CrossFit Acronyms and Abbreviations


AMRAP: As Many Reps or Rounds as Possible in a prescribed time i.e. 10 minute AMRAP


BS: Back squat

BW (or BWT): Body weight


C&J: Clean and jerk

Core: Torso section of the body which includes but is not limited to abdominals, oblique


DB: dumb bell

DL: Deadlift

DU: Double unders, jumping rope while having the rope pass twice under your feet


EMOM: Refers to movements completed every minute on the minute.


FS: Front squat


GHD: Glute ham developer. Posterior chain exercise, hip & back extensions. Also Sit-ups.

GTO: Ground to overhead, taking a barbell, or plate from the ground to overhead.


HSPU: Handstand push up


JJ: Jumping jacks


KB: Kettlebell

KTE: Knees to elbows or K2E


MC: Mountain climbers

MetCon: Metabolic Conditioning workout

MU: Muscle ups


OH: Overhead

OHS: Overhead squat


PC: Power clean

Pd: Pood, weight measure for kettlebells, 36lbs is 1 pood

PR: Personal record

PP: Push press

PU: Pull-ups, possibly push-ups depending on the context

PVC: The white pipes used for stretching and conditioning (polyvinyl chloride pipes)


RFT: Rounds for time, this always has a number in front of it i.e. 4RFT = 4 rounds for time

Rep: Repetition. One performance of an exercise.

Rx’d; as Rx’d: As prescribed; as written. WOD done without any adjustments.

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

RBM: Russian baby makers, an exercise in which you squat, holding your feet, straightening your legs, then standing.


SDHP: Sumo deadlift high pull

SU: Sit ups


Tabata: A form of high intensity interval training (HIIT) in which you do 20 seconds of work, followed by 10 seconds of rest. Standard time is 4 minutes (8 cycles), but other variations are used.

TTB/T2B: Toes to bar


WB: Wall ball

WOD: Workout of the day

Hero WOD’s: Workouts named after fallen military, police, or fire dept. personnel. These workouts are usually high intensity, and longer duration in time. They are usually programmed during holidays such as Memorial Day, and Veterans Day.

Benchmark WOD’s: These are the more commonly programmed WOD’s that provide an indicator of a CrossFitters proficiency…these include, but are not limited to Fran, Helen, Filthy Fifty, Fight Gone Bad,

Girls: Similar to Benchmark WOD’s, except these are all named after female, Diane, Fran, Grace, Helen, etc..

Chipper: A workout that has multiple movements (6 or more) that have high repetitions in which each movement is performed only once. Examples are Filthy Fifty, Dirty Thirty,

Book ends: A workout program in which you have multiple movements, you start with a X number of reps, you go up or down, and end with the same number of reps. Example: 5 Burpees, 10 Sit ups, 15 Pull ups, 10 Wall balls, 5 Box jump.

OPEN: Workouts that are programmed annually during the OPEN CrossFit season in order to determine athletes that can move forward to the Regionals. THe first number is the year, the second number is the week. i.e. 15.3 was from 2015 week 3, the workout was 7 Muscle ups, 50 wall balls, 100 double unders and was a 14 minute AMRAP

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