CrossFit Definitions, Acronyms and Abbreviation

Have you ever been confused about your workout when the chalkboard says:

Today’s WOD:


DL 225/155


This handy guide will explain what CrossFit abbreviations are.  In the example above, this workout is a “couplet” meaning two  movements . The clock is set and the athlete begins doing 21 Dead Lifts, followed by 21 Hand Stand Push Ups. Without resting they go into 15Dead Lifts, 15 Hand Stand Push Us, and then into 9 repetitions of DL’s and HSPU.   The 225 number is the DL weight for men as Rx’d (as prescribed) while women doing Rx would lift 155 pounds. Many athletes cannot lift the Rx weight or do an Rx movement, so they scale the weight or movement and still get an intense workout.

Every correctly completed movement is counted as a rep.  A “No Rep” means the movement was not performed to standards and will need to be redone.   The athlete can then record their workout time as their score.

Many foundational CrossFit workouts are called “The Girls”  because they have a girls name, such as “Diane,” which is described above.  Hero Workouts are named after fallen soldiers, police officers, firefighters and other public safety officers who were CrossFitters that died in the line of duty.

AMRAP-As Many Reps As Possible, usually in a specified time.

ATG: Ass to Grass, as in squat with butt below parallel.

BP: Bench press.

BS: Back squat.

BW (or BWT): Body weight.

CLN: Clean.

C&J: Clean and jerk.

DL: Deadlift.

DU: Double Under. When the jump rope goes around the person two times for every one jump.

FS: Front squat.

GHD: Glute ham developer. Posterior chain exercise, like a back extension.

GHD Situp: Situp done on the GHD bench.  

HSPU: Hand stand push up. Kick up into a handstand (use wall for balance),bend arms and push body up by locking out arms.

HSQ: Hang squat (clean or snatch). 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.

KB: Kettlebell.

KTE: Knees to elbows. Similar to TTBs described below.

MetCon: Metabolic Conditioning workout. 

MP: Military press.

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.

PR: Personal record.

PP: Push press.

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.

SCALING: Reducing the prescribed workout for a beginning athlete or until the movement is learned by decreasing weight, or modifying movements. ie if unable to do a strict pull up, use bands to assist in pull ups until strength is gained to complete as RD’d.

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.

SN: Snatch.

SQ: Air Squat.

SU: Single Under. The jump rope passes around the person one time for every one jump.

Tabata – a high intensity interval workout inspired by Dr. Izumi Tabata where an all out extreme intensity is done for 20 seconds followed by 10 seconds of rest. This cycle is repeated for 8 rounds or 4 minutes total.

TGU: Turkish get-up.

TTB: Toes to bar. Hang from bar. Bending only at waist raise your toes to touch the bar, slowly lower them and repeat.

WOD: Workout of the day.




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