The Chipper

Chippers are workouts that have a lot of quick-moving variety … and make you feel like you went through a chipper. We walked into the gym last night and Dave was silently brooding over the whiteboard, carefully choosing our workout components for the evening. Tom and I and a couple of others stood far behind him, murmuring nervously every time Dave added another workout task to the list.
For time:
10 deadlifts (men 80 Kg, women 60 Kg)
run around building
25 kettlebell swings (men 24 Kg, women 16 Kg)
two lengths of lunges with an overhead kettlebell (men 16 Kg, women 12 Kg)
row 500 meters
two lengths bearcrawl
10 pull-ups
25 wall-ball throws (men 20-pound ball, women 12 pounds)
10 pull-ups
25 push-ups
50 air squats
I finished in 20:03. It wasn’t as bad as it looked on the whiteboard—as Dave pointed out, none of the tasks are that difficult on their own. I took them one at a time and tried not to look ahead. During the “12 days of CrossFit” workout right before Christmas, I had quickly grasped the benefits of not thinking ahead. That one was such a whopper that this chipper seemed to go by fast.
I was pleased with being able to do the first set of 10 pull-ups unassisted. I did them in two sets of five, kipping style. For assistance with the second set of 10, I used one of the big rubberbands over the bar.
After the workout, I rested a few minutes and then Erika and I practiced ring dips on the low rings for a while. Before we left I couldn’t resist seeing if I could jump high enough to grasp the highest rings, which I did. So I did a few swings and fun skin-the-cat dismounts. Dave joked that he had not given me enough work to do, and gave me a nice compliment on being athletic. I basked in that because he seems like he wouldn’t say something he didn’t mean. I just wish I’d had the nerve and the quality phys-ed in grade school to have explored sports and strength at a young age. I was a total disaster in gym class. I’m making up for it now.
I wonder how many of my gym acquaintances feel that way too.