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Brian’s experience with competitive sports gave him the drive to pursue fitness and help others on their fitness journey. First starting in the CrossFit community, he became a coach for two Souther...Learn More
There isn’t a sport that Henry hasn’t played, from football and volleyball to triathlons and ironmans, he’s done it all. But he quickly learned that to gain an edge on the field, there would have t...Learn More
in 2012, Matt Bryant came into our system with years of experience coaching. He's worked with kids, the general public, fitness enthusiasts, sports teams, and high level athletes on program des...Learn More
Matt Springer has taken a meticulous journey in becoming the coach you see today. His interest for strength and conditioning arose as a means of preparation for the gridiron and wrestling mat. E...Learn More
Michael Bann started is career holding multiple positions in the strength and conditioning industry such as the Head Strength Coach for a law enforcement academy. While studying exercise scien...Learn More
Mike found CrossFit in 2004 and quickly started following the original Big Dawgs blog. It was with the help of this blog that he made it to CrossFit Regionals in 2010. Following these Regionals, Mi...Learn More
Mizar Fuentes Ortega
As a former gymnast and gymnastics coach, Mizar found himself looking for another physical challenge and that’s when he found CrossFit (2009). He quickly realized this was something he wanted to...Learn More
A 22 year veteran of skateboarding, Sean‘s background in sports and movement is deeply rooted in the experience around the result. “Growing up, the goal was always to get out with the older guys, l...Learn More
A former professional golfer, his interest in movement led him to pursue further study in Physical Therapy. After five years in the clinic, Sam turned his attention to coaching competitive athle...Learn More
Whitney has been a lifelong multiple sport athlete. She’s competed in tennis, karate, basketball, track, cross country, and soccer. After an ACL injury as a teenager, she focused exclusively on soc...Learn More
OPEX COO Carl Hardwick has dedicated his life to health and fitness. Already as a teenager, Hardwick lived at the gym. A 3-time All-Conference football player at Saint Mary’s University, Hardwick b...Learn More
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12 Sep 2019On episode twenty-seven of the Big Dawgs Podcast, James OPT FitzGerald talks about easy training for mixed modal athletes, what is it, how does "easy" compare to "hard", and how will "easy" training help you achieve higher levels in the sport of fitness.
03 Sep 2019On episode twenty-six of the Big Dawgs Podcast, James OPT FitzGerald talks about the history of the sport of fitness, its structure and how that structure limits the potential growth. He gives ideas on how the sport would need to change to be recognized/gain the respect in the world of sports. And he goes down several other rabbit holes you're sure to enjoy. The show James referred to as the "Canadian SNL" was called Second City TV (SCTV). And today's show was sponsored (but not really) by BeaverFit USA
02 Aug 2019On episode twenty five of the Big Dawgs Podcast is part two of the Masters Competitive Fitness conversation from the last episode where James FitzGerald went into details on masters competitive fitness. In this episode he goes over programming for the masters athlete. Email James to ask something interesting: [email protected]
We had a great conversation about organizing somebody’s season in the best way for them to succeed in their competitions while continuing to improve throughout the year. Throughout this conversation, Henry and I discussed: -What to do with athletes with the shortened March 2019 CrossFit Open vs the October 2019 and 2020 Opens -How has the 2019 CrossFit Games season been different -How are you laying out competitive seasons for your athletes nowRead More
Whitney Reese sat down with me today to break down movement. Movement is near and dear to all fitness athletes because they want to move faster, for longer, with less chance of risk - injury. Move...Read More
Athletics, winning titles, and D1 sports were the first half of my life up until 25 years of age. I tell you all this not to boast, but so you can hear I came out on the other side & this is ...Read More
So your training has started for the Open. Whether you’re working with a coach who is individually programming your training sessions or following a blog, there’s no such thing as being “too prepared”. Big Dawgs coaches give you 5 tips for success during the CrossFit Open: 1. Lifestyle, 2. Prepare appropriately, 3. Follow the open prep guide, 4. Mindset, 5. Allow your body to recoverRead More