Why we scale

Why do we scale workouts?

"It’s also important to understand why we scale CrossFit workouts: CrossFit workouts are scaled to preserve the intended stimuli despite athlete limitations such as experience, injury, illness or range of motion.

A properly scaled workout safely maximizes relative intensity (load, speed, range of motion) to continue developing increased work capacity despite limitations. A long-term goal of scaling is creating the ability to perform workouts “as prescribed.”


The front squat is the focus of this two part workout. In part one, athletes will build to a heavy set of 2. In part two, athletes will complete a CompTrain Class Classic Benchmark Workout, “Satan’s Whiskers”. The load on the bar should be something that athletes could complete 15+ reps when fresh and in no more than 2 sets during the workout. Those with goals of competing in the sport of CrossFit can complete chest to bar pull-ups, while those with goals outside of the gym can complete chin over bar pull-ups. These are regular burpees, so we can aim to maintain the standard of full extension with a little air under the feet and a clap overhead.

Check out the RX and Scaled versions of the workout below.

Tuesday's Training:


Front Squat



"Satan's Whiskers"


3 Rounds:

10 Chest to Bar Pull-ups

10 Front Squats (135/95)

10 Burpees


3 Rounds:

10 Jumping Pull Ups

10 Goblet Squats (53/35)

10 Burpees