CrossFitters have developed their own vocabulary. If you don’t believe me, just ask one of your non-CrossFitting friends. They’ll tell you they have no idea what the <bleep> you're talking about half the time.
At Wildcat CrossFit, we have added an original phrase to the CrossFit lexicon...and it is catching on. Today, we introduce this phrase to the world. The phrase: “chuckle it up.”
Chuckle It Up chuc'kle [Eng.],phrase: to laugh softly in a low tone, in mild amusement as you goad another athlete into lifting heavier than the Rx’d weight during a CrossFit workout.
In other words, “the chuckle” is that snarky comment that comes from one of your "friends" intended to influence you to work harder, lift heavier, and generally do more than everybody else is doing. This form of peer pressure is particularly effective if you’re already kind of a bad-ass. In addition to getting “chuckled-up,” athletes can also “chuckle themselves up” by doing a heavier weight than prescribed on a WOD, just to show that they’re, you know, a bad-ass.
Chuckling, as a rule, goes only in one direction: UP. Sure, athletes do less than the Rx weight at times. This is CrossFit, everybody struggles with something. “No, you don't chuckle someone down, you idiot!”, said a prominent Wildcat Chuckler, “What would be the point of that?"
Do you think you might have been chuckled during a workout, but you’re just not sure? Here are some classic Chuckles gleaned from the Wildcat Chuckler Archives:
- "What's up bro? That's your warmup weight, right? Hehehe."
- “You don’t mind that this workout is a lot easier for you, cause you’re a lot stronger than me do you? Hehehe.”
- "You're not using 95 for Fran are you? Hahahahaha."
- “Is that weight gonna be heavy enough for you? Hahahahaha.”
Chuckling isn’t all fun and games. Using heavier weight means athletes finish workouts more slowly than they otherwise would with the lighter, Rx'd weights.
"I haven't been at the top of the whiteboard for months 'cause of this guy,” one bad-ass Wildcat CrossFitter said recently. “If the kettlebell weight is 35, he wants me to go at least 53. And why does every “Nancy” have to be a “Heavy Nancy”? Yeah, I'm getting stronger, but I want to win once in a while too."