Glossary of Terms

Our coaches will explain many of the terms used in Crossfit workouts, however for your convenience, below is a glossary of terms so you can better understand the CrossFit terminology.

  1. Workout of the Day (WOD): Plain and simple, this is the set of movements that your coach uses to put you through hell on any given day.
  2. As Many Rounds As Possible (AMRAP): Complete a circuit as many times as you can within a given time frame. For example, 6 minute AMRAP: 5 deadlifts, 10 pullups, 20 double unders. When 6 minutes is up, record your total rounds completed. Note: AMRAP may also mean “as many reps as possible.”
  3. MetCon: Short for metabolic conditioning, this CrossFit devil is usually a few exercises repeated AMRAP-style. The “Cindy” workout of the day (20 minutes of 5 pullups, 10 pushups, and 15 squats) is a good example. Some boxes offer MetCon-only classes for anybody who wants to steer clear of the heavy lifting associated with standard CrossFit WODs.
  4. Chipper: Everyone who does CrossFit is in a chipper mood all the time–oh wait, that’s not right. “Chipper” refers to a WOD that you have to chip away at in order to finish. It consists of a series of multiple movements (usually 5 to 10) where each athlete is trying to finish the entire thing as fast as humanly possible.
  5. Kipping: Kipping implies the use of explosive strength in order to gain momentum when performing pull-ups, handstands, pushups, and dips. For example, kipping pull-ups are completed without dropping from the bar. This movement starts on the pull-up bar with a powerful hip drive, explosive kick, and a strong pull from the arms in order to create enough momentum to get your chin up over the bar.
  6. RX: When a WOD is performed RX’d, that means the athlete performs all movements using the prescribed weight and reps. In CrossFit, all WODs can be scaled down to meet your fitness level, but the goal is to get to a place where the RX is challenging, yet doable.
  7. CrossFit Total (CFT): CFT determines the strength of an athlete by having them perform a back squat, strict press, and a deadlift for one rep at a maximum level for each movement.
  8. PR’d: You’ll hear “PR” when an athlete achieves his or her personal record on a lift.
  9. Affiliate – owners of CrossFit gyms.
  10. Box – What we call a CrossFit gyms.
  11. C2 – Concept 2 rowing machine
  12. Chalk – Helps with grip (also see powder courage)
  13. Coach – title of CrossFit trainer.
  14. CrossFit Games – Annual CrossFit competition championship (also see
  15. CrossFit Journal – CrossFit’s internal publication featuring information on workouts, movements, stories, and news. Annual subscription allows unlimited access.
  16. CrossFit Open – Initial round of the CrossFit Games. Open to any athlete. (again see
  17. CrossFit Regionals – regional qualifying competitions for CrossFit Games (again see
  18. DNF – Did not finish
  19. DNS – Did not start (also see cherry picking)
  20. EMOM – Every Minute on the Minute
  21. GHD – Glute-Hamstring Developer. Intense movement that focuses on the glute-hamstring region.
  22. The Girls/Benchmark WOD – Naming structure by CrossFit HQ for WODs that most boxes post more than a few times a year to gauge progress.
  23. Globo Gym – Term for traditional gyms
  24. GPP – General physical preparedness
  25. Greg Glassman – Founder of CrossFit
  26. Hero WODs – Naming structure by CrossFit HQ for WOD’s honoring those who have fallen in the line of duty.
  27. HQ – Refers to CrossFit Headquarters
  28. Kettle Bell – a common CrossFit weighted piece of equipment used for such exercises as snatches and swings.
  29. Paleo Diet – following a diet routine of only eating what paleolithic humans ate. Diet excludes any grains and processed food.
  30. Rep – A repetition or instance of a given exercise.
  31. RM – Repetition maximum. The most you can lift for a given number of repetitions.
  32. ROM – Range of motion
  33. Score – denotes number of total reps completed during workout
  34. Set – a group of repetitions
  35. Stabilize the Midline – Controlling the muscles around the spine to make it stable and strong during exercise
  36. Tabata – A protocol of 20 seconds of exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest. Named after Dr. Tabata.
  37. The Board – place where everyone’s scores/times are listed in a CrossFit box.
  38. Touch and Go (TnG) – No pausing between reps
  39. Unbroken – UB. Perform all workouts in a row or start over at the beginning. Stringing all reps together without stopping.