Abbreviations – CF Terminology

AMRAP: As Many Reps (sometimes Rounds) as Possible1

ATG: Ass to Grass

Box: CrossFit gyms are typically referred to as a ‘box’ because they are traditionally located in industrial warehouses.

BP: Bench press

BS: Back squat

BW: (or BWT): Body Weight

C&J: Clean and Jerk

C2: Concept II rowing machine

CFB: CrossFit Breakout

CFJ: The CrossFit Journal

CFSB: CrossFit Strength Bias. A program developed by Jeff Martin and Darrell White explained here. You’ll need a CFJ subscription.

CFT: CrossFit Total – consisting of max squat, press, and deadlift.

CFWU: CrossFit Warm-up

CLN: Clean

Sn: Snatch

DHP: Dead hang pull

DL: Deadlift

EMOM: Every Minute On the Minute

Firebreather: An elite-level CrossFit athlete

FS: Front squat

GHD: Glute Ham Developer is a machine designed for Posterior chain exercises to develop strength in glutes, lower back erectors, hamstrings and calves. It may also be used for Sit-Ups.

Globo Gym: the worldwide accepted norm for what a gym is i.e. 24 Hour Fitness, Fitness World, YMCA, etc

GPP: General physical preparedness, aka “fitness.”

GTG: Grease the Groove, a protocol of doing many sub-maximal sets of an exercise throughtout the day

HAM: Hard as a mother F*#K

H2H: Hand to hand; refers to Jeff Martone’s kettlebell “juggling” techniques (or to combat).

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.

HRPU: Hand Release Push Up. Complete a push up by descending into the bottom of the push up. Once chest touches the ground, lift hands completely off the ground and then push hands back to the floor to press body back up to top position.

HSPU: Hand Stand Push Up. Kick up into a handstand (use wall for balance, if needed) bend arms until nose touches the floor and push back up.

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

IF: Intermittent Fasting

KTE: (or K2E): Knees to elbows. Similar to TTBs (or T2B) described below.

KBS: Kettlebell

MEBB: Maximum Effort Black box, term coined by Mike Rutherford. Search HQ forum OR google for it. Originally laid out in one of the early Performance Menu issues.

MetCon: Metabolic Conditioning workout

MP: Military press1

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

Pd: Pood, weight measure for kettlebells.
Pood: Unit of weight measure for KBs (1pood = 35lbs = 24kg. 2Pd = 32kg, 1.5Pd = 24kg, 1Pd = 16kg)

PP: Push press

PR: Personal Record

PSN: Power snatch

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

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

SPP: Specific physical preparedness, aka skill training.

Sq: Squat

SS: Starting Strength; Mark Rippetoe’s great book on strength training basics. Available right here.

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 HSPU, you subbed regular pushups.

TTB (or T2B): Toes to Bar. Hang from bar. Bending only at the waist raise your toes to touch the bar, slowly lower them and repeat.

TGU: Turkish Get-Up

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.

WO (sometimes W/O): Workout

WOD: Workout of the day

YBF: You’ll Be Fine (liberally applied in spray form)

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