Meet CCP Coach: Kevin O’Malley
When did you start your OPT CCP Journey?
My OPT CCP Journey started less than a year ago, but I first stumbled upon the Big Dawgs Blog over three years ago, and have been implementing periodization training through our three phases of Lifestyle, Fitness, and Competition for the last 12 months. It took me over three and half a years of collecting data, working with the Big Dawgs Community, and participating in the OPTCCP Program to finally have plan of attack for my group classes, but also for my individualized clients as well.
I am have completed the OPTCCP Assessement Class, and currently am finishing up the Program Design and Business Modules Classes. I have also already signed up for the Online Nutrition Module Class as well. Through my experience with the OPT Community and working with some of the best minds in the Fitness Community, my level of awareness of programming for my gym, individual clients, and overall personally for myself has grown since I began taking the OPTCCP.
Describe how the OPT CCP has changed how your run your facility?
Through taking the OPT CCP Courses I have finally created a facility that has a purpose and place of strength and conditioning. Through my own experience of taking and passing the OPT CCP Courses, I have excelled in my understanding of how, when, and why to program for my groups. We were the first gym in the area to have a Three Phase Training System, where each phase had a specific goal in mind for each and every client. Through the OPT CCP Courses we have initiated a program that meets everyone needs in our facility. We do not force things on people, but entertain the idea of making sure people are properly screened, assessed, and put into a safe and appropriate program without having the fear of injuring or hurting our clients.
What was biggest ‘ah ha’ moment you had as you started implementing the CCP material at your facility?
Our biggest ‘ah ha’ moment happens more than once a day, but ones that I recall the most are when people either move away or go away for some time, but always end up coming back to Vagabond. We always get the same response from these people walk back in our doors, “I just felt safer in here, and my results were more progressive.” I look at this comment and say, “Wow, we must be doing something right.”
What would you tell a coach considering the OPT CCP?
My advice would be to expand your horizons and open your mind. Through asking questions and trying to get better, you will succeed at whatever you want to accomplish. Through questions, you will receive answers, and with the correct answers from the right people, you will not only expand your mind, but you will expand your business as well. Through the OPT CCP, it challenges you to think outside the box, and have a plan for every aspect of fitness, whether it is the sport of fitness or a specification sport, you will be prepared to succeed, as long as you’re willing to do the work!
A. Thruster; build to a tough single fast
B. Row sprint 15 seconds @95%; rest 1:45 x4
Mobility/Skill work for opens