Are We Speaking the Same Language?


WOD, AMRAP, EMOM, RDL, and more!  These are just simply acronyms for longer terms that are common in CrossFit.  You will learn them front and back in no time flat.  The good news is there is no test on them and it really doesn’t matter if you don’t remember them anyway the coach will fill you in the terms as you go.  Here are some commonly used acronyms:
WOD: Workout of the Day
AMRAP: As Many Rounds/Reps As Possible
EMOM: Every Minute on the Minute

Some other CrossFit slang you’ll run into is in reference to names of lifts.  The Olympic lifts consist of the snatch and clean and jerk.  The snatch is taking weight off the floor to over your head in one movement and the clean and jerk is taking weight off the floor to your shoulders, than up over your head in a separate movement.

All the other variations of the lifts revolve around that concept for instance a HANG POWER SNATCH starts above the knee and is moved over the head in one movement catching above parallel.  There are countless different complexes where several variations of the lifts are done in succession.  It is impossible to know all the different variations but just know the basic phrases and it will be able to be “decoded” in no time flat!

Getting to know the vocabulary of training and CrossFit slang terms just takes time hanging out in the gym.  You will pick this stuff up super quick.  Just think to starting in your current job.  I’m sure there were standard operating procedures that sounded like Greek but now you toss them out like it is your primary language.  So don’t worry about not knowing precisely what everything on the program means prior to showing up to train it will all be translated and before you can say 3,2,1, GO you’ll be dropping WOD acronyms at dinner parties too!