To Scale or Not to Scale

Modifying workouts—scaling—is the foundation of CrossFit.

For athletes who clearly have or do not have the appropriate levels of strength, skill and conditioning, the path is clear. But what about athletes who are close to those levels or athletes on the verge of a major breakthrough? And what about athletes whose egos tend to influence their decisions?

Here’s exactly what coaches and athletes need to know to make the right decision about whether to scale the Open workout each week.

How Does Scaling Work?

The Open started in 2011, and as the sport progressed, the skills and loads needed to test the best athletes in the world became more difficult for the average person to handle. For example, a 265-lb. snatch was needed to find out Ben Smith was 12 seconds fitter than Jeff Evans on Workout 17.3. The introduction of the scaled versions of Open workout in 2015 allowed more people to compete, which is what the Open is all about, Director of the CrossFit Games Dave Castro explained in this video.

A few things to note about Open scaling:

  • An athlete may finish the Open with a final ranking determined by a combination of scaled and prescribed workouts.
  • An athlete who chooses to perform a scaled workout will be ranked on the Leaderboard relative to all other athletes who performed the scaled version of that workout but below all athletes who performed the workout as prescribed.
  • If an athlete performs any workouts as prescribed, he or she will remain on the competitive Leaderboard.
  • The Open also features a scaled-only Leaderboard. In order to remain on the scaled-only Leaderboard, an athlete must perform all the Open workouts scaled.
  • An athlete’s score from a scaled workout cannot contribute toward a team’s score. However, an athlete who performs scaled workouts is still eligible to participate on his or her affiliate’s team as long as the athlete meets all the eligibility requirements.
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You are NOT your OPEN Score

The CrossFit Open season is about to start. 

For many of us, it is a stressful month filled with anxiety about “The Announcement of the Workout,” our strategies, our multiple attempts to improve our score and even some sleepless nights in anticipation. Not to mention the unease of being judged by others who we feel may think less of us, afterwards.

In reality, the Open is just a fun, good way to test ourselves at five workouts to see how we stack up with the rest of the world. Or to test against your score last year, to see how far you have come. Especially, since so much time and dedication has been devoted to your attempt to “be the best that you can be.”

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Yes, You Can Do CrossFit

“I could never do CrossFit.”

Trainers often hear this statement from people who don’t do CrossFit, and I want to apologize for giving you the wrong impression.

I’m here to tell you CrossFit is not a sink-or-swim fitness program, and no minimum level of fitness is required.

You can do CrossFit—but I know why you doubt that.

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New Year’s Eve is a time to set goals: to eat better, to save more money, to work harder, to drink less. It’s Day 1 on the road to a “new you.” But this road, as we all know, is difficult to follow. Humans are notoriously bad at resisting temptation, especially (as research confirms) if we’re busy, tired or stressed. By Jan. 8, some 25 percent of resolutions have fallen by the wayside. And by the time the year ends, fewer than 10 percent have been fully kept.

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A Membership for Mental Health

I struggled with the decision of whether to attach my name to this piece or leave it anonymous. On the one hand, I consider myself a supporter of the End the Stigma campaign, which aims to change perspectives on mental health through open discussion of issues. However, once this article is published, I run the risk of clients or clients’ parents finding out about my own battles with mental illness.

When I think about it, though, my hesitance comes down to fear—fear that people will not be understanding or able to separate my mental health from my capabilities. Fear has been a companion of mine for a long time.

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Specialty Weightlifting Course_Coming to Replay CrossFit in 2018

Big News (in English & Romanian) to share with you:

We are super pleased to announce that CrossFit USA plans to bring their Specialty Weightlifting Course to our Box next year.

This amazing two-day course teaches the famous “Burgener” technique to safely reach your full lifting potential.

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Replay CrossFit Gift Voucher - Surprise someone today!

Now you can purchase Replay CrossFit Gift Memberships online and avoid the rush and hassle of hours at the Mall searching for unknown gifts.
Surprise your Best Friend Forever (BFF) or a Loved One.
It doesn't even have to be their Birthday or Christmas time or Name Day.
So simple and easy to do.

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You can make a difference too!

As a small family business, we don't use traditional marketing or paid advertising magazine articles to get the word out about Replay CrossFit. 

We rely on our awesome community to recommend us. That means we rely on you!

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Three CrossFit Myths That Make Affiliate Owners Crazy

“I’m going to get bulky.”

“I’m going to get injured.”

“I’m not fit enough for CrossFit.”

Experienced affiliate owners and coaches have been hearing these myths for years, and they’ve discovered ways to dispel them, helping people confront their fears and insecurities in the process.

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2017 Reebok CrossFit Games!

The CrossFit Games are the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth. They are world-renowned as a grueling test for the toughest athletes on Earth as well as a thrilling experience for spectators. Since its inception in 2007, the CrossFit Games have become “one of the fastest growing sports in America,” according to Forbes.

The CrossFit Games events are made up of a broad range of functional movements.

Functional movements move large loads, long distances, quickly. These movements also form the basis of our exercise program. 

At each CrossFit Games, the athletes engage in a series of challenges unknown to them until right before the competition. The combination of highly trained athletes and unknown events makes for an explosive mix. 

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