About 99% of my friends and family DO NOT CrossFit and sometimes the lingo can be a bit annoying when you’re the only one who knows it. My friend recently relayed her frustration at having to constantly look up CrossFit terms in Google, so I decided to put together a glossary, for the avid CrossFitter or an innocent bystander just trying to understand what the heck we’re talking about.
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— 1 —
1RM – One Rep Max.
— A —
AFSAP – As Few Sets As Possible. The idea is to do your workout taking as few breaks as possible.
AHAP – As Heavy as Possible.
AMRAP – As Many Rounds as Possible. Sometimes referred to as As Many Reps as Possible.
— B —
Box – It’s what CrossFitters call their gym because they’re typically setup in a 4-wall warehouse, hence the term box.
— C —
— D —
DL – Deadlift
— E —
EMOM – Every Minute on the Minute. Perform a lift/movement at the start of each minute for a specified number of minutes.
— F —
— G —
GTO – Ground to Overhead. Using any method to lift from the ground to completely overhead. Can be completed in two movements.
GHD – Glute-Ham Developer. See this video.
— H —
HSPU – Handstand Push Ups
— I —
— J —
— K —
KB Swings – Kettle bell swings.
— L —
— M —
— N —
— O —
OLY – Olympic Weight Lifting.
OTM – On the Minute (see EMOM).
— P —
Pistols – One-legged squats.
— Q —
— R —
RDL – Romanian Deadlift.
RFT – Rounds for Time. (Ex. 3 Rounds for Time)
RX – Prescribed. Complete the WOD EXACTLY as its written (order, weights, rounds, etc.)
1RM – One Rep Max.
— S —
SDHP – Sumo Deadlift High Pull.
STO – Shoulder to Overhead. Involves any movement taking a bar from rest at the shoulder position to fully overhead.
SUMO – Refers to the “wide” sumo stance (think sumo wrestlers). Stance can be used with deadlift, squat, kettle bell swings, good mornings, etc.
S2O – Another way of referring to STO or shoulder to overhead.
— T —
Triplet – A three round workout usually for time.
TTB – Toes to Bar.
T2B – Toes to Bar.
— U —
— V —
WOD – Workout of the Day. That’s what’s going down at the box that day.