WOD stands for “Workout of the Day.” WODs are the foundation of the CrossFit experience, the actual high intensity workouts you’ll be accomplishing when you show up to the gym. Though we may do a warm-up and a number of other exercises during class, WODs are when your body will be working its hardest and reaching its full potential.
Every day, we’ll post the workout online so you know what’s going on at the gym and can refer back to it later. Keeping a record of the WODs you’ve completed—and including your times, weights, or number of rounds—will make it easy to set performance goals and keep track of your progress. (Plus there’s nothing like watching those numbers improve!)
Many CrossFit workouts are named. These include the “Benchmark Girls,” (the standard workouts that, for many, have come to define CrossFit), the “New Girls,” and the “Hero Workouts” commemorating fallen service men and women. Here’s a comprehensive guide from the CrossFit Main Site, entitled Explain the Workouts with Names.
Let’s take a look at Cindy:
20 Minute AMRAP
5 Pull ups
Most of the time workouts will be written out like this, with the occasional abbreviation for the sake of time and/or space; AMRAP stands for “As many rounds [sometimes reps] as possible.” Check out the CrossFit Main Site for all the standard CrossFit Acronyms and Abbreviations. For the above WOD, a single round consists of 5 pull ups, 10 pushups, and 15 squats, appropriately scaled. An athlete doing Cindy completes as many of these as possible within the 20 minute time limit, then congratulates him or herself on being a total badass… for which we will henceforth use the abbreviation CSOBATB.