Speaking to any Crossfit devotee almost requires you learn a whole new language. But if you don’t want to show yourself as a novice when you walk into a box (read on if you don’t know what that means) then get yourself acquainted with the vernacular. Following is a list of common abbreviations that you will hear all across Sydney Crossfit gyms.
AMRAP – As Many Rounds (or Reps) As Possible to be performed within a set amount of time.
ATG – Ass to Grass. Used to describe a full Depth Squat.
Box – Crossfit gyms are typically referred to as a ‘Box’.
BJ – Box Jump
BP – Bench Press
BS – Back Squat
BW (or BWT) – Body Weight
CF Games – An annual Crossfit competition designed to find the World’s Fittest Man & Woman.
CFHQ – CrossFit Head Quarters
CFT – CrossFit Total. The sum of the best of three attempts at the squat, the press and the deadlift.
CLN – Clean. Examples include Hang Clean, Power Clean, Squat Clean.
CTB (or C2B) – Chest to Bar. Used to describe a Pullup.
C&J – Clean and Jerk.
CU – Chin Up.
DB – Dumbbell
DL – Deadlift
DNF – Did Not Finish. Given when athletes do not finish the allocated work in the given amount time in their WOD.
DNS – Did Not Start. Given when athletes do not attempt their WOD.
DU’s – Double Unders. When jumping rope, this term is used to describe two turns of the rope in one jump.
EMOM – Every Minute On the Minute. When you are required to perform an exercise at the beginning of every minute for the prescribed amount of time.
Fire Breather – A term used to describe an elite level CrossFit athlete.
FS – Front Squat
Girls – A series of Benchmark Workouts created by CFHQ have been given Girls names for easy reference and are universally known among the CrossFit community.
GPP – General Physical Preparedness. Aka ‘Fitness’.
Heroes – A Hero workout is a Benchmark Workout that is particularly difficult named after a real life Hero in honour of a Military, Law Enforcement or Firefighter that has fallen in the line of duty.
HSPU – Hand Stand Push Up. When you perform a Push-Up whilst doing a Handstand (you may use a wall for balance if needed).
KB – Kettleball
KTE (or K2E) – Knees to Elbows.
ME – Maximum Effort. When you perform an exercise with Maximum Effort or Intensity.
Metcon – An abbreviation of Metabolic Conditioning usually used to measure an athletes’ performance in time, round and / or reps.
MP – Military Press
MU – Muscle Ups. A combination of a pull up and a dip when you are hanging from the rings.
PC – Power Clean
Pd – An abbreviation for Pood which is the weight measurement that is used for Kettleballs.
PJ – Push Jerk
PP – Push Press
PR – Personal Record
PSN – Power Snatch
PU – Pull-Ups or Push-Ups depending on the context.
Rep – Repetition. One performance of an exercise.
RM – Repetition Maximum. The Maximum you can do in one Repetition, for example your 1RM is the Maximum lift you can do for 1 Repetition.
ROM – Range of Motion
Rx – As prescribed, when you perform the WOD without any adjustments.
Set – A group or number of repetitions.
SJ – Split Jerk
SN – Snatch
SP –Shoulder Press
SPP – Specific Physical Preparedness, aka ‘Skill Training’.
SQ – Squat
Subbed – Substituted. When you substitute one exercise that you can do for an exercise that you can’t do.
TTB (or T2B) – Toes to Bar. When you are hanging from the bar, bend at the waist and raise your toes to touch the bar. Slowly lower then repeat.
WO (or W/O) – Workout
WOD – Workout of the Day.