I figured while we are all on quarantine it would be fun (and nerdy 🤓) to gain a better understanding of why we scale and how does knowing this have significant impact on our daily workouts.
Why Do We Scale?
Ultimately, athletes scale workouts to ensure they are able to consistently display sound mechanics and technique while still being appropriately challenged, are remaining safe in the process, and the intended stimulus of the workout remains intact.
Here is an overview of what we’ll discuss across 4 discussions:
Part 1. Consistently display sound mechanics and technique.
Part 2. Appropriate dose to reap benefits
Part 3. Safe progressions within skill and strength abilities
Part 4. Relentless commitment to the intended stimulus
Today we address, Part 1 – Consistently display sound mechanics and technique. Technique is a combination of four generally recognized physical skills: accuracy, coordination, agility and balance. Take away any one of those skills and you’ve got a problem. Without accuracy you start to lack efficiency. You’re not going to be as quick, which is gonna blunt your power output. It’s also gonna begin to limit the amount of load that you can lift, … and I think without accuracy, under intensity you’re at higher risk for injury! So the more accurate you are, the faster you can go, the more power you can generate and the more results you can have overall.
We definitely need experimentation. We need to push the edge of we are able to perform well, and perform with consistency, but we also need A LOT of the basics. It goes a step further, as consistency also applies to programming and how doing so affects our athletes to do Part 1, really well. “Simplicity is key, and I think consistency is more important than sexy programming. I think we see that all the time—you’re gonna get results with people being consistent, and you don’t need to keep them attracted by all these bells and whistles. The simplicity is part of the beauty of what we do.”
Stay tuned, Part 2 coming soon…