James Fitzgerald discusses the TNG or Touch and Go. How to properly execute this movement in any form with the help in demonstration by OPEX Coach Brian Foley.

Orange Theory, Zumba, Barre Method, Shockwave, Crossfit, – and other options of group fitness have a method. Actually it’s now ALL about the method. What has been Lost is the importance placed on education and the coach. The coach has lost his/her way. We have been replaced by TV’s on ellipticals, apps on smartphones, insta-celebrities,…

Congratulations to our newest friends of the OPEX coaching family – YMCA Canada and Scott, Katie, Vincenzo, Nat, Flash, Jacquie, Earl and G. Things in life come full circle. The YMCA in Canada was once a starting point for me. A place that was known for great coaching opportunities and great inside education for their…

  sup·ple·ment noun ˈsəpləmənt/   Something that completes or enhances something else when added to it. Walking lunges are supplementation for lower body muscle endurance. Books are supplementation for humans looking to improve mental capacity and creativity. Vitamins, herbs, minerals are supplementation to food for humans for changes required in health and fitness. Over the…

I once taught a group of fitness instructors for 4 hours on spinal stability in functional fitness. It was 2001, a cold Calgary night in the Talisman Centre. All i had in my “show” was a swiss ball, a mat, and a blood pressure cuff. Just 3 years earlier I was spit out of a…

    The Product The onsite model here at OPEX is nothing new to us. We meet someone where they are, physically & mentally. We assess movement and design a custom tailored program. They, in turn, work out consistently and with purpose. It is the middle ground between personal training and group fitness, which both…

“James’ 2015 Year End Reflection“ Here we are again. The end of a wonderful year of exploration, learning, training, coaching, and more. Join me as we listen to James reflect from the perspective as a Father and Husband, Athlete, Coach, and Businessman. There are some wonderful insights, as James is very open and forthcoming in…

Time It’s such precious thing. It seemed like just a short while ago I was riding home from the hospital with my first daughter, Hannah. It was day 1 of her life, but it was day 12,227 of mine. Today, it is slightly short of Day 15,300 for me. I usually finish letters, notes, mail, etc…with…

How many times have we said that? But, back in the day when I first began exercising, lunges were so simple and inconspicuous. What we have to remember is that when the flavor changes on lunges, so does the DOSE RESPONSE. Doing 400m of walking lunges for time is completely different than 5 rounds for…

​The 2015 installment of the OPEX Winter Classic saw tremendous turn-out in participation.  Nearly 500 competitors from across the globe tied the laces up and went 60 minutes to see how their fitness looked ahead of the holidays. Bobby Noyce and Nina Arezina, a pair of North Central athletes, earned male and female first place honors, respectively….

WHO decides what movements should actually be?…in fitness, or in life? In large part, the decisions on movement and how individuals “should” move were never really thought out. Over the past 20 years the fitness movement has jumped leaps and bounds in its investigation into movement. Movement preparation. Movement analysis. Movement screening. The growth has come from…

OPEX Owner and Coach James Fitzgerald, discusses the ways to add more weight to your backsquat. With proper and smart programming, this is achievable over time. Check out the full video below!