"I worked with an OPEX coach and this is what happened:” Three CrossFit Games Athletes Talk About the OPEX Role in Their Journey
31-year-old Erika Copeland, 35-year-old Nick Bloch and 66-year-old Saadia Popelnik have a lot in common. They all started working with an OPEX coach and landed themselves a spot at the CrossFit Games this year.
The biggest game changer for Bloch was the “personal approach to address weaknesses and flaws in my fitness” that Smith provided, a much different experience than the generic programming he followed before, he explained.
Copeland agrees. One of the major keys to qualifying her team to the Games this year was the individualized training they all did in conjunction with the team training.
Popelnik has a similar story. She started her fitness journey when she was almost 60 years old and credits Torano for being “extremely patient” with her.
For Bloch, it’s simple. “There are so many programs out there to follow but they’re all too broad and general,” he said.
Beyond an individualized approach to fitness, another reason Copeland recommends the OPEX method is how it always considers her long term, ensuring she can not only improve her fitness now, but can remain fit and healthy for life.
And for Popelnik, it’s about how OPEX established a program that matches your specific lifestyle and fitness goals, as well as providing accountability, feedback and support.
“It’s the real deal.”
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