T Nation

T-Nation Alphabet Soup

Ahh, the humble acronym. A simple means by which to take big groups of commonly used words and smash them down to a couple of letters. One problem: if you’re a little new to the group using those acronyms, they ain’t helping you much. With that in mind, I thought I would start a thread to help demystify the alphabet soup you typically find here on T-Nation. I know when I first started out here I had NO idea what most of these things meant either and slowly (at times painfully) got up to speed. My list is by no means exhaustive (and my apologies to any contributors I overlooked), but hopefully it gets you started off on the right foot.

Again, this is a list based on the most commonly-used acronyms more than anything else. Maybe we can keep this list updated over time and in an easy to access form (so please be nice to the mods. LOL) Hopefully this can be a bit of a community effort, so if there is something I missed (I know how impossible that seems), post it.

CS - Charles Staley
Chris Shugart (occasionally as CS, but usually just Chris or Shugs)
CT - Christian Thibaudeau (also might see Thibs)
CW - Chad Waterbury (also might see C-Dub)
DJ - Dan John
EC - Eric Cressey
JB - Dr. John Berardi
MR - Mike Robertson
TC - TC Luoma

Training Programs:

Chad Waterbury
ABBH - Anti-Bodybuilding Hypertrophy (Parts 1 and 2)
Part 1 - http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=459341
Part 2 http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=459211

SFM - Strength Focused Mesocycle

QD - Quattro Dynamo

TTT - Triple Total Training

TBT - Total Body Training

SC - Singles Club

HH - Hybrid Hypertrophy

SOB - SOB Training

BBB - Big Boy Basics

For some reason, Chad’s programs seem to lend themselves very well to acronyms. Gold star for you CW!

Christian Thibaudeau
MS - Mutation Series
Part 1 http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=459214
Part 2 http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=459207
Part 3 http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=478828

OVT - Optimized Volume Training

EEB - East European Bodybuilding

EBT - Eccentric Base Training

Coach John Davies
FTF - Fat To Fire

FTF2 - Fat To Fire 2

B2B - Back To Basics

Dan John
OLAD - One Lift A Day

Eric Cressey/Mike Robertson
NNM - Neanderthal No More (Parts 1 through 5)
Part 1 http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=459379
Part 2 http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=459206
Part 3 http://www.t-nation.com/findArticle.do?article=04-004-training
Part 4 http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=472224
Part 5 http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do;?id=535872

Mike Mahler
CVT - Customized Volume Training

HOC - High Octane Cardio

Joe DeFranco
WSSB - West Side for Skinny Bastards

ME - Massive Eating by Dr. John Berardi (how to bulk up without being sloppy)
ME Reloaded Part 1 http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=459429
ME Reloaded Part 2 http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=459431

TD - T-Dawg Diet (a personal fave of mine that I am doing right now)

On a side note, you might wanna avoid calling Chris Shugart’s super-popular Velocity Diet “VD” for 2 reasons:

  1. The obvious; and
  2. Chris might come to your house, roll you around in carpet tacks and then dip you in rubbing alcohol. Seriously. He’ll do it. Stick with V-Diet.

TBW - total body weight
LBM - lean body mass
P+F - protein plus fat meal
P+C - protein plus carbs (both P+F and P+C are given a nice overview in this article by Shugs, “The Essential Berardi”: http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=460027 )
GPP - general physical preparedness (nice CW article on this at http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=468125 )

General fun:
IMO - In my opinion
IMHO - In my humble opinion
wrt - with regards to
LOL - laugh out loud
LMAO - laughing my ass off
ROFL - rolling on floor laughing

So there you have it! You’re very own Enigma machine for cracking the T-Nation code. Hopefully this can get you off to a fairly good start and I’m sure other members will chime in as well.

Dangerously hardcore = good times.

Dangerously confused = not good times.


  • Return with honor.

Great post, Kuz. Not much to add.

TEF: Thermic Effect of Feeding
PWO (nutrition): post workout (nutrition)

Other less common ones…
AFAIK: As far as I know
IANAL: I am not a lawyer

Training related:
(n)RM: (number of) Rep Max
HGH: Human Growth Hormone
AAS: Androgenic Anabolic Steroids

Political forum:
GWB: (He who) Goes Without Brain

Good thread eh,

Addition. THE DAMN Article Library works!~!~!!!

Use the above listed names and do a search under Authors and wala anything EVER published by them on T-Nation.

Or serch by diet, training, whatever your inteterest may be.

Also gotta add the thread stated by Vroom for newbies, it is loaded with links and such like above from a plethora of posters.


And heres a newbie bulking tips thread from a while back:


Great idea and hope these help,

Give that man a T-shirt.

Good job Kuz…

LL - Dr. Lonnie Lowery
ROM - range of motion

NB3 - Next Big 3

…come to mind.

Great job Kuz!!

How’s the back this a.m.?

[quote]rainjack wrote:
Great job Kuz!!

How’s the back this a.m.?[/quote]

The back is doing a little better, but there is some discomfort. I’m guessing I need to lay off all pulling exercises for about a week (I hope not more than that).

Good Halo session last night, RJ. Your son is quite the up and coming player.

Yeah - but what about me, Kuz? Was I awesome or what? LMAO!!!

I think you might need a little practice, but you will come along nicely. :wink: FYI, that little punk from NY that was making fun of your accent ticked me off. When he was on my team he kept saying “Dude, we’re a great team!” I almost told him, “Get off my back - I’m sick of carrying your punk ass.” lol

[quote]boonville410 wrote:
Good job Kuz…

LL - Dr. Lonnie Lowery
ROM - range of motion

NB3 - Next Big 3

…come to mind.[/quote]

Ahhh! LL! Mea culpa!

Good to see that there’s some other gamers in the nation. Sometimes I feel bad about my little closet obsession.

[quote]usaffirefighter wrote:
Good to see that there’s some other gamers in the nation. Sometimes I feel bad about my little closet obsession.[/quote]

Be out in the open, brother! I think I am going to start a gaming thread, see if we can get people to meet up for matches and such.

This is a great thread, and should be required reading for anyone new to this site. Nice work, Kuz!

THANKS!!! Im glad someone put them all together!!!

VOS - Volume of Strength

best thread ever

Good stuff, did anyone mention…

PCT = Post-cycle therapy
I guess that’s not an exclusive T-Nation thing but still, important to know…

Kuz, that was very Vroom of you, great job very helpful indeed.

awesome thread Kuz…how long did that take you?