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From the same stem as vingrs ‎(agile, strong), made into a second-conjugation verb (ending -ot). In its present sense, this word was introduced by A. Kronvalds in the 1870s, apparently based on a pre-existing dialectal term *vingrot or *vingroties (cf. dialectal vinguroties “to squirm, to writhe, to wiggle”).[1]


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vingrot intr., 2nd conj., pres. vingroju, vingro, vingro, past vingroju

  1. to exercise, to do (physical) exercises; to do gymnastics
    nostājos taisni, nolaižu rokas gar sāniem, pāris reižu dziļi ievelku elpu un sāku vingrot — standing straight, I lower (my) hands along (my) sides, I breathe in deeply a couple of times and I begin to exercise
    viņš nav vājāks, bet pat stiprāks nekā citi puiši, kuri beidza skolu... neviens nav tik daudz vingrojis ar hantelēm kā viņš — he is not weaker, but stronger than the other boys that finished school... no one has exercised so much with dumbbells
    vingrojot jāievēro pareiza elpošana: dziļa ieelpa un iespējami pilnīga izelpa bez elpas aizturēšanas — (when) exercising, one must pay attention to (one's) correct breathing: inhale deeply and exhale as fully as possible without keeping the air (in)


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  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “vingrs”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN 9984-700-12-7