Workout of the Day:

3 attempts at a Farmers Walk. Pick a weight and see how far you can walk with it. Aim for 50-100m

3 attempts at a L-Hold from the bars. Record your maximum time.


Frequently Abused Crossfit Terms: “Chipper” – Will

Chipper workouts take their name from a wood chipper – a big machine where you feed branches in one end, they go through the machine and a big pile of chippings and wood pulp comes out the other end.

In chipper workouts, no particular sequence is repeated – you do one exercise, followed by another, followed by another until you make it through. Athletes go in one end, and a pile of unresponsive, sweaty bodies come out the other. The most famous example would be the Filthy Fifty:

50 Box jump, 24 inch box
50 Jumping pull-ups
50 Kettlebell swings, 1 pood
Walking Lunge, 50 steps
50 Knees to elbows
50 Push press, 45 pounds
50 Back extensions
50 Wall ball shots, 20 pound ball
50 Burpees
50 Double unders

in which you complete all the reps of the first exercise before moving to the second, all the reps of the second before moving to the third etc. For most people, this is a long and horrible workout, and the term “chipper” is often mis-applied to mean any long, horrible workout. There are plenty of short chippers as well, such as “Jackie”:

1000m Row
50 Thrusters, 20kg
30 Pullups

and the CFLA Baseline

500m Row
40 Squats
30 Situps
20 Pushups
10 Pullups

A fast Jackie will be mid 5s to low 6s, and the Baseline is easily doable under 5 minutes (or sub 4, with a little work). Neither have any reapeated round structure and are therefore chipper workouts – in one end, out the other.

Workouts like “Barbara” are not chippers – if something has “5 rounds” in it’s description, there’s going to be some repetition. “Angie” is a chipper – complete all reps of one exercise before moving to the next etc etc

Now that you know this, you can stop calling every workout over 20minutes a chipper, and start giving out to any and all perpetuaters of misinformation around you who do.