Starting anything new can be intimidating, and getting started with something like CrossFit is no exception. But it can be exciting, too! You’ll learn new movements, challenge yourself in new ways, meet new people, and hopefully create new healthy habits. Along with all these new variables, you’ll also be introduced to some new workout terms.
We get it. CrossFit terms like WOD, AMRAP, and EMOM can sound like gibberish. So we’ve put together a list of common CrossFit terms and what they mean so you can feel a little less lost during your first weeks of training.
The WOD is the “Workout Of the Day.” You’ll find today’s WOD written on a whiteboard at the gym, along with various notes on warm-up, skill work, and post-workout cooldown and recovery work. Keep in mind that if you see the WOD written on the board and you have no clue what it all means, you won’t be alone. The coach for each class will walk you through every part of the workout, so you’ll know exactly what to do and when.
Rx or Rx’d
Rx stands for “as prescribed.” When you complete a workout “as prescribed,” it means you did the exact amount of weight, reps, and rounds that the workout called for, with no scaling or modifications to any of the movements.
AMRAP is a specific workout programming technique that stands for “as many reps (or rounds) as possible.” You’ll be given a set timeframe (ex. 8 minutes) and then your goal is to complete as many reps (or rounds) as possible of a specific exercise or group of exercises within that timeframe.
A workout written “for time” means that your goal is to complete a given set of movements as quickly as possible.
EMOM stands for “every minute on the minute.” In this case, you’ll complete a certain number of reps at the start of every minute.
These are just a few of the common CrossFit terms you’ll hear as you get started. If you’re interested in learning more about what CrossFit is all about, contact us today at MagMile CrossFit to get started.