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CrossFit Lingo

If you are looking into CrossFit and seeing things on social media, chances are you are getting bombarded with words like “WOD”, “AMRAP”, and other crazy language.

This is a quick and easy study guide on some of the more common terms and acronyms you may hear around the gym. Sit back, relax, and get your learn on!


Common Terms

  • Box: Slang term that our community uses when referring to the gym, ie. “I’m heading down to the box.”
  • Modifying, Scaling, Scalability, Scale: The ability to modify a workout to meet the ability of the athlete. All of our workouts are scalable. Workouts can be scaled up in order to make them harder, or scaled down in order to make them easier. The trick to doing CrossFit is modifying to YOUR ability and experience. Your coach will guide you in the right direction.
  • Rep: A single repetition of an exercise, ie. “perform 5 reps”.
  • Set: A total number of reps for the exercise, ie. “perform 5 sets of 10 pull- ups”.

Common Acronyms

  • AMRAP: As Many Reps as Possible (Might also be As Many Rounds and Reps and Possible)
  • BW: Body Weight
  • Metcon: Metabolic Conditioning Workout. Our version of “cardio.”
  • PR: Personal Record
  • KB: Kettlebell
  • Rx: A workout performed without any modifications or prescribed
  • RM: Rep Max, i.e. your 3RM is the maximum weight that you can lift for three reps
  • ROM: Range of Motion
  • WOD: Workout of The Day
  • EMOM: Every Minute on The Minute perform a task

What other common terms and names should be added to this list?

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