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Coaching the Coaches with James Fitzgerald, Ep 8

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In this podcast, Breaking Muscle Radio speaks with world-class strength and conditioning coach James Fitzgerald - many of you know him as OPT.

  • 00:38 - From OPT to OPEX: What OPEX represents
  • 04:39 - The CrossFit connection
  • 05:24 - James's pre-CrossFit accomplishments and achievements
  • 07:43 - Planning and periodization within CrossFit
  • 12:08 - The truth about the training plans of top athletes
  • 13:45 - The early days of the CrossFit Games
  • 14:51 - The evolution of the CrossFit Games and top-level CrossFitters
  • 17:55 - Thought on long-term CrossFit athletes (e.g. Spealler and Sakamoto)
  • 20:39 - Who can realistically get to the CrossFit Games?
  • 22:11 - An athlete's battery – definition, importance, and measurability
  • 25:43 - Using a scientific approach with normal athletes
  • 26:23 - How clients want to be coached versus how they need to be coached
  • 27:57 - How an athlete can find the best coach for his- or herself
  • 30:30 - The OPEX philosophy and what makes it different
  • 33:24 - The different between a coach and someone who instructs fitness classes
  • 36:00 - The new CrossFit certification system
  • 37:00 - How to get started as a coach
  • 38:40 - The journey and the process. The future of OPEX and James
  • 43:42 - Thoughts on the sport of GRID
  • 46:44 - James’s details and upcoming project

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