AFAP as fast as possible

AHAP as heavy as possible

AMRAP as many rounds (and reps) as possible

ATG ass to grass means your deepest squat

BOX a CrossFit gym. The word is used because traditionally CrossFit gyms are in garages and warehouses … a cement box.

BP bench press

BS back squat

BW body weight

CFT CrossFit Total

CTB chest to bar

C2 Concept II rowing machine

DL deadlift

DU double under

DUBS double unders

EMOM or EMOTM every minute on the minute

E2MOM or E3MOM every 2 minutes on the minute or every 3 minutes on the minute

FOR TIME  you are timing yourself

RFT rounds for time

FOR LOAD you are going for your heaviest load possible

FOR DISTANCE you are carrying something for your max distance possible

FS front squat

GHR or GHD glute ham raise (developer)

GHR is also a posterior chain exercise

GPP general physical preparedness, or all round fitness

GIRLS benchmark workouts that are named using a girls name i.e. FRAN or GRACE. These are generally amongst some of the first named CrossFit benchmark workouts.

HEROES heroes workouts are named after military, law enforcement and firefighters that have died in the line of duty.

GTG grease the groove, a protocol of doing many sub-maximal sets of an exercise throughout the day

H2H hand to hand; refers to Jeff Martone’s kettlebell “juggling” techniques or H2H combat

HSPU hand stand push-up

HSW hand stand walk

IF intermittent fasting

KB Kettlebell

KTE knees to elbows

METCON metabolic conditioning

MP military press

MU muscle-up

BMU bar muscle-up

OH over head

OHS overhead squat

PR personal record

PB personal best (same as above)

PP push press

PJ push jerk or power jerk. Push Jerk referring to using foot transfer and Power Jerk referring to keeping the feet planted.

REP repetition

Rx’d as Rx’d means as prescribed or as written. WOD done without any adjustments.

RM repetition maximum. Your 1RM is your max lift for one rep. Your 10 RM is the most you can lift 10 times.

SDHP sumo deadlift high pull

STO shoulder to overhead

GTO ground to overhead

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.

SPP specific physical preparedness, aka skill training.

SQ squat

SUB Substituted. Means that you substituted an exercise you are unable to perform with one that you can. This is usually a variant of the exercise that is going to eventually progress your strength and skill level to be able to perform the prescribed exercise. For example, if you can’t do a HSPU and you subbed to Push-ups.

ADAPTED we also use the term adapted in similar ways to subbed. This is used in the context that an athlete is injured or has a reason to require an adapted version of the prescribed workout or exercises.

TGU turkish get-up

TTB toes-to-bar.

WO or W/O workout

WOD workout of the day


CL clean

C&J clean and jerk

PCL power clean

HCL hang clean

HPCL hang power clean

SN snatch

PSN power snatch

HS hang snatch

HPS hang power snatch

In Olympic weightlifting a SN or CL on it’s own refers to pulling the bar from he ground, through a full Squat Snatch or Squat Clean in one uninterrupted movement, to a standing position, feet side by side, with the bar under control and arms fully locked out without a press out or rebend of the arms (in simple terms).

Letters BEFORE the exercise, HSN OR HPSN changes the starting and or finishing position of the bar i.e. Hang Snatch or Hang Power Snatch.

POWER refers to a Snatch or Clean received in a power position. This is a semi squat. Receiving the bar anywhere above thighs parallel to the floor is considered a power receive.

HANG refers to the starting position of the barbell in the Snatch or Clean where the bar starts anywhere from the knee to the hip position (the high hang).