Meet the Big Dawgs' Coaches

Mike Lee
Qualifications

  • B.S. in Construction Engineering
  • OPEX CCP Level 1 coach
  • Charles Poloquin Intern (Strength Sensei)
  • PICP Level 1
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1
  • Catalyst Weightlifting Level 1
  • USAW - Level 1

Mike Lee


After over 5 years of success as an engineer, a few life coaching calls with the founder of OPEX, James Fitzgerald, and learning his true values, Mike’s vision became clear. He wanted to help others fulfill their lives through fitness and see their true potential as athletes and as human beings.

In 2013, he transitioned from his engineering role and started coaching athletes all over the world with various levels of fitness. Mike thrives when he is working with clients who want to win and are willing to risk it all to get their prize.

“Athletes need to be bought into the process and maintaining improvements in competitive fitness over the course of time, not fast tracked” explains Mike, “If they are truly in the sport for the right reasons, then I can help them see what they are made of, pushing limitations and potential to its maximum.”

Mike is a passionate coach who wants to continue to define what a professional fitness coach is capable of. Therefore, as the Director of Coaching at Big Dawgs, Mike is helping to educate the coaching staff and lead them to the continued pursuit of excellence.

“Coaching is an art, being well rounded in all areas is important to create the best balance in athletes possible.”

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  • Valerie Voboril

    3rd place winner at the 2013 CrossFit Games

    Mike is an amazing coach because of his dedication and investment in his athletes as a whole; not just the techniques, conditioning, and programming, but the caring, knowledge, compassion, and thoughtfulness he brings to every single one of my workout/training sessions and competitions. I have been truly blessed to have him in my life.

    Valerie Voboril
  • Melissa Guitron

    As a female athlete and sole owner of an OPEX Gym, I have Mike Lee to thank for playing a major role in getting me to where I am today.

    I began working with Mike Lee in 2013 while on my own CCP coaching journey. At the time I was seeking a coach who could provide the structure, accountability and the mentorship that I hadn’t been able to find in the CrossFit world.

    Mike has over-delivered on all. Creating a program that has evolved and grown with me over the past five years, correcting muscle imbalances, restoring hormone function and helping me find confident with who I was as a coach to now who I am as a gym owner.

    With each new chapter of life, he continually shows up and pushes me to reach new potentials.

    Melissa Guitron
  • Steve Volke

    I feel very fortunate that I have been able to work with Mike Lee on my personal and professional fitness journey.  

    When I started with Mike I had a highly stressful finance job and suffered from severe back pain, my health was definitely put on the back-burner but with Mike’s expert coaching and guidance I was able to prioritize my health and manage my stress more effectively.

    One of the things that I appreciate about Mike is he is an advocate of personal and professional balance. Mike is one of the main reasons that I decided to make a career change and open my own OPEX gym and continue to pursue my career as a professional fitness coach.

    Mike is a great mentor and is committed to helping you achieve whatever goals you set for yourself. I am pleased with the results that Mike has helped me achieve personally and professionally, I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today with his guidance and support.

    Steve Volke

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