CrossFit Lingo

AMRAP: As Many Rounds (sometimes reps) as Possible

BEAST: A complimentary term used to describe a badass athlete.

BW (or BWT): Body weight

CROSSFITTER: An athlete who seeks real fitness, who possesses real determination and finishes what most people can never even start. A person who knows there is no gain without hard work. One who CrossFits.

CFT: CrossFit Total – consisting of a 1 rep max squat, press, and deadlift.

C&J: Clean and jerk (an Olympic Lifting technique)

FIREBREATHER: A top- notch athlete, someone who does things that us mere mortals just stare at in wonderment. Someone we can all aspire to be like.

GIRL WORKOUTS: Named by CrossFit HQ, each one has become a staple that CrossFitters can use to compare themselves with others, as in what’s your Fran time? Like hurricanes, these wods can mess you up and that’s part of the reason they’re named.

GLOBO GYM: The generic name given to all those gyms out there with a vast array of machines, mats, balance balls and trainers. Often associated with low membership prices, which proves the old saying, You get what you pay for. A gym whose business strategy is designed to get you in the door, pay your fees and then hope you never come in again.

GOAT: A movement or lift that you just plain suck at. Something you dread coming up in a workout because you either suck at it, hate it or both. Common goats include double unders, muscle ups, running and handstand push ups. We all should be working on our goats, constantly.

GORILLA: Someone with ridiculous amounts of strength that allows them to muscle through workouts. Gorilla strength can often overcome flaws in technique that cripple lighter athletes. Conversely, gorillas often don’t meet their true potential because they never have to develop their technique to succeed. As odd as it sounds, not really a derogatory term.

GPP: General physical preparedness, aka “fitness”

HERO WODs: Named by CrossFit HQ, for heroes and fellow CrossFitters that have fallen in the line of duty. They are intentionally designed to be tough, almost impossibly so. Part of the challenge is to complete the workout and so honor a hero who has sacrificed so much more than just the sweat it takes to finish the workout. Each new hero workout that comes out is a bag of mixed emotions- sadness for yet another fallen hero, yet tinged with some excitement that there’s a new workout to honor our brothers (or sisters).

HUMILITY: Something every CrossFitter should possess. There is no athlete that cannot be brought to his knees by a workout. There is no perfection, only degrees of better. No matter what your achievements, you can also do more and should strive for that. See also pride.

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.

KB: Kettlebell

KTE: Knees to elbows. Hanging from the bar the athlete would physically draw their knees to their elbows.

MET-CON: Metabolic Conditioning workout. Feels like “cardio”.

OHS: Overhead squat. Full-depth squat performed while arms are locked out in a wide grip press position above (and usually behind) the head.

Pd: Pood, Russian weight measure for kettlebells

PR: Personal record.

PUKIE: Unofficial mascot of CrossFit, a clown that is depicted barfing after a particularly heinous wod. Most people will never meet Pukie and we certainly don’t want to push you to that point, but people have been known to meet him when in search of that new PR.



REST DAY: A necessary component for recovery, both physical and mental. The harder you work, the more rest you need. Embrace the rest days- you’ve earned them.

ROM: Range Of Motion. In CrossFit we constantly strive for full ROM, both for its physiologic benefit as well as because it gives us an objective standard to measure ourselves against. If you do 3 pull ups one day with full ROM and 5 the next without full ROM, can you truly say you’ve improved? Full ROM should not be considered optional.

ROWER: The Dynamic Indoor Rower offers the closest simulation to rowing on the water and was developed to meet the specific training needs of the competitive rowing athlete or CrossFitter.

REP: Repetition. One performance of an exercise.

Rx’d; as Rx’d: As prescribed; as written. WOD done without any adjustments.

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.

TTB: Toes to Bar.

WOD: Workout of the day

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