Like many other OPEX CCP coaches, Clelia Stefanini started out by drinking the CrossFit Kool Aid. Hard.
But after a number of years both coaching group classes and participating in group classes, she found herself burnt out, both as a coach and an athlete.
Along the way, she had slowly been learning about OPEX principles and the OPEX Coaching Certificate Program (CCP) from the owner of her gym, and the principles “just made sense,” said 30-year-old Stefanini, who signed up for and completed the CCP in 2019. Today, she works with her own growing book of individual program design clients, some of which are remote clients.
“It just felt like the natural transition,” she said of the CCP.
The two biggest CCP takeaways for Stefanini were learning about the importance of taking care of herself first, and the importance of having difficult conversations with her clients, she explained.
Though she completed the CCP nearly one year ago, Stefanini said the real value is having the continued support from the OPEX community.
But now she realizes this is the OPEX way: “All the folks at OPEX HQ, they’re open to ongoing communication. They don’t hide once you have finished the CCP,” she said. “There’s an ongoing dialogue and commitment to better the field of coaching, which I think we have to do,” she added.
It’s this ongoing dialogue, and constant search to be better, that has also given her the confidence to know she is making the right decision by going down the individual program design career path, she explained.
“My dream is to work at HQ. I want to become as good of a coach as I can be, and then I’d love to just be closer to the mother ship and be able to be a pillar to spread these ideas, concepts and principles,” she said.
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