Abbreviations and Acronyms

AFAP:  As Fast as Possible
AMRAP: As Many Rounds (sometimes reps) as Possible
ATG:  Ass to Grass.  Used in reference to a squat to describe depth.
BACON SIZZLE: When someone rolls around post-wod, unable to find a comfortable position because each one just has a different pain associated with it. Think lying in the fetal position, moving legs back and forth, rolling over, moaning constantly and you’ll get the idea.
BEAST: A complimentary term used to describe a badass athlete, as in “she’s a beast”.
BP:  Bench press
BS:  Back squat
BW (or BWT):  Body weight
CROSSFITTER:  An athlete who seeks real fitness, who possesses real determination and finishes what most people can never even start. A person who knows there is no gain without hard work. One who CrossFits.
CFT:  CrossFit Total – consisting of 1 rep max Back Squat, Strict Press, and Deadlift.
C&J:  Clean and jerk
CTB or C2B:  Chest to bar – directive for pull-ups where chest must touch the bar at the top of the movement.
CL (or CLN):  Clean-Olympic lift where bar moves from ground to shoulder in one movement.
C2:  Concept II rowing machine
DFL:  Dead Effing Last.  Better than DNF (Did Not Finish), which is better than DNS (Did Not Start).  We’ve all been DFL at some point.  That’s where you grow.  You learn nothing when you win all the time.
DB:  Dumbbell
DL:  Deadlift
DU:  Double Under.
EST:  Energy Systems Training
FS:  Front squat
FIREBREATHER: A top- notch athlete, someone who does things that us mere mortals just stare at in wonderment. Someone we can all aspire to be like.
GHD:  Glute ham developer. Posterior chain exercise, like a back extension. Also, the device that allows for the proper performance of a GHR.
GHD Situp:  Situp done on the GHD bench.
GIRL WORKOUTS: Named by CrossFit HQ, each one has become a staple that CrossFitters can use to compare themselves with others, as in “what’s your Fran time?” Like hurricanes, these wods can mess you up and that’s part of the reason they’re named. After a while you get to know the girls so well it’s easier to just say “today’s wod is Grace” rather than “30 clean and jerks for time”.
GOAT: A movement or lift that you just plain suck at. Something you dread coming up in a workout because you either suck at it, hate it or both. Common goats include double unders, muscle ups, running and handstand push ups. We all should be working on our goats, constantly.
GORILLA: Someone with ridiculous amounts of strength that allows them to muscle through workouts. Gorilla strength can often overcome flaws in technique that cripple lighter athletes. Conversely, gorillas often don’t meet their true potential because they never have to develop their technique to succeed. As odd as it sounds, not really a derogatory term.
GPP: General physical preparedness, aka “fitness.
HERO WODs: Again, named by CrossFit HQ, for heroes and fellow CrossFitters that have fallen in the line of duty. They are intentionally designed to be tough, almost impossibly so. Part of the challenge is to complete the workout and so honor a hero who has sacrificed so much more than just the sweat it takes to finish the workout. Each new hero workout that comes out is a bag of mixed emotions- sadness for yet another fallen hero, yet tinged with some excitement that there’s a new workout to honor our brothers (or sisters).
Hang: Start with bar “at the hang,” from knee height to mid-thigh. Initiate clean or snatch.
Hook grip: Wrap your hand around the bar and grab as much of your thumb as you can with the first two fingers. The thumb will be against the bar.
HUMILITY: Something every CrossFitter should possess. There is no athlete that cannot be brought to his knees by a workout. There is no perfection, only degrees of better. No matter what your achievements, you can also do more and should strive for that. See also pride.
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.
Jerk: the act of using the legs to help lift a weight overhead, catching it in a partial squat
KB: Kettlebell
KTE: Knees to elbows. Similar to TTBs described below.
LUNG, CROSSFIT: A name for the hacking cough and lung-burning sensation one sometimes gets after a particularly hard workout. Coach Leon has no scientific reason for this, other than perhaps when you’re sucking wind constantly it probably dries out your airways and leaves you with the cough. An affliction worn with pride, as in “I totally have CrossFit Lung now”.
MET-CON: Metabolic Conditioning workout.
MOB:  Mobility, often used to prescribe stretching but specifically the mobility work described by Kelly Starrett of HYPERLINK “” Highly recommended
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
PJ:  Push Jerk
PP:  Push press
Power position:  during the Olympic lifts, landing in a partial squat.
PR:  Personal Record
PU:  Pull-ups, possibly push ups depending on the context
Rack position:  Standing position where bar is resting on the front of the shoulders.
PSN:  Power Snatch
PUKIE: Unofficial mascot of CrossFit, a clown that is depicted barfing after a particularly heinous wod. Most people will never meet Pukie and we certainly don’t want to push you to that point, but people have been known to meet him when in search of that new PR…
QUIT:  Never heard of the word. Most CrossFitters soon forget its meaning. See also stop, give in, surrender and bitch out.
REST DAY:  A necessary component for recovery, both physical and mental. The harder you work, the more rest you need. Embrace the rest days- you’ve earned them.
ROM:  Range Of Motion. In CrossFit we constantly strive for full ROM, both for its physiologic benefit as well as because it gives us an objective standard to measure ourselves against. If you do 3 pull ups one day with full ROM and 5 the next without full ROM, can you truly say you’ve improved? Full ROM should not be considered optional.
ROWER:  A medieval torture device used to utterly destroy a person and devastate their supposed cardiovascular conditioning. Reportedly enjoyed by two or three people on the planet.
REP:  Repetition.  One performance of an exercise.
R Twist: Russian Twist. Usually performed sitting on your butt with a medicine ball. Hold feet off the ground and touch the ball to either side of the hips for reps.
ROM:  Range of Motion
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; as written. WOD done without any adjustments.
SBGU: Sandbag Get up: Use a sandbag rather than dumbbell or Kettlebell to do a Get up. A get up is where you lay on your back, sit up and stand with a weight.
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.
SJ (or SpJ): Split Jerk
Sledge or Sledge strike or Sledge Hammer: hitting a tire or other object with a sledge hammer
SN: Snatch- Olympic lift where bar moves directly from ground to overhead in one movement.
SQ: Squat
Subbed (or Sub): 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.
Tabata:  a protocol for working out that calls for 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest repeated 8 times. You might also see it written like this 20w x 10r x 8. This is very intense and can be used on any exercise. Tabata pullups would call for the athlete to do as many pullups as possible in 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds and repeat that continuously for 8 rounds. Often workouts like this are scored by taking the LOWEST score of all the rounds. Interesting and fun way to approach a Tabata interval workout.
TGU:  Turkish get-up (See exercise section)
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.
TUL/TUT:  Time under load or time under tension. Doing 10 push-ups in 20 seconds has a shorter TUL that doing 10 push-ups in 60 seconds.
WATER:  A necessary component for life, but not for most workouts lasting less than 20 minutes. That’s right, you don’t need it. You’re just looking for an excuse to rest. Put it down and do the metcon. Of course, drink plenty of water throughout the REST of the day.
WO, sometimes W/O: Workout
WOD: Workout of the day