How is your journey going? Are you hitting your goals? Are your goals fighting against you, without giving in? One of my workout buddies this week tossed out a challenge. After making the comment, I fail to finish things, the challenge was tossed out there to become a ‘finisher’.
This, not being a finisher thing, is something new for me. It use to be, I didn’t know when to stop. Have I lost all my competitiveness? Have I not found something to inspire me? What is going on, that makes me stop just when I get started?
Really there are more questions than answers. But for this session, I’m going to discuss the application of scaling. You see each athlete is very different. And what your body allows you to make it through, will differ from day to day, week to week, movement to movement. You’ve got to listen to your body while finding that delicate balance of pushing yourself to hit goals you could not previously reach. When getting started and for the length of your journey you must set your finish line for each task you take on.
Last week one of our prescribed workouts included thrusters. A lots of thrusters for someone like me. So much that I failed to return to the gym for an entire week because I was so sore. This in large part because I pushed myself to finish what was on the board, not simply finish what I knew my body was capable of. Now that should never be the outcome of exercise, not returning to the gym for long period of time. When getting started returning to the gym on a very regular basis is key. So scaling to allow that to happen is key.
Scaling can come in multiple ways. It’s important to speak with your coach to work through what’s right for you. This week we again had thrusters in the workout. It was suppose to be 10 rounds of work. Knowing what I had previously gone through, I calculated the reps and decided it would be best for me to do only 5 rounds of work. I got in a great workout. And with continued progress I will make it to 10 rounds, that day was simply not today. Other ways to scale include the modification of movements or reduction of weight being lifted. Key is, keeping with a consistent workout schedule and sticking to it. The volume, weight, speed at which you execute will only improve over time.
Scaling is your friend! Especially if you are just getting started. Arrive a few minutes early to class if you have concerns or want to talk through specific scaling options with you coach.
Back to my friends comments about becoming a finisher:) It’s a good challenge for me to push and this is the balance needed in my workouts. Sometimes I scale too much. Finding someone who knows yo well enough to know when to push you vs when to allow your scaled finish line to be the finish is key. Find workout partners and coaches who support this, and who will support you in what you need to become your best self.