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Boozy Bingo | Thank YOU

We’re incredibly grateful to the Defined community for supporting what we’re developing with our students. By replacing our traditional PE programs with CrossFit, we stand to teach our students many of the life lessons it took most of us until adulthood to learn: people are important; resilience, persistence, and grit are more valuable than we…

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Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Defined Specialty Classes in addition to standard open gym times for today.  5:00p – Strength Bias  6:00p – Conditioning / Simulated Long Run/Row 6:00p – Recovery + Mobility 7:00p – Olympic Weightlifting   Friday Preview – single leg strength work, jump rope conditioning & assault bike sprints. 

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Guest Post – Pedro

Every once and a while we come across an athlete that shares their story in such a way that it would be a shame to keep it to locked up in our email inbox. This is one of those message. Pedro, thank you so much for your kind words. To the rest of the world,…

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Lift n’ Learn

Maybe you have seen CrossFit on social media, heard about it from a friend at a dinner party, read about it somewhere or have a co-worker who swears by it.

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The Story Of Defined

In 2008, David watched Noal walk around LA Boxing with a clipboard and stopwatch, training athletes one-on-one during CrossFit-style workouts. David was responsible for franchising the company’s new locations, and Noal was an athlete at the gym. David remembers the conversation being a simple one: Noal mentioned wanting to open his own gym, and David…

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Get What You Came For

Get What You Came For. It’s something I say often. Or position as a question. In theory, it’s simple; however, once unpacked, it urges honesty and evokes insight. When you schedule a function—a meeting, date, lunch appointment, or a doctor visit—you typically have a set of goals, or an outcome, in mind. Training at our…

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Goosebumps

We’ve all experienced “goosebumps.” The subtle response is stimulated by strong emotions, fear, euphoria, inspiring music, nails on a chalkboard and sometimes temperature changes which cause the hair follicles on your skin to contract and stand up. Have you ever stopped to reflect on what exactly initiates those “goosebump” moments and how to deliberately (and…

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Knee Surgery & Reflection 

Knee Surgery & Movement Reflection  On Tuesday, August 7th, I went to Northwestern Hospital for a scheduled left knee arthroscopy to remove a cluster of intra-articular bodies in the anterior recess. Or, as the doc put it: “to clean up my knee”– as if he were taking a Swiffer Wet Jet in there or something.…

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Gym Guide to Success (& Safety)

The other day in class an athlete walked about six inches in front of a lifter right before she was about to attempt a massive clean & jerk. A few minutes later I saw an athlete sitting on some bumper plates during a much-needed rest break. And then a poor little Apple iPhone Watch was…

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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…

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