CrossFit Vocabulary – What You Need to Know

Sometimes CrossFitters sound like they are speaking an entirely different language of their own. What do all those words mean?

Here are some very helpful CrossFit lingo and vocabulary that will help you navigate around the “box.”

As always, do not be scared to ask anyone questions. At some point in our lives, we were all new to CrossFit.

Always ask questions. All of our Coaches are willing to help.

“I Wish I Knew When I Started” CrossFit Vocab 

Box – A name for what we call a “CrossFit Gym”

WOD – Workout Of the Day

AMRAP – As Many Rounds/Reps As Possible

EMOM – Every Minute On the Minute

METCON – Abbreviations for Metabolic Conditioning, also interchangeable with “WOD”

RX’D – Prescribed weight/reps/rounds/movements a workout is written for. Completing RX’D workouts is for long-time, elite-level athletes. Typically takes one to three years to be preforming RX’D workouts.

SCALED – Modifications/adjustments to RX’D written workout

POOD – A Russian unit of measure, used when referring to Kettlebell weights

TABATA – Designated workout that consists of performing a movement for :20 seconds of work, followed by :10 seconds of rest, for 8 total sets per movement

Benchmark Workout – A series of preset workouts, used to track your progress of speed and weight over time

PR – Personal Record

DU – Double-Under, a jump rope exercise where you jump once but spin the rope 2x while you are in the air

KB – Kettlebell

MU – Muscle-Up

OHS – Overhead Squat

HSPU – Handstand Pushup

GHD – Glute Hamstring Developer

While there are more, this is a good, well-rounded list to get you started.

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