What is scaling down and is it necessary? I mean why can’t we do what is prescribed? After all, shouldn’t the full benefit come after doing what is prescribed?

Doing a workout, a practice, a game exactly as it was created has its reasons. Truly, the full benefit of doing a certain movement as prescribed is there. But what if you cannot do a certain movement as prescribed? Do you give up or skip that completely? No! You scale down.

Here is what the Merriam-Webster dictionary says about scaling down:

scale–down noun ˈskāl-ˌdan: a reduction according to a fixed ratio

When I started doing yoga at Bikram Yoga Alabang last July of 2013, out of the 26 postures, there were 14 postures that had to be scaled down tailor-fit for my body and frame. It was just not physically possible with some of the movements require some body parts to touch and with my current frame, I am sure that it was not happening.

With CrossFit, a lot of movements can be scaled down enough to complete the work out yet maximize the benefit. Why does it maximize the benefit? Because the effort is maximized. The key in doing a certain movement or workout is when you exerting the maximum effort needed to get the full benefit.

Same goes for yoga, as of last Thursday, I was glad that Ginger, Gabe, and Betty (my yoga teachers) went out of their way to pull the 14 scaled postures up a notch since they noticed that I have “graduated” from their original scaled versions. Now, I rarely hold on to a wall and I can really feel that the effort is more difficult that maximizing the benefit even if it is not at par with what was prescribed.

Soon, I should be able to do the posture fully.


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