What Our Clients Say

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After attending your program design course I have transformed my approach to programming for my gym, my competitors, and myself. It has paid off with huge returns. This past weekend we competed in “Battle Over Redlands” and had a handful of podium finishers (2 Golds, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze). I got 1st in the Men’s RX’d division by winning 4 of 5 workouts.

Thank you for everything you do and for the system you have provided so that others may follow in your footsteps.

Brice Collier
Director of Programming
Koda CrossFit

Hey James,

Wanted to let you know I have opened my own private and semi private training gym. We await the Rogue truck to arrive in minutes. We are not affiliating and we are 4 partners running our own personal training business. Lisa Rendic is amongst my partners along with 2 other females.……. Your CCP program and teachings have been big part of my growth and will continue to be a part of who I am as an individual and professional. A giant thank you for all you guidance and support.

Yago Fidani
Move Strength & Conditioning

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Hi Team,

This is me running the north face 100k trial in the blue mountains Australia, total assent 5000m. My time was 16h 16m 14s I am going for it again in 2014 and hope to smash that time as I think I’m in much better shape. Thanks for all you have done for me the past 12 month, I don’t think you will ever really know how much that is. Have a great xmas and new year.

Fergus Hayes

marcus granite gamesI’ve been working with OPT in some form for over 4 years. From the Big Dawgs Blog, to CCP courses, to Exclusive Coaching with James himself, I’ve always felt like I was getting the best the industry has to offer. OPT has been and will continue to be my home for training, knowledge, and community.

Marcus Filly
TJ’s Gym – Mill Valley
Exclusive Coaching Client, CCP Coach
2013 CF Games Individual Competitor, 2011-12 Team Competitor

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I have been with James Fitzgerald/OPT for 5 months. I knew after 2012 Regionals I needed to make a change in my training and I decided to go with OPT. Going with James was the best decision I could have made and what has evolved from that decision I could have never dreamed. After working with James long distance for a few months, I was able to work with an OPT coach Mike Lee in person for a few days. When I came home I knew I needed to make a big change and move onsite and train full-time as an athlete. A month and a half later I moved from Florida to Arizona and have not looked back. The coaching and programming style has made me more confident as an athlete and the realization of a dream becoming a reality.

Gabrielle Andrews
EC Client, Onsite Athlete

Mike McgoldrickMy experience with James/OPT started by stumbling across the blog one day. I was writing my own programming and wanted to experiment with some of OPT’s current training. I mixed and matched a few things, learned quite a bit. It wasn’t until I heard James speak at a seminar at the Garage Games in 2011 that I was completely sold on the training philosophies.

I continued to write my own programming up through regionals of that year with guidance from OPT’s Big Dawg Blog. Starting the summer of the next season I began following the Big Dawg Blog exclusively. I was tired of always wondering if “am I programming the right amount?” or “ am I efficiently targeting weaknesses?”. The Blog was great because I could just follow and train. No other thoughts. Just trust. Also, I connected with a BUNCH of other athletes and made some life long friends through this as well. Amazing community.

I continued to improve throughout the next season in 2012 and once the summer came I made a choice to find out what the next step would be. I decided to throw it all in and see what could happen. The Blog was great, but I was ready for specific tweaks and modifications to my current training goals. I felt that personal attention and detail would help move my training to the next level.

I have learned a LOT since working with James. Experience is valuable. There is no bullshit in answers driven from experience. James has experience.

What I didn’t expect to learn was how to be accountable for myself. I have to be honest, part of me expected a coach who would be there after every workout telling me that I “did a great job”, or I “crushed it”. I learned that I am truly doing this for myself, and not for someone else’s praise.

A couple of fears I had prior to hiring James were that I wasn’t sure if I was “good enough” for a coach yet. In my eyes, you had to be “good” to take on that kind of commitment.

I’m glad I stopped wasting time waiting for things to setup, and just took action. You won’t regret it. And if it’s not for you, at least you tried it and now you know.

McG (Mike McGoldrick)
2013 CF Games Competitor
Exclusive Coaching Client

James and Sharon:

Thank you for the opportunity to join the OPT community through the Life Coaching course. My life has increasingly led towards a path of taking the course and listening to my purpose of helping others balance their lives. Before I took the course I experienced “eureka” moments through reading and studying philosophy and balancing my own life. Leading up to and during the course my knowledge based increased through your leadership and the experience of interacting with those in that room over those 48 hours. Since the course I have continued my education immersing myself in Dr. Demartini’s books and philosophies and working with those in my life that are willing to challenge themselves and balance their life.

My wife and I are on the verge of opening up our own place in Cincinnati so we can officially follow our purpose and help others “find their fitness and BALANCE their lives.” It has been a challenge to coordinate many of these consultations since I don’t have the regular contact of coaching in the gym anymore, but I know this is part of the challenge in the journey of opening our own space. I look forward to sharing with you both our journey and also continuing my OPT education journey sooner than later.

I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity to learn and interact, so I will simply say…thank you.

Chris Burke

Gordana TestimonialI can’t even begin to explain how happy I am at the progress!! It’s awesome and exciting…it’s been a long 5 years of plateaus and to finally see some steady gains is amazing. That dip was pretty big for me…maybe a mental thing because of my arm/surgery…maybe I didn’t train it properly..or maybe I was just weighed down.

I found a quote today that really caught my attention..you know those that kinda re-affirm what you’ve known all along. It’s a huge mental game and it’s so nice to get that f*#king rock off my back!!

“We attain freedom as we let go of whatever does not reflect our magnificence. A bird cannot fly high or far with a stone tied to its back. But release the impediment, and we are free to soar to unprecedented heights.” – Alan Cohen, owner of the Florida Panthers.

Thanks for the awesome programming…you’ve helped make my gains seem effortless!! Onward!

G (Gordana Jakopcevic)
Exclusive Coaching Client, CCP Coach

I cannot recommend this enough. If you want to teach and train people, you have to know what you are doing. No one else delivers this type of education. It should be mandatory.

Soren Kristensen, CCP Coach