Hopefully, this blog will be enlightening for our newer and older members a like. Each month there will be two blog posts. One post will focus on a member in our community, ( I am going to try and get to everyone!), and the next will focus on what is going on in the crossfit world. I encourage every athlete to give feedback on what they would like to read/ learn about each month. This is for you! This post will be a general overview to start of frequently used Crossfit terms.
It can almost seem that you have to learn a new language. At this point most have encountered: EMOM (every minute on the minute); AMRAP (as many reps as possible); METCON (metabolic conditioning); WOD (workout of the day). Below, in list form, is a more comprehensive list.
AMRAP: As Many Repetitions (or Rounds) As Possible – typically in a specified timeframe
Box: CrossFit gyms are typically referred to as a ‘box’ because they are traditionally located in industrial warehouses.
BW (or BWT): Body Weight
CTB or C2B: Chest to Bar (as in pull ups)
CFB: CrossFit Breakout
CFT: CrossFit Total – The combined weight of your max squat, press, and deadlift
Chipper: A workout with many reps and many movements (you chip away at it)
C&J: Clean and Jerk
DU’s: Double Unders – two turns of the jump rope per jump
EMOM: Every Minute on the Minute
Firebreather: An elite-level CrossFit athlete
GHD: Glute Ham Developer is a machine designed for Posterior chain exercises to develop strength in glutes, lower back erectors, hamstrings and calves. It may also be used for Sit-Ups.
The Girls: Several classic CrossFit benchmark workouts that are given female names. The names of these workouts are arbitrary and not named after actual girls.
Heroes: Several CrossFit benchmark workouts that are named after actual military, law enforcement and firefighters that have died in the line of duty. These workouts are typically very difficult as a way of honoring these heroes. Unfortunately, the list of Hero WODs continues to grow.
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.
HRPU: Hand Release Push Up. Complete a push-up by descending into the bottom of the push up. Once chest touches the ground, lift hands completely off the ground and then push hands back to the floor to press body back up to top position.
K2E: Knees to Elbows. Similar to T2B described below.
MetCon: Metabolic Conditioning
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 (and usually behind) the head.
Pood: Unit of weight measure for kettlebell (1 pood = 35lbs)
PR: Personal Record
SJ: Split Jerk
Snatch: Additional versions include Hang Snatch, Power Snatch, and Squat Snatch
Stabilize the midline: Controlling the muscles around the spine to make it stable and strong during an exercise
Rep: Repetition. One performance of an exercise.
Rx’d/as Rx’d: As prescribed. WOD done without any adjustments in weight and/or movement as it is programmed.
RM: Repetition Maximum. Your 1RM is your max lift for one rep. Your 10 RM is the most you can lift 10 times.
Scaling: modifying or adjusting either weight and/or movement in a WOD
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.
Tabata: A protocol of 20 seconds of exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest
TGU: Turkish Get-Up
TnG: Touch and Go – No pausing between reps
T2B: Toes to Bar. Hang from bar. Bending only at waist raise your toes to touch the bar, slowly lower them and repeat.
UB: Unbroken (perform all in a row or start over at the beginning)
WO (sometimes W/O): Workout
WOD: Workout of the day
Do not let this list of abbreviation intimidated you, but also do not think that this is an end-all, be-all. There are new words or different terms used in different gyms. Just don’t be afraid to ask.