CrossFit: Constantly varied functional movements executed at a high intensity all the while being done in a fun and dynamic group setting.

General Background

CrossFit, a trademark of CrossFit Inc., was founded in 2000 by Greg Glassman (CrossFit, Inc.). CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program with the aim of improving, among other things, muscular strength, cardio-respiratory endurance, and flexibility. It advocates a perpetually changing mix of aerobic exercise, gymnastics (body weight exercises), and Olympic weight lifting.

CrossFit’s exercise program is practiced by members of approximately 10,000 affiliated gyms, most of which are located in the United States, and by individuals who complete daily workouts posted on the company’s (or an affiliated gym’s) website. CrossFit is quickly becoming one of the most popular forms of new fitness.

What’s a WOD?

A WOD, otherwise know as “Workout of the Day” is commonly used term related to a quick workout involving multiple high-intensity movements. An example WOD would be – 3 rounds of 10 Burpees, 20 Squats, and 30 Push-ups. The goal is to complete the WOD in fastest amount of time (within your capabilities). Other WODS may involve completing as many reps as possible (AMRAP) within a given time period. WODS are often done after a warm-up and/or series of weightlifting.

(Some) CrossFit Terminology

  • WOD: Workout of the Day
  • AMRAP: As Many Reps as Possible
  • AHAP: As Heavy as Possible
  • AFAP: As Fast as Possible
  • HBBS: High-Bar Back Squat
  • OHS: Over-Head Squat
  • C&J: Clean & Jerk
  • MU: Muscle-up
  • HSPU: Handstand Push-up
  • C2B: Chest to Bar Pull-up