CrossFit Lingo; If you walk the walk, you gotta talk the talk
CrossFit Lingo is something you must come to learn & understand while participating in WODS. On this page you’ll find the various CrossFit Terminologies used in Boxes around the country. We’re here to help get these terms interpreted. You may hear these phrases from your instructor or a fellow gym goer, so listen up!
- BOX: This is our word for “The Gym.” Most CrossFit Boxes have lots of open space for swinging, jumping, lunging and keeping a safe distance from other CrossFitters.
- AMRAP: With AMRAP style workouts, athletes are given a set amount of time to complete As Many Rounds And Reps As Possible or As Many Reps As Possible within the prescribed time frame.
- EMOM: This is a workout style in which athletes complete a CrossFit movement Every Minute On The Minute. Sometimes one movement per minute, sometimes two. If you complete the given exercise movement in 30 seconds, you then have 30 seconds to rest until the next minute starts.
- WOD: This refers to the Workout Of The Day. Find this CrossFit Lingo posted on the Whiteboard or in any WOD management software your box may be using.
- METCON: This crossfit terminology stands for Metabolic Conditioning. This is a common format for CrossFit Workouts and is usually used to measure an athletes performance in time, rounds and/or reps.
- SETS: This refers to the number of times you will do a movement. e.g., Front Squat 3×8. You would do 8 reps, 3 times, or 3 sets of 8 reps.
- REPS: Short for repetition, this is the number of repetitions you will perform to complete a set.
- ROUNDS: Using crossfit workout Cindy for example; as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of: 5 pull ups, 10 push ups, 15 air squats. Each time you complete the 5 pull ups, 10 push ups & 15 air squats, you earn 1 Round.
- FOR TIME: This is simply the amount of time it takes an athlete to complete the prescribed workout. This is a good metric to measure yourself against other CrossFitters, however we prefer form over speed in every exercise. Only go as fast as form allows!
- RX: When you RX, you are doing a WOD, Metcon or any other CrossFit Workout as it is prescribed. i.e., using the suggested weight or doing the prescribed movement without scaling.
- SCALING: All CrossFit movements are scalable. If you can’t do RX push ups, meaning with your hands and feet touching the ground, you would Scale to push ups with your knees on the ground. If you can’t do RX pull ups, you would Scale to jumping pull ups.
- PR: Personal Record. Anytime you reach a new personal best in time or weight, you PR.