Big Dawg Groups
The Big Dawg program will be split into 5 groups.
This has come about in reviewing the scoring and progression of individuals over the years and will allow 3 different user levels to experience progression as well as allow them to set goals based on where they sit and where they want to go.
The idea behind it is to provide the right stimulus, knowing that based on your current fitness level, you will repsond differently to the training program.
Group 1 - "Function"
Group 2 - "Being"
Group 3 - "Will"
Group 4 - "She"
Group 5 - "Partner"
Group 1 - Function
Learn about training strength, energy systems; balance your fitness, understand and create an awareness as to what works best for you, how to do the program, teach others starting out, create a balance between living and training.
Goal is to get to the "being" level over time. How much time? As long as is needed. When you do you change? When you feel ready to take the next step.
Some things you should be comfortable with: slow lifts, working hard, consistent schedule; at this level, strength as a base and sound conditioning principles is key with variation and fun!
This is an intro for all new folks to the program and a place to develop a great base.
Group 2 - Being
Upgrade your fitness; have a plan and a direction for the first time in "balanced fitness"; take the sets, reps, energy system training, etc. to a new level of understanding; spend time on the areas in which you need more work; figure out when to "smash it" or "tap out"...learn the gears and balance it for an fitness athlete development base - a sound one!
Things you should be comfortable with: variation, gymnastics, variation in loads and speeds for all lifts, energy system base of knowledge; at this level, strength base is built; tweaking is needed and sound principles are in place to "fine tune" these towards events/phases, etc. Goal if you sit here is to get to "will" level when you feel the step is necessary or remain here and develop yourself to the fullest.
This is a stable place to train and live and take your fitness to new levels.
Group 3 - Will
Full time fitness athlete; priority is competing, then improving on that, then competing again. You have a large base of training which allows a life that leads into making fitness a full time gig for you, as a sport and more than a hobby. It's for the fitness athlete; detailed phases of training; volume generally higher; skill work is base at higher loads, intensities; sound knowledge of your own engine is key; recovery is your 2nd full time job; your food is 100% always at this level. You should have advanced gymnastics skills; have participated in high level events in fitness/sport; have one event per year that is the big one for you, and smaller preparatory events throughout.
If your sport is fitness, and it's full time for you, this is where you sit.
Group 4: She
Designed for the female fitness athlete. Based on testing and research, we at OPT believe that the demands for males and females in fitness are different, not to mention that male and female physiology differs. During the course of training, there will be heavier empasis on upper body relative strenght work and power due to those being the most common deficiencies we see in competitive female fitness athletes as a performance seperator.
Group 5: Partner
The Partner program was developed to give athletes a progresive program that could be completed with a training partner. While partners may receive a different dose response from the same training session, the workouts are designed to create some fun, camaraderie, and competition amongst training partners while still allowing for progressive improvements within multiple energy systems and development of skills.