A Beginner's Guide to CrossFit Acronyms and Terms

October 14, 2015


When you’re just starting CrossFit, you will quickly find that there are a multitude of terms and acronyms that can be confusing. Even just looking at the whiteboard can be a dizzying experience for beginners! With this post, I aim to introduce and explain some of the most common terms and acronyms you can expect to see at CrossFit Fargo. As always, if you don’t know what something means, ask a coach or a WOD buddy! Everyone is happy to help you out. 


Here is a guide of the most common terms and acronyms:

•    AMRAP: As Many Rounds (or Reps) as Possible
•    BS: Back Squat
•    BW (or BWT): Body weight
•    CFT: CrossFit Total (A best of three attempts at a 1RM of (Press/Deadlift/Back Squat)
•    CF: CrossFit
•    CFHQ: CrossFit Headquarters
•    CLN: Clean
•    C&J: Clean and jerk
•    C2: Concept II rowing machine
•    DL: Deadlift
•    DNF: Did Not Finish
•    EMOM: Every Minute on the Minute
•    FS: Front squat
•    GHD: Glute hamstring developer. A device that allows for posterior chain exercise, such as a           hip extension, sit-up or a back extension.
•    GPP: General physical preparedness, aka “fitness.”
•    HC: Hang Clean
•    HSPU: Hand stand push up. Kick up into a handstand (use wall for balance, if needed) bend             arms until head touches floor and push back up.
•    HSC: Hang squat clean. Start with bar “at the hang,” about knee height. Initiate pull. As the bar       rises drop into a full squat and catch the bar in the racked position. From there, rise to a                 standing position
•    KB: Kettlebell
•    KBS: Kettlebell Swing
•    KTE: Knees to elbows. Similar to TTBs described below.
•    MetCon: Metabolic Conditioning workout
•    MU: Muscle ups. Hanging from rings or bar 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 the head and in line or slightly behind the ears.
•    PC: Power clean
•    Pd: Pood, weight measure for kettlebells
•    PR: Personal record (RING THAT BELL!)
•    PP: Push press
•    PJ: Push Jerk
•    PS: Power snatch
•    PU: Pull-ups
•    P/U: Push ups
•    Rep: Repetition. One performance of an exercise.
•    RX, Rx’d; as Rx’d: As prescribed; as written. WOD done without any adjustments.
•    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.)
•    SDHP, SDLHP: 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.
•    SPP: Specific physical preparedness, aka skill training.
•    SN: Snatch
•    SQ: Squat
•    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. 
•    T2B, TTB: 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
•    # : Symbol for pounds or lbs.


Other Terms:

•    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. Read here for       a great explanation of them.
•    Tabata Interval: A workout of 8 intervals alternating 20 seconds of max rep work with 10                 sec rest. Total is 4 minutes per exercise. Score the lowest interval rep count, or                                 sometimes total rep count.
•    Paleo and Zone: Types of diet and nutrition protocol commonly found in the CF lifestyle. 

•    Lifters: Weightlifting shoes that have a hard sole, raised heel; typically worn for snatch, clean         & jerk, squats. Check out lifters here. 

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