Friday 6/19

For time:
15-12-9
Sumo Deadlift High Pull @ 135/95
Overhead Squat @ 135/95

It breaks my heart/ makes my blood boil when I hear someone down play their score by following it up with “…yeah, but I scaled it.” So what? Did you try hard? Did the workout still hurt? Did you want to stop but kept going? In the grand scheme of things, i.e. your health and fitness, life does not care if you scaled your last 100 WODs. What matters is if you are getting healthier and fitter so that you can better handle whatever life decides to throw at you.

Scaling Is Not An Apology

Scaling is not an apology by lisbethScaling 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.

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