Specialty Courses are designed to satiate your desire for deeper knowledge. These courses give you the education you need to specialize in niche areas of fitness and functional training program design while building on the fundamentals of the OPEX individual design methodology.
With so many gimmicks and promised quick fixes in the fitness industry, coaches face the challenge of deciphering truth from trend, and effectively coaching clients with evidence-based principles.
The OPEX Speciality Courses give you the skills to design niche programming and serve a diverse clientele. Whether you’re looking for more tools to improve movement for clients’ everyday function or develop elite level athletes, OPEX’s functional training program design has you covered.
Investing in your education not only gives you the confidence to communicate with clients and guide them to the results they desire, but it ensures that you build your coaching practice for long-term success.
Whether you’re looking to master your craft, stand-out from other coaches or learn for your own knowledge, our Speciality Courses are a great way to start learning functional training program design with OPEX.
Have access to the entire course for a lifetime allowing you to revisit the core concepts as needed.
Once you sign up you’ll gain access to theory and practical application through course videos, instructional guides, and avatar-based sample programming.
Gain access to your course forum to connect with coaches and get support from OPEX Instructors. In addition, you’ll receive 30 days of exclusive access to “Daily Coaching Conversations,” within our membership site.
Each course concludes with a quiz confirming your new knowledge and offering CEUs with several certification bodies including NSCA, NASM, ACSM, ISSA, CanFitPro, and more.
A practical course that teaches you how to build, coach, and program strength for any client.
Learn to coach and progress the big three lifts—the Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift—and support your client’s ultimate goal of developing strength for a lifetime.
Master programming for elite athletes with the most comprehensive course on competitive functional fitness to date. This course introduces principles, logic, and order to the sport.
Whether you’re a coach or an athlete, this course will teach you everything you need to know about the sport of competitive functional fitness. Most importantly, how to win at it.
A specialty course that teaches you to coach movement with purpose and bridges the gap from the academic model of human movement to the practice of coaching clients in the real world.
Learn a principle-based framework for observing, describing, assessing, understanding, and incorporating movement into a client’s fitness program.
“OPEX Specialty Courses are just that, programming for specific client goals. Whether you have a client who wants to build specific strength or movement capabilities, the Specialty Courses offer you the tools to help them achieve that unique goal. Each course offers specialty program design-focused coaching education rooted in the core OPEX program design principles.”
– Carl Hardwick, OPEX COO
Start with any course that interests you. There are no prerequisites for the Speciality Courses.
Yes, each Speciality Course is available through the OPEX Membership Site and will include video modules as well as downloadable notes. Preview courses in the OPEX Membership Site
Each course is unique and ranges from 15 to 50 video modules. We have designed each course to be completed in a self-paced fashion, each video module is between 3 and 20 minutes so that you can complete one topic at a time.
Yes, each course will have its own downloadable notes to use as a reference.
Live workshops are the best way to get live feedback on your designs and learn directly from an OPEX Coach. We have workshops for Speciality Courses offered at different times throughout the year. Learn more about live workshops here. https://opexfit.com/program-design-workshops/
OPEX Speciality Courses specialize in just that, programming. Each course offers specialty-focused coaching education rooted in the core OPEX program design principles.
The OPEX Coaching Certificate Program (CCP) is OPEX’s flagship digital course that focuses on the five pillars of professional coaching: Business of Coaching, Consultation, Assessment, Program Design, and Nourishment. It’s our most comprehensive course and our certificate program. You will develop a deep understanding of the OPEX principles, and then hone your craft through practical application, under the mentorship of OPEX founder and industry-leading educator, James Fitzgerald. CCP is recommended for those seeking a comprehensive coaching program that will have them stand-out and build a lasting, fulfilling career.
Only OPEX CCP coaches who complete our OPEX Speciality Courses will receive their specialist cert. We welcome those who have completed our Speciality Courses to enroll in CCP, and upon completion of CCP, will receive their specialist cert. Coaches that are not OPEX CCP, will receive a Certificate of Completion after finishing the Specialty Course.
Yes, each course qualifies as CEUs with NASM, ISSA, NSCA, ACSM, and CanFitPro. Learn more on the page for each programming course.
OPEX Founder James FitzGerald oversees all OPEX Education and instructs several of the Specialty Courses. OPEX Specialty Course Instructors are OPEX CCP Coaches and experts in the specialty they instruct. OPEX Specialty Course Instructors include:
OPEX COO, Carl Hardwick
OPEX Programming: Movement Instructor, Whitney Reese
OPEX Programming: Strength Instructor, Kevin Don
OPEX Programming: Strength Instructor, Keegan Martin