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In CrossFit, the word chipper doesn't have any reference to one's mood or well-being. In fact, it typically represents some monumental, grinder of a workout whereby a series of movements are linked together one after another. An example of a chipper would include Filthy-fifty or the Nutts hero workouts. Sometimes chipper workouts are done in a team or partner format, or sometimes it's just you against the clock. Either way, it's all fun and games until someone develops a case of rhabdo just kidding!
The atypical chipper in Crossfit is composed of 5 to 10 movements done at a moderate level and is designed to push the metabolic condition of the athlete(s) who find themselves lucky enough to be participating in one of these workouts. One thing is for certain, Chippers both test and push your limits. And bottom line, as much as I hate them, they're one of my favorite workout formats. Heck, you get to do a bunch of stuff, hang out with friends, and tax your system all in one session what else could you ask for? (besides the obvious ice bath afterwards?)
Coach Fidds and I were partners and completed this one in 33:33 (a funny aside, I screwed up and jumped to KB swings without doing pull-ups, so we had to swings and go back and do the pull-ups so we actually did 125 kb swings yes, very dumb on my part)
I love a good chipper! but there seams to be suggestions that they should only be done once in a blue moon (ie 3 6 months?!?) not sure where this suggestion came from, but would be good to get your thoughts on it
My thoughts are: While I guess theres more opportunity for injury in a long work out if a chipper is designed right, an athlete should be able to maximise power output throughout a longer duration. and really we should be training for GPP which is the unknown and unknowable (not 5-20minute wods).
Hey Cheongy! Thanks for the comment. I agree the programming has to be constantly varied and ultimately much of it does prepare us for all round GPP. I dont mind a good chipper every once and a while but I leave it up to the person doing the programming to decide the frequency. That way Im never ontop of what is going to be on the board tomorrow, or the next day, or the next day and in essence, surprised every time I come into the box and check out the WOD.