Rookie Mind.

I kept thinking about the Kaizen methodology last night.

While sitting around the gym watching the facial expressions of our athletes, each coach was dispersing some sort of back squatting tutorial: bracing, breathing, timing, mindset, compensatory acceleration, cueing strategies, hand placements, vision, spotting, tempo, etc. And the ideas from each coach, for each class, could not have been more different. However, what was the same across the board was the concept of education–and bringing a little more complexity to the back squat in order to advance it, regardless of training age, knowledge or skill level.

“Kaizen,” taken from the Japanese word for improvement, change for the better, or continuous improvement, has evolved since the 1950s into a business strategy of making small, but continuous changes for the better in company operations.*Applicably, it was impressive to notice the way athletes paused for a moment to absorb the sinking-in of new information: to re-evaluate what they knew (or didn’t know) and how they might advance. The learning environment was rich with content, and it was noticeably surrounded by enthusiasm.

We’ve all been in a circumstance where someone “thought they knew everything,” or where they were closed off to a new idea due to theirĀ ego. In contrast, the environment at Defined fosters development: a Kaizen approach, perhaps. And moreover, while it starts here, it transfers far beyond the box.

Coach David

*Direct quote from

Wednesday, 7.20.11

Nice job athletes.. Gotta love Fannie

“Filthy Fifty” For time:
50 box jumps 24/20″
50 jumping pullups
50 KB swings 55/35lbs
50 walking lunges
50 knees to elbows
50 push presses, 45/35lbs
50 back extensions 45/35lbs
50 wall balls 20/14lbs
50 burpees
50 Double unders
**Options to do 50 reps of each or 25


10 minute active rest/mobility

6 Rounds:
200 meter repeats
Rest 1 minute