Scaling is the way to equalize the workout, right? It means that newer athletes get the same benefit from a workout that everyone gets. If this is the case, why do folks say things like “Yeah, but I scaled it”? What does that word really mean?
Here’s what some seem to THINK it means. 1. Scaling is for the weak. 2. Dropping the weight means no work happened. 3. The athlete is less worthy for having scaled.
Everything is a scaled version of something else. Push-ups against the wall are scaled push-ups on a box, which are scaled push-ups on your knees, which are scaled push-ups on your toes, which are scaled ring push-ups, which are scaled push-ups with your feet on a box, which are scaled hand stand push-ups, which are scaled ring hand stand push-ups etc etc etc. Every move can be made easier; every move can be made harder. Every move builds skills needed for another move.
How often do you look at the WOD and think, “Oh man, I (still) don’t have that move”? Guess what? That’s okay. Scaling allows you to benefit from the workout.
What if there was no scaled version of pull-ups? Almost all athletes would spend the entire workout either staring at the bar, or hanging from the bar. Who would come back to the gym after that?
Scaling makes you stronger, faster, better.
Never beat yourself up for scaling.
Scaling is acceptable, for anyone, for however long it is needed, at any time.
Scaled to Perfection.