April 7, 2016
Inside the Leaderboard: To Scale, or Not To Scale
By Tommy Marquez and Mike Macpherson
With the 2016 Open behind us, Games analyst Tommy Marquez takes a look at the Rx'd and Scaled statistics. 
With the 2016 Open behind us, Games analyst Tommy Marquez takes a look at the Rx'd and Scaled statistics. 

With each of the five Open workouts, every athlete gets to choose whether to do the workout as prescribed or scaled. This graphic summarizes the main ways the Individual competitors aged 18-54 navigated this choice in 2016. Although there are 32 ways you can go through the Open, and someone out there did every single one of them, we show only the top-ten most frequent paths. For the great majority, the choice is simple–they either do them all Rx’d or all scaled. For the men, more than three-quarters of the field went all Rx’d, and just under 10 percent went all scaled. For the women, it was the same top two, but the frequencies were very different: 47 percent went all Rx’d and 23 percent went all scaled.

After that, the paths people took through the Open were scattered. There’s a general trend towards doing 16.4 and 16.5 Rx’d, which shows up as mostly solid-blue and mostly solid-red towards the right-hand side of each graphic. That accords with the fact that 16.4 and 16.5 were the least-scaled workouts, at 25 percent and 23 percent respectively. Unlike last year’s 15.3 and its ring muscle-ups out of the gate, there was no single smoking-gun workout that everybody scaled, or Rx’d.