CrossFit 101

We are the first to admit that if you’ve never done CrossFit, it can be intimidating to somebody who wants to try but is unsure how to start.

Let’s face it: If your only exposure to CrossFit is watching the CrossFit Games on television, then it’s understandable if you are hesitant about signing up.

But it doesn’t have to be intimidating.

CrossFit prides itself on being welcoming to new athletes, and Grand Trunk CrossFit is no different.

That said, we’ve talked to a number of members who say one of the most daunting aspects of CrossFit is the lingo thrown around by our more seasoned members.

It can be hard enough to show up and do a workout by yourself; it’s even trickier when it sounds like we’re speaking in tongues.

With that in mind, let us calm your fears and give you a head start on learning the language of CrossFit.

Here are the most common terms new athletes should know:

WOD – This terms stands for Workout Of The Day. When our athletes show up at the gym, the big screen shows them the workout they will be taking part in. It’s usually divvied up a weightlifting portion and then a second portion that is a bit more intense. These are usually an AMRAP or a Metcon. Not familiar with what those are? Read on.

AMRAP – This stands for As Many Reps As Possible. It’s one variation of the WOD. When an AMRAP is part of the workout, athletes are urged to complete as may reps as possible in a given time. Once the time is up, the number of reps is the athlete’s score that is then inputted into the system.

Metcon – This is short for metabolic conditioning. It’s another form of a WOD that athletes work through on any given day. Just like an AMRAP, there are certain reps and movements included. The difference is that athletes have to complete all of the reps (in rounds) for time before their workout is over.

Rx – Each weightlifting portion of the workout comes with a prescribed weight for men and women. For instance, if kettlebell swings are part of the WOD, the Rx weight for men might be 50 pounds, while Rx for women is 35 pounds. Of course, you can use less weight if you don’t feel comfortable “Rx’ing it”. The prescribed weights are there to push our athletes and act as an attainable goal for those who are not quite at that level.

The Box – The box is our gym. It’s the area where our athletes come together to stretch, workout, be awesomer, and create the best version of them. It is our home away from home.

Now that you are familiar with some of the lingo, we want to encourage you to come in and schedule a free session with a coach.

You will not be disappointed!

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