Always Seek Progress
Always Seek Progress
Mar 01 2019

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.

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Sustainable Fitness
Sustainable Fitness
Mar 08 2019

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.

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10 Things That Matter Before Macros
10 Things That Matter Before Macros
Mar 13 2019

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.

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Assess, Don’t Guess.
Assess, Don’t Guess.
Mar 20 2019

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.

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Zoning in vs Zoning out
Zoning in vs Zoning out
Apr 04 2019

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.

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How Much Body Fat Is Healthy?
How Much Body Fat Is Healthy?
Apr 10 2019

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?

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Easy Swaps
Easy Swaps
Apr 18 2019

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.

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Fixed Vs. Growth Mindset
Fixed Vs. Growth Mindset
Apr 24 2019

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.

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The Best of Both Worlds
The Best of Both Worlds
May 09 2019

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.

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Strength Training for Women
Strength Training for Women
May 17 2019

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.

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We Know Why You Can’t Sleep
We Know Why You Can’t Sleep
May 22 2019

The greatest workout is only as effective as your ability to recover from it, and the most important factor in your recovery is sleep. Sleep-wake cycles are in our DNA. Honoring them is essential to our physical and emotional wellbeing. We are wired to sleep with the moon and rise with the sun – our natural circadian rhythm.

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Mental Health Benefits of Exercise
Mental Health Benefits of Exercise
May 29 2019

We all know that working out offers a host of physical benefits, but did you know that it can also nurture a healthy mind?

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Step-by-Step: What It Looks like to Be a Client of an OPEX Gym
Step-by-Step: What It Looks like to Be a Client of an OPEX Gym
Jun 06 2019

Step-by-Step: What It Looks like to Be a Client of an OPEX Gym. You will be teamed up with a professional coach—someone who has been through the comprehensive OPEX Coaching Certificate Program (CCP)—to meet you exactly where you’re at in this moment of time, mentally and physically.

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Eat the Rainbow
Eat the Rainbow
Jun 06 2019

Eat the Rainbow. It’s no secret that vegetables are good for us. Eating a diverse array of colorful veggies is a great way to boost your intake of fiber, a variety of micronutrients and phytonutrients. OPEX Gyms provide personalized nutrition coaching, but one thing every client can benefit from is eating the rainbow!

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What Are Macronutrients
What Are Macronutrients
Jun 19 2019

Macronutrients supply the body with calories. Different foods contain varied ratios of the three macronutrients–fat, protein and carbohydrate. Understanding why each macro is important and what kinds of foods contain large amounts of them will help you put together meals that support your body composition, performance and health goals.

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The Journey to Fitness Autonomy
The Journey to Fitness Autonomy
Jun 26 2019

It may sound a little strange, but at OPEX Gyms our goal is for you to reach the point where you don’t need us anymore. Our ideal journey for you as an OPEX client is to learn and internalize the behaviors and tools that will help you live long and prosper so that you develop autonomy over your health.

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Drink Water
Drink Water
Jul 03 2019

Do you want better performance, recovery, sleep and energy levels? Drink more water!

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Unpopular Opinion - It Depends
Unpopular Opinion - It Depends
Jul 17 2019

Many gyms promise to be the solution you’ve been looking for all your life. The truth is that what you need depends on you. It’s relative to your unique body and life. 

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Why We Love Aerobic Training
Why We Love Aerobic Training
Aug 14 2019

Aerobic training is an important part of any OPEX program. From an evolutionary perspective, as humans, we are made to travel long distances and sustain work for an extended period of time. Whether your goals are longevity and vitality, increased strength, or improved endurance, individualized aerobic work has a host of health and performance benefits. 

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What Are You Training For?
What Are You Training For?
Aug 23 2019

Have you ever stopped to think, “What am I training for?” It is common knowledge that exercise is something we “should” do because it’s good for us. But through experience coaching many thousands of clients, we know that “should” is not a strong enough reason to keep you inspired to workout when life gets busy or stressful.

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Is Personal Training Worth It?
Is Personal Training Worth It?
Aug 23 2019

In this article, we take a bit more human approach to help you determine how much personal training and your personal trainer are worth to you. Because that is so unique to each person, we want to give you a formula of sorts to determine how much you value personal training. That way, you can be confident whether personal training is worth it for you or not.

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5 Reasons You Need a Coach
5 Reasons You Need a Coach
Aug 28 2019

In OPEX Gyms every single client is matched with their own personal coach. Regardless of your starting point and your goals, the fastest way to achieve success is through personalized fitness.

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It's Not Gluten's Fault
It's Not Gluten's Fault
Sep 04 2019

Gluten-free diets are all the rage. The letters “gf” have become ubiquitous on restaurant menus and grocery stores are littered with gluten-free options, from cauliflower crusts to cookies. But it may not actually be gluten that is causing you to feel ill.

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Is Keto The Answer?
Is Keto The Answer?
Sep 18 2019

What is the keto diet? Chances are you’ve heard of the ketogenic diet by now.  The keto diet is a very low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet. There is a time and a place for a keto diet, but is it the right nutrition approach for everyone?  Absolutely not!

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