Good evening DGA members! Hope you all had a great weekend! As you get ready for the week to come, please read over this post! Some great information to help you better understand when a coach says ‘progression’ or ‘scale’ a movement! *Please Read* •
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Some info from #cfgcoach @chuckbennington
As a coach I hear the terms progressions, substitutes (subs), and scales used interchangeably. BUT I view them as VERY different in working with clients and athletes. I’ll use a kipping pull-up as the “RX” so we can have some examples as we go. Here’s my breakdown:
Progressions: Movements or sequences of movements that are intended as an athlete development opportunity. If the athlete couldn’t do the prescribed movement, this world be a way to build them toward the “RX”. Instead of a kipping pull-up, we could use a ring row to build gymnastic pulling strength + a kipping swing on the bar to work skill development.
Substitution: Primarily needing to work around a limitation (maybe physical or maybe just equipment), rather than missing athlete development. We’d preserve intent, without creating detriment. Maybe we have an athlete that can’t get into overhead hanging (or we don’t have a pull-up bar), we could sub our kipping pull-up with a hang muscle clean; a metabolically taxing shape change in the body leading into an upper body pull that taxes the grip and upper back.
Scale: Generally a more simple 1:1 swap where we use as similar of a movement as possible (usually “lower level”; but intensity is relative) to preserve the intended stimulus in the programming. A classic example would be a jumping pull-up scaling the kipping pull-up.
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