This article is a great read. And timely, although it seems like a message like this is always relevant, isn’t it? But it might be especially helpful if you are considering doing the CrossFit Modig Member Competition and have been agonizing about whether to do the Rx or the Scaled Division. This is the deal. First, the point of the member competition is not for you to feel stressed and to worry about embarrassing yourself or performing poorly. It’s just not possible to do either. Refresh your memory on what the CrossFit Modig community is all about. It’s about celebrating each other’s successes, cheering the loudest for the last to finish and all the while having a boatload of fun. Take a couple minutes to read the following article from Words With Lisbeth and then sign up for the competition with the primary goal of having fun with your fellow Modiggers!
Scaling Is Not An Apology
Scaling is an adjustment of the workout to your individual needs. Scaling is not an apology or an excuse. And it’s not some bullshit way to talk down to yourself or anybody else.
The ubiquitous use of the term scaled is kind of unfortunate in our fitness world because it’s an ill-fitting term, but it’s too late now to go back and change the word.
If I could, I’d call it something more apt like “tailored” because everybody understands that clothing off the rack doesn’t always fit right, so you go to the tailor and get it fitted to your body. What good scaling does is tailor the workout to you.
But in our fitness world, as we increasingly geek over data, we seek to find more ways to make everything uniform so that we can measure who is the fittest or the fastest or the strongest or the best. So we make one super-human standard and everyone else has to adjust off that standard. I get it. Makes sense. I used to be into that, but most of the time now I really don’t care for dick-measuring contests, but that’s just me.
See, I’m just me and I do my thing. Do I want to beat the person next to me in the workout? Oh hell yeah, sometimes I do. And sometimes I don’t give a flying frisbee. Sometimes I just want to still be breathing at the end of the workout. A little stronger, a little smarter, a little sexier, right?