CrossFit terms for beginners

When your just starting out, all the terms we use in a CrossFit gym can be a bit confusing. So here’s a guide of CrossFit terms for beginners.

WOD: In CrossFit, the Workout of the Day (WOD) is the heart of each session. It’s a varied and intense workout designed to challenge multiple muscle groups and improve overall fitness. Each WOD is unique, combining different exercises, and can range from strength-focused routines to high-intensity cardio workouts.

Benchmark WODs: These are standardized workouts like “Fran,” “Murph,” or “Cindy” designed to measure your performance and progress over time. It’s important to keep track of your times for these.

Hero WODs: Hero workouts are challenging CrossFit workouts named after military servicemen, policemen or firefighters who died in the line of duty. They are extremely difficult workouts because they are designed to help us remember the sacrifices that have been made.

Chipper WODs: These involve completing a list of exercises in a sequence, usually with a high volume of reps, and are great for building stamina.

EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute): You complete a specific task at the start of each minute, resting for the remainder.

AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible): You perform a set of exercises as many times as possible within a given time frame.

RX: Rx’d means as prescribed. In CrossFit, when if you’re completing a WOD “as Rx’d” it means you aren’t changing or adjusting it from how it was written in any way.


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