If you’re new to CrossFit, you might be wondering if you’ll ever be able to look at the workout written on the board and understand everything you see. Hang in there, you will!
CrossFit workouts include a variety of movements. It’s one of the things that makes it so appealing. But it does take some time to get to know not only the names of these movements but also the skill and technique to perform each one.
The workout structure can be confusing at first. There is a lot of terminology and acronyms to learn. But you’ll get it! And to help you feel a little less lost, we’ve put together a list of common CrossFit terms and their definitions:
The WOD is the “Workout Of the Day.” You’ll find each daily WOD written on a whiteboard at the gym (or on a video screen), along with various notes on warm-up, skill work, and post-workout cooldown and recovery work.
Rx or Rx’d
Rx stands for “as prescribed.” When you complete a workout “as prescribed,” it means you did the exact amount of weight, reps, and rounds that the workout called for, with no scaling or modifications.
AMRAP is a workout structure that stands for “As Many Reps (or Rounds) As Possible.” You’re given a set timeframe (ex. 12 minutes). The goal for those 12 minutes is to complete as many reps (or rounds) as possible of a specific exercise or group of exercises.
“For time” means that the workout goal is to complete a given set of movements as quickly as possible.
EMOM stands for “Every Minute On the Minute.” For this type of workout, you will complete one round of movements at the start of every minute.
These are just a few terms to get you started. Just remember, your coaches are always available to explain any part of a workout that you don’t understand. We’re here to help.