In any cult…ehemm, I mean organization, there are acronyms and terms used that outsiders just don’t understand. Of course, this isn’t meant to exclude, but is just a product of developing your own way of communicating things. CrossFit is no different! There are things that “we” do and say that most people respond to with “What the Hell does THAT mean???”.
Luckily, I’m here to help bridge the gap…so here goes!
– WOD: Workout of the Day: Pretty self-explanatory. What we’re doing as a group to hurt ourselves today.
– SWOD: Strength Workout of the Day: Same as above, but focused on strength training using weights.
– AMRAP: As Many Reps (or rounds) as Possible: Usually bound by a specified amount of time, how many reps can you do of said WOD?
– Chalk: What you rub on your hands to fool yourself into thinking you’re not going to get painful, peeling blisters from gripping the pull-up bar and/or barbell.
– Kneesocks: What some CrossFit chicks wear while working out. Why? Because they can. Do they serve a purpose? Not sure, but whatever.
– Strength Wraps: What you wrap around your wrists or ankles to try and avoid the pain that comes from doing awkward lifts of the barbell. Example: Thrusters.
– Kettlebell: A very cool weight that looks like a ball with a handle on top. Easy to grip and swing around in various manners.
– CrossFit: Saved the best for last – constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement workouts. This means doing anything from pull-ups to pushing a weighted sled across a parking lot to olympic lifts to pounding a tractor tire with a sledgehammer. It’s unbelievably fun!