Is Programming Using CrossFit’s Classic Rx and Scaled Model Helping or Hurting Your Athletes?

June 26, 2023 by
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That question has echoed through CrossFit gyms since founder Greg Glassman coined the idea of workouts having a prescribed weight.

Twenty three years later, being able to do workouts at the Rx weight is still a relevant milestone for many, a badge of honor even to graduate from scaled to prescribed on any given workout.

In fact, many (arguably most) CrossFit affiliates and functional fitness gyms still prescribe this way today. They offer two, sometimes three, different prescriptions for the training session of the day—including Rx and scaled—and athletes select accordingly.

But as much as these classic CrossFit prescriptions are still relevant today, more and more gyms have also moved away from programming this way, and have moved towards a more individualized way of programming that prioritizes honoring the intended stimulus of the day.

Such was the case for Randy Lauer, the owner of 3-46 GRIT CrossFit in Portland, OR, a gym he has owned with his wife Chausse Lauer for nearly 11 years.

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