Fitness Terms

As anyone who has dabbled in fitness knows there are tons of terms and it’s often overwhelming to try to find what they are without having to click through spammy websites. They often want sign ups or to sell something in order to see the information you’re in search of. Here I will include them as I think of them for free with no strings attached.

  • AMRAP - If AMRAP use used in the scope of a set of reps it is as many reps as possible meaning just that. You perform as many reps as you can before putting down or reracking the weight. if it’s in a workout it means perform as many rounds as possible in the given time frame.

  • DB - Dumbbell

  • BS - Back Squat, A back squat is an exercise performed with a barbell or maybe a sandbag on your back while you squat down and back up.

  • BW - Body weight, BW means performing an exercise with no additional weight. weight. Pull ups or air squats are good examples.

  • C2B - Chest to bar meaning you pull your chest all the way to the bar during pull ups.

  • C&J - Clean And Jerk combined. One of the two lifts that are current performed in the weightlifting sport in the Olympics.

  • Clean - Clean: A clean is when a barbell is brought from the floor up to the shoulders in one motion. Usually the bar is caught in a front squat position.

  • Death By - Death by is basically an EMOM workout but with increasing reps each minute. For example the first minute you perform 1 deadlift, the second minute you perform 2 dead lifts and the third minute you perform 3 reps and keep going and adding reps until you can’t make it in the minute

  • DL - Deadlift: A dead lift is performed by hinging at the hips and holding onto a barbell (or other weighted object) and bringing from the floor. The rep is complete when the hips and knees are fully locked out.

  • DOMS - Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness: DOMS is the soreness that you can get a day or two after a workout.

  • DU - Double under: For double unders the rope passes under your feet twice per jump.

  • EMOM - Every Minute On The Minute: An exercise is performed a number of times once a minute on the minute. It can either be the same amount of reps or an increasing number (death by)

  • FS - Front Squat: A front squat is performed by holding the barbell in the front rack position. Basically the bar is at your throat on top of your shoulders and a squat is performed.

  • HSPU - Hand Stand Push Up. A HSPU is performed buy getting upside down with your head touching the floor and pressing your body up until your arms and shoulders are locked out.

  • Metcon - Metabolic Conditioning workout

  • MU - Muscle Up - A muscle up is a pull up straight into a dip.

  • KB - Kettlebell: A kettlebell is a weighted object shaped like a ball with a handle on it used to perform various weighted exercises.

  • OHS - Over Head Squat: An overhead squat is performed by locking out a barbell over head and performing a full squat while the barbell is overhead. It’s a real test of stability, strength and mobility.

  • Power Clean - A power clean is when the bar is brought from the floor to the shoulders using your legs and hips to provide the

  • PR - Personal Record. A personal record is just that a personal record for a lift or workout. It could be the number of reps at a weight or maximum weight for 1 rep or even a time for a repeat WOD

  • Rep - Repetition - performing an exercise once.

  • RM - Maximum Repetitions: a 5RM for example is maximum weight performed for five reps.

  • RX - As Prescribed: To get an RX on a WOD means it should be performed with the weight and movements that are listed. There’s no shame in modifying weights down if you need to or even up or changing movement variations if you need to.

  • Set - Number of repetitions performed in one grouping. If you perform 5 back squats before reracking the bar that would be set of five.

  • Snatch - The snatch is the other lift performed in the sport of weightlifting in the Olympics. it is taking the loaded barbell from the floor to overhead in one motion without stopping anyplace.

  • T2B - See TTB

  • Tabata - A tabata is a is workout consisting of 8 intervals that alternate between 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest. These are really excellent to really push yourself because the 10 seconds of rest is just enough.

  • Thruster - A thruster is is a front squat into a push press that should be one fluid motion. One of my personal favorite exercises!

  • TTB - Toes To Bar. Hanging from pull up bar you raise your feet until your toes touch the bar.

  • WOD - Workout Of The Day

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