Originally published 10/9/14
Updated 12/3/14 to include PDF version
Ever wonder about that seemingly endless list of CrossFit acronyms?
Ever think you won’t be able to learn them all?
Well, there’s a way for you to learn all the varied CrossFit terms:
Have a handy-dandy guide that gives you all the details.
Master CF terminology
I still forget sometimes.
I forget that I’m inside looking out and that I haven’t been on the other side for close to eight years now.
I’ll forget and say “OK guys, we’re going to do a 15 minute AMRAP. Load the Push Press to 50% of your 1 Rep Max and try to keep moving.”
Glances to the left. Glances to the right.
The people that know immediately start getting their equipment ready. The ones that don’t? They’ll slowly walk to the bars, waiting to see what everyone else is doing. (Or I’ve even seen them pull off the “Pretend I’m Tying My Shoe While Hoping Someone Will Explain This Stuff” move.)
Or I write out a workout on the board – EMOM 10: 10 WB / 15 KBS / 20 DUs
I’ll see somebody staring at it–staring through it–like one of those Magic Eye pictures they used to have at the mall. Like if they stare at it long enough, they’ll see the sailboat or something.
They’re not a dumbass for not knowing, not at all. They’re just new. – Click to Tweet
And like anybody just entering into any new subculture, they’ve got to learn the lingo before they can play the game.
Just like anything, it takes practice.
Lookup the daily WOD. If you don’t know something on there, refer to this guide.
Start using the terms in conversation. It will feel weird at first (and maybe a little unnatural) but it will help.
It’s just like learning any new language. Immerse yourself in it. Interact with the natives (veteran CFers). Make mistakes. Have fun.
It’s not nearly so bad as learning Mandarin or Spanish (it’s not like there are a billion different verb tenses or that WOD is feminine and AMRAP is masculine.)
It’s still English, just a weird abbreviated version of it.
- ” : Symbol for Inches
- # : Symbol for Lbs. or Pounds
- AMRAP: As Many Rounds (or Reps) as Possible
- BW or BWT: Body weight
- DNF: Did Not Finish
- EMOM: Every Minute on the Minute
- G2O: Ground-to-overhead
- KG or kg: Kilograms of weight
- MetCon: Metabolic Conditioning workout (These are typically the ones that leave you gasping for breath.)
- Rep: Repetition. One performance of an exercise.
- RFT: Rounds for time
- 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.)
- Rx’d or as Rx’d: As prescribed; as written. A WOD done without any adjustments.
- S2O: Shoulder-to-overhead
- 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.
- 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.
- WO or W/O: Workout
- WOD: Workout of the day
- BP: Bench Press
- BS: Back squat – Demo #1 (CFHQ)
- C&J: Clean and jerk
- CLN: Clean
- CTB or C2B: Chest to Bar (as in pull ups)
- DL: Deadlift – Demo #1 (CFHQ)
- DU: Double Unders
- FS: Front squat – Demo #1 (CFHQ)
- GHD Situp: Situp done on the GHD bench – Demo #1 (CFHQ)
- HC: Hang Clean
- HPC: Hang Power Clean
- HSn: Hang Snatch
- HPSn: Hang Power Snatch
- HSPU: Handstand push up
- KBS: Kettlebell Swing
- KTE: Knees to elbows. Similar to TTBs described below.
- MU: Muscle up – Instructional #1 (CFDW)
- OHS: Overhead squat – Demo #1 (CFHQ) | Demo #2 (CFHQ)
- PC: Power clean
- Pistols: One legged Squats
- PJ: Push Jerk – Demo #1 (CFHQ)
- PP: Push press
- PSN: Power snatch
- PU: Pull-ups, possibly pushups depending on the context
- SC: Squat Clean
- SDLHP: Sumo Deadlift High Pull
- Sn: Snatch
- SQ: Squat
- T2B: Toes to bar.
- TGU: Turkish get-up
- TH: Thruster
- WB: Wallball
- C2: Concept II rowing machine
- DB: Dumbbell
- GHD: Glute hamstring developer. A device that allows for posterior chain exercise, such as a hip extension, sit-up or a back extension. (For working your backside, to paraphrase Crocodile Dundee.)
- KB: Kettlebell
- Pd: Pood, a measurement of weight for kettlebells
- CF: CrossFit
- CFHQ: CrossFit Headquarters
- Chipper: A workout with many reps and many movements (you chip away at it), typically completed in one single round for time.
- Firebreather: A badass CrossFit athlete.
- GPP: General physical preparedness, aka “fitness.”
- IF: Intermittent Fasting
- Olympic Lifting, Oly Lifting, O-lifting: Olympic weightlifting, specifically the barbell movements and any of their variations or exercises related to the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk.
- Paleo and Zone: Types of diet and nutrition protocol commonly found in the CF lifestyle
- PR: Personal record
- ROM: Range of Motion
- SPP: Specific physical preparedness, aka skill training.
- Tabata Interval: A workout of 8 intervals alternating 20 seconds of max rep work with 10 seconds of rest. Total is 4 minutes per exercise. Score the lowest interval rep count.
- The “Girls”: A series of benchmark workouts created by CFHQ that are universally known among the CF community.
- The “Heroes”: A Hero workout is a tribute workout in honor of a fallen CrossFitter (either Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, Firefighter, Police officer) that died in the line of duty. They are tough and among the most difficult of WOD’s. There are sadly too many of them.
Where You Are at This Point
The truth is, if you’re reading this far then you’re certainly going to get it. Just the fact that you’re reading this means that you’re already trying to learn as much as you can.
So congrats! You’re well on your way to mastering the basics of CF and really taking off as an athlete.
So keep accumulating tools like this.
Keep learning. Keep doing.