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Humble Pie: A Not So Tasty Paleo Treat And A Good Lesson in Scaling
(written by Dan Hollingsworth)
I’m just going to put this out there, yesterday’s WOD whooped my butt. Those dang barbell overhead walks, left me very humbled, rather frustrated and just a bit sore about the neck (Dr. Morgan, do you have any openings?).
Did this have to be? No, this was all pretty much my own fault. Chalk it up to a case of forgetting to check my ego at the door. Just because I have been doing this stuff for 4 years doesn’t mean I can’t still learn a lesson or two. The lesson yesterday was “You can’t Rx 185# barbell overhead walks.” It’s not like I didn’t test it out. I worked my way up to the Rx’d weight and thought it felt okay, but there is a big difference between walking a few feet in the gym and trying to walk 40m outside. Just 30m into the first round I dropped weight to 165#. I struggled with this weight for 2 additional rounds before finally dropping to 135#, which was still a gnarly weight for me. I was pretty demoralized at this point then going over to fight with the 95# barbell farmer carry after that was just rubbing salt in the wounds. Fortunately no kids were around because I may have let a few expletives slip out.
The point of this whole rambling mess of a post is that scaling isn’t just for the new people. Scaling isn’t just for the slower people. At some point, pretty much everybody is going to have to scale a WOD or two, regardless of who they are. Can you say King Kong? Scaling a WOD should not be looked at as a badge of shame or scarlet letter. Scaling a WOD is just what you have to do to get the desired stimulus from the workout. The point of our program isn’t to get everybody to the point where they are hitting every WOD Rx’d. The point of the program is to push people beyond their comfort zones through high intensity workouts, if that means you have to drop a bit of weight to go faster, then by all means, DROP WEIGHT. If that means that you have to shave off some reps to finish the WOD in a reasonable timeframe, then by all means, SHAVE OFF REPS. Regardless of what manner you have to scale the WOD, just remember: CHECK YOUR EGO AT THE DOOR.