The purpose of this article is to explore the WHY, HOW, and WHAT of the first Kaizen inspired workout process. I’ll do this by communicating WHY Kaizen was critical in developing SGT Peterson’s view of workouts. Then I’ll show HOW the proven process is superior to the status quo in the fitness industry, and lastly it will cover WHAT types of exercise have been added into the Kaizen workouts.

Continued Improvement

WHY: Growing up as an obese kid I was always picked on because of my weight. I always wanted to lose weight, and like every American I wanted to lose it now. I became obsessed with the most effective way to do it. I went from a Fat 9th grader to a lean, mean, fast fighting machine in one summer using the techniques that are in the process.

Between my Junior (1997) and Senior (1998) year of High school I dropped about 20% body fat and became a machine by cross training, and by restricting my calories. The whole reason I did it was so that I could serve our country in the United States Air Force. I was overweight and had to lose the weight to join. When I first met the recruiter in 1996 I was something like 40lbs over weight and he barely gave me the time of day.

I grew up in a family where more than 50% of my relatives were obese, and many morbidly obese. I saw my mother, and grandmother die in their early 50’s from heart conditions and emphysema that were completely preventable. The other reason I was inspired to join the fitness movement was between my junior and senior year  by former Minnesota Viking Matt Birk. I saw him lead by example and leave nobody behind. Matt is, and remains to be, one of today’s true leaders. Ever since then I have worked tirelessly to inspire others to “Join The Movement” and since 2000 I have been perfecting “More Than Just A Workout”.

HOW: The 30 Day Kaizen Proven Process For Results was inspired by my personal quest for the most effective way to lose weight. Since 1996 I applied the technique without even knowing it existed. Then, in a Total Quality Management (TQM) class in 2002, I learned about the history and process of total quality management and I knew I had found the answer I had been looking for. I was on a quest as a trainer for the last 10 years to describe my type of training in English words. I would just describe it simply as “the most effective workout for your use of your time” then one of my leaders googled the term “continued improvement” and out popped Kaizen. I was instantly reminded of the TQM roots that inspired the whole thing and I was reconnected with my original inspiration. In all, the proven process for workout results  that we use today started in 1996 and has officially been named “SGT Peterson’s Kaizen Proven Process For Workout Results.”

WHAT: Dynamic, innovative, and safe for the average population. We always deliver a full body workout that involves multi joint movements. The workout expends the most calories and builds the most muscle possible without over training. Some days are more muscle building days where each exercise will get you to reach Momentary Muscle Failure (MMF) often using  Manual Resistance (MR), and some days focus more on cardiovascular endurance. During one on one workouts (PASS) Partner Assisted Static Stretching is exclusively used to increase range of motion and work on length tension muscular imbalances. We use modalities from the following disciplines that are incorporated into “More Than Just A Workout” to suit the average population:

1. Military Body Weight Calisthenics
2. Team Focused Guerrilla Drills
3. Free Weight / Partner Resistance Training
4. Basic Speed, Agility and Power Training
5. Mixed Martial Arts (not MMA like in the UFC sense of things), Calisthenics, including but not limited to basic punches, kicks, elbows, knees, and blocks
6. Isometric Exercises aka Static Hold Exercises aka modified Yoga type stuff that doesn’t get boring

With that said, Kaizen is the only single word in any major language that we could find that means “Continued Improvement.” This, with SGT Peterson’s love and studies of total quality management, from it’s beginnings with William Edwards Deming, an American in Japan, made the word perfect to describe the process!