A Message from Coach Max: Scaling and Modifying

  • 27 July 2021
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In all of the PLT4M programs, we place an emphasis on scaling and modifying movement. We believe in progression, and meeting students where they’re at. In this video, Coach Max explains PLT4M’s philosophy behind teaching movement progression:



“In our instructional videos, we make it a point to talk about scaling and modifying.The reason this is so important to me and the rest of the PLT4M crew is we don’t expect all students to fit in one nice box. Just the same way that people learn differently, we also lift & workout differently.
So we want to make sure that we’re appealing to a vast range of people, instead of putting everybody in one small box. For example, when modifying the push up for our students, we’ll first demonstrate top of the plank chest touching the ground, elbows tracking back, with all the normal points performance.
Then we’ll go over different modifications, whether it’s using a box or a bench to modify that push-up, modify that loading, and allow the athletes to see that there is a real progression to get to that full push-up.
We are trying to meet our students where they’re at.” – Max Isaak | PLT4M Instructor & Coach 


Push-Up Progression Example:


For each of the foundational human movements, we outline the points of performance as a standard to be met for each movement. If a student is unable to meet all points of performance while completing the movement, we teach them how to scale or modify the movement, allowing them to progress towards the full movement. Below is an example of the Push-Up:



The 4 points of performance for the Push-Up:


How to scale the Push-Up:


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