Crossfit Terms and Jargon

Crossfit Terms Written on Whiteboard

What did you notice the first time you walked into a CrossFit gym?

For me, it was the wall-to-wall white boards filled with names, times, goals, workouts, etc. But most of it was the unending list of jargon and acronyms.

To help make sense of this unique language you may encounter if you workout at a CrossFit gym, we compiled a list of 62 CrossFit terms.

Basic CrossFit Terms:

  1. AMRAP:  As Many Repetitions (or Rounds) As Possible – typically in a specified timeframe
  2. As Rx’d:  As Prescribed – the suggested parameters for a given exercise (weight for example)
  3. PB:  Personal Best
  4. PR:  Personal Record
  5. Rep:  A repetition or one instance of a given exercise
  6. Set:  A group of repetitions
  7. WOD:  Workout of the Day

 Intermediate CrossFit Terms:

  1. Air Squat:  (see video)
  2. Box:  A CrossFit gym
  3. Box Jump:  An exercise where you jump onto and down from an elevated platform  (see video)
  4. BP:  Bench Press (see video)
  5. BS:  Back Squat (see video)
  6. Burpee:  (see video)
  7. BW:  Body weight
  8. CFT:  CrossFit Total –  The combined weight of your max squat, press, and deadlift
  9. Chipper:  A workout with many reps and many movements (you chip away at it)
  10. C&J:  Clean and Jerk (see video)
  11. CLN:  Clean (see video) – Additional versions include Hang Clean, Power Clean, and Squat Clean
  12. CU:  Chin Up – Bar is held with palms facing you (supinated grip)
  13. C2:  Concept II rowing machine
  14. CTB or C2B:  Chest to Bar (as in pull ups)
  15. DB:  Dumbbell
  16. DL:  Dead Lift (see video)
  17. DOMS:  Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
  18. DU’s:  Double Unders – two turns of the jump rope per jump (see video)
  19. EMOM:  Every Minute on the Minute
  20. FS:  Front Squat (see video)
  21. GHD:  Glute-Hamstring Developer (see video)
  22. GHR:  Glute-Hamstring Raise
  23. Good Mornings:  (see video)
  24. Hollow Rocks:  (see video)
  25. HSPU – Hand Stand Push-Up (see video)
  26. KB:  Kettle Bell
  27. K2E:  Knees to Elbows (similar to T2B)
  28. Kipping:  (see video)
  29. MetCon:  Metabolic Conditioning
  30. MOBWOD: Mobility and stretching work
  31. MP:  Military Press
  32. MU: Muscle Up – A combination of a pull-up and a ring dip (see video)
  33. OH:  Overhead
  34. OHS:  Overhead squat (see video)
  35. Pistols:  (see video)
  36. PJ:  Push Jerk
  37. PP:  Push Press
  38. PU:  Pull Up or Push Up
  39. Renegade Rows:  (see video)
  40. Rhabdo:  Rhabdomyolysis – A dangerous condition where muscle fibers breakdown at a high rate.
  41. RM: Repetition maximum – the most you can lift for a given number of repetitions
  42. ROM:  Range of Motion
  43. SDHP: Sumo Dead Lift High Pull (see video)
  44. SJ:  Split Jerk
  45. SN:  Snatch (see video) – Additional versions include Hang Snatch, Power Snatch, and Squat Snatch
  46. SP:  Shoulder Press
  47. SQ:  Squat
  48. Stabilize the midline:  Controlling the muscles around the spine to make it stable and strong during an exercise
  49. Tabata:  A protocol of 20 seconds of exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest
  50. TGU:  Turkish Get Ups (see video)
  51. Thrusters:  (see video)
  52. TnG:  Touch and Go – No pausing between reps
  53. TtB:  Toes to Bar (see video)
  54. UB:  Unbroken (perform all in a row or start over at the beginning)
  55. Wall Balls:  (see video)

Starting CrossFit: What Should I Do to Prepare?

Some will say that you can scale CrossFit and begin at any stage of fitness. Perhaps that is true, but I believe that people are more likely to stick with the program and become integrated into the community if they feel like they belong. And walking in on day one with the ability to do a few basic movements gives you a big boost of confidence.

So for now, don’t worry about the CrossFit lingo (Fran, WOD, AMRAP, etc.), don’t worry about purchasing new shoes, and most definitely don’t worry about learning Olympic weightlifting.

Instead, if you have been sedentary, out of shape, or over 50, you would benefit greatly from a month or more of remedial, at-home exercising before enrolling and starting CrossFit. Specifically, try and work on the 4 essential movements shown below:





I’m not suggesting that you need to master each of these four movements or even progress all the way through them. However, having one, two, or three months with these skills will give you a big leg up when starting CrossFit.

Robert Lemus has been a natural competitor for 6 years, starting in Men’s Physique, then Bodybuilding, and then into Classic Physique. He is the Orange County Bodybuilding champion in 2016 for the Musclemania Organization. In 2018, he received his Pro Card with the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) in Classic Physique.