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I sometimes feel like coaches are speaking a different language…

Learning new movements in class along with all the different terminology is no easy feat! We notice it takes our members about 3 months to really get the lingo down, but here are some common terms used in classes:

WOD: Workout of the day

Accessory: When we do strength elements in addition to our primary lift, that help us work on accessory muscles to increase power in the bigger lifts. Bicep curls are an example of an accessory movement.

Amrap: as many rounds/reps as possible

Bonus Abs: A favorite of many coaches – when you have 5 minutes left in class and the coach decides to make you do extra core work!

EMOM: every minute on the minute

Metcon: metabolic conditioning aka increased heart rate over a short, intense duration

Olympic lifting: Snatch, Clean & Jerk

Powerlifting: Back Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift

Sets x reps: if you see 3 x 5 written, it mean 3 sets of 5 reps, meaning you will do the movement 5 times, rest, and repeat that 3 times total

J cup: What you move to get the barbell at the right height for the lift you are doing

22’s, 35’s, 45’s: The three sizes of bar we have by the weight in lbs.

Knurling: the rough stuff on the bar that helps you grip

Power position: When something is called a “power” like a power clean or a power snatch, it means you are catching the bar in a 1/4-1/2 squat, not going all the way to the bottom of your squat position.

Hang: Doing something “from the hang” means it’s starting off the ground. The hang position can be at the hip, mid-thigh, above knee, at knee, below knee or even just 1″ off the ground. Hang just refers to starting under tension without resting the bar first.

Superset: When you do 2+ movements in rotation. Instead of doing 3 x8 deadlift then 3x 8 bench, in a super set you would alternate 3 sets of 8 reps of each movement.

Our intros: We always start class with names, pronouns and a question of the day. Sometimes people go so fast its hard for our newest members to tell what comes after name.

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