If you’ve been researching Crossfit Movements for a while but haven’t made the leap because you’re nervous you’re not “fit” enough to start, you may have come across the term “Scalability” when looking at workouts. What does Scalability even mean?? Basically it’s a fancy term meaning we can tailor any workout to suit any fitness level or impairment. Because we can do this it truly does mean that all fitness levels can do CrossFit. If you’re still reading this and still believe that you’re not ready to CrossFit let me show you how we can scale the workouts to suit everyone. I’m going to take three popular CrossFit movements and illustrate how we change them around to suit everyone’s ability in the class. First movement = Pull Ups Misconception = I can’t do CrossFit because I can’t do pull ups… Wrong… just because you can’t do a pull up (yet!) doesn’t mean you can’t do CrossFit. We have multiple options on how we can scale the movement to suit your fitness level. Banded Pull Up Banded Pull Ups are great as the band provides a measurable amount of assistance to help you get your chin over the bar. As you get stronger we lessen the amount of assistance the band provides until, over time, you can achieve an un-assisted pull up. Ring Row Ring Rows are fantastic at developing the same muscles that are used when doing a pull up. The best thing is we can adjust the pitch of your body to suit your fitness level. The more horizontal you get to the ground the more difficult the movement becomes. We use this a lot to help our members develop the strength they need in their upper back to start trying pull ups.
Second movement = Box Jumps Misconception = I’m too scared to jump up onto things so I can’t do CrossFit… Wrong… There is no way we are going to make anyone do anything they don’t want to do especially when it comes to jumping so we have options to scale this movement too. Step Ups Step Ups still provide a similar stimulus as the box jump, just in a much more controlled manner. We can start you off nice and low and then progress to higher step ups as you get stronger. As you get stronger and if you’re daring enough to explore jumping up onto a box, we set up a series of progression jumps to build your confidence. Each one will get slightly higher than the last until you can complete a full height box jump.
Last movement = Barbells Misconception = I’m not strong enough, the weights are too heavy so I can’t do CrossFit… Wrong… We don’t always lift heavy weights, and when we do it’s always to suit your fitness level. Using a Barbell The best thing about barbell training is that it’s extremely easy to scale! We simply adjust the weight on the bar to suit your fitness level so you get the same intent the workout was designed for. Having the ability to do this, means that you have the ability to learn how to lift the weight correctly and with proper form.
So, as you can see from these three examples CrossFit can suit all fitness levels and there is NO reason why you can’t give this a go. I honestly believe that everyone CAN DO IT! Try one of our Free Intro sessions and see for yourself. What have you got to lose?