Program Design Workshop

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Master Program Design

Build confidence in your program design capabilities, learn how to properly progress your clients and deliver results. Work with OPEX in a live setting to understand core programming principles and apply them directly into your designs. This 2-day workshop will up-level your design comprehension and ability to deliver effective designs for your clients.

During these workshops, designed by James FitzGerald and Carl Hardwick, you will have the opportunity to dive deep into OPEX program design methods and gain practice implementing the OPEX Programming Principles while surrounded by other like-minded coaches.

This workshop is right for you if you want to:

  • Learn from the industry-leading program design expert
  • Understand how to practically implement program design principles
  • Discover specific methods of delivering your design to your clients
  • Hear how other coaches approach program designs
  • Gain live feedback on your program design
Program Design Workshop Objectives

Workshop Learning Objectives:

  • Confidently put program design principles into practice
  • Live program design practice
  • Real life program design case studies with various levels of client avatars
  • Get live feedback on your designs
  • Open Q&A with the instructor

Program Design Workshops

Full Body Resistance

About the instructors

Carl Hardwick Program Design Workshops

Carl Hardwick


OPEX COO Carl Hardwick has dedicated his life to health and fitness. Already as a teenager, Hardwick lived at the gym. A 3-time All-Conference football player at Saint Mary’s University, Hardwick became passionate about becoming the most effective coach. This led the former U.S. Army veteran to buddy up with world-renowned strength coach Charles Poliquin to complete the PICP and then to complete his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). While running the Army fitness program for his Battalion and a stint in Afghanistan, Hardwick was introduced to OPEX Founder James FitzGerald. Sold by the OPEX individual program design approach, Carl went on to open multiple OPEX-licensed gyms before accepting his position as COO. Today, Hardwick is an integral part of the growing OPEX engine that is using the Coach Certificate Program (CCP) to change the face of fitness by professionalizing the fitness coach.

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The opportunity to have an open discussion around principles, theories, observations, and experiences as a coach in addition to being able to receive insight from experienced coaches and athletes daily is an opportunity entirely worth pursuing. OPEX Program Design Workshops are one of the most interactive, individualized, and “develop the coach” based live experiences I’ve ever attended. Having a diverse, open, and interactive experience really was amazing.”

Whitney Reese,
Big Dawgs Coach, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, COMT, ITPT, TPS

“OPEX Program Design Workshops are an incredibly rewarding educational experience. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to participate in the conversation that is moving fitness coaching forward. James and the other coaches have helped me upgrade my understanding of mixed modal fitness and the experience has given me a direction for my continued learning. It feels like the culmination of my education with OPEX up to this point. I’m excited about the future and to see what opportunities for learning and growth emerge from the principles laid out in the course.”

Ian Kaplan
CCP Level 2 Coach,CSCS, FDN-P

OPEX Program Design Workshops provide many crucial tools to become a more effective coach, specifically in program design.

Firass El Fateh
Owner & Head Coach of OPEX Abbotsford and CCP Coach

I had no idea what to expect coming into this week and I was mind blown at how in-depth James goes on each topic and how important every little aspect of program design is in order to reach maximum physical potential.

Kyle Livak,
CCP Coach

Workshop Syllabus

Programming: Principles



Workshop Location

Workshop in Arizona

Scottsdale, AZ

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How many days is the workshop?

This workshop will be a 2-day event, running from 8am-5pm.

Will the workshop be theory or practical application?

These workshops will be focused on hands-on implementation and the development of effective program design.

Do I need to have taken any OPEX courses as a prerequisite?

No you do not but we recommend taking the OPEX Programming: Principles digital course to give you the fundamental program design knowledge necessary to thrive in this course.

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