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5 Ways to Describe Workouts

writing descriptionsFor the next few months, weekly writing tips will include word choice suggestions. That includes:

  • colorful and original descriptions
  • pithy words and phrases
  • picture nouns and action verbs
  • writing that draws a reader in and addicts them to your voice

I keep a  collection of descriptions that have pulled me into the books. I’m fascinated how authors can–in just a few words–put me in the middle of their story and make me want to stay there. This one’s on how to describe workouts.

A note: These are for inspiration only. They can’t be copied because they’ve been pulled directly from an author’s copyrighted manuscript (intellectual property is immediately copyrighted when published).


  1. Hanging upside down in gravity boots in the HHC, doing sit-ups. He curled his body up parallel with the floor and eased it back vertical without any apparent effort
  2. We would do a couple 220s, a couple 440s, and a couple 880s, and then walk a 440. We were walking again.
  3. Pull-ups keeping legs parallel to the ground
  4. One-armed push-ups
  5. Running, burning lungs begging him to stop but brain screaming like a drill instructor to keep going

Click for the complete list of 69 writer’s themed descriptions.

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for Spring, 2017. Click to follow its progress.

41 thoughts on “5 Ways to Describe Workouts

  1. Think I need a rest after just reading this … far too active! 😀 My brother was a real show-off with the one armed push ups and would hold a conversation, watch TV whilst exercising away! Great suggestions, Jacqui and thank you for compiling and sharing.

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  2. This is interesting, Jacqui. I’ve noticed lately that the same descriptive phrases or “unusual” verbs are popping up in some YA books. I’m wondering if there’s a book out that these writers have all read. As to workouts. . . I’ll leave those one-armed ones to the Big Boys.

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  3. Hi Jacqui – workouts leave me cold!! Love sport … but not working out – but I need do some … Spring is here … a spring in my step – one armed pushups = never! Cheers Hilary

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