CrossFit Terminology

CrossFit Terminology


Curious about CrossFit? Have no idea what all those abbreviations and technical terms mean? We are here to help!

AMRAP: As Many Rounds As Possible – This type of workout calls for the athlete to complete as many rounds of a series of movements as they are able to within a set amount of time. Ie: 15 Minute AMRAP of 10 squats, 10 push ups, 10 sit ups will require the athlete to complete 10 squats/10 push ups/10 sit ups, and repeat the sequence multiple times for 15 minutes.

Athlete: This is YOU. As long as you are pursuing health and fitness here at CrossFit Cliffhangers, we will refer to you as an athlete.

Box: CrossFit gyms are typically referred to as a ‘box’ because they are traditionally located in industrial type warehouses.

BW (or BWT): Body Weight

C&J: Clean and Jerk

EMOM: Every minute on the minute. So for instance, on the whiteboard one day it is written; 10 Push-ups EMOM for 10 minutes. This means that you must do 10 Push ups at the top or beginning of every minute for 10 minutes.

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.

Gymnastics: Historically, the term “gymnastics” is used relatively loosely in CrossFit to describe exercises that involve controlling body movement, typically with no weight other than body weight such as; sit-ups, push-ups, air squats, ring-rows, box jumps, etc.

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.

HQ: CrossFit Headquarters, also known as CFHQ or CrossFit HQ

KB: Kettlebell

K2E: Knees to Elows. Similar to T2B described below.

ME: Maximum Effort. For example if on the board it is written: 2 min ME rowing. That means you will row as hard as you possibly can for 2 full minutes therefore putting forth a maximum effort.

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 (and usually behind) the head.

PR: Personal Record

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.

TGU: Turkish Get-Up

T2B: 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

WOD: Workout of the day. The hour long class workout will change every day. When you hear members or coaches talk about “tomorrow’s WOD”, they are referencing the daily class workout. Workouts typically start with a few minutes of mobility/stretching, then a lifting/strength session, followed by an aerobic workout and cool down.