We want you focused on your performance, not worried about learning a second language! Given there are some unique bits to the CrossFit vernacular, we’ve tried to capture the basics so you won’t need an interpreter (but don’t worry, we explain everything fully in class so there’s no need to carry a pocket CrossFit dictionary)…
Athlete – This is YOU. As long as you are pursuing health and fitness here at CrossFit Cove we will refer to you as an athlete
Box – CrossFit gyms are typically referred to as a ‘box’ because they are traditionally located in industrial type warehouses.
BW – Body weight
CFT – CrossFit Total – consisting of max squat, press, and deadlift.
DU’s – Double unders. When jumping rope the rope passes under your feet 2 times between each jump.
EMOM – Every minute on the minute. So for instance on the whiteboard one day it is written; 10 Push-ups EMOM for 10 minutes. This means that you must do 10 Push ups at the top or beginning of every minute for 10 minutes.
Girls – Several classic CrossFit benchmark workouts that are given female names. The names of these workouts are arbitrary and not named after actual girls.
GPP – General physical preparedness, aka “fitness.”
Gymnastics – Historically, the term “gymnastics” is used relatively loosely in CrossFit to describe exercises that involve controlling body movement, typically with no weight other than body weight such as; sit-ups, push-ups, air squats, ring-rows, box jumps, etc.
Heroes – Several CrossFit Benchmark Workouts 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.
HSPU – Hand Stand Push Up. While in a handstand position against the wall or freestanding. You touch your head to the ground and press all the way up until your arms are locked out.
ME – Maximum Effort. For example if on the board it is written: 2 min ME rowing. That means you will row as hard as you possibly can for 2 full minutes therefore putting forth a maximum effort.
Metcon – This is an abbreviation of ‘metabolic conditioning.’ Metcon is training with the intent to enhance performance in the three metabolic pathways that provide energy for all human action.
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. It’s a great exercise to develop core strength.
Paleo – A term coined by Dr. Loren Cordain in his book “The Paleo Diet”. A theory of nutrition that humans are best suited to eat only foods that have been available in nature and eaten by hominids (including humans) for millions of years. Paleo nutrition excludes refined sweeteners, grain and grain based foods, alcohol, legumes (beans, peas and peanuts), dairy and other processed or artificial ingredients. Paleo nutrition is a guideline and scientific theory backed up by decades of solid research and common sense; it is not a philosophy, belief system or a religion.
Pood- a Russian measure of weight for kettlebells. 1 pood =36 lbs; 1.5 pood = 54 lbs; 2 pood = 72 lbs.
PR – Personal record
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 – Or prescribed. Every WOD and movement has standards. Performing a WOD or movement according to the standards is referred to as doing it “Rx’d”; aka as prescribed. If you modify or “scale” a WOD or movement, it is not Rx. Performing a movement with a partial range of motion or with assistance is also not Rx. We urge all of our athletes to attempt both movements and WODs Rx as long as it is within their ability.
Set – A number of repetitions. For example; 3 sets of 10 reps, often seen as 3×10, means do 10 reps, rest, repeat, rest, repeat.
T2B – Toes to bar. Hang from bar. Bending only at waist raise your toes to touch the bar, slowly lower them and repeat.
TGU – Turkish get-up
WOD – Workout of the Day