What is WOD? (Workout of the Day)


Okay so we’re getting a lot of emails asking What is WOD?
I figured I’d take a few minutes to answer it for you. I know many of you know the answer to What is WOD and what it entails, but I wanted to share with you the common definition of the acronym as well as my own interpretation of what WOD means to me.

What is WOD?

WOD stands for Workout of the Day and is a commonly used phrase used in crossfit and other workout regimens to mean an exercise plan you take on for a specified amount of time each day.


To further elaborate on this, I’ll throw in my interpretation of what WOD means. A workout of the day is when you take time out of your day to make yourself better physically, mentally, and spiritually. It’s not just lifting weights nor is it doing burpees till you puke. I think it is truly a time that you can leave the world behind and focus on you, yourself, and I. I believe that when you are just focusing on your mental and physical well-being during a workout, you truly get the most out of it. Working out is not just something that keeps you fit, it should become part of your life, and your daily routine. So go ahead and do your body a favor and get out there and get active! Your body will thank you.

Here’s an example WOD (workout of the day) that will get your endorphin’s pumpin’! If you’d like, you can treat this as today’s WOD:
Example WOD - What is WOD

“Hope”– Three rounds of:

75 pound Power snatch
Box jump, 24″ box
75 pound Thruster
Chest to bar Pull-ups ( I exchanged this with wall ball shots)

This is a 5 minute round from which you get a 1 minute break in-between each round. The clock doesn’t stop between exercises. When that 1 minute runs out, you must move to next station immediately for good score. One point is given for each rep. Here is the HOPE scorecard if you wish to write it down or keep track.

So What is WOD? Well now you know! Post your comment below and let me know your HOPE score (I got 155) along with your own definition of WOD and feel free to ask any questions about WOD or the exercises presented in the article.
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    • John McConnell
    • July 11, 2012

    I have a lot of friends that I work with who have memberships at CrossFit gyms, and they are always trying to convince me to join. Is joining a gym absolutely necessary to complete WODs? Is there certain equipment that you would need? I feel like this is something you could do anywhere, really. Also, where are these WODs posted everyday? Thank you!

      • Seth
      • July 11, 2012

      I don’t have any membership at a gym. I do them all at my neighborhood gym. Its not necessary at all to join a gym. If you already have a membership at a gym other than crossfit you should be able to find all the equipment there. I will try and post a WOD 5-6 days a week. Let me know if you need anything else John

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