CrossFit Lingo


Like most new endeavors, one of the first learning curves you will encounter in CrossFit is new lingo. But don’t worry, you don’t need Roseta Stone to become fluent in CrossFit-speak. In a short amount of time you will be speaking like a native. Until then, you can always refer to this cheat sheet, and watch demos of the most common movements here.


#  Symbol for pounds or lbs.
3,2,1, GO  The Count down used at the start of  WODs
Abmat  A contoured foam wedge placed behind the back during sit-ups, the abmat allows for a greater range of motion while providing some padding against the hard ground.
Affiliate  An affiliate is a Crossfit gym, or “box,” that’s officially affiliated with the CrossFit brand. In order to become an affiliate, gyms must have CrossFit-certified trainers on staff.
AMRAP  As Many Rounds (or Reps) as Possible
ATG  Ass to Grass, denotes a full-depth squat.
Athlete  This is YOU. As long as you show up, we will refer to you as an athlete
Bands  Large rubber bands used in mobility sessions and to assist in bodyweight movements.
BJ  Box Jump
Box  A CrossFit gym
BP   Bench press
BS   Back squat
Bumper Plates  Rubberized barbell plates that are able to be dropped from heights.
Burpees  A basic body weight movement/exercise.
BW (BWT)  Body weight
C&J  Clean & Jerk. An Olympic weightlifting movement encompassing both the Clean and the Jerk
C2B  Chest to Bar
Chipper  A longer WOD consisting of many movements containing many reps.
CrossFit Games (The Games)  An annual Crossfit competition designed to find the World’s Fittest Man & Woman.
CrossFit Open (The Open)  A sort of virtual CrossFit Games, the Open allows competitors from around the globe to register online and compete on their own or at local CrossFit boxes, with winners progressing to Regionals and The CrossFit Games.
Death by  A type of WOD combining an EMOM and Ladder
DL  Deadlift
DNF Did Not Finish.
DU  Double Unders. Jumping rope where the rope passes under your feet twice in one jump.
EMOM Every minute on the minute.  The prescibed movement(s) rep scheme is begun at the top of every minute.
FS  Front squat
FT  For Time, a WOD performed for a specific amount of time.
GHD   Glute–Ham Developer. A device that allows for the proper performance of a variety of movements including glute-ham raises, GHD sit-ups, and back extensions
Girl WODs (The Girls)  CrossFit benchmark workouts that are given female names.
GPP  General physical preparedness, aka “fitness.” CrossFit workouts are designed to improve the 10 General Physical Skills of Fitness;  cardiovascular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, accuracy, agility, and balance.
Hang  Type of Clean or Squat that begins from the hanging position instead of from the ground.
Hero WODs  CrossFit Benchmark Workouts that are named after 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.
HSPU  Hand stand push up.
KB  Kettlebell
Kipping  A rhythmic “swinging” while hanging from a bar or rings, letting athletes transfer horizontal motion to vertical force and allowing for more and quicker movements (PU,TTB, MU)
KTE (K2E)  Knees to elbows. Similar to TTBs described below.
Ladder  A type of WOD where the reps, weight or distance goes up or down on each successive round.
ME  Maximum Effort.
Metcon   Metabolic Conditioning. Training with the intent to enhance performance in the three metabolic pathways that provide energy for all human action
MU  Muscle ups.
NFT  Not For Time. A workout done focusing on technique instead of quickness of finishing time
OffBucks  Going all out, getting crazy, totally psyched, maximum maximum effort
OHS  Overhead squat.
Paleo and Zone  Types of diet and nutrition protocol commonly found in the CF lifestyle; A diet of meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.
Paralettes  Portable parallel bars around eight inches high used for L-sit holds and handstand pushups.
Peanut  Two lacrosse balls taped together. Used in mobility work
Pistol  Single leg squats.
PJ  Push Jerk
POOD  Weight measure for kettlebells equal to approx. 16.38 kilograms (36.11 pounds)
Power  Type of Clean or Squat which does not involve a full squat.
PP  Push Press
PR  Personal Record
PU  Pull-ups, possibly push ups depending on the context
Rep  Repetition. One performance of an exercise.
Ring Dip  A bodyweight dip performed on on gymnastic rings.
Rings  Gymnastic Rings
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 (Rx’d)  As prescribed; as written. WOD done without any adjustments.
Scale (scaled)  Adjusting the movement or weights perscribed in the workout.
SDHP Sumo Deadlift High Pull.
Set  A grouping of repetitions. For example; 3 sets of 10 reps, often seen as 3×10, means do 10 reps, rest, repeat, rest, repeat.
Smash (smashing)  Using a ball or bar to compress the muscles, ligamens and facia during mobility work.
STO  Shoulder To Overhead
Strict  Not using other body movements to aid in an exersise.
Superset  when one set of an exercise is performed directly after a set of a different exercise without rest between them.
Tabata  an interval workout of 8 rounds alternating 20 seconds of max effort work with 10 seconds of rest.
TGU  Turkish get-up
Thruster  A front squat straight into a push press.
TTB (T2B)  Toes to bar. Hang from bar. Bending only at waist raise your toes to touch the bar, slowly lower them and repeat.
WB  Wall Ball, a medicine ball of varying weight that is held in front of the body while squating down then pushed up onto a wall 9-10′ high
WOD  Workout of the day