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

Author / John

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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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.

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