Scaling is GOOD. Seriously, though. Not only is it good, it’s GREAT. At ECCF, we encourage our athletes to scale. If you want to continue to see progress, grow as an athlete, hit heavier lifts, work towards more advanced movements, avoid injury, build resilience and enjoy a lifestyle of fitness forever, we need to see scaling in a new light.
In the early days of CrossFit, there was a stigma around scaling a workout. Being “scaled” or “modified” felt like it was frowned upon. It felt like if you didn’t get an Rx by your name, your workout was somehow “lesser than…”. Most gyms even had 2 sides of the board: scaled on one side, and Rx’d on the other. While a negative view of scaling was created, that wasn’t the original intention. The intention was to encourage growth. The original Rx’d was developed to give athletes something to strive towards. With time and training in the program, coaches wanted to see their athletes getting stronger, advancing to higher level movements and continuing to progress. So, pushing for that Rx’d workout was encouraged! But along the way, some negative results crept in.