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Old 10-25-2010, 09:40 AM   #1
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Has anyone here followed OPT's programming? If so, what are your thoughts on it?
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:08 AM   #2
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Re: Opt

cant say i always follow it but from time to time i do, i think OPT is a very good athlete and that is directly connected to his programing. He is one of the few crossfitters that truly understands fitness and is able to build a very good well rounded program. But i would not recomend his program to everyone
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Old 10-25-2010, 01:52 PM   #3
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cant say i always follow it but from time to time i do, i think OPT is a very good athlete and that is directly connected to his programing. He is one of the few crossfitters that truly understands fitness and is able to build a very good well rounded program. But i would not recomend his program to everyone
Which people do you think arent suited for his programming? And why?
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Old 10-25-2010, 04:33 PM   #4
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Which people do you think arent suited for his programming? And why?
Anyone who's still at the beginner to intermediate level. His programming is very advanced, and the volume is a little high for the average person who's just trying to stay in shape.
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:22 PM   #5
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Re: Opt

I've done it for most of the last 8 months and think it's some of the best stuff out there. It's a good mix of strength, conditioning, and technique work, and incorporates logical progressions and deload periods. It's far from random and doesn't make the mistake of telling people to go 100% every day for a prolonged period of time. The fact that OPT tailors his programming in response to the results people post says a lot--he reads the comments every day, tracks individual progress, and uses it to determine when he needs to change focus or dial things back for a few days.

I switched over to it after about 3 months of linear progression on the old CFWF template and saw my strength numbers continue to increase even as I leaned out and got my conditioning back. I credit all his tempo work for that, as well as doing stuff like weighted ring dips and close grip bench press pretty frequently.

I would agree that it's geared more towards intermediate or advanced athletes--even with more than two years of CF experience I found myself having to scale a lot of stuff back at first. The two a days and three a days are also probably beyond the capabilities of a lot of new CFers.
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:38 PM   #6
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+1 for everything Eric mentioned.

I've followed OPT's programming for a full year, and I put anyone in my gym with competitive CF aspirations on it, as well.
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Re: Opt

OPT's blog seems cool, but I'm unable to train in the morning, rest 8 hours and then train again in the evening... Does anybody else have the same problem if they follow OPT?
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Old 10-27-2010, 03:41 AM   #8
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OPT's blog seems cool, but I'm unable to train in the morning, rest 8 hours and then train again in the evening... Does anybody else have the same problem if they follow OPT?
i would imagine doing just one of the workouts would be difficult enough, just choose the one that fits your goals best. or leave it for the weekend
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OPT's blog seems cool, but I'm unable to train in the morning, rest 8 hours and then train again in the evening... Does anybody else have the same problem if they follow OPT?
Do what you can--hit the part that you need the most work on, or do them without the 8 hours in between. That's not the ideal solution because you won't be recovered enough to go all out on the second part, but it's probably better than not doing it.
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:14 PM   #10
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