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CrossFit Terminology

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For the beginner, CrossFit terminology can be just as confusing and complex as some of the Olympic movements that you’ll be learning how to do. The great thing about CrossFit, however, is that nobody get’s annoyed when you ask 15 times what “T2B” means, but, if you’d like to walk into your local CrossFit gym and look like a stud (what’s the female version of stud? studette?) here’s a list of CrossFit terminology that will help you understand what in the world everyone is talking about.

Note: This list is by no means all inclusive, I’m trying to grab some of the more “popular” acronyms and terms. Some boxes phrase things slightly differently than others but this list should get you off to a good start

WOD- Workout of the Day
AMRAP- As many rounds/reps as possible
Metcon- Metabolic Conditioning (aka Metcon)
POOD- Kettlebell weight measurement. (1 pood = 35lbs, 1.5 pood = 44lbs, 2 pood = 70lbs)
Box- Use instead of the word “gym”, aka “I’m going to my box to workout.”
Chalk- Plain old chalk. Put it on your hands to help with grip.
Tabata- Interval workout of 20 seconds of work / 10 seconds of rest. Repeat that 8 times for 4 minutes of total work per exercise.
HSPU- Handstand Push-up
Double Unders or DU- Jump rope, with you jumping 1 time but the rope passing under your feet 2x.
Burpee- aka: DEATH. Start from a standing position, drop down do a push up, jump straight up in the air (around 6 inches). Rinse. Repeat.
Box Jump- Jump onto a box
KB Swings – Swinging a kettlebell from a hanging position below the waist to an overhead position
Muscle Ups or MU – Hanging from gymnastic rings, a movement that combines a pullup and a dip.
PR – Personal Record, if you increase your deadlift by 10lbs, you can say “I PR’ed my Deadlift”
Rep – Repetition. 5 reps of a squat, means squat down 5 times.
T2B – Toes to Bar, from a dead hang on a pullup bar, bring the toes up vertically to touch the pull up bar between your hands.
K2E – Knees to Elbow, a scaled version of toes to bar. From a dead hang on a pullup bar, bring your knees up to touch your elbows.
RX – As “prescribed” – means you did the workout exactly as it was written, no substitution of movements or weights
Scaled – You did the workout was written, but adjusted the weights or the movements due to your athletic ability/injury

All right EveryLastRep community…what did I miss? Any other terms that should be included? Leave them in the comments below!