Reference Guide to CrossFit Lingo

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Have you ever been confused about what all the secret underground CrossFit lingo means? We know it can sometimes take a while to learn all the symbols and acronyms we use here at CFI (CrossFit Impulse), so we decided to compile a quick reference guide.

1)    AMRAP: As Many Rounds (or Reps) as Possible
2)    BS: Back Squat
3)    BW: Body Weight
4)    CFI: CrossFit Impulse
5)    CFIBS: CrossFit Irritable Bowel Syndrome
6)    CFT: CrossFit Total
7)    CF: CrossFit
8)    CFHQ: CrossFit Headquarters
9)    C&J: Clean and Jerk
10)    C2: Concept II Rower
11)    DL: Deadlift
12)    DNF: Did Not Finish
13)    EMOM: Every Minute on the Minute
14)    FS: Front Squat

15)    GHD: Glute Hamstring Developer
16)    GPP: General Physical Preparedness
17)    HC: Hang Clean
18)    HSPU: Hand Stand Push-up
19)    HSC: Hang Squat Clean
20)   KBS: Kettlebell Swings
21)    KTE or K2E: Knees to Elbows
22)    MetCon: Metabolic Conditioning
23)    MU: Muscle Up
24)    OHS: Overhead Squat
25)    PC: Power Clean
26)    Pd: Pood, Russian unit of measure for the weight of Kettlebells. (1 pood = 36.11 pounds)
27)    PR: Personal Record
28)    PP: Push Press
29)    PJ: Push Jerk
30)    PU: Pull-ups or Push-ups, depending on context
31)    PVC: Polyvinyl Chloride Pipe. White plastic pipes used for training, warmup, etc.
32)    Rep: Repetition. One performance of a movement.
33)    Rx’d: As prescribed; as written. WOD done without any scaling, movement, or rep alterations.
34)    RM: Rep Max or Repetition Maximum. Your 1RM is your max lift for one rep. Your 10 RM is the most you can lift 10 times.
35)    SC: Squat Clean
36)    SDHP: Sumo Deadlift High Pull
37)    Set: A group of repetitions performed sequentially. e.g. 3 sets of 10 reps, often seen as 3×10, means perform 10 reps, rest, 10 reps, rest, and then 10 final reps.
38)    SN: Snatch
39)    SQ: Squat
40)    Scale: Any deviation from the prescribed movements or loads. For example, Gold, Silver, and Bronze are some suggested scales for the movements in the prescribed workout.
41)    Tabata Interval: A workout of 8 intervals alternating 20 seconds of max rep work with 10 seconds of rest. Score is the lowest reps accumulated in any round.
42)     The “Girls”: A series of benchmark workouts created by CFHQ that are universally known among the CF community. Usually named after the original female CrossFitters.
43)     The “Heroes”: A Hero workout is a tribute workout in honor of a fallen service member (Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, Firefighter, Police officer) that died in the line of duty.
44)     TTB or T2B: Toes to Bar
45)    WOD: Workout of the Day
46)    # : Symbol for Pounds (lb)
47)    ” : Symbol for Inches (in)

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