Escape your own head
It's no secret that remote coaching poses some unique challenges. Building and maintaining relationships online. Avoiding disorganization and anxiety. Giving and receiving clear, constructive feedback. Struggling to achieve results. And all of this while attempting to apply the principles of OPEX CCP in a remote context. With everything involved, it's easy to see why coaches can feel like they're stranded on an island when coaching clients remotely.
Don't worry! We're here to pull you out of your own head. With the help of our experts, you'll avoid stagnancy and continue to grow and evolve as a remote fitness professional. So, what are you waiting for?
Meet our elite remote-coaching mentors...
Whitney grew up split between the world of sports and academics, having been a multiple sport athlete, playing for the region IV soccer ODP program until age 22, attending UIW on an athletic and academic scholarship, and later pursuing multiple degrees and specialty physical therapy board certifications. At the age of 15 after a multiple ligament knee injury, the seed for her passion for combining sports performance and rehabilitation was planted. She has since devoted her educational, coaching and mentoring journey over the past 15 years on placing herself in uncomfortable, but growth-focused educational, athletic, and mentoring situations.
Over the past 10 years, she has focused on clinical mentoring of sport and orthopedic physical therapy residents, fellowship mentoring in manual therapy, and acting as a clinical mentor and faculty mentor in a traditional academic setting. This extensive exposure in a mentorship role both in-house and remote is one of Whitney’s primary passions and the myriad of approaches for moving from competency to mastery and desire to awareness is something Whitney enjoys partaking in as a mentor-mentee journey.
Henry has been involved in multiple sports throughout his life. Since very early on he’s been intrigued by the concept of training and how to better prepare himself for the rigors of said sport. At the age of 17 became a bonafide gym rat and has experimented with all sorts of training programs. In 2012 Henry opened his own training facility in San Juan, PR. It was Aggressive Fitness back then, nowadays known as OPEX San Juan, and is 100% Individual Design. In 2015 he became a part of the coaching staff at OPEX where he really started implementing what he has learned throughout his own experience as well as working with clients in-house, only this time in a remote coaching setting.
Over the past few years, he has had extensive exposure in a mentorship role both in-house and remote. There are currently 6 coaches who program at OPEX San Juan and he’s also an educator in the OPEX Gyms program. While he understands and greatly appreciates principles, Henry believes that the true separator in coaching is in implementation and is always looking for ways to demonstrate how theories are manifested in application.
Sam has had quite the experience when it comes to athletic endeavors. At 9, he began his pursuit of competitive golf, which ultimately landed him a scholarship at the University of Southern California.
Early in his college years he came across Crossfit and was instantly hooked. This led to a deep exploration into exercise, performance, psychology, nutrition, movement, and the why behind it all. After some discussion with James FitzGerald, he quickly realized his true purpose was rooted in helping others reach their true potential whether it be in performance or health.
Over the past 5 years, Sam has specialized in working with competitive Crossfitters across the spectrum of abilities. From those wanting to compete in their first Crossfit Open to nearly a dozen CrossFit Games athletes.
When Sam isn’t designing programs or consulting with clients, he enjoys playing golf, tennis, hiking, reading books, BBQing, finding the perfect ice cream shop, or spending time with friends and building memories.
In 2013, Mizar quit his corporate engineering job to take a shot at a dream; to turn a passion for fitness into a full-time career. Ever since he was a kid, he knew deep down that this was the path he wanted to pursue. He became a gymnastic coach at 14 years old, trained martial arts (Capoeira, JKD, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu), rock climbing, and found CrossFit along his journey to become a better version of himself. This is when he found James FitzGerald and OPEX. Mizar was an early adopter of OPEX principles and has done many iterations of the CCP course. During the past years, with the help of various mentors, he's been able to coach thousands of individuals, both in the gym and online, to become leaner, stronger, and most importantly feel amazing physically and mentally.
Mizar is the founder of MFO Training in Montreal and is currently a Big Dawgs full-time coach. He truly believes fitness can change your life. And he wants to have an even greater impact by helping passionate coaches like you become better and, at the same time, teach you how to build a successful business that allows you to help thousands of people from every corner of the earth.
Michael has been a strength and conditioning coach for over 15 years and with OPEX for over 7 of those years. He holds a master’s degree in kinesiology where he concentrated primarily on human performance and the various factors that influence an athlete’s adaptability. His research led him down the naturopathic and functional medicine rabbit holes and how they apply to fitness. Michael possesses high levels of mastery in program design, nutrition prescription, and how to apply functional medicine principles towards fitness prescription.
Outside of his graduate-level education, Michael created an educational seminar in which he has traveled the globe lecturing other professionals from PhDs, MDs, DCs, DPTs, and fellow coaches on how he approaches the art of coaching. He has taken just about every professional development course that the fitness industry has to offer and is inspired to share his perspective with any coach willing to learn.
Michael is also an avid martial artist, a motorcycle enthusiast, and an expert at killing zombies on X-Box live.
Mike has been in the fitness industry for 15+ years. He owned a CrossFit gym for 10 years before selling it to go full-time with individual coaching. Along the way, he's worked with many coaches. Coaching them in their fitness while they learn to balance their own fitness with their coaching career and also mentoring other coaches in their coach journey.
Something he's noticed across the board is the lack of ability to APPLY the knowledge they've learned through the courses they've taken. He likes to focus on the practical application of coaching when talking with newer coaches. Giving coaches pieces of advice that they can take and directly apply to their coaching profession to get a direct return is what he enjoys doing and seeing from the coaches he works with.
If you're looking to dive super deep into the science of coaching, Mike may not be the best fit. But if you want someone with a LOT of time in the trenches, experience owning a gym, working with staff, coaching group, coaching individuals, and knowing what works and what doesn't work, then he's probably a good fit!
Bringing remote coaching expertise to you
As OPEX's own remote-coaching experts, Big Dawgs coaches work with athletes of all ages and stages of fitness, from weekend warriors to athletes training for small to large competitions. Prescribing highly personalized, 1-to-1, online program design, no fitness professionals in the industry are better equipped to navigate a remote coach-client relationship. Through long-term fitness strategy, daily fitness programming, lifestyle and nutrition coaching, and monthly 1:1 video calls, Big Dawgs remote coaches are trained to deliver lifelong results—from anywhere—and they can show you how to do it, too.