Do you have a friend who does CrossFit or just want to know more about it? Or do all the acronyms frustrate, bother and annoy you? Well, wonder no more! I’ve created this handy CrossFit glossary of terms that you can feel free to reference when a friend starts talking about WODs, PR’s and their box (I promise they aren’t being naughty…at least this time).
The Box (also known as My box, a box): This simply means a CrossFit location, or gym for you traditionalists. Because most CrossFits are very bare bones and resemble little more than a box, they’ve gotten this moniker.
WOD: The Workout of the Day, or what you will be doing in ADDITION to your warm-up and any weight-lifting. But there are types of WODs:
- Metcon: Short for metabolic conditioning, this one usually involves strength and cardio but is focused on time not weight (although the weight will be prescribed for these).
- AMRAP: As many rounds (or reps) as possible. Meaning you have a set time limit in which to do as much as what is in the workout for as many rounds or reps you can. Also known as the oh-shit-when-will-this-end workout.
- Rx: Doing the prescribed workout weight minimums or prescribed workouts. For instance, the workout says men do 95lb. and women do 65lb. thrusters. If you do less, it’s not considered Rx and you can’t be on the leaderboard. If the workout calls for pull-ups and you do jumping pull-ups, it’s not Rx. But you’ll get there, one day. Or so they tell you. Sigh.
- Scaled: Not Rx, ie, scaling down the workout because you can’t do Rx yet. Or you aren’t crazy. Or stupid. Or don’t give a shit about the stupid leaderboard anyway. Leaders are losers.
PR: Personal record. Meaning the fastest you completed a workout or the heaviest you lifted of a certain weightlifting move. In other words, a way to pat yourself on the back.
Clean: Not what you do, or don’t do, around the house. This is an olympic lifting move that looks like this:
And to make it more confusing, you can do this move from several positions. From the floor (duh). From the hang (just above your knees) or from the power (your hip crease).
Jerk: Could be your ex-boyfriend but it’s also the movement of getting under the bar once you clean it and then locking your arms out overhead. Like this:
Now that is what’s called a Split jerk, because you’re splitting your legs. There’s also just a push jerk:
Snatch: Go ahead, snicker. We’ve all done it and continue to do it. I even have this shirt:
But this is the hardest of the olympic lifts, so you won’t be laughing when you try it.
Thruster: Thruster, I don’t even know her. Yet another move that brings displeasure to all who do it, repeatedly.
Burpees: Perhaps you’re familiar with my Buck Furpees post. If not, this form of torture is essentially a push up on steroids.
Kettlebell swings: Not specific to CrossFit, but in case you don’t know what a kettlebell is:
They can weigh anywhere from 6-75 lbs., and probably more, and you typically grab one with both hands and swing from your hips, getting it even with your ears, like so:
CrossFit employs the American style of kettlebell swings, which means the bell goes over head. The Russian form, which most traditional gyms use, aims to get the kettlebell at about chest height.
Family: Not the people who make you crazy at Christmas, but the awesome, supportive people you WOD with at your box. They push you, believe in you and cheer you on, expecting nothing in return.
Last place: The person who always gets the biggest cheer at any CrossFit competition. (see Family above)
Rest day: What’s that?