CrossFit Glossary

Glossary items adapted from

Are you new to CrossFit or have you ever been left out of a conversation with CrossFitters? Someone has seen your pain and created a neat little glossary of terms we use regularly. So here’s to knowing what an AMRAP, MetCon, and Rx are – Cheers!

  • AMRAP:  As Many Reps (sometimes Rounds) as Possible
  • Box: CrossFit gyms are typically referred to as a ‘box’ because they are traditionally located in industrial warehouses.
  • BP: Bench press
  • BS:  Back squat
  • C&J: Clean and Jerk
  • DL: Deadlift
  • EMOM:  Every Minute On the Minute
  • FS: Front squat
  • The Heroes: Several CrossFit benchmark workouts that are named after actual military, law enforcement and firefighters that have died in the line of duty. These workouts are typically very difficult as a way of honoring these heroes. Unfortunately, the list of Hero WODs continues to grow.
  • The Girls: Several classic CrossFit benchmark workouts that are given female names. The names of these workouts are arbitrary and not named after actual girls.
  • 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.
  • K2E: Knees to Elbows. Similar to T2B described below.
  • KB: Kettlebell
  • 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 (and usually behind) the head.
  • PC: Power clean
  • PP: Push press
  • PR: Personal Record
  • PU: Pull-ups, possibly push ups depending on the context
  • Rep: Repetition. One performance of an exercise.
  • RM: Repetition Maximum. Your 1RM is your max lift for one rep. Your 10 RM is the most you can lift 10 times.
  • Rx’d/as Rx’d: As prescribed. WOD done without any adjustments in weight and/or movement as it is programmed.
  • Scaling: modifying or adjusting either weight and/or movement in a WOD
  • SDHP: Sumo Deadlift High Pull
  • SN: Snatch
  • T2B: Toes to Bar. Hang from bar. Bending only at waist raise your toes to touch the bar, slowly lower them and repeat.