WHAT ARE ALL THOSE CROSSFIT ABBREVIATIONS?
Here, we explain what all the CrossFit jargon means, in terms everyone can understand.
As Many Rounds As Possible
Complete a circuit as many times as you can within a given time frame. For example, six-minute AMRAP: 5 deadlifts, 10 pullups, 20 double unders. When the six minutes is up, record your total rounds completed. Note: AMRAP may also mean “as many reps as possible.”
This CrossFit devil is usually a few exercises repeated AMRAP-style. The “Cindy” workout of the day (20 minutes of 5 pullups, 10 pushups, and 15 squats) is a good example. Some boxes offer MetCon-only classes for anybody who wants to steer clear of the heavy lifting associated with standard CrossFit WODs.
Every Minute, On the Minute
Another type of workout with a fixed time limit is EMOM, or every minute on the minute. These workouts are also scored as how many reps you can do overall, but note that as time goes on your rest periods will likely get shorter!
The goal for any crossfitter is to be able to do the workouts RX’ed, or as prescribed. In CrossFit, all WODs can be scaled down to meet your fitness level, but the goal is to get to a place where the RX is challenging, yet doable. Examples of scaling could be using a lighter weight, completing less repetitions, or doing assisted pull-ups.
With any workout or lift, the goal is to strive for a PR, or personal record. This is a great way to measure progress and track results.
Ass To Grass
ATG ensures you’re getting as low as possible when doing front, back, or air squats.
Maximum amount of weight that you can move for one repetition. Can also be used as 5RM, such as maximum weight moved with five repetitions in a row.
CFT allows an athlete to get an accurate idea of how strong they are by testing themselves in arguably the three most functional CF modalities: back squat, strict press, and deadlift. CFT is the best of three attempts at these three exercises, and the sum of the max weight performed in each movement will give you your score.
A Number of Repetitions
3 sets of 10 reps, often seen as 3×10, means do 10 reps, rest, repeat, rest, repeat.