Exercise is 锻炼。


Is there a better way to express this ?

  • 2
    "Today I worked my chest." = 今天我鍛煉了胸肌
    – Tang Ho
    Aug 15 at 0:48
  • 1
    Oops, didn't see your comment until after I posted.
    – monalisa
    Aug 15 at 0:52
  • 1
    No worry, I just copied from Google Translate
    – Tang Ho
    Aug 15 at 1:38
  • 1
    In daily conversation we just say 炼胸. 我今天炼了胸, or 我今天炼的胸.
    – ElpieKay
    Aug 18 at 7:50

2 Answers 2


我鍛煉了胸肌。 I exercised my chest muscles.

肌 muscle(s)

我的 is kind of redundant here, since you cannot exercise someone else's chest muscles.

  • 1
    "我的 is kind of redundant here, since you cannot exercise someone else's chest muscles" Strange that in English you just can't say, "Today I work / exercise chest"? Aug 15 at 7:30
  • 1
    Grammar in English works differently. The noun here needs an article (or something that works like an article). Hence, the chest, or my chest. Same thing in "I brush my teeth" In Chinese, it's 我刷牙 rather than *我刷我的牙。
    – monalisa
    Aug 15 at 18:30
  • 1
    @WayneCheah a perfect example of how chinese is context based aka topic/comment structure while english isn't. There are so many things in english that cannot be left off, even though they are obvious in context. Probably the only time this kind of info can be actually left off in english consistently, is the "you" in commands--and that sure is a specific instance isn't it :)
    – zagrycha
    Aug 16 at 5:13

Today in the body-building studio I was working out my chest muscles.

Rocky Horror Picture Show: "In just seven days I can make you a man!"

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.