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What the hell is an EMOM and an AMRAP anyway! CrossFit lingo explained.

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Author: Paul Dean

Firstly, I want to make a promise and commitment - here at CrossFit Norsemen, we do solemnly swear that we will try and use the proper names of things whenever possible. That said, as a new member you might come across the odd acronym from time to time.


I remember my first couple of month’s way back when as a new member at a new CrossFit box, standing in front of the whiteboard with a blank, slightly confused look on my face as I tried to decipher the WOD (Workout of the Day). I’ve been there and I know it can be frustrating even with folks helping you out. So I’ve compiled a list to try and help others (thanks to Amy S also :-)



This isn’t comprehensive but it should get you by...


WOD (Workout of the Day)

AMRAP (As Many Rounds/Reps as Possible)

CF (CrossFit)

DFL (Dead F#ing Last... not a term we use at CrossFit Norsemen BTW)

DNF (Did Not Finish)

EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute)

MetCon (Metabolic Conditioning workout like a ‘cardio workout’)

PR (Personal Record)

Rep (Repetition – for example, 1 pull-up is 1 ‘rep')

Rounds (1 round is the completion of all movements before you start again (for example, 10 pull-ups, 10 deadlifts and a 100m run might be 1 round)

RX (as prescribed...  the athlete performs all movements using the prescribed weight and reps)

Set (A number of repetitions - 5 sets of 5 reps, often seen as 5×5)

Scale (Substituted/ or altered movement – you might have to ‘sub’ a movement for another due to injury or proficiency level)



You may also see other terms or workout names…


“The Girls" or “Nasty Girls” (Designed by CrossFit HQ, these are benchmark workouts)

“Hero WOD” (These are WODs that have been dedicated to CrossFitters within the Military and Law Enforcement that have fallen in the line of duty. These WODs are tuff, really tuff, but a fitting and poignant tribute)

“Tabata” (An 8 interval workout alternating 20 seconds of max reps followed by 10 seconds of rest. These generally last only 4-8 minutes.

“Paleo/Zone” (Healthy diet and nutrition protocols common amongst the CrossFit community)

“The Open” (The first stage of the CrossFit Games is called 'The Open’. Any member of any CrossFit Affiliate can take part. This five-week, five-workout competition is held at affiliates around the world. Workouts are released online a few days before. If you make he grade, you move onto the next stage and maybe all the way to the CrossFit Games in the USA!)


Scary thought… this is 1/10th of the acronyms and terms I could have listed! If ever you’re confused, just ask, everyone is willing to help.



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