OPEX coaches are life-long learners.

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.

What Sets OPEX Courses Apart From The Rest?

  • Over 20 years educating 10,000+ coaches world-wide
  • Created by expert instructors in their specialty fields
  • Designed from both the science and art of coaching
  • Coaches have written millions of fitness programs using OPEX methodology
  • Developed winning athletes at the Olympic and CrossFit Games Level
OPEX Specialty Courses
Why take an OPEX Speciality Course

Why Take An OPEX Specialty Course

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 Specialty 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.

The Digital Course Experience

Whether you’re looking to master your craft, stand-out from other coaches or learn for your own knowledge, our Specialty Courses are a great way to start learning functional training program design with OPEX.

Study at own pace

Study At Your Own Pace

Have access to the entire course for a lifetime allowing you to revisit the core concepts as needed.

Gain Practical Knowledge

Gain Practical Knowledge

Once you sign up you’ll gain access to theory and practical application through course videos, instructional guides, and avatar-based sample programming.

Collaborate with Coaches

Collaborate with Coaches

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.

Earn CEUs

Earn CEUs

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.

Continuing Education Units

  • NASM Certified
  • ISSA Certified
  • NSCA Certified
  • Canfitpro Certified
  • OPEX ACSM Certified

Specialty Courses Available

Programming: Mixed Modal Athletes

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.

OPEX Movement Course Coming Soon

Programming: Movement

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 CEO


What Specialty Course should I start with?

Start with any course that interests you. There are no prerequisites for the Specialty Courses.

Do these courses provide CEUs?

Yes, each course qualifies as CEUs with NASM, ISSA, NSCA, ACSM, and CanFitPro. Learn more on the page for each programming course.

How are OPEX Specialty Courses different from The OPEX Coaching Certificate Program (CCP)?

OPEX Specialty 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 and mentorship. 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. 

Are these digital courses?

Yes, each Specialty 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

How long are the courses?

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.

Do I get downloadable course notes?

Yes, each course will have its own downloadable notes to use as a reference.

Will I receive a Specialist Certificate?

Only OPEX CCP coaches who complete our OPEX Specialty Courses will receive their specialist cert. We welcome those who have completed our Specialty 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.

Who are the instructors?

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 CEO, Carl Hardwick

OPEX Programming: Movement Instructor, Whitney Reese

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