Crossfit Acronyms and Abbreviations

RRL and common CrossFit Acronyms and Abbreviations


When first introduced to this type of training, people often become intimidated because they have no idea what anyone is talking about.  This is designed as a guide to the abbreviations and slang that we use.  It is not comprehensive and I will add to the list as new abbreviations are used.  Now maybe you can understand what we are talking about!

Video links are available where link is provided. Technique may not be absolutely perfect, but you can get the idea.  Not everyone is cut out to be a demo-girl, I guess.


AFAP: As Fast as Possible


AMRAP: As Many Reps (sometimes Rounds)as Possible


ATG: Ass to Grass.  used in reference to a squat to describe depth.


BP: Bench press


BS: Back squat


BW (or BWT): Body weight


CFT:CrossFit Total – consisting of max squat, press, and deadlift.


CLN: Clean

C&J: Clean and jerk

C2: Concept II rowing machine


DB: Dumbbell


DL: Deadlift


DU:Double Under


FS: Front squat


GHD: Glute ham developer. Posterior chain exercise, like a back extension. Also, the device that allows for the proper performance of a GHD situp

GHD Situp: Situp done on the GHD bench.

GPP: General physical preparedness, aka “fitness.”


GTG: Grease the Groove, a protocol of doing many sub-maximal sets of an exercise throughout the day

Hand Release or Games style: refers to a pushup where you touch your chest then pick your hands off the ground at the bottom of the pushup position insuring that you touch your chest to ground.  Also referred to as Games pushups or Games style pushups because CrossFit used this pushup in the CrossFit Games.


H2H: Hand to hand; refers to Jeff Martone’s kettlebell “juggling” techniques (or to combat).

HIT: High Intensity Training


HIIT:High Intensity Interval Training


HSPU: Hand stand push up. Kick up into a handstand (use wall for balance, if needed) bend arms until nose touches floor and push back up.


HSQ: Hang squat (clean or snatch). Start with bar “at the hang,” about knee height. Initiate pull. As the bar rises drop into a full squat and catch the bar in the racked position. From there, rise to a standing position


IF: Intermittent Fasting


Jerk: the act of using the legs to help lift a weight overhead, catching it in a partial squat then standing


KB: Kettlebell

KTE or K2E: Knees to elbows. Similar to TTBs or T2B described below.


LHS: Lying Hip Swing

MOB: Mobility, often used to prescribe stretching but specifically the mobility work described by Kelly Starrett of  HYPERLINK “” Highly recommended!


MetCon: Metabolic Conditioning workout


MP: Military press


MU: Muscle ups. Hanging from rings you do a combination pull-up and dip so you end in an upright support.


OHS: Overhead squat. Full-depth squat performed while arms are locked out in a wide grip press position above (and usually behind) the head.

PC: Power clean

Pood: Russian unit of measure used specifically as a weight measure for kettlebells


PR: Personal record


PP: Push press.  Using the legs to assist in pressing a weight overhead


PSN: Power snatch


PU: Pull-ups, possibly push ups depending on the context


PVC: Actually a PVC pipe. We use PVC pipes as a lightweight scaling option and warm up option rather than a weighted bar. So, 30 OHS w/ PVC means do 30 Overhead Squats with a PVC pipe.


R Twist: Russian Twist.  Usually performed sitting on your butt with a medicine ball.  Hold feet off the ground and touch the ball to either side of the hips for reps.

Rep: Repetition. One performance of an exercise.


Rope: usually used to prescribe jumping rope as in Rope 3, which would mean 3 minutes of jump rope.  Also we climb ropes alot and that would be written as Rope Climb.  No one would climb a jump rope.


RRL: Undisclosed to all but the membership…sorry.

Rx’d; as Rx’d: As prescribed; as written. WOD done without any adjustments.


RM: Repetition maximum. Your 1RM is your max lift for one rep. Your 10 RM is the most you can lift 10 times.


SBGU: Sandbag Get up: Use a sandbag rather than dumbbell or Kettlebell to do a Get up. A get up is where you lay on your back, sit up and stand with a weight.


SDHP: Sumo deadlift high pull


Set: A number of repetitions. e.g., 3 sets of 10 reps, often seen as 3×10, means do 10 reps, rest, repeat, rest, repeat.


Sledge or Sledge strike or Sledge Hammer: hitting a tire or other object with a sledge hammer


Snatch: taking a weight from ground to overhead in one motion.  If the athlete lands in a full squat, it is a full squat snatch.  You can also have a Muscle Snatch (from ground to overhead without bending legs), power snatch (some leg bend)


Subbed: Substituted. The CORRECT use of “subbed,” as in “substituted,” is, “I subbed an exercise I can do for one I can’t,” For example,if you can’t do HSPU, you subbed regular pushups.


Tabata: a protocol for working out that calls for 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of st repeated 8 times.  You might also see it written like this 20w x 10r x 8. This is very intense and can be used on any exercise.  Tabata pullups would call for the athlete to do as many pullups as possible in 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds and repeat that continuously for 8 rounds.  Often workouts like this are scored by taking the LOWEST score of all the rounds.  Interesting and fun way to approach a Tabata interval workout.


TGU: Turkish get-up


TTB or T2B:  Toes to bar. Hang from bar. Bending only at waist raise your toes to touch the bar, slowly lower them and repeat.


WO, sometimes W/O: Workout


WOD: Workout of the day



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