If you were asked what WOD means, what would you say? If you aren’t familiar with CrossFit, you probably have no idea. CrossFit has several acronyms for different exercises, but WOD is probably the most important. Men’s Fitness Magazine author Myles Worthington answers this question in an article, “What the WOD? Decoding the Language of CrossFit.”
CrossFitters march to the beat of a different drum—not to mention speak an entirely different language. Coaches and athletes use jargon and abbreviations to describe the exercises and techniques that make up a particular WOD—excuse us, “workout of the day”—while guys less familiar with CrossFit slang laugh it up when their buddies talk thrusters, pistols, and poods.
The CrossFit lingo becomes more natural and easy-to-follow once you have tried CrossFit a time or two. WOD is the workout of the day, but what does that look like? Here is an example of a daily workout that is posted daily to CrossFit.com:
Power snatch 3-3-3-3-3 reps
Snatch balance 2-2-2-2-2 reps
Squat snatch 1-1-1-1-1 reps
This progression of snatch variations should prep you for some solid attempts at a 1-rep-max squat snatch. Experienced lifters should try to go heavy, while newer athletes should focus on mechanics and worry less about adding weight.
If you are confused by this example, don’t worry. That is why a certified CrossFit instructor demonstrates each of the moves and makes sure that you have proper form. It is very important to train with well-qualified instructors, to decrease your risk of injury.
Here is a visual example of what a CrossFit WOD in CrossFit is all about. CrossFit is not about watching your favorite cooking show while on a treadmill or reading a magazine while you work out. CrossFit is about fully engaging in a workout with a community of other athletes who are cheering you on.