WORKOUT: Get chippin’!
2 x 30 Pullups, 30 Wtd Squat, 30 Hang Clean, 30 Burpees
Finish with Assault Bike Sprint: 1 min (rest 45) 45 sec (rest 30) 30 sec (rest 15) 15 sec
I rarely program Chippers (read that as “almost never”)
Though big rep workouts aren’t new, they became famous through CrossFit.
Unfortunately they are the go-to workout for desperate trainers trying to entertain clients and justify boutique prices.
And that’s true…”chipper gyms” in the CrossFit world are scoffed at…places where programming takes a backseat to writing-big-reps-on-the-whiteboard.
I get it, really I do. I know people like to think they are training for the Games…and want to hang out and touch themselves after the Filthy 50. Chippers can sure make it seem like a worthwhile that’s-why-I-pay-so-much hour. And it’s a bonding thing. Psst, me and you, let’s snapchat our sweat angels!
But I’m hard-pressed to find a purpose. In fact, everyone is. Ask the coaches/trainers at your gym, why they program chippers….and you’ll get as many answers.
It’s a long aerobic workout, it’s a go-hard power workout, it’s a strength workout (I’m sure someone would say that), it’s a way to work all the pathways. And that’s what a weekend cert and some dry erase boards get ya.
1) Chippers serve no functional purpose. Doing 30-50 reps of multiple exercises will not improve day-to-day functional movements like going up stairs, carrying laundry, etc. In fact, form degrades so much on big-rep days, it’s often hard to watch or imagine how the person is making real-world functional applications.
2) Chippers serve little physiological purpose. Even for endurance athletes, there are much more efficient and effective designs to work the appropriate pathway. For most every-day fitness buffs (ie, non-experts in the movements), chippers are exercises in pathway frustration, where people go too low and too slow.
So we have people bashing the runner/biker LSD days…who then turn around and do a Chipper….an LSD day…seriously, really? How about try and know somethin’.
So, I see little value for overall fitness.
Except.….(hear the drum roll?)
That’s why I got a hankerin’ for some Chippin’!
There’s something about staring down 50 Burpees or 60 Wall Ball that just sharpens the mental toughness.
That’s the name, Chipper…you just gotta chop wood and keep making positive forward progress.
You know…just hunker down, bring a sandwich-type shit.
You gotta make badass decisions about steppin’ out and, if so, then gettin’ back in!
Done properly, it’s just really ugly stuff!
If you’re on a steady diet of Chippers at your chipper-gym, be concerned.
But if you cue 1 up every few cycles, then rock them out…eat them up…regardless of any physiological benefits, know that they are turning the mind to steel!