Common CrossFit Abbreviations

Feeling confused by all these CrossFit Abbreviations? Below are some common definitions of abbreviations you might see.

AMRAP: As Many Rounds (or Reps) as Possible
BS: Back squat
BTWB: Beyond the Whiteboard. A website for tracking your WOD’s.
BW (or BWT): Body weight
CFT: CrossFit Total (A best of three attempts at a 1RM of (Press/DL/BS)
CF: CrossFit
CFHQ: CrossFit Headquarters
CFWU:CrossFit Warm-up
CLN: Clean
C&J: Clean and jerk
C2: Concept II rowing machine
C2B: Chest to Bar Pull ups
DFL: Dead F’ing Last
DL: Deadlift
DNF: Did Not Finish
DU: Double Under. Jumping Rope with two spins of the rope per 1 jump.
EMOM: Every Minute on the Minute
FS: Front squat
GHD: Glute hamstring developer. A device that allows for posterior chain exercise, such as a hip extension, sit-up or a back extension.
GPP: General physical preparedness, aka “fitness.”
HC: Hang Clean
HRPU: Hand Release Push ups. Hands have to come slightly off the ground when at the bottom of the push up.
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
IF: Intermittent Fasting
KB: Kettlebell
KTE: (or K2E) Knees to elbows. Similar to TTBs described below.
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’d; as 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.)
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. Hang from bar. Bending only at waist raise your toes to touch the bar, slowly lower them and repeat.
WO, sometimes W/O: Workout
WOD: Workout of the day
# : Symbol for pounds or lbs.
” : Symbol for inches
‘ : Symbol for feet

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. Read here for a great explanation 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.

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