Podcast

Ep. 29 | Intensity is NOT Healthy

Sep 30

On episode twenty-nine of the Big Dawgs Podcast, James FitzGerald talks about metabolic intensity and why intensity is NOT healthy. He covers what he means by that by starting at a basic understanding of what metabolic intensity is, the history of programming it, why the dose response is not sustainable, especially for the general population.

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Ep. 28 | 30 seconds HARD

Sep 24

On episode twenty-eight of the Big Dawgs Podcast, James OPT FitzGerald talks about what it means to go hard for 30 seconds. James references the 30s x5 Assault/Air Bike test (rest 5 mins), he gives the history of this workout prescription, how and why to program it and for who, and what the results of this test could mean.

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Ep. 27 | Easy Training For Mixed Modal

Sep 12

On 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.

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Ep. 26 | How the Structure of CrossFit Limits Growth of the Sport

Sep 03

On 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

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Ep. 25 | Masters' Competitive Fitness Pt.2

Aug 02

On 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]

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Ep. 24 | Masters' Competitive Fitness Pt. 1

Aug 02

On episode twenty four of the Big Dawgs Podcast, James FitzGerald going down the rabbit hole of competitive fitness for masters athletes. Email James to ask something interesting: [email protected]

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Ep. 23 | Powerlifting and Aerobic Training go together like PB&J

Aug 02

On episode twenty three of the Big Dawgs Podcast, James FitzGerald talks about the need for an aerobic base in a sport where many do not train it; powerlifting. Email James to ask something interesting: [email protected]

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Ep. 22 | Mixed Modal the sport vs. Mixed Modal for life

Aug 02

On episode twenty-two of The Big Dawgs Podcast, James FitzGerald talks about mixed modal the sport versus mixed modal for life and longevity.

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Ep. 21 | Post Natal Competitive Fitness

Aug 02

On episode 21 of the Big Dawgs Podcast, James FitzGerald goes over how to train a competitive fitness athlete back from giving birth. Ask James something interesting by emailing him at [email protected]

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Ep. 20 | What does 'Row 30/30 x 4' mean?

Aug 02

On episode 20 of the Big Dawgs Podcast, James FitzGerald digs into the Row 30/30 x 4 test. The meaning of results and what that means specifically for the athlete at different points in their training and competition schedule and differences between the sexes. Follow James at @jfitzopex or send him a question for AMSI at [email protected]

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Ep. 19 | AMSI: Fitness for all, masters and kids alike!

Aug 02

In episode 19 of the Big Dawgs Podcast, James FitzGerald is back with an “Ask Me Something Interesting” segment. Today’s questions are 1. Are masters athletes more prone to injury than younger athletes? 2. How can we promote ‘fitness for all’ when not everyone can afford it? Follow James at @jfitzopex or send him a question for AMSI at [email protected]

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Ep. 18 | Are You a Good Fit for Remote Coaching?

Aug 02

On episode 18 of the Big Dawgs Podcast, James FitzGerald talks about what kind of athletes work well with remote coaching. Follow us on social @bigdawgsathlete Follow James FitzGerald on instagram @jfitzopex To submits AMSI email James at [email protected]

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Ep. 17 | Preparation for the Games

Aug 02

On episode 17 of the Big Dawgs podcast, host James FitzGerald, goes over how to prepare for the CrossFit Games. #Broccoli Follow us on social media @bigdawgsathlete Follow James @jfitzopex or shoot him an email at [email protected] with questions for the Ask Me Something Interesting segment.

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Ep. 16 | Ask Me Something Interesting: How to get over plateaus

Aug 02

Episode sixteen is the first episode of a new "question and answer" series called "Ask Me Something Interesting". On the first episode of Ask Me Something Interesting, James answers the age old question on how to get over plateaus in your training. To ask James something interesting please send emails to him directly at [email protected] Follow James on instagram @jfitzopex Follow the Big Dawgs on instagram @bigdawgsathlete

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Ep.15 | You’re Not Capable of Kipping... Yet

Aug 02

On episode 15 of the Big Dawgs Podcast, James Fitzgerald talks about the strength and aerobic requirements of the Kipping Chest To Bar. Email James @ [email protected] or follow him on instagram @jfitzopex Follow the Big Dawgs on instagram and all other social media @bigdawgsathlete

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Ep. 14 | Skills in Mixed Modal

Aug 02

This week on the Big Dawgs Podcast, James FitzGerald takes the mic and gives his thoughts on the skills in mixed modal for athletes. James breaks these skills down into 10 ways of rethinking how to progress skills towards maximal mechanical and metabolic fatigue.

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Ep. 13 | Sean McGovern, explains epigenetics, nutrition and fitness

Aug 02

In the thirteenth episode of The Big Dawgs Podcast, Mike Lee interviews fellow Big Dawgs Coach, Sean McGovern. They talk about epigentics and how it effects athletes' nutrition and fitness. Follow Sean on IG @coachseanmcgovern

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Ep. 12 | The hair legend, Marcus Filly, talks all things fitness and the CrossFit Open

Aug 02

On episode twelve of the Big Dawgs Podcast, Mike Lee chats with Marcus Filly about his fitness career including competing at the CrossFit Games and Grid. Marcus also gives his thoughts on a healthy way to attack the CrossFit Open.

