EP. 048

James Fitzgerald Mixed Model Apprenticeship


The guy that paints the picture, James is the founder of OPEX (Formerly OPT) and The International Center for Fitness. When not coaching, he’s a full time husband, father and fitness athlete. His 20+ years of experience and service as a strength coach/technician, tireless practice on refining energy system work, nutritional and lifestyle balancing techniques and training of other coaches has made OPEX a sought after method of bringing fitness to a Higher Order.

James has found a desire and passion to understanding fitness through assessment, testing, research, programming and more. He has had many years experience as an athlete from early childhood into adulthood, from playing top level soccer, short and long distance running to CrossFit where he was crowned “The Fittest on Earth”, Winner of the 2007 CrossFit Games.


Websites and Social Media Links:

Website – OPEXfit.com

Facebook – OPEX Fitness

Twitter – @OPEXFitness

Instagram – opexfitness

YouTube – OPEX Fitness


Books mentioned:

Ultimate MMA Conditioning

Deep Work


Podcasts mentioned:

Joe Rogan Experience #1258 – Jack Dorsey, Vijaya Gadde & Tim Pool

The OPEX Podcast: Fitness Explained — Shawn Myszka Ep 009

The OPEX Podcast: Fitness Explained — Conditioning and Recovery-Driven Fitness with Joel Jamieson Ep 031


Resources and People mentioned:

OPEX CCP – Level 1

Mixed Modal Online Course

Functional Fitness Federation

Joe Rogan

Jack Dorsey




Shawn Myszka

Rich Froning

Mat Fraser

Bernie Novokowsky

New York Times Daily Podcast

NPR – Hidden Brain Podcast

Cal Newport

Adam Grant



0:00 – 2:40 – Robbie intros the show and asks James what’s new?

2:41 – 6:47 – Robbie asks James about OPEX’s brand new online course – Mixed Modal

6:48 – 7:32 – Robbie asks James what is different about Mixed Model to any other online courses?

7:33 – 910: – Robbie asks James if nutrition is covered within Mixed Modal?

9:11 – 12:16 – Robbie asks James to discuss what is the International Functional Fitness Federation (IFFF), and what are its aims?

12:17 – 14:20- Robbie asks James to define functional fitness and Mixed Modal?

14:22 – 14: 55 – Robbie asks James if the Mixed Modal course would prepare a coach to train an athlete for functional fitness competition?

14:56 – 24:54 – Robbie asks James how did he developed the testing protocols for IFFF competition?

24:55 – 36:45 -Robbie asks James about his apprenticeship program?

36:46 – 39:09 – Robbie asks James about the feedback he has gotten from the coaches who have taken Mixed Modal so far

39:10 – 39:59 – Robbie asks James will he record and release the material covered in his apprenticeship program?

40:00 – 40:25 – Robbie asks James what he is currently reading?

40:26 – 42:01 – Robbie asks James why he is so fascinated about language and communication?

42:02 – 45:39 – Robbie asks James what he is currently listening too?

45:40 – 46:02 – Robbie wraps up the show!