Every sport, and accompanying community, has their own special language.

K stands for ‘strikeout’ in baseball. The direction the K faces indicates something different.

PK stands for ‘penalty kick’ in soccer.

QB stands for ‘quarterback’ in football. American Football that is!

In almost all sports, W’s & L’s are universal and are really the only thing that matters – Wins and Losses!

Well, CrossFit is no different. We have our own special language (“Hey Bro, what’s the WOD? Fran? Sorry, I’m sick all of a sudden.”) and a slew of acronyms. Below is a fairly comprehensive list to help you along:

AMRAP: As Many Reps (sometimes Rounds) as Possible
AMSU: Ab-Mat Sit-Up
BB: Barbell
BFB: Bar Facing Burpees
Box: a CrossFit gym
BMU: Bar Muscle-Up
BJ: Box Jump
BBJ: Burpee Box Jump
BBJO: Burpee Box Jump Over
BJSD: Box Jump Step Down
BP: Bench press
BS: Back squat
BW (or BWT): Body weight
C2E: Core to extremity
C2B: Chest to Bar
CFT: CrossFit Total – consisting of max back squat, press, and deadlift.
CFWU: CrossFit Warm-up
CLN: Clean
C&J (or CJ): Clean and jerk
C2: Concept II rowing machine
DB: Dumbbell
DFL: Dead Freaking Last
DNF: Did Not Finish
DNS: Did Not Start
DL: Deadlift
DU: Double Unders
EMOM: Every minute on the minute
FR: Front Rack
FRWL: Front Rack Walking Lunge
FS: Front squat
GHD: Glute ham developer.
GHDSU: Situp done on the GHD machine
GHR: Posterior chain exercise, like a back extension, but includes lots of hamstring involvement.
GPP: General physical preparedness, aka “fitness.”
GTG: Grease the Groove, a protocol of doing many sub-maximal sets of an exercise throughtout the day
HPC: Hang Power Clean
H2H: Hand to hand; refers to Jeff Martone’s kettlebell “juggling” techniques (or to combat).
HSPU: Hand stand push up.
HSC: Hang squat clean
HSS: Hang squat snatch
HSW: Handstand Walk
IF: Intermittent Fasting
KB: Kettlebell
KBS: Kettlebell swing
ME: Max Effort
KTE or K2E: Knees to elbows
Kip: a gymnastic movement utilizing hip drive and C2E coordination to perform a bodyweight movement faster and/or more efficiently
MetCon: Metabolic Conditioning workout
MBC: Med-Ball Clean
MP: Military press
MU (or RMU): Muscle ups (on the rings)
OHS: Overhead squat
OH: Overhead
OHWL: Overhead Walking Lunge
OWL: Olympic Weightlifting
PC: Power clean
Pd: Pood, weight measure for kettlebells
PJ: Push Jerk
PR: Personal record
PP: Push press
PSN: Power snatch
PU: Pull-ups, possibly push ups depending on the context
Rep: Repetition. One performance of an exercise.
RC: Rope Climb
RD: Ring Dips
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.
S2OH: Shoulder to Overhead
SA: Single Arm
SDHP: Sumo deadlift high pull
SJ: Split Jerk
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.
SPP: Specific physical preparednesss, aka skill training.
SN: Snatch
SP: Strict Press
SQ: Squat
SU: single unders
TNG: Touch and Go
TGU: Turkish get-up
TTB or T2B: Toes to bar.
WB: Wall Ball
WBS: Wall Ball Shots
WOD: Workout of the day
YBF: You’ll Be Fine

Which ones have you always wondered about?

What can we add to this list?