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Ep. 11 | Founder of OPEX, James "OPT" FitzGerald, talks about CrossFit

Aug 02

On the eleventh episode of the Big Dawgs Podcast, founder of OPEX Fitness and Big Dawgs, James FitzGerald, talks about CrossFit: the history of the sport, how the sport is changing and where he sees it going for athletes and coaches.

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Ep. 10 | Sports Psychology with Christina Sutter

Aug 02

In the tenth episode of the Big Dawgs Podcast, host Mike Lee interviews sports psychologist, Christina Sutter. They talk through what sport psychology is, the mindset of an athlete and much more.

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Ep. 09 | How to Come Back From Injury with Will Trujillo

Aug 02

On the ninth episode of the Big Dawgs Podcast, Mike Lee chats with coach Will Trujillo, a head coach at BD and a practicing PT. Will talks about how to know you have an injury, what to do once you know you have an injury and how to come back from injury as an athlete.

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Ep. 08 | Athlete Travel Tips and Tricks

Aug 02

On episode eight of the Big Dawgs Podcast coach Mike Lee gives athletes strategies, tips and tricks for traveling during the holidays so that they can be consistent with their fitness plans as best as possible.

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Ep.07 | The Basic Athlete Lifestyle Guidelines

Aug 02

In episode 6, coach Mike Lee talks about the basic lifestyle guidelines for athletes.

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Ep. 06 | Jacob Heppner talks CrossFit 2019 with coach Sam Smith

Aug 02

On episode six of the Big Dawgs Podcast, coach Sam Smith interviews Jacob Heppner, multi-year CrossFit Games athlete. They chat about the new CrossFit format, how Jacob is going to do every online qualifier workout and what goes on in his day to day life.

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Ep. 05 | The Athlete Mindset

Aug 02

On the fifth episode of the Big Dawgs Podcast, host Mike Lee talks about mindset. We all know that mindset is a buzzword out there nowadays, but Mike goes over what type mindset is best for an athlete and how the correct mindset can set you up for success.

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Ep. 04 | A Day in the Life of Athlete Jonathan “Gibby” Gibson

Aug 02

In the fourth episode of the Big Dawgs Podcast, host Sam Smith interviews Jonathan "Gibby" Gibson, a CrossFit Regionals and Big Dawgs Athlete. Sam and Gibby dive into Gibby's athletic background, his thoughts on the changes in the CrossFit Games season, Marcus Filly's hair, Gibby's why and what a day in the life of Gibby looks like.

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Ep. 03 | Big Dawgs Athlete Colleen Fotsch

Aug 02

In the third episode of the Big Dawgs Podcast, host Sam Smith interviews Colleen Fotsch, a CrossFit Regionals athlete, collegiate swimmer, and Big Dawgs Athlete. Sam and Colleen dig into her training routine, her goals in CrossFit and Colleen's thoughts on the changes in the CrossFit Games season.

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Ep. 02 | Who is Sam Smith?

Aug 02

On the second episode of the Big Dawgs Podcast, host Sam Smith introduces himself, how he got involved as a coach at Big Dawgs and his training and coaching experience that has led him to this point in his career.

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Ep. 01 | Welcome to The Pack: An intro to the Big Dawgs Podcast

Aug 02

In the first episode of the Big Dawgs Podcast, host Mike Lee introduces you to Big Dawgs, our coaches, staff and athletes. He dives into some overarching themes and topics that you’ll hear more about on later episodes and announces a fun contest at the end of the episode.

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Blog

CrossFit Open 20.2 Workout Predictions And Commentary

And just like that, we’re out of the gates with the 2020 - in 2019 which still weirds me out a little bit haha. We saw that CrossFit Open Workout 20.1 was: For Time: 8 Ground To Overhead - snatc...

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Open Strategy Guide 20.1

Big Dawgs Coaches Sam Smith and Brian Foley walk you through everything you'll need to be successful in the 2020 CrossFit Open.

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Coaches Chat - How To Improve Open Movements Over The Course Of A Year

So many people ask us “how do I get better for a competition,” so I decided to ask coach Sam Smith to help me better understand how athletes can spend a year building the important movements for a competition. More specifically, I asked him how to improve from one year’s CrossFit Open to next year’s CrossFit Open.

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Coaches Chat - What Is And How To Optimize Your CrossFit Games Open Performance

We have been discussing the CrossFit Open with everybody inside of Big Dawgs, so I decided to ask coach Sam Smith to help me better understand how athletes can view the Open for themselves to get their best performance inside of it. Something important to note, though, is that this isn’t an article about how to train for a year - or 5 years - to peak physically for it. No, this article and video are about how to take wherever you sit, right now, and put your best result forward.

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