Understanding CrossFit Lingo.

By Sugar Land CrossFit Gym, CrossFit Caveman..


WOD – Workout of the Day

AMRAP – As many rounds as possible; this is a type of workout where the duration of the workout is set and the intensity is driven by how many rounds and repetitions the athlete can complete in the allowed time.

EMOTM – Every Minute on the Minute; this type of workout starts with a small number of repetitions in the first minute. Each minute you add more repetitions to the requirements. Most of these workouts conclude when the athlete cannot complete the required repetitions within in the minute.

MetCon – Metabolic Conditioning Workout; this is the primary type of workouts for CrossFit gyms. These workouts are designed to quickly increase your heart rate and keep it at a high level for the desired length of the workout.

PR – Personal Record.  When you have a new best time on a benchmark or a new max on a lift you have reached a PR.

RX – As Prescribed; using the weights and movements that are designated for the workout. The RX is designed for the most advanced athletes at the gym and the workout is scaled based on weight, movements, or repetitions for other athletes.

KB – Kettle Bell; a piece of equipment shaped like a bell that is used for a variety of training methods


Movement Abbreviations:

K2E – Knees to Elbows; an athlete will hang from a bar and bring their knees to their elbows. A substitute to gain the core (ab) strength needed for this movement is knee ups where the athlete brings their knees up as high as they can while hanging on the bar.

SDHP – Sumo Deadlift High Pull; using either a Kettle Bell or a barbell a client will bring a weight from the ground to chest height. This movement is driven by a hip thrust to help bring the weight to the required height.

HSPU – Handstand Push Up; an athlete will become inverted with their feet placed against a wall. The athlete will descend from a locked out position until their head hits the ground. Once the head hits the ground the athlete will return to a position in which their arms are fully locked out and their feet are touching the wall. A substitute for this movement is for a client to use a set of heavy dumbbells and while seated press them directly overhead.

DU – Double Under; this is when an athlete will, while jumping rope, allow the rope to pass under their feet two times for every jump off the ground. The substitute for double unders are jump rope singles, usually double or triple the repetitions as a double under.

MU – Muscle Up; this is when an athlete will from a pair of gymnastics rings and move through a pull up motion to a dip position. At the end of the muscle up the athlete has arms locked out pressed up over the rings. A substitute for this advanced movement is a combination of pull ups and ring dips.