If you’re new to CrossFit, thinking about trying it out, or have read my weekly workout posts and have no idea what the heck I’m taking about, this post is for you! CrossFit practically has its own language and when you’re first starting out, it can be intimidating trying to keep up with the lingo.
I remember when I first started out, I had no idea what any of the terms meant. I Googled everything so that by the time I got to class, I had an idea of what I was in for. Confession – I still do this all the time! Although, now that I’m familiar with most of the movements, I’ll watch videos on proper form and progressions to help me improve.
Here are 10 common terms and their meaning.
1. Box: CrossFit gyms are referred to as boxes. Many of the first CrossFit boxes were located in warehouses or garages so the term stuck.
2. WOD: Workout of the Day. Each day, your box will post its WOD and every member and class will perform that same workout. There are so many modifications available, so if you feel that you can’t perform the WOD as written, speak to your coach about modifications. That’s what’s great about CrossFit – everything can be tailored depending on injuries, skill level, or comfort level.
3. Rx: AKA prescribed. Each WOD is going to specify a particular weight or movement. Again, if you are unable to complete a particular movement (ex. strict pull-ups) or aren’t quite strong enough to use the prescribed weight, you can modify the workout to your ability and strength. An Rx workout is completed without any modifications and/or adjustments.
4. AMRAP: As Many Rounds (or Reps) as Possible. Typically, this is used in a timed workout and perform a set of movements for a specified amount of time.
5. METCON: Short for metabolic conditioning. These workouts are designed to test stamina, endurance, and conditioning and are typically performed at a high intensity.
6. EMOM: Every minute on the minute. Many times, EMOMs are used for the strength component of the class. Ex. the program for the day may include performing 2 back squats every minute for 10 minutes.
7. Double under : Not the kind of jumping rope you grew up with! When performing a double under, the rope must pass under the feet two times in one jump rather than just once.
8. T2B : Hanging from the pull-up rack, bring your legs up and close to the bar so your toes hit the bar.
9. Hero WODs: These WODs are named after military servicemen, police, or firefighters who have died in the line of duty. These workouts are known to be very challenging and designed to remind us of the sacrifice and difficulties the honorees faced.
10. PR: Personal Record. You’ll want to keep track of your personal records so you can see your progress over time.
What term(s) or lingo does your workout or sport have? Post them in the comments!