In America, we’re bombarded with fitness information. But, apparently, it doesn’t necessarily stick. Fitness equipment manufacturer Nautilus recently conducted a fitness survey among both Americans and Europeans. The good news? We made out better than our friends across the pond. The bad news? Everybody flunked. Americans averaged 42 percent; Europeans, 39 percent.

To be fair, the wording of a few of the questions was a bit confusing. I’m immersed in fitness news day in and day out, and I still missed three—two because the wording was poor, and one because I just wasn’t sure of the answer. You can try the quiz yourself here:

If you come up short, see if you can save face with our second-chance fitness quiz.

The Live Naturally Second-Chance Fitness Quiz

Score one point for each correct answer. If multiple answers are requested, take a point if you got all answers correct; zero points if you didn’t.

1. Which of the following pairs are complementary muscle groups?

A. Quads and hamstrings

B. Lats and biceps

C. Pecs and lats

D. Tibia and fibula

2. True or False: Orange Theory is a post-workout nutrient-replacement strategy designed to replenish the body’s levels of vitamin C and other important micronutrients.

3. Endurance athletes who sweat a lot lose high levels of electrolytes, which our bodies need to function properly. Which of the following pairs are key electrolytes?

A. Sodium and brodium

B. Calcifite and selenium

C. Hans and Franz

D. Potassium and sodium

4. A superset is:

A. a set of exercises that you do a really good job on.

B. two or more sets of different exercises performed back to back with no rest in between.

C. a set that is double (or more) the length of the previous one you performed.

D. a great setting for working out.

5. Which of the following are types of core muscles?

A. Rectus abdominis, multifidus spinae and external obliques

B. Internal obliques, transverse abdominis and external agitators

C. Rectus abdominis, adductor pollicis and brachialis

D. Rectus abominable, internal obliques and anterior adductors

6. True or false: You get the same fitness benefits from three 10-minute bouts of exercise as you do from one 30-minute workout.

7. What is tabata?

A. A Japanese-inspired workout tool used for both stretching and strengthening

B. An interjection that signals the end of a workout set; often spoken with force

C. An arrhythmic heartbeat caused by overly intense exercise

D. A type of workout (named for its Japanese creator) that involves carefully timed, high-intensity intervals

8. Which of the following are examples of aerobic exercise (you may choose more than one answer)?

A. Walking at a moderate pace

B. Sprinting

C. Jogging at an easy pace

D. Playing Words with Friends

9. An eccentric contraction is:

A. A muscle movement that seems just a wee bit crazy (don’t try it at home!)

B. The lifting portion of a strength exercise

C. The lowering portion of a strength exercise

D. A muscle contraction that is held in a steady state for a period of time

10. True or False: Hypertrophy is a very large trophy given out to the winners of a prestigious, annual fitness competition.


  1. B: Complementary muscle groups are ones that are activated at the same time during a compound movement. When doing a row or pull-up, you’re simultaneously working your lats and biceps. A and C are opposing or opposite muscle groups; you should always make sure your fitness regimen includes exercises for both members of an opposing muscle group, so you don’t get out of balance. Tibia and fibula are lower-leg bones. Subtract a point if you chose D.
  2. OrangeTheory is fitness-studio chain that employs intervals and heart-rate training to boost metabolic rates.
  3. Potassium and sodium are essential for muscle function, including heartbeat. Brodium, according to the Urban Dictionary, is a relationship between two males that is based entirely on hate (in contrast to “bromance”). Calcifite is a trademarked fertilizer, and Hans and Franz will pump you up, but they will also cost you a point.
  4. B is the answer, but if you want to call the workout you just crushed a superset, that’s fine with us. Go ahead and take a point if you chose A.
  5. External agitators may include your boss or that guy on the bus or anything else outside of you that drives you crazy. Adductor pollicis and brachialis are hand muscles. After a bunch of crunches, your rectus abdominis might seem abominable, but D will cost you a point.
  6. Studies show that you get roughly equal benefits, if the workouts are done at about the same intensity.
  7. Don’t try tabata unless you’re up for a serious challenge.
  8. A and C. A simplified explanation: An aerobic exercise is one in which your oxygen consumption is, for the most part, adequate fuel for the activity you’re doing. In anaerobic exercise, your intensity level is high enough that your muscles need additional fuel, such as sugars. Anaerobic activity can’t be sustained for long periods of time. We would classify Words with Friends as more of an intellectual exercise. Subtract a point if you chose D.
  9. The lowering portion of a strength exercise (such as when you drop into a squat) is called an eccentric contraction; the lifting portion is called concentric. A contraction that you hold is called isometric. As for A, non–fitness enthusiasts might argue that most voluntary muscle contractions are just a wee bit crazy.
  10. Hypertrophy is a process in which muscles grow as individual muscle fibers are torn down (through exercise) and then rebuilt, becoming larger and stronger in the process. Subtract two points if you said True.

How Fitness Savvy Are You?

If your score was:

9–10 points: Congrats! You are a fitness whiz. Reward yourself with a bonus victory lap around the block (feel free to occasionally throw your hands up as if crossing the tape).

7–8 points: Sounds like you paid attention in gym class, and you probably regularly read fitness mags or blogs (case in point). Keep it up!

5–6 points: You may be new to the exercise scene, or perhaps you’ve just been stuck in the same old workout for years. Check out this blog (and others like it) regularly to boost your fitness savvy.

4 or fewer points: I’m guessing you’re well-acquainted with your couch and its dear friend, Recliner. Well, get off your duff, hire a personal trainer, and join the ranks of the fit and happy.

Kellee Katagi headshot lower resKellee Katagi is one of those strange souls who actually enjoys working out for the sake of working out. She’s spent most of her 20-plus-year writing and editing career covering fitness, nutrition and travel, as well as outdoor sports ranging from skiing to spelunking to street luge (yes, that’s a thing).