CrossFit terminology explained

The last thing we want is for anyone to be intimidated walking into our gym. For people brave enough to come check us out, we don’t want them to be overwhelmed by the unending list of indecipherable jargon and acronyms.

To help make sense of this unique language you may encounter if you workout at a CrossFit gym, Here is a list of CrossFit terms to help get you up to speed.

Basic CrossFit Terms:

  1. AMRAP:  As Many Repetitions (or Rounds) As Possible – typically in a specified timeframe

  2. As Rx’d:  As Prescribed – the suggested parameters for a given exercise (weight for example)

  3. PB:  Personal Best

  4. PR:  Personal Record

  5. Rep:  A repetition or one instance of a given exercise

  6. Set:  A group of repetitions

  7. WOD:  Workout of the Day

 Intermediate CrossFit Terms:

  1. Air Squat:  (see video)

  2. Box:  A CrossFit gym

  3. Box Jump:  An exercise where you jump onto and down from an elevated platform (see video)

  4. BP:  Bench Press (see video)

  5. BS:  Back Squat (see video)

  6. Burpee:  (see video)

  7. BW:  Body weight

  8. CFT:  CrossFit Total – The combined weight of your max squat, press, and deadlift

  9. Chipper:  A workout with many reps and many movements (you chip away at it)

  10. C&J:  Clean and Jerk (see video)

  11. CLN:  Clean (see video) – Additional versions include Hang Clean, Power Clean, and Squat Clean

  12. CU:  Chin Up – Bar is held with palms facing you (supinated grip)

  13. C2:  Concept II rowing machine

  14. CTB or C2B:  Chest to Bar (as in pull ups)

  15. DB:  Dumbbell

  16. DL:  Dead lift (see video)

  17. DOMS:  Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

  18. DU’s:  Double Unders – two turns of the jump rope per jump (see video)

  19. EMOM:  Every Minute on the Minute

  20. FS:  Front Squat (see video)

  21. GHD:  Glute-Hamstring Developer (see video)

  22. GHR:  Glute-Hamstring Raise

  23. Good Mornings:  (see video)

  24. Hollow Rocks:  (see video)

  25. HSPU – Hand Stand Push-Up (see video)

  26. KB:  Kettle Bell

  27. K2E:  Knees to Elbows (similar to T2B)

  28. Kipping:  (see video)

  29. MetCon:  Metabolic Conditioning

  30. MOBWOD: Mobility and stretching work

  31. MP:  Military Press

  32. MU: Muscle Up – A combination of a pull-up and a ring dip (see video)

  33. OH:  Overhead

  34. OHS:  Overhead squat (see video)

  35. Pistols:  (see video)

  36. PJ:  Push Jerk

  37. PP:  Push Press

  38. PU:  Pull Up or Push Up

  39. Renegade Rows:  (see video)

  40. Rhabdo:  Rhabdomyolysis – A dangerous condition where muscle fibers breakdown at a high rate.

  41. RM: Repetition maximum – the most you can lift for a given number of repetitions

  42. ROM:  Range of Motion

  43. SDHP: Sumo Dead lift High Pull (see video)

  44. SJ:  Split Jerk

  45. SN:  Snatch (see video) – Additional versions include Hang Snatch, Power Snatch, and Squat Snatch

  46. SP:  Shoulder Press

  47. SQ:  Squat

  48. Stabilize the midline:  Controlling the muscles around the spine to make it stable and strong during an exercise

  49. Tabata:  A protocol of 20 seconds of exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest

  50. TGU:  Turkish Get Ups (see video)

  51. Thrusters:  (see video)

  52. TnG:  Touch and Go – No pausing between reps

  53. TtB:  Toes to Bar (see video)

  54. UB:  Unbroken (perform all in a row or start over at the beginning)

  55. Wall Balls:  (see video)

CrossFit 101Tom Tkachuk