Once you started CrossFit You will begin learning the lingo;
HERE’S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BECOME FLUENT IN CROSSFIT! even if you haven’t yet stepped in a box. and oh, (You might want to write this down.)
W.O.D (or WOD): Workout of the Day, this is the combination of exercises, prescribed weights and time allotm
RX: When one does the prescribed amount of weight and reps, one is said to have RX’d (as in, he or she followed the prescription).
Box: CrossFit centers are not called gyms, they’re called “boxes” and many of them resemble just that.
Benchmark Workouts. WODs that are recurring and extra challenging.
Clean, Jerk and Snatch. These “Olympic lifts” require one to lift weight from the ground and raise it overhead using a bar with weighted plates or bumper plates. They help build power and strength that aids performance in other movements and sports.
AHAP – As Heavy As Possible
Kipping. A way of using the power from your hips and core to do certain moves more efficiently.
AMRAP. “As Many Reps/Rounds as Possible,” that is, given a specific time period.
Ass to Grass: Get low! Also called “Ass to Ankles,” or ATG for short, this term denotes a full-depth squat. (Wondering if that last rep was deep enough means it probably wasn’t.)
Buy In / Cash Out – “Buy in” refers to work that must be completed before starting the main part of the workout. “Cash out” refers to work that must be completed after finishing the main part of the workout.
For Time: Think you’re fast? See how you stack up with the rest of the CrossFit world by measuring the time it takes to complete a prescribed workout. Though not all CrossFit workouts have a timed component, the protocol is famous for pushing athletes to race against each other and the clock.
BS: Back squat
BTWB: Beyond the Whiteboard. A website for tracking your WOD’s.
BW (or BWT): Body weight
CFT: CrossFit Total (A best of three attempts at a 1RM of (Press/DL/BS)
CFHQ: CrossFit Headquarters
C&J: Clean and jerk
C2: Concept II rowing machine
DFL: Dead F’ing Last
DNF: Did Not Finish
EMOM: Every Minute on the Minute
FS: Front squat
GHD: Glute hamstring developer. A device that allows for posterior chain exercise, such as a hip extension, sit-up or a back extension.
GPP: General physical preparedness, aka “fitness.”
HC: Hang Clean
CTB (or C2B) – Chest to Bar (pull-ups)
HSPU: Hand stand push up. Kick up into a handstand (use wall for balance, if needed) bend arms until nose touches floor and push back up.
HSC: Hang squat clean. Start with bar “at the hang,” about knee height. Initiate pull. As the bar rises drop into a full squat and catch the bar in the racked position. From there, rise to a standing position
GTO (or G2O) – Ground to Overhead
IF: Intermittent Fasting
KTE: Knees to elbows. Similar to TTBs described below.
MetCon: Metabolic Conditioning workout
MU: Muscle ups. Hanging from rings you do a combination pull-up and dip so you end in an upright support.
OHS: Overhead squat. Full-depth squat performed while arms are locked out in a wide grip press position above the head and in line or slightly behind the ears.
PC: Power clean
Pd: Pood, weight measure for kettlebells
PR: Personal record
PP: Push press
PJ: Push Jerk
PSN: Power snatch
PU: Pull-ups, possibly push ups depending on the context
Rep: Repetition. One performance of an exercise.
RM: Repetition maximum. Your 1RM is your max lift for one rep. Your 10 RM is the most you can lift 10 times. (Commonly found in WOD’s as 1RM/3RM/5RM etc.)
SC: Squat Clean
SDHP: Sumo Deadlift High Pull
Set: A number of repetitions. e.g., 3 sets of 10 reps, often seen as 3×10, means do 10 reps, rest, repeat, rest, repeat.
SPP: Specific physical preparedness, aka skill training.
Subbed: Substituted. The CORRECT use of “subbed,” as in “substituted,” is, “I subbed an exercise I can do for one I can’t,” For example,if you can’t do a HSPU, you subbed regular push-ups.
TTB: Toes to bar. Hang from bar. Bending only at waist raise your toes to touch the bar, slowly lower them and repeat.
WO, sometimes W/O: Workout
- # : Symbol for pounds or lbs.
- ” : Symbol for inches
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March is the founder and owner of The Barbell Beauties which she started in 2015. She is from the Philippines and currently lives in beautiful Thailand with her American husband and daughter. She is an avid Crossfitter and has just started her journey into Muay Thai (kickboxing).