CrossFit Abbreviations

CrossFit is full of acronyms and confusing terms that can leave even the most avid exercisers confused. To help you get the most from your workouts, and prevent any embarrassment in the gym, here is a guide (in alphabetical order) to some of the most common TLA’s (three letter acronyms) that you’ll likely come across as you continue your journey towards CrossFit celebrity:

 

  • AMRAP: As Many Rounds/ Reps As Possible
    • Commonly used to describe workouts where you have to complete as many exercises or sets as you can within a set period of time.
  • BS: Back Squat
  • BW/ BWT: Body weight
    • The exercise in question does not require you to use any free weights.
  • CF: CrossFit
  • CFWU: CrossFit Warm Up
  • CLN: Clean
  • C&J: Clean and Jerk
  • C2: Concept II rowing machine
  • DL: Deadlift
  • DNF: Did Not Finish
  • DNS: Did Not Start
  • EMOM: Every Minute On the Minute
    • Exercises should be started on the minute for every minute during the workout.
  • FS: Front Squat
  • GPP: General Physical Preparedness
    • Aka ‘fitness’
  • HC: Hang Clean
  • HSPU: Hand Stand Push Up
    • A tough exercise for most, but by using a wall or a bench for balance, this exercise is awesome for building upper body strength and core stability. Aim to touch your nose to the floor on each rep!
  • IF: Intermittent Fasting
    • A pattern of eating popular among cross fitters that aims to schedule meals so that the most can be taken out of them.
  • KB: Kettlebell
  • OHS: Overhead Squat
    • Normal full depth squat is performed whilst the arms are locked out in a wide grip position, holding a barbell, above the head.
  • PC: Power Clean
  • PR: Personal Record
  • PSN: Power Snatch
  • PU: Pull Ups (may refer to push ups in some settings- check before you start your workout)
  • Rep: Repetition
    • One performance of a particular exercise i.e. one push up
  • RM: Repetition Maximum
    • How many reps you can do with a certain weight e.g. 1RM is your maximum lift for 1 rep
  • SC: Squat Clean
  • Set: Number of repetitions
    • g. 5 sets of 5 reps, may also be written as 5×5, both mean that you should do 5 reps then rest, and repeat that 5 times
  • SN: Snatch
  • SQ: Squat
  • Tabata: Type of workout
    • Involves 8 intervals alternating between 20 seconds of max rep work (high intensity), followed by 10 seconds of rest. 4 minutes total per exercise.
  • WO: Workout
  • WOD: Workout of the Day
  • #: Symbol for pounds (lbs)
  • “: Symbol for inches
  • ‘: Symbol for feet

 

With a list of these commonly used CrossFit abbreviations in hand, and an understanding of the language of CrossFit, you will be far less confused, and much better equipped to enter a CrossFit gym, get stuck in with one of their WOD’s and focus on your performance- not on decoding the white board!