39 CrossFit Terms You Should Know

CrossFit has truly created a culture all its own. And with that, its own language, too. Here's how to speak CrossFit, even if you haven't yet stepped in a box.

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1. AMRAP: as many repetitions as possible. Perform them within a prescribed amount of time or until failure.

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2. Box: a gym where you do Crossfit workouts. It's often a warehouse or large, stripped-down space containing only the essential exercise equipment to CrossFit like free weights, benches or boxes, suspension trainers, medicine balls, climbing ropes, mats, and pullup bars.

3. BP: bench press

4. BS: back squat

5. BW: bodyweight exercise or workout

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C

6. C&J: clean and jerk

7. CLN: clean

8. C2: Concept2, a brand of rowing machine used at boxes. (It's also one of the 5 Best Cardio Machines on the Planet.)

D

9. DL: deadlift

E

10. EMOM: every minute on the minute. Do a prescribed number of reps or exercises at the top of every minute.

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11. Firebreather: an extremely fit athlete

12. FS: front squat

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13. The Games: an abbreviation for the CrossFit Games, an annual competition to find the fittest male and female CrossFitter.

14. Globo Gym: a mass-market gym like Planet Fitness, YMCA, or 24-Hour Fitness

15. Girls: several benchmark workouts named after females like Cindy, Fran, or Nancy. These are used to test an athlete's progress over time.

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16. HRPU: hand-release pushup

17. Heroes: benchmark workouts named after law enforcement officers, soldiers, and firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The workouts are a way of honoring the fallen.

K

18. KB: kettlebell

19. K2E: knees to elbows, a core exercise. Hang at arm's length from a pullup bar and bring your knees up to your elbows.

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