JAmes Fitzgerald helping OPEX athlete Anze before training

Do you even science bro?

The fitness industry is flooded with hundreds of different coaching methodologies. Many of these systems don’t have any scientific data to support what they are currently doing. Because of this, these systems of fitness and coaching frequently fail to deliver long term results for athletes and clients and fulfillment for the coach.

“One of the challenges we face in the fitness industry today is that there is no quality assurance model on who is and who can become a coach. With the speed of creativity, we’ve lost all concept of what is actually happening when someone does a specific exercise.” 



- james fitzgerald

A coach is broadly defined as an athletic instructor or trainer. Many amateur coaches interpret this to suggest that coaches are cheerleaders. However, a real professional coach is someone who approaches fitness as a scientist.

Perhaps the greatest tool a scientist uses is scientific method. The scientific method is a process for experimentation that is used to explore observations and answer questions.

This method cannot only be used to research the origins of life, or discover some far-off planet, but for fitness prescription too. How? Here we break down the steps of the scientific method, coach-style.

Ask a Question:

The method starts when you ask a question about something that you observe about your athlete’s performance or health: How, What, When, Who, Which, Why, or Where?

Do Background Research:

Fitbot or any documentation a coach uses is a research resource that can inform you on your athlete’s health or performance.

Construct a Hypothesis:

Based on questions you ask the athlete, your initial observations, and background research you can begin to form a hypothesis of what the problem is and how it can be solved.

Test Your Hypothesis by Doing an Experiment:

Your experiment tests whether your prediction is accurate and thus your hypothesis is supported or not. The tests a coach can use vary depending on what the problem is, be it health or performance related.

Analyze Your Data and Draw a Conclusion:

Once your experiment is complete, you collect your measurements and analyze them to see if they support your hypothesis or not.

With the amount of measurement equipment available to a coach, there should be no reason why any coach cannot be constantly observing, assessing and testing their athletes and clients. The scientific method allows coaches to constantly upgrade their own profession and their ability to deliver results for their clientele.

At OPEX, we’ve been using various tools such as to understand how human physiology reacts to our program designs and coaching methodology. By doing so, we’ve been able to upgrade our own program designs and enhance every client’s success in fitness.