Going Rx or choosing to scale is always a question by Athletes when they look at a workout.  Let’s face it, nobody wants to scale, everyone wants to do every workout as Rx.  The real questions we should be asking ourselves are: what is going to make us better, what is going to help us reach our goals faster?  Those are the last questions we ask ourselves because we are worried about the whiteboard or what our friends are doing.  The real answers come when we look at ourselves and what level we are truly at.  I ran across this article by ‘Eat to Perform’ and it really struck a cord in how we are programming and how we want all of our Athlete’s to think about either scaling or going Rx.

Here is a little snip-it of the article:

“How to Avoid Scaling All Your WODs: Why Going Rx is Preventing You From Going Rx” by Chris Norman

Quit Going Rx

Last but not least, going RX when you’re not ready to do so is only hurting you.  Sometimes I wish there wasn’t even such thing as “Rx”, as it can be the cause of many headaches while coaching.  Why do we prescribe Rx weights anyway?

  • Having an “Rx” keeps a lot of athletes motivated.  It gives them something to strive for, something to accomplish, and satisfaction when completed, knowing you performed the workout exactly as it was intended to be performed.

The Bad

  • It makes some athletes feel like they aren’t getting a good workout when scaled.  This is far from the truth.  With the exception of a few genetic freaks, everyone scaled at one point; it’s how you get better.

The Ugly

  • Rx can have the inverse effect and be a motivation-killer.  If you are a guy and can’t perform the WOD using the prescribed women’s weight, it can surely mess with your ego.
    What To Do About It

    It’s easy to fall into the “Rx trap” – that feeling that you need to do it Rx or you’re not really working out, or that you shouldn’t be proud of yourself.

    The fact of the matter is that regardless of what the Rx is, you should pick weights and scale in such a way that it challenges YOU.  Everyone is different, and everyone is at a different point in their fitness journey.

    Priority #1 should be safety (your technique).  If you can’t perform a movement/lift a certain amount weight with good technique, then you should scale.  Seriously!

    Priority #2 is consistency.  Can you maintain good technique for multiple reps?  If not, you may need to scale.

    Finally, priority #3 is intensity.  If you find yourself continually putting down the weight or stopping, then you should be scaling.  Select a weight and modification that allows you to stay moving.  Your conditioning will greatly improve this way.

    You can find this article in it’s entirety here  http://www.eattoperform.com/2013/09/06/how-to-avoid-scaling-all-your-wods/