Prescribed Scaling

I think Kelie Willson may have written this article:

I guess, while I understand some people’s frustration, I just don’t agree that it is helpful to post a “women’s weight” … unless you want to give women something to ignore and we’ll just lift heavier.

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7 Responses to “Prescribed Scaling”

  1. Kelie

    If I was smart enough, or if I thought anyone would listen I would have written this 🙂 I am just careful not to lift too heavy because I don’t want to bulk up !

  2. ebd10

    As a beginner, I can tell you that I use the ‘women’s weight’ more often than not. Gauge what you can handle and lift appropriaely. Leave your pride outside.

  3. Rick

    This discussion should morph into a good analysis of newtonian physics (2nd law I believe) – engineer dork heaven. Force=Weight=M X dv/dt. Or more commonly F=MA.

    This equation dictates why lighter people generally excel at intrinsic body resitive movements (a box jump for example), while larger people struggle, and conversely larger (meaning muscle not fat) people generally excel at moving weight (a dead lift for example). (lots of assumptions here!)

    Linear scaling to one’s individual mass is somewhat appropriate though it gets dicey because the force equation is exponential. In other words there is a reason why an ant can carry many times its weight, whereas a buffalo can’t. Which seems contradictory to what I just said doesn’t it!

    In the end it seems scaling to perhaps your individual maximum weight for a given exercise may make more sense? Or if you are still able to stand at the end of a WOD, you obviously need to scale it up a bit.

  4. Paul

    I agree with Rick. I think there is definitely a place for prescribing XX% of your individual 1 rep max in a WOD. It’s the easiest way to ensure that everyone gets the intended effect of the WOD. Also, nobody feels bad for scaling down or up, and more people get the positive mental benefit of receiving the RX (although there is certainly a place for the occasional very challenging RX, as well).