"Yeah, but I scaled."
I hate hearing this - it's usually at the end of a WOD, when someone just crumpled to the floor, dead last by minutes, breathing hard while classmates go up to congratulate.
"Dude, that was awesome, way to fight through", "You did SO good!", "That was amazing, great job today", "Good job finishing, way to not give up!"
"Yeah, but I scaled"
As if scaling is something to be ashamed of, as if scaling is for the weak and the untrained.
As if scaling means you didn't do the workout - or your workout was less worthy because you scaled.
We are all in a constant state of scaling - even the elite of the elite, even the few who make it to the finals at The CrossFit Games
Double unders are scaled triple unders, MU are scaled weighted MU, 15' rope climbs are scaled 20' climbs.
Sure, they aren't called for in the WODs today, but what about tomorrow?
Scaling is how you get from where you are now to your future kickass self.
Scaling is how you stay safe and healthy.
Scaling is how you finish the workouts and feel obliterated after, using a band instead of just staring at the bar for 10 min willing yourself to get a pullup.
Scaling is how you improve your technique and learn to lift heavier.
Scaling, is not, however, something to be ashamed of or something that you can use to write off your WOD as a poor performance.
So next time you are crumpled on the floor gasping for air, be proud that you choose the right scale for you.
Be proud that you killed the WOD, and that the WOD killed you.
OPEN PREP WOD
Clap Push up
Med Ball BP - on back with med ball in hands on chest push ball into air catch and repeat
Bench Press Warm Up
(for 65% workout)
General Warm up
1x10 arm circles
1x10 sit ups
1x10 jumping jacks
1x10 push ups
Specific Warm up
2x3 clap push ups
2x3 med ball BP
1x5 50% bench press
1x4 60% bench press
Metcon (AMRAP - Reps)
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 10 minutes of:
10 Front Squats (95/65 lbs)
10 Alternating Front Racked Lunges (95/65 lbs)
10 Burpees Over the Barbell
Out of Town WOD
3 min AMRAP
3 Tuck Jumps
Rest 2 min between rounds