How to Up-Level Your Programming Through OPEX Assessment
The assessment of a client’s fitness is what separates professional coaches from amateurs. A coach needs the concrete data collected from an assessment to construct a fitness program bespoke to their client. Without a specialized fitness program a client cannot reach their full athletic potential. Assessment and programming are interconnected then but what defines a quality assessment?
The fitness industry has many different physical screening tests but very few that offer a comprehensive assessment. Most popular amongst them is The Functional Movement Screen (FMS). Assessing seven basic movement patterns, the Screen only shows which movements a client is incapable of performing. Given its limitations, OPEX Fitness has devised a definitive assessment model that builds on the FMS to also take into account someone’s body composition and how efficiently the client performs an assigned work capacity test.
The OPEX Assessment model can be broken into three strands.
- OPEX Body: Here we look at height and weight, plus where and how much fat is stored in the client’s body using a Harpenden or Lange body fat caliper. Fat is a useful, albeit controversial biomarker of health.
- OPEX Move: Here we look at how the client moves across four categories: stability, relative strength, absolute strength and balance. The latter categories are only important if your client has an intermediate or higher training age.
- OPEX Work: Here we take a client through a work capacity test relative to where we think they currently sit in fitness. For e.g. a suitable test for a beginner would be a 3 x 30 second work/rest flywheel bike test where the pace is increased from moderate to hard.
Head Coach, Michael Bann offers a few words of insight into why our assessment model is critical to delivering an individualized program that best serves the client.
“OPEX Assessment puts the focus 100% on the individual. This is important. Basketball, baseball and CrossFit all have different adaptations, so how is it anyone can say you ‘must move this way,’ in order to be considered fit. Only through comprehensive assessment and an understanding of the client’s goals can you craft a program that minimizes risks to the client and develops them physically for whatever function they have in mind.”