastering Swimming, page 157‎
      The following guidelines for smart weekly scheduling can simplify this piece of the planning: Swim three or four workouts each week.
  2. A schedule or program of specific exercises, especially one intended to achieve a particular goal.
    • 2007, Peter Twist, Complete Conditioning for Hockey‎, page 170
      If athletes do too much too soon, they will be stiff and sore 24 to 48 hours after a new workout.
    • 2010, Mark Alvisi (quote from a reader), "Mark of a Champion", Muscular Development‎ 47(1): 350
      I read in another magazine about a workout that can put a whole inch on your arms in just one day!
  3. (by extension) Any activity that requires much physical or mental effort, or produces strain.
    • 2001, Jan Karon, A Common Life: The Wedding Story, page 41‎
      Cynthia's phone got a workout, as well. In approximately three days since the news had hit the street, a total of five bridal showers had been booked, not to mention a luncheon at Esther Cunningham's and tea at Olivia Harper's.
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