CrossFit Glossary of Terms

Welcome to CrossFit Fireside! We are honored that you chose to entrust us with your fitness. CrossFit is the best exercise program out there and will get you in the best shape of your life. But, it can be a little intimidating to get started. It’s kind of like learning a new language. We hope this glossary of terms can make things a little more simple for you. This list is nowhere near extensive, but a great place to start. Don’t worry, your Coach will always help you and answer any questions you have! Just keep showing up and you’ll be a CrossFit pro in no time!

  • AMRAP – “As Many Rounds as Possible”
  • Box – This is another term for a CrossFit gym.
  • Benchmark – Standardized workouts used to measure progress. We repeat benchmark workouts periodically to see how much fitter you are!
  • EMOM – “Every Minute on the Minute,” a workout style that prescribes specific tasks at the start of each minute.
  • For Time – Complete the prescribed amount of work as fast as possible.
  • Time Cap – The time you have to complete the workout in.
  • Hero WODs – Workouts named after military, law enforcement, and first responders who have died in the line of duty. We honor their lives with difficult workouts that we complete as a community.
  • MetCon – Short for “Metabolic Conditioning,” these workouts are designed to increase metabolic demand and energy usage. You may here “WOD” and “MetCon” used interchangeably.
  • PR (Personal Record) – The best performance recorded in a particular exercise or workout.
  • Rx’d – Performing workouts exactly as prescribed without any modifications or scaling.
  • Scaled – Decreasing the difficulty of certain elements of a workout to suit one’s skill level or fitness. We can scale the number of reps, difficulty of a movement or the weight required.
  • Modified – Changing the movements of a workout due to injury, limitation, or preference.
  • WOD – “Workout of the Day,” the set of exercises prescribed for that day in a CrossFit gym. Each class of the day does the same WOD.
  • Tabata – This refers to workouts following the Tabata protocol, typically 20 seconds of ultra-high-intensity exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated for 4 minutes.
  • Chipper – Workouts that involve completing a series of different exercises, usually at high reps, done sequentially and designed to challenge endurance and willpower.
  • Triplet – A workout structure involving three different movements that tax different physical capacities.
  • Couplet – A workout format that pairs two movements that are typically performed in alternating fashion throughout the workout.
  • Ladder – A workout where participants increase or decrease the reps for each round.