A Beginner’s Guide to CrossFit Lingo and Terminology

If you’re new to CrossFit, you may have heard some unfamiliar terms or lingo being used in the box. Understanding these terms can be helpful in navigating the workouts and communicating with other athletes and coaches. From WODs to RX, chipper to kipping, this guide will provide you with a basic understanding of the common terms used in CrossFit.

Here are some common CrossFit terms:

  1. WOD: Stands for “Workout of the Day.” This refers to the prescribed workout that athletes will perform on a given day.
  2. AMRAP: Stands for “As Many Rounds (or Reps) As Possible.” This is a type of workout where athletes try to complete as many rounds or reps of a given set of exercises in a set amount of time.
  3. EMOM: Stands for “Every Minute On the Minute.” This is a type of workout where athletes perform a set of exercises at the start of every minute, resting for the remaining time until the next minute begins.
  4. Box: A CrossFit gym is often referred to as a box due to its simple design and functional equipment.
  5. RX: Refers to the prescribed weight or movement standards for a given WOD. Completing a WOD “RX” means performing it exactly as prescribed.
  6. Chipper: A type of workout where athletes complete a long list of exercises one after another, “chipping away” at the list until all exercises are completed.
  7. AMRAPRAP: Stands for “As Many Rounds As Possible Rest As Possible.” This is a type of workout where athletes complete a set of exercises in a given amount of time, then rest for a set amount of time before starting the next round.
  8. Tabata: A type of workout where athletes perform an exercise for 20 seconds, followed by 10 seconds of rest, for a total of eight rounds.
  9. Box Jump: A plyometric exercise where athletes jump from a standing position onto a box or platform.
  10. Kipping: A technique used to perform pull-ups, toes-to-bar, and other exercises that involve using momentum from the hips and legs to help generate upward movement.