Welcome back to Rhapsody News, your trusted source for health and fitness insights in Charleston, South Carolina. Today, we’re tackling a topic that can be a bit daunting for newcomers to CrossFit: the jargon. CrossFit has its own unique set of terms and phrases and understanding them can make your introduction to this fitness regimen much smoother. Here’s a glossary of some common CrossFit terms you’ll likely encounter in your first few classes. 

Box: Your CrossFit Gym 

In CrossFit lingo, a gym is often referred to as a ‘box’. This term comes from the minimalist, warehouse-like spaces where CrossFit first took off. In Charleston, you’ll find several CrossFit boxes, each with its own unique community and vibe. 

WOD: Workout of the Day 

The WOD, or Workout of the Day, is the main workout in a CrossFit class. The WOD changes daily and includes a variety of exercises designed to improve strength, endurance, and flexibility. 

AMRAP: As Many Rounds (or Reps) As Possible 

AMRAP is a type of workout where you aim to complete as many rounds (or reps) of a set of exercises as possible within a given time frame. 

EMOM: Every Minute on the Minute 

In an EMOM workout, you start a new set of exercises at the start of every minute, resting for the remainder of the minute once the exercises are completed. 

MetCon: Metabolic Conditioning 

MetCon workouts are designed to increase the efficiency of your body’s energy systems, improving your endurance and stamina. 

Rx: As Prescribed 

If you complete a workout ‘Rx’, that means you’ve done it exactly as prescribed, without scaling the weights or modifying the movements. 

Scaling: Adjusting the Workout 

Scaling is the process of adjusting a workout to match your fitness level. This could involve reducing the weights, modifying the movements, or adjusting the number of reps. 

PR: Personal Record 

A PR, or personal record, is your best performance on a particular workout or exercise. Celebrating PRs is a big part of the CrossFit culture. 

Double Under: A Jump Rope Skill 

A double under is a jump rope exercise where the rope passes under your feet twice in a single jump. It’s a common movement in CrossFit workouts. 

Understanding the jargon can help you feel more at home in your CrossFit box and make your workouts more effective. So, Charleston newcomers, don’t be daunted by the lingo. Before you know it, you’ll be throwing around terms like ‘WOD’ and ‘AMRAP’ like a pro.