“Chelsea” revisited

Monday night we revisited “Chelsea.” Five pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 air-squats every minute on the minute for 30 minutes. I started out doing unassisted kipping pull-ups and kept this up for the first nine rounds. Somewhere during that time I went, on the push-ups, to five regular and five knee push-ups, because I guess the pull-ups were killing the push-ups. After round 9 I switched to jumping pull-ups and eight knee push-ups. Eventually I had to lower my reps on the squats as well, to 12.
Everybody was happy when this workout was over, and those of us who had done a bunch of unassisted pull-ups had ripped, raw calluses on our hands. I’ve been sore ever since. I went back last night (Wednesday) and we did several sets of Sotts presses alternated with dead-hang pull-ups, then some sets of hanging leg-raises (toes to bar), then 100 kettlebell swings (16 kg for me). Three or four of us had also done “Chelsea” on Monday and last night’s pull-ups and KB swings were really hard on the poor sore hands. My hands look really gross, but I found myself showing them to my coworkers just because of the sheer weirdness of it.

CrossFit Workout: Chelsea

Hooverball was fun. I was so sore afterwards that I felt like I had the flu. I took a fabulous nap on the couch around 5:00 and slept the sleep of the recovering. Yesterday I felt noticeably better by evening than I felt when I woke up. I like when that happens.
Tonight’s workout was Chelsea. (Don’t ask why the name. I don’t know.) Chelsea consists of 30 1-minute rounds in which you have to complete 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 air squats. The goal is to finish in under a minute so that you have several seconds to rest before the next minute is called.
If you can’t keep up, you’re supposed to do as many rounds correctly and on time as you can, then keep track of how many more rounds you complete by the time the 30 minutes are up. Alternatively, you can reduce the reps for one or more exercises and stay with the timing. That’s what I did. I also substituted jump-to-support pull-ups with a controlled full descent instead of traditional pull-ups, which would have ruined my time and my number of rounds.
I did the first five rounds as written and on time. After the first five, I did 7, 6, or sometimes only 5 push-ups (my slowest exercise when tired). This allowed me to finish every round about 10 seconds before the next round started. I was pleased with my ability to stay on time for the whole 30 minutes, though I’d rather be able to say I did all the pull-ups without substitution or assistance. Maybe some day!
This is a good workout to do at home if you have a pull-up bar and no other equipment.