Strength Training for Women
The tides are slowly starting to turn, but too many ladies are still shying away from lifting weights. In this blog we’re going to address three common fears that stop women from using barbells and dumbbells, and six amazing reasons to embrace resistance training.Read More
The Best of Both Worlds
Over the past 20 years, the OPEX method was developed through the coaching experience of our Founder, James Fitzgerald. James has worked with thousands of clients in both personal training and group fitness environments, and eventually created his own approach to fitness by blending the positives of these two worlds.Read More
What is Progress?
Progress in the fitness world is typically measured by lifting heavier, losing pounds or running faster. But not all goals are so quantifiable. In OPEX Gyms, we look beyond just the barbell, the scale and the timer when tracking progress.Read More
Fixed Vs. Growth Mindset
There is an important distinction between approaching life with a fixed versus a growth mindset. The former limits progress, while the latter fuels it. Having a growth mindset is integral to seeking progress. Those with this approach to the world see failure as an opportunity to learn and grow.Read More
It is a common nutrition myth that to make progress, you need to make big changes. Learn how OPEX Coaches uses small swaps to make a big impact on the nutrient density of your meals while making it easier to remain compliant.Read More
How Much Body Fat Is Healthy?
Body fat is typically perceived to be unhealthy, and excess body fat can increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Leanness, on the other hand, is celebrated as healthy and beautiful. So how much body fat is actually healthy?Read More
Zoning in vs Zoning out
We encourage our clients to zone in by using deliberate practice when they are training. This will mean something different for everyone and for each session, but broadly, it means to keep the intent of the workout front of mind as you do it. OPEX coaches are experts at communicating this intent to their clients through consultations, TrueCoach notes and on the floor, so the purpose of their workouts is always clear.Read More
A Community of Individuals
At OPEX Gyms, you always get a program designed specifically for you. You form a strong relationship with your personal coach, who assesses and consults with you one-on-one on a regular basis. When you workout, you will know that you are doing the best possible training for your body and goals. You will never get lost in the shuffle of a group class, or feel pressure to keep up with anyone but yourself.Read More
Assess, Don’t Guess.
Your fitness journey at OPEX begins with an assessment. The OPEX Body. Move. Work. (BMW) assessment allows your coach to develop a clear understanding of your starting point, so they can design a program that meets you where you’re at.Read More
10 Things That Matter Before Macros
How does nutrition make you feel? Can you recognize any behaviors that you have created around food? There is a huge emotional component to nutrition for many people that should not be ignored. You must recognize potentially self-sabotaging behaviors and ‘triggers’ if you want to create positive and lasting change.Read More
In an OPEX Gym your personalized program doesn’t just begin and end at the gym doors. A truly sustainable program must align movement, nutrition, lifestyle and mindset. Enter the OPEX Basic Lifestyle Guidelines (BLGs), simple lifestyle behaviors that set a solid foundation for your training.Read More
Always Seek Progress
OPEX Gyms strive to always seek progress for their clients, by never allowing complacency to set in. Regular feedback, through assessments and consultation, ensures that your program progresses with your life.Read More