GETTING STARTED - Lingo and Acronyms

WOD? HSPU? DU? PR? (Don’t worry, we’ll explain!)

CrossFit is filled with TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms) and plenty of interesting terms that seem to blend together, sound the same, or just cause you to scratch your head when reading the whiteboard. But we have you covered – here’s a guide to the most common terms you’ll see:

  • AMRAP: As Many Rounds (or Reps) as Possible
  • BS: Back squat
  • BW (or BWT): Body weight
  • C2B: Chest to Bar
  • CFT: CrossFit Total (A best of three attempts at a 1RM of (Press/DL/BS)
  • CF: CrossFit
  • CFWU:CrossFit Warm-up
  • CLN: Clean
  • C&J: Clean and jerk
  • DBS: Dumbbell Snatch
  • DL: Deadlift
  • DU: Double Under
  • EMOM: Every Minute on the Minute
  • FS: Front squat
  • GPP: General physical preparedness, aka “fitness.”
  • HC: Hang Clean
  • HSPU: Hand stand push up. Kick up into a handstand (use wall for balance, if needed) bend arms until nose touches floor and push back up.
  • HSC: Hang squat clean. Start with bar “at the hang,” about knee height. Initiate pull. As the bar rises drop into a full squat and catch the bar in the racked position. From there, rise to a standing position
  • KB: Kettlebell
  • KBS: Kettlebell Swing
  • KTE: Knees to elbows. Similar to TTBs described below.
  • MOD: Modified Movement
  • MetCon: Metabolic Conditioning workout
  • MU: Muscle ups. Hanging from rings you do a combination pull-up and dip so you end in an upright support.
  • OHS: Overhead squat. Full-depth squat performed while arms are locked out in a wide grip press position above the head and in line or slightly behind the ears.
  • PC: Power clean
  • Pd: Pood, weight measure for kettlebells
  • PR: Personal record
  • PP: Push press
  • PJ: Push Jerk
  • PSN: Power snatch
  • PU: Pull-ups, possibly push ups depending on the context
  • Rep: Repetition. One performance of an exercise.
  • RX and 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. (Commonly found in WOD’s as 1RM/3RM/5RM etc.)
  • SB: Slam Ball
  • SC: Squat Clean
  • SDHP: Sumo Deadlift High Pull
  • Set: A number of repetitions. e.g., 3 sets of 10 reps, often seen as 3×10, means do 10 reps, rest, repeat, rest, repeat.
  • SPP: Specific physical preparedness, aka skill training.
  • SN: Snatch
  • SQ: Squat
  • Subbed: Substituted. The CORRECT use of “subbed,” as in “substituted,” is, “I subbed an exercise I can do for one I can’t,” for example,if you can’t do a HSPU, you subbed regular push-ups.
  • TNG: Touch and Go
  • TTB or T2B: Toes to bar
  • WB: Wall Ball
  • WO sometimes W/O: Workout
  • WOD: Workout of the day

Other Terms:

  • The “Girls”: A series of benchmark workouts created by CFHQ that are universally known among the CF community.
  • The “Heroes”: A Hero workout is a tribute workout in honor of a fallen CrossFitter (either Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, Firefighter, Police officer) that died in the line of duty. They are tough and among the most difficult of WOD’s. There are sadly too many of them.
  • Tabata Interval: A workout of 8 intervals alternating 20 seconds of max rep work with 10 seconds of rest. Total is 4 minutes per exercise. Score the lowest interval rep count.
  • Paleo and Zone: Types of diet and nutrition protocol commonly found in the CF lifestyle.