Klingon in the gym

This article is to explain through some simple examples, how you could communicate in Klingon in a gym with simple words. Because it isn't quite a typical klingon leisure activity, often a circumscription is needed.

Be aware, that these examples aren't canon.


Why do you go to a gym? Most of the times, to train. We can express this with the verb qeq, which means prepare, train, practice (not to confuse with Qeq (to) aim and qeQ feces). With the corresponding Präfixe it is possible to construct some simple clauses:

Klingon English
jIqeq I exercise.
bIqeq You exercise.
qeq He exercises.
maqeq We exercise.
Suqeq You exercise.
qeq They exercise.
yIqeq Exercise!
peqeq Exercise!(plural)

By making use of VerbSuffixes[suffixes]], there are additinal possibilities:

Klingon English Notes
jIqeqnIS I have to exercise. -
jIqeqqa' I exercise again. meaning, I stopped before.
jIqeqmoH I'm causing to exercise. meaning, I make someone train.
jIqeqlaH I'm capable of exercising. or: I am able to train

The corresponding moment of the training can be expressed by a tense, which stands at the beginning of the sentence:

Klingon English
DaHjaj jIqeq I exercise today.
cha'leS jIqeq I will exercise the day after tomorrow.
cha'Hu' jIqeq I did exercise the day before yesterday.


The word for the one who exercises can be created by using the type-9-suffix -wI'. For trainer, there are multiple possibilities – depending on which role he or she takes during the training: Somone who makes other people exercising (in the sense of motivator), you could call qeqmoHwI'. If it surrounds more around the teaching of the techniques, you would say ghojmoHwI' teacher. Also possible is pIn'a' master. The co-trainer accordingly could be called qeqmoHwI' cha'DIch (in the sense of a second motivator) or ghojmoHwI' cha'DIch second teacher.


The klingon word for muscles is Somraw. With the words for the different body parts, it is possible to differentiate between muscle groups:

Klingon English
volchaH Somraw Shoulder muscles
chor Somraw stomach muscles
'uS Somraw leg muscles
DeS Somraw arm muscles

Strength and weigth

HoS is a homonym, which means power, energy (as a noun) or being strong (as a verb). tIS means being light, the opposite of 'ugh being heavy.

ngI' means weigh, having weigth; a typical weight is the cheb, which is around 2,24 to 2,5 kg (the sources aren't very clear about that). A direct word for "weight" doesn't exist in Klingon. Often it can be described with, for example baS metal or Doch thing:

Klingon English
jIHoS I am strong.
'ugh baSvam The metal is heavy.
cha'maH cheb ngI' baSvam This metal weighs 20 cheb (44,8 kg).


The noun Soj can be used both for a meal and a drink. In combination with words for food you get the certain flavors. Because of the ambiquity of the word Soj it isn't clear, that they are drinks.

Klingon English
naHlet Soj Nut drink
yuch Soj Chocolate drink
raSber naH Soj Raspberry drink
Sutra'ber naH Soj Strawberry drink
na'ran Soj Orange drink
na'ran wIb Soj Citrus drink
na'ran'a' Soj Grapefruit drink
'epIl naH Soj Apple drink
banan naH Soj Banana drink

The person at the bar, who fills up the drinks, would be called tebwI', even if the term originally means the server in a fast-food restaurant. There is the word chom bar keeper, but he or she works in a real bar.


In The Klingon Way there is a saying for all athletes: Suvlu'taHvIS yapbe' HoS neH In battle, strength alone isn't enough.


The following sentences could be most probably overheard in a gym, where Klingons exercise:

Klingon English
HoSlIj yIDub Improve your strength!
yIjeghQo' Don't give up!
yuch Soj vIneH I want a chocolate drink!
baS yIpep Lift the metal!
pItlh Done!
bIjatlh 'e' yImev! DaH yIqeqchoH! Stop talking! Start exercising!
volchaHlIj SomrawDu' yIqeqqu' Exercise your shoulder muscles intensly!
bIbuDqu' You are very lazy.
bIqeqbe'chugh vaj bIHegh If you don't exercise, you die!
poghmeylIj yItuQmoH Put on your gloves!
DaH yIDIl Pay now!
buqwIj yInob Give me my bag!

See also

Category: Vocabulary    Latest edit: 19 Dec 2017, by DirkSchlSser    Created: 19 Dec 2017 by DirkSchlSser
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