What does gains mean in weightlifting?

Increased healthiness

Gains is weightlifting slang for getting physically healthier, mainly putting on muscle mass. However, people may also use gains to refer to getting mentally and emotionally healthier.

Origin of gains

The slang term "gains" was popularized by YouTubers HodgeTwins in the early 2010s on their fitness channel. Many in the weightlifting community soon adopted as a life mantra. For example, you might see a person tweet, "I'm making ALL KINDS OF GAINS in the gym today. Watch out world!"

However, some people outside of the weightlifting world may use gains sarcastically or ironically. For example, your friend may text you, "I saw your ex and he looks like he's been making gains with packages of oreos."


I'm unstoppable with my gains today
Bet. You are on fire, bruh

Motivation to get the gains

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Updated February 17, 2023

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