Confused by some of the terminology, acronyms, and lingo on our website? The following is a list of most of CrossFit's most common jargon that we all use as part of our own little language:
WOD - Stands for Workout of the Day. This all started when Greg Glassman began posting a daily workout for his athletes to follow. The WOD is the workout our athletes will be doing (or some variation thereof) in the group class times on that day. Ours is posted every morning at 5am so you can check out what's in store for you today!
AMRAP - stands for As Many Rounds (or sometimes Reps) As Possible. This a very common workout structure where you have a set amount of time to do as much work as you can. Most AMRAPs are 20 minutes long, but you will occasionally see some 10, 12, 15, 30 minute or other length workouts.
RFT - stands for Rounds For Time. The opposite structure of an AMRAP, in a RFT workout you have a set amount of work to do and we see how long it takes you.
GHD - Stands for Glute Hamstring Developer. This is a piece of equipment used for back extensions, hip extensions and a very difficult type of sit ups. It's one of the few piece of specialty equipment CrossFit uses.
Goat - Your goat is a specific exercise or WOD that you hate to do and you suck at. We don't know where the term originated from, but we do know that everyone has one! CrossFit philosophy gets us to address our weaknesses, face our goats, and work to improve those area(s) that we suck at the most.
The Girls - These are the named benchmark workouts that the entire CrossFit community around the world understands. Like Hurricanes, they are named after women. As you repeat these WODs over time they allow you to see your progress through faster times or more reps. Everyone has a favorite and most hated Girl. When CrossFiters ask about your "Fran" or "Angie" time, they're talking about workouts, not last weekend's conquest!
The Heroes - These are the same principle as the girls but they are named to commemorate fallen military and law enforcement personnel. The Heroes are usually longer and more grueling than the average workout to recognize, in some small and inadequate way, the sacrifice made by these men and their families.
Pukie - This is CrossFit's mascot. Pukie is a clown that vomits. It stems from CrossFits unique ability to make athletes revisit their breakfast. Although the goal is never to make anyone throw up, occasionally it happens when you're approaching the limit of your mental and physical tolerance. It takes a lot of mental strength to push yourself to puking in a workout so it's become a bit of a badge of honour. Most people don't get there, but then again, most people don't want to.
Rhabdo - Rhabdo is short for Rhabdomylysis, a potentially lethal condition in which your muscles are trashed to the point that the cells spill their contents into your blood stream, leading to kidney failure. This is an extremely rare metabolic disorder, but there have been a handful of cases associated with high intensity exercise programs such as CrossFit. While the mascot "Uncle Rhabdo" has led some to believe that CrossFitters make light of this serious condition, we are in fact extremely cautious and take great care to avoid the risks of rhabdo with all our new athletes..
Scaled - When attending a CrossFit class every one does the same workout...the young, old, fit, and not-so-fit. So how does that work? By scaling down the workouts to an individuals specific abilities. All of the WODs are infinitely scalable so anyone of any fitness level can do a version that suits their skill level. If the WOD is too much we can scale down the weight, reps, time, or alter the movements. CrossFit is primarily concerned with functional movements - those skills we need outside the gym - so we are all on the same path, just at different points. Everybody scales the workouts in the beginning and it is a big deal to work up to the point of being able to complete a workout without scaling. Which leads us to....
As RX'd - This is completing the workout exactly how it was prescribed without any scaling. Full reps, full weight, full range of motion all in the right order. A lot of the WODs are truly brutal so just completing them as RX'd is a big accomplishment.
PR - Stands for Personal Record. Even though you're working out with others you're really only in competition with yourself. When you improve a WOD time or lift a weight you've never done before you just got a PR... nice job!
SDLHP - This is an exercise with a name so long it had to be changed to an acronym . It stands for Sumo-Deadlift-High-Pull. Sumo is the stance, Deadlift initiates the movement the high pull finishes it.
HSPU - Another acronym. This one stands for HandStand PushUp. Get your self into a handstand, lower your self until your head touches the floor, and then push yourself back up into a handstand. Definitely a great party trick!
Kipping - Kipping pull ups are a gymnastics move that allows you to transfer horizontal momentum into vertical momentum. This allows you do pull ups at a faster pace and get more done in a row. At first sight, some people will think it's cheating. But in fact, Kipping uses a lot more muscles allowing you to get more work done fast, thus increasing the power output and the intensity of the move versus a strict deadhang pullup.
Box - The box is the name we've given to the facility where CrossFit happens. This was most likely just to separate us form the Gold's Gyms and Pilates Studios out there in world. It's not a gym, it's not a studio, it's a box.
Kitchen - When something is in your kitchen it means it's in your head. You have the ability to do it but your mind just doesn't let it happen. Things like super high box jumps, throwing yourself under a heavy bar during a Clean, or sometimes even a brutal workout like "Fran." Mental toughness seperates the average from the exceptional in CrossFit.