Big Dawgs Coaches work with athletes of all ages and stages of their fitness; from weekend warriors to athletes training for specific competitions like the Open, Sanctionals, and the Games.
We have a storied history in the sport of functional fitness (our founder was the inaugural fittest man on earth) but we work with athletes in all sports and those who are just plain serious about their fitness.
Our coaches have mastered the OPEX System of Coaching and been mentored by James Fitzgerald himself. We take that education to another level by meeting weekly as a team to share client program design knowledge and dissect real client case studies. We take a team approach so that we always design the best program for you to perpetually progress forward. Yes, your program design will most likely be evaluated and supported by the entire coaching staff.
Our athletes love winning. Winning the day, the workout, and winning in competitions. Creating challenging goals, achieving them, then celebrating the success is what we live for.
Meet the coaches
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
Shortly after finding the efficacy of mixed modal training for himself, Matt began using it with success on clients and as a men’s and women’s college basketball strength and conditioning coach....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
Sean got into CrossFit in the early years, competing on a team that took 13th place at the Games. Anxious to become part of building upon his story, he pursued coaching – interning under Justin Mar...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
“Someone at some point made a difference in my life and it's my turn to make a difference.” As a collegiate football athlete, Will studied exercise science, which led him to further pursue a docto...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
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 became pas...Learn More