Workout Wednesday – EMOM?

Workout Wednesday – EMOM?

It’s Wednesday and from the moment I opened my eyes I’ve thought about only one thing — working out.


In truth, it’s mostly because I could feel the stiffness in my muscles from yesterday’s workout AND I’m looking forward to another session in the gym tonight!!


Last Night’s Workout

Sometimes walking into the gym for my Crossfit class is like walking into a foreign classroom– and trying to decipher the board requires a dictionary and an expert in hieroglyphics.  Last night’s workout board looked like this:

  • W/U – OYO
  • Gymnastics – 50 ABMAT SitUps
  • Endurance
    • EMOM (10min)
      • 2 HRPU
      • 2 squats
      • 2 burpees
      • 20 SU
  • MetCon
    • 1 – 10/ 10 – 1
      • Deadlift (135/115)
      • Toes to Bar

Let’s translate this, shall we?

W/U = Warm Up

OYO = On your Own

Basically, we all just warmed up whichever way we wanted.  I rowed for 500m and did some light stretching.  Others did walking lunges and some air squats.  Anything works if it gets you good and warm.


Gymnastics was just 50 ab mat situps — our gym provides ab mats, which are little cushions you put under your lower back while you do pushups.  These little cushions make your abs really have to stretch each time.  I always feel these in the very top of my abs the most the next day.


EMOM = Every Minute on the Minute

HRPU = Hand Release Push Ups

SU = Single Under Jump Ropes

For Endurance, we started the clock and had to complete the 2 pushups, 2 squats, 2 burpees, and 20 jump rope singles in under a minute.  Whatever time was left in that minute was rest before starting again.  We did this for a full 10 minutes which meant 10 full rounds of all the exercises.  It was super fun and I was dripping sweat by the end!


MetCon = Metabolic Conditioning

TTB = Toes to Bar

1-10 / 10- 1 Deadlifts & Toes to Bar

For this workout, you have two exercises (last night was deadlifts and Toes to Bar) that you alternate between.  Each round you increase reps on the first exercise and decrease reps on the second exercise.  Your workout will progress as follows:

  • 1 Deadlift, 10 Toes To Bar
  • 2 Deadlifts, 9 Toes to Bar
  • 3 Deadlifts, 8 Toes to Bar
  • 4 Deadlifts, 7 Toes to Bar
  • 10 Deadlifts, 1 Toes to Bar

This workout really challenged my grip strength, forearms. and my ability to keep accurate count of my reps!




How are your workouts going?  

Are you in the gym, like me, or are you outside/at home/etc…?  

What other abbreviations/shorthands leave you in the dark?

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