For those who have never taken a CrossFit class, the terms alone may be enough to intimidate you. What’s a WOD? EMOM? AMRAP? All of these terms are vital to understanding a workout, but don’t worry– it’s not as overwhelming as it may seem, and once you know, you’re ready to become a CrossFit pro! You’ve just gotta get through the workout!
WOD – the WOD is the “workout of the day”, meaning the layout for the class you’re about to attend that day. Usually written on a whiteboard or displayed on a screen, this gives the exact exercises athletes will be doing and will usually be explained before class. The WOD varies from gym to gym, though there are some universal WODs you may find yourself participating in.
AMRAP – a type of workout where athletes complete “as many reps as possible” in a certain time limit. That means you have a certain number of minutes to do the exercises listed over and over, getting as far as you possibly can.
EMOM – a type of workout where athletes do an exercise “every minute on the minute”, usually taking the remaining time of the minute to rest.
Rx – this means that an athlete has done the workout “as prescribed”. A workout is as prescribed when it’s completed with the exact number of reps and weights as the workout calls for. If an athlete has scaled the workout in order to complete it (making it easier to finish), they have not done it as prescribed.
Hero WOD – this is a type of universal WOD that is named after a specific, real-life person. For instance, a very popular hero WOD that’s done every Memorial Day weekend is Murph, which is named after Navy Lieutenant Michael Murph who was killed in Afghanistan in 2006.
Now that you have a basic understanding of some common CrossFit terms, you’re ready for your first workout! To learn more about what we offer at Loaded Bell CrossFit, contact us today and set up a free assessment!