CrossFit acronyms

One of the most frustrating things about starting CrossFit can be understanding all of the acronyms that come along with it. There are a lot of different CrossFit acronyms – so much so that sometimes the workout board can look like a math equation or a foreign language. 

The below alphabetical list of abbreviations and CrossFit acronyms will give you the spelled-out version of each term, and hopefully provide a little insight into what they mean. 

AMRAP: As Many Rounds (sometimes Reps) as Possible

AMSU: Ab-Mat Sit-Up

ATG: Ass to Grass

BB: Barbell

BBJ: Burpee Box Jump

BBJO: Burpee Box Jump Over

BFB: Bar Facing Burpees

BJ: Box Jump

BMU: Bar Muscle-Up

Box: a CrossFit gym

BP: Bench press

BS: Back squat

BW (or BWT): Body weight

C&J (or CJ): Clean and jerk

C2B: Chest to Bar

C2E: Core to extremity

CLN: Clean

DB: Dumbbell

DL: Deadlift

DNF: Did Not Finish

DNS: Did Not Start

DU: Double Unders

EMOM: Every minute on the minute

FR: Front Rack

FRWL: Front Rack Walking Lunge

FS: Front squat

GHD: Glute hamstring developer

GHDSU: Situp done on the GHD machine

GHR: Glute Hamstring Raise

GPP: General physical preparedness

H2H: Hand to hand; refers to kettlebell “juggling” techniques 

HPC: Hang Power Clean

HSC: Hang squat clean

HSPU: Handstand push up

HSS: Hang squat snatch

HSW: Handstand walk

KB: Kettlebell

KBS: Kettlebell swing

Kip: a gymnastic movement utilizing hip drive and C2E coordination to perform a bodyweight movement faster and/or more efficiently

KTE or K2E: Knees to elbows

MBC: Med-Ball Clean

ME: Max Effort

MetCon: Metabolic Conditioning workout

MP: Military press

MU: Muscle ups

OAKBOWL: One Arm Kettlebell Overhead Walking Lunge

OH: Overhead

OHS: Overhead squat

OHWL: Overhead Walking Lunge

Oly: Olympic Weightlifting

OWL: Olympic Weightlifting

PC: Power clean

PD: Pood, weight measure for kettlebells

PJ: Push Jerk

PP: Push press

PR: Personal record

PSN: Power snatch

PU: Pull-ups, sometimes push-ups depending on the context

RC: Rope Climb

RD: Ring Dips

RDL: Romanian Deadlift

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.

RMU: Ring Muscle Up

Rx, Rx’d; as Rx’d: As prescribed; as written. WOD done without any adjustments.

S2OH: Shoulder to Overhead

SA: Single Arm

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: Split Jerk

SN: Snatch

SP: Strict Press

SPP: Specific physical preparedness, aka skill training.

SQ: Squat

SU: single unders (“normal” skipping)

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.

TGU: Turkish get-up

TNG: Touch and Go

TTB or T2B: Toes to bar.

WB: Wall Ball

WO, sometimes W/O: Workout

WOD: Workout of the day

Remember, this is just a cheat sheet! You don’t need to know what these CrossFit acronyms mean to start CrossFit. Your coach in class will always be there to help you translate anything you don’t understand. 

Once you’ve spent some time in class, these CrossFit acronyms will become second nature to you, and you’ll find yourself explaining them to the new person in class next to you, remembering what it was like to not know what they meant.

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