Thursday 5-2-2013


Thursday 5-2-2013

Workout of the Day
EMOM 8 minutes:
3 Deadlift – Choose a challenging weight
6 Burpees

Rest 2:00
Amrap 8 minutes:
3 Push Jerk 135/95
15 Double Unders or sub 10 Tuck Jumps


“Yeah, but I scaled.”I hate hearing this – its usually at the end of a WOD, when someone just crumpled to the floor, dead last by minutes, breathing hard while classmates go up to congratulate.”Dude, that was awesome, way to fight through”, “You did SO good!”, “That was amazing, great job today”, “Good job finishing, way to not give up!”

“Yeah, but I scaled”

As if scaling is something to be ashamed of, as if scaling is for the weak and the untrained.

As if scaling means you didn’t do the workout – or your workout was less worthy because you scaled.

It isn’t.

We are all in a constant state of scaling – even the elite of the elite, even the few who make it to the finals at The CrossFit Games

Double unders are scaled triple unders, MU are scaled weighted MU, 15′ rope climbs are scaled 20′ climbs.

Sure, they aren’t called for in the WODs today, but what about tomorrow?

Scaling is how you get from where you are now to your future kickass self.

Scaling is how you stay safe and healthy.

Scaling is how you finish the workouts and feel obliterated after, using a band instead of just staring at the bar for 10 min willing yourself to get a pullup.

Scaling is how you improve your technique and learn to lift heavier.

Scaling, is not, however, something to be ashamed of or something that you can use to write off your WOD as a poor performance.

So next time you are crumpled on the floor gasping for air, be proud that you choose the right scale for you.

Be proud that you killed the WOD, and that the WOD killed you.

4 Responses

  1. Bon-E

    “Scaling is how you get from where you are now to your future kick-ass self.”

    I don’t know for sure – but I just might have the above tattooed, on my forehead.

    Great post – Thanks!

  2. Monica

    So nice to hear. Especially, since our TX box is all about competition. Thanks for always keeping things in perspective, Alpine. Missing ya. -Sean and Monica

  3. RZ

    So great to hear from you Monica and thanks for the note!! We miss you too!! Take care down there and keep working hard