| | EP 339 – James FitzGerald and the Future of “Fitness”

Author / Cali Hinzman

2 hr 40 min listen

Fitness is Changing, and Not For The Better

Everyone has an opinion about the sport of “fitness” but few have contemplated the implications of training systems like CrossFit more than Opex founder, James FitzGerald [@JFitzOpex]. A spicy discussion kicks off wherein The Crew debates long term effects of high volume and the glamorization that surrounds extreme suffering. James is not one to hold back. In fact, he regards himself as an outspoken critic of the general understanding of fitness and as he states, he has no plans to shut the fuck up about it. For a podcast host who is known to rant, John has met his match this week. There is no stopping James FitzGerald and we were stoked to be along for the ride.

This week, our discussion with James FitzGerald of Opex goes deep. It’s not enough to try and analyze the faulty prescription of “fitness” being pumped out by organizations like CrossFit. Instead James suggests taking a deeper dive into the psyche of the individual who is enthralled by poster athletes. At what point can the public delineate between the most extreme examples of work capacity and the science behind longevity. Whose responsibility is it to wave the flag and say that these jacked athletes are not a beacon of health. Has our society’s obsession (and subsequent confusion) with image and extremism has clouded our true intentions of a long and fulfilling life? James FitzGerald thinks yes. Listen NOW!

Empower Your Performance

Follow James FitzGerald on Instagram at the handle @jFitzOpex or you can head directly to his website OpexFit.com to check out their coaches development content.


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Cali Hinzman

A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.


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