There is a lot of silly jargon in CrossFit, but you will get use to it. Knowing the language of CrossFit should help preclude some confusion and allow you to focus on your performance.
Athlete – You. As long as you are working to improve your athletic ability, we consider you an athlete and we treat you with the respect that role deserves, regardless of your current ability.
Beast – An athlete with exceptionally good work capacity or work ethic.
Box – CrossFit gyms are typically referred to as a ‘box’ because they are traditionally located in industrial warehouses.
DNF – Did Not Finish. For WODs with a fixed amount of work and a time cap, it is possible to not finish the prescribed amount of work in the given time. In such cases, the score will be appended with “DNF”.
Firebreather – An elite-level CrossFit athlete.
Girls – Several classic CrossFit benchmark workouts that are given female names. The names of these workouts are arbitrary and not named after actual girls.
“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; e.g. sit-ups, push-ups, air squats, ring-rows, box jumps, etc. in addition to some more advanced movements are all historically referred to as “gymnastics” in CrossFit. At CrossFit, we typically do not use the term “gymnastics” in this way because it is not clear to the general public and because it does not give adequate respect to the far more advanced sport of gymnastics recognized around the world.
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.
Metcon – Abbreviation of ‘metabolic conditioning.’ Metcon is training with the intent to enhance performance in the three metabolic pathways that provide energy for all human action. These metabolic pathways are known as the phosphagen pathway (dominant in the highest-power activities that last 10 seconds or less), the glycolytic pathway (dominant in moderate-power activities that last up to several minutes) and the oxidative pathway (dominant in low-power activities that last in excess of several minutes). CrossFit strives to enhance performance in all three metabolic pathways through “metcon” training. The term “metcon” is often misunderstood and incorrectly used by CrossFitters as a synonym for longer-duration cardio vascular training.
Paleo – (1) Paleolithic nutrition. Term coined by Dr. Loren Cordain in his book “The Paleo Diet” and popularized by Robb Wolf in his book “The Paleo Solution”. A theory of nutrition that humans are best suited to eat only foods that have been available in nature and eaten by hominids (including humans) for millions of years. This excludes modern, Neolithic, man-made inventions and processed items that would not otherwise be edible by humans or available to humans in nature. Paleo nutrition excludes refined sweeteners, grain and grain based foods, alcohol, legumes (beans, peas and peanuts), dairy and other processed or artificial ingredients.
PR – Personal Record.
Pukie – The name of a fictional clown in a cartoon drawing depicted as vomiting as a result of intense exercise. This cartoon drawing was developed by someone in the very early days of CrossFit and made its way around the internet as a badge of honor; i.e. ‘our method is so intense that it will make you puke!’ CrossFit Naples does NOT encourage the Pukie experiences but we do applaud it if it happens.
Rx – Prescribed. Every WOD and movement has standards. Performing a WOD or movement according to the standards is referred to as doing it “Rx”; i.e. as prescribed. If you modify or “scale” a WOD or movement, it is not Rx. Performing a movement with a partial range of motion or with assistance is also not Rx. We strive to do both movements and WODs Rx.
“The Games” – Abbreviation for The CrossFit Games. The CrossFit Games is an annual competition to find the fittest man and woman on Earth.
WOD – Workout of the Day.
9:00am Whole Life Challenge Prelims
A. Close Grip Bench (20rep)
B. “Isabel”-30 Snatches for time (135/95)
Skill of the Week: Hollow Rock