CrossFit Dictionary

Below you will find common phrases thrown about in the gym on a day to day basis! Hopefully this helps! If you have more that need to be added, feel free to reach out and let us know!

Affiliate – owners of CrossFit gyms.
Air Squat – squat without weights. See definition of squat.
AMRAP – As Many Repetitions/Rounds As Possible. Typically in a specifi
ed timeframe.
As Rx’d – As Prescribed. The suggested parameters for a given exercise. Ex. Weight
Ass to Grass/Ground (ATG) – getting as low as possible when doing front, back, or air squats.
Back Squat – squat with barbell on you back. See definition of squat.
Bacon Sizzle – When someone rolls around post-wod, unable to nd a comfortable position because
each one just has a di erent pain associated with it.
Box – Name of CrossFit gyms.
Box Jump – an exercise where you jump onto and down from an elevated platform
Burpee – Gymnastic move that you drop to the ground, do a push-up, jump into a squat and then jump.
BW – body weight
C&J – Clean and jerk. Lifting movement of moving weight to rack position (clean) and then moving weight above head (jerk).
Chalk – Helps with grip
Chin Up – Bar is held with palms facing you (supinated grip). Pull body up to where chin crosses the bar.
Chipper – a workout with many reps and many movements. You chip away at it.
Clean (CLN) – Motion of moving weight from ground to rack position.
CrossFit Lung – name for hacking cough and lung-burning sensation one sometimes gets after a particularly hard workout.
CrossFit Open – Initial round of the CrossFit Games. Open to any who completes
CTB/C2B – Chest to bar pull up. Pull body up so that chest crosses the bar.
DNF – Did not Finish
DNS – Did not start
Double Unders (DU) – Two turns of the jump rope per jump.
EMOM – Every Minute on the Minute
Front Squat – squat with barbell in the “Rack position”. See de nition of squat.
GHD – Glute-Hamstring Developer. Intense workout that focuses on the glute-hamstring region.
GHR – Glute-Hamstring Raise
Girl Workout – Naming structure by CrossFit HQ for WOD’s
Globo Gym – Term for traditional gyms
GPP – General physical preparedness
Greg Glassman – Founder of CrossFit
Hang Clean – Olympic Lift. Barbell starts by hanging from your hips and end in the front squat position. See definition of clean.
Hang Snatch – Olympic lift. Barbell starts by hanging from your hips and ends up over your head. See definition of snatch.
Hero WODs – Naming structure by CrossFit HQ for WOD’s honoring those who have fallen in the line of duty
HSPU – Handstand Push Up
K2E – Knees to Elbows. While hanging from pull up bar, raise knees up to touch your elbows.
Kettle Bell – a common CrossFit weight. Measured in 16lb increments called Pood’s
Kipping – a rocking motion to help use momentum to complete a pull-up
MetCon – Metabolic Conditioning
Muscle Up – A combination of pull-up and ring dip
MWOD – Mobility and stretching work
Overhead Squat – squat with barbell held overhead. See definition of squat.
Pistol – One-legged squat.
Pood (Pd) – Russian weight measure for kettlebells. 1 pood = 16kg/35lbs.
Power Clean – Olympic lift. Barbell starts on the ground and end in the rack position. See definition of clean.
Power Snatch – Olympic Lift. Barbell starts on the ground and ends up overhead. See definition of squat.
PR – Personal Record.
Pukie the Clown – The need to vomit after a workout.
Push Jerk – while holding barbell in rack position, slightly squat down and lift weight above head.
Push Press – while holding barbell in rack position, lift weight above head.
Rack Position – Bar resting on you collar bone and anterior deltoids support by hands.
Renegade Rows – variation of push up. While in push up position holding dumbbells, lift each dumbbell alternately with each arm.
Rep – A repetition or instance of a given exercise.
Rest Day – a necessary component for recovery
RM – Repetition maximum. The most you can lift for a given number of repetitions.
ROM – Range of motion
Rope Climb – staple CrossFit workout.
Score – denotes number of total reps completed during workout
Set – a group of repetitions
SH2OH- Shoulder to Overhead
Snatch (SN) – Olympic lift. Hang Snatch, Power Snatch, Squat Snatch
Squat – feet shoulder width apart with feet angled slightly outward. Keeping upper body rigid, bend at the knees
lowering upper body in straight line.
Squat Snatch – Olympic lift. Barbell starts on the ground and ends up in the overhead squat position. See de nition of squat.
Stabilize the Midline – Controlling the muscles around the spine to make it stable and strong during exercise
Sumo Deadlift High Pull (SDLHP)– In a wide stance over a barbell, explosively pull the barbell up from the ground to shoulder height.
Tabata – A protocol of 20 seconds of exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest. Named after Dr. Tabata.
The Board – place where everyone’s scores/times are listed in a CrossFit box.
Thrusters – Hold barbell in rack position, drop down in squat position with barbell in rack position, return to standing position in
exploding motion, pushing the barbell over you head.
Toes to Bar (T2B) – while hanging from a pull up bar, bring toes up to bar.
Touch and Go (TnG) – No pausing between reps
Unbroken – UB. Perform all workouts in a row or start over at the beginning.
Wall Balls – Using a medicine ball, drop into a front squat position and stand up using the momentum to push the ball to hit a
target on the wall.
WOD – “Workout of the Day.” Series of exercises or number of reps for a timed workout

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