0 to 90: Huss Poos? Pharmacy? (Acronyms, Part II)

0 to 90 chronicles the CrossFit adventures of a know-nothing noob. For more 0 to 90 posts, click here.

If you missed part 1, we’re talking Acronyms For the CrossFit Noob. AFCFN, as they say (they don’t). So you’ve mastered WOD, EMOM (or EOMOM), but you’re still getting confused by the rest. Huss Poos? Crate 2 Barrel? Pharmacy? 

Have no fear, citizens! CrossFit Decoder Ring part II is here to save you!

Me doing Chest-to-Bar pull-ups. Yep. That's totally what I look like now.

Me doing Chest-to-Bar pull-ups. Yep. That's totally what I look like now.

Kip: Not an acronym, but foundational to many of the acronyms described below. Kipping means you curl your body forward, then backward, while holding a pull-up or gymnastics bar. They key is, you aren’t swinging. Think of it as an going from an open parenthesis to a closed one: ( -> ). 

T2B: Toes To Bar. Jump up to a pull up bar, Kip, and on the closed parenthesis, bring your toes up to the bar. Oh, the glory of the first time I heard the satisfying THUM of my toes smacking that bar into shape, and doubled by the fact that my wife hadn’t done it yet. ( -> For record, this makes one of exactly two things that she hasn’t already beaten me in. Also, she birthed our three kids. I didn’t.) 

K2E: Knees To Elbows. What my wife has to do instead of T2B. ( -> Hoping she doesn’t read this.)

KB: Kettle Bell. Oh look, a cute little circle with a handle attached. Wrong! Cute little death ball more like. Actually, Kettle Bells enable us to do all kinds of pretty incredible natural movements. Problem is, many of us don’t move naturally. 

C2B Pullups: Chest To Bar Pull-Ups. Kip hard enough that you can pull your chest (not your chin) up to the bar, then swing down. I still don’t have these, but want them.

HSPU: Hand Stand Push Up. Stand on your hands against a wall, lower your head to the ground, press up. Other than any exercise involving rings, this is pretty much my holy grail in CrossFit. Such a cool exercise, and not awkward at all to bust out at parties, in shopping malls, or government facilities. Try it!

PR: Personal Record. The best you’ve ever done of a thing. My PR for full HSPUs: 1. Trying for more, but it’s a slow process!

1RM: 1 Rep Max. If you only do one of the thing, how much weight can you lift/pull/press? CrossFit has a really great rhythm of building toward 1RMs, but not making every workout about them.

Me looking at you upside-down. Took this during the shoot for my role in 300: Dawn of Awesome. You should really try this. Really. 

Me looking at you upside-down. Took this during the shoot for my role in 300: Dawn of Awesome. You should really try this. Really. 

Rx: Prescription. Doing the exercise at the prescribed weight. Prescriptions are usually dialed in to give a good workout to seasoned CrossFitters, so for the rest of us, Prescription is a goal.

There you have it folks. Secrets revealed. Encryptions unlocked. Get out there and ( -> ) your way to glory.