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A CrossFit Dictionary For Everyone

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If you’re new to CrossFit or you’re just starting to look into it then let us help you out with our unique language!

We’ve compiled a list of terms and acronyms plus their meaning so you will sound like an “OG Firebreather”.

Affiliate – owners of CrossFit gyms.

Air Squat – squat without weights. See definition of squat.

AMRAP – As Many Repetitions/Rounds As Possible. Typically in a specified 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.

Beast – a complimentary term used to describe a badass athlete.

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).

C2 – Concept 2 rowing machine

CFT – CrossFit Total. The combined weight of your max squat, press, deadlift.

Chalk – Helps with grip

Chipper – a workout with many reps and many movements. You chip away at it.

Clean  – Motion of moving weight from ground to rack position.

Coach – title of CrossFit trainer.

CrossFit – The Sport of Fitness

CrossFitter – any person who does CrossFit

CrossFit Games – Annual CrossFit competition championship.

CrossFit Journal – CrossFit’s internal publication featuring information on workouts, movements, stories, and news. Annual subscription allows unlimited access.

CrossFit Open – Initial round of the CrossFit Games. Open to any who completes

CrossFit Regionals – regional qualifying competitions for CrossFit Games

C2B – Chest to bar pull up. Pull body up so that chest crosses the bar.

DFL – Dead Effing Last

DNF – Did not finish

DNS – Did not start

DOMS – Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Double Unders – Two turns of the jump rope per jump.

EMOM – Every Minute on the Minute

Fran Lung – name for hacking cough and lung-burning sensation one sometimes gets after a particularly hard workout.

Front Squat – squat with barbell in the “Rack position”. See definition of squat.

Firebreather – a top-notch athlete

GHD – Glute-Hamstring Developer.

GHR – Glute-Hamstring Raise

Girl Workout – Naming structure by CrossFit HQ for WOD’s

Globo Gym – Term for traditional gyms

Goat – Movement or lift that you are not good at.

Gorilla – Someone who is able to muscle through workouts

GPP – General physical preparedness

Greg Glassman – Founder of CrossFit

Hang Snatch or Clean – Olympic Lift. Barbell starts by hanging from your hips between mid-thigh and knee.

Hero WODs – Naming structure by CrossFit HQ for WOD’s honouring those who have fallen in the line of duty

HQ – Refers to CrossFit Headquarters

HSPU – Handstand Push Up

Humility – Trait every CrossFitter should possess.

K2E – Knees to Elbows. While hanging from pull up bar, raise knees up to touch your elbows.

KB – Kettlebell, a common CrossFit weighted implement

Kipping – a dynamic motion to help use momentum to complete a pull up, muscle up or HSPU

MetCon – Metabolic Conditioning

Muscle Up – A combination of pull-up and ring dip

Overhead Squat – squat with barbell held overhead. See definition of squat.

Paleo Diet – following a diet routine of only eating what paleolithic humans ate. Diet excludes any grains and processed food.

PB – Personal Best

Pull Up – Bar is held with palms facing you (supinated grip). Pull body up to where chin crosses the bar. 

Pistol – One-legged squat.

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.

 PB – Personal Best. Highest number of reps or fastest time attained at completing a specific WOD.

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.

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

RomWOD – Mobility and stretching work

Rope Climb – staple CrossFit workout.

Score – denotes number of total reps completed during workout

Set – a group of repetitions

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 definition of squat.

Stabilise the Midline – Controlling the muscles around the spine to make it stable and strong during exercise

Tabata – A protocol of 20 seconds of exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest. Named after Dr. Tabata.

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