RX, as prescribed. The gold standard of the CrossFit world. What every CrossFit athlete hopes to eventually achieve (perhaps there’s even RX+ in your future). But at this moment, scaled is where I’m at and I’m happy there. I still push and try to build my lifts and endurance and I’m thrilled when I do achieve an RX workout. I think, though, it is time to celebrate the scaled athlete. I see scaled divisions fill up so quickly in CrossFit competitions so why is the Scaled-Only Competition so rare? I would love, love, love to see a nation-wide (am I getting on too grand of a scale here?) scaled-only CrossFit competition (for a great cause, of course, maybe like the Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio?).
A scaled-only competition would allow scaled athletes to compete and not be overshadowed by RX and professional-level athletes. Plus, you could even have a division that maybe didn’t even use barbells. A few years ago, our box put on a “Winter Wod-Land” Competition that had a “Bootcamp” division which was basically a No-Bar division – I thought this was great! What an awesome opportunity for those that weren’t comfortable with the bar yet but still enjoyed CrossFit style workouts and were working at their comfort level of scaling which just happened not to utilize a bar yet.
I think there could be drawbacks of a Scaled-Only competition, perhaps the biggest one would be the same as all other CrossFit competitions that have a scaled division – sorting people out that should be in the RX division. One box in Murfreesboro, TN (CrossFit Rampage) held a scaled only competition. They had an extensive questionnaire to help their competition team understand the exact abilities of athletes applying as scaled. A simple coach to coach phone call could also help the event staff know the level of the athlete. I salute you CrossFit Rampage for recognizing your scaled athletes and investing in their confidence!
So, I’m throwing this out as something NorthEast Ohio definitely needs, Ohio probably could use, and CrossFit HQ should certainly consider – highlight your developing athletes by shining a spotlight on the scaled divisions and recognizing we all need to start somewhere.