Glossary Decoding the language of CrossFit
Nine Foundational Movements

Weightlifting movement

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Beginner Terms

 AMRAP: As Many Reps (sometimes Rounds) as Possible.

Box: CrossFit gyms are typically referred to as a ‘box’ because they are traditionally located in industrial warehouses.

BW (or BWT): Body Weight

C&J: Clean and Jerk

GHD: Glute Ham Developer is a machine designed for Posterior chain exercises to develop strength in glutes, lower back erectors, hamstrings and calves. It may also be used for Sit-Ups.

The Girls: Several classic CrossFit benchmark workouts that are given female names. The names of these workouts are arbitrary and not named after actual girls.

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.

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.

HRPU: Hand Release Push Up. Complete a push up by descending into the bottom of the push up. Once chest touches the ground, lift hands completely off the ground and then push hands back to the floor to press body back up to top position.

KB: Kettlebell

K2E: Knees to Elows. Similar to T2B described below.

MetCon: Metabolic Conditioning workout

MU: Muscle Ups. Hanging from rings you do a combination pull-up and dip so you end in an upright support.

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

Pood: Unit of weight measure for kettlebell (1pood = 35lbs)

PR: Personal Record

Rep: Repetition. One performance of an exercise.

Rx’d/as Rx’d: As prescribed. WOD done without any adjustments in weight and/or movement as it is programmed.

RM: Repetition Maximum. Your 1RM is your max lift for one rep. Your 10 RM is the most you can lift 10 times.

Scaling: modifying or adjusting either weight and/or movement in a WOD

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.

TGU: Turkish Get-Up

T2B: Toes to Bar. Hang from bar. Bending only at waist raise your toes to touch the bar, slowly lower them and repeat.

WOD: Workout of the day