Most members of your local CrossFit Affiliate will be competing in the 2018 CrossFit Open, but not many will be doing them all RX. Scaling a workout in CrossFit relates to athletes who are unable to perform a workout RX (as prescribed) due to movement restrictions, ability, or skill level.
This isn’t a bad thing though, and certainly, it won’t keep you from completing the Open, as many individuals who compete do it ‘just for the fun of it’. Some use the Open workouts to get more involved with their Affiliate community, other’s do it to challenge themselves a little outside their comfort zone, others who are new to CrossFit might just have a craving to compete.
Whatever your reason, the Open is for everyone.
Are you an Individual?
Anyone who registers for the 2018 CrossFit Open may finish the competition series with any combination of scaled and RX workouts that contribute to the final score, displayed on the online leaderboard section of CrossFit.com.
Here’s the catch: if you do any one of the workouts scaled, you will no longer be ranked relative to other prescribed athletes, you will be ranked on the scaled leaderboard, alongside all other athletes who performed that workout as prescribed.
Are you a Scaled Individual?
Additionally, the competitive leaderboard is reserved for those athletes who complete any workouts RX. In the 2018 CrossFit Open, there will be a Scaled-Only Leaderboard (no workouts may be completed as RX).
Are you competing to be on a team?
Anyone who registers for the 2018 CrossFit Open may finish the competition series with scaled workouts, but the score will not contribute to the overall Team score. Granted, the athlete is still eligible to be on the team, so as long that the athlete meets or exceeds the affiliate team requirements.
Read this article from CrossFit.com by Emily Beers:
*Rules and Standards adapted from www.crossfit.com*