Scaling, a somewhat taboo topic for some in the arena of physical fitness. While some athletes are super comfortable with using scales for their appropriate skill levels, others may live in denial about their ability or even what’s best for them. I’m a technician at heart, so I’ve always been a big fan of scaling when appropriate. When I first started CrossFit, you had better believe I used an empty barbell A LOT, especially when I was learning Olympic lifts. I am admittedly not the best at pullups or pushups, so when I first got an unassisted pull-up, I often scaled back the number of reps. There is nothing cool about not being able to straighten your arms the day after too many pull ups. Even after years of doing this fitness thing, I will still do workouts where I scale back the number of pushups because I know I want to workout the following day and be able to perform daily tasks like washing my hair and brushing my teeth. So, I’m a scaling believer. I had a minor tweak in my shoulder: scaled. I tore both of my hip flexors on separate occasions due to poor glute activation in my squats: scaled. My current physical situation (being pregnant) also has me thinking regularly about this topic. Now, this is not a rant about pregnancy and fitness, what’s good for you, what’s not, etc. If that is what you are looking for, then stop reading. If you are a scaling doubter/hater or believe scaling makes you weak, then you should definitely read on.