Exercise Selection Courses
X-Select: Weight Training 1.0
12:00 -1:30 pm: Lunch/workout break
1:30-4:30 pm: In session
In the prescription for weight training, there are thousands of options available for the coach to choose from to get a specific response for the client. Over the years in teaching how to assess the client and design a training program, we often see that a number of coaches are missing the necessary knowledge of movements for correct exercise selection. Some groups believe that only few exercises are enough to get the right response and variation is for entertainment purposes only. Our belief is that this restrictive thinking does not allow a proper starting point for new client and progression for elite athletes. If one does not choose the right ordering of exercises to elicit the dose response, than progression can not be ensured in the design.
The OPT Exercise Selection: Weight Training course will give specific instruction over 2 days on hundreds different movements that will enable coaches to create variation and progression in program design over multiple years. Thus assisting in client retention and results. Some of the topics covered in the course:
- When to do specific movements
- Why movements are prescribed
- How to schedule the movements in the day/week/monthly training cycle
- How to adjust prescription of movements to create variation
- When NOT to perform/prescribe movements
- Who is best suited for the movement
- What is necessary/not necessary in exercise selection based on clients needs
This course will challenge coach's think critically about their prescriptions. You will leave with an upgraded tool kit that will allow you to implement right away in addition to upgrading your program design and prescription. Set yourself apart from the other coach's in the industry!
How is X-Select different from Program Design?
The program design module was originally developed to give coaches a better understanding of all training principles. In the program design course, James allots one of the days to covering weight training protocols. This includes time domains, reps, sets, tempo, rest times, and creating a template with which to design per a
specific athlete. The other two days are focused on energy systems training, periodization, planning, priorities, and the impact of assessment on design.
After two years of teaching the program design course, James realized that the background of many of the OPT CCP coaches did not allow them to properly prescribe specific movements for weight training sessions. If variation is not properly created outside reps, sets, tempo, and rest times, there will come a point of stagnation
with somewhat trained individuals. As an example, when he began evaluating programs, there seemed to be an excessive amount of power cleans and back squats being prescribed simply because those were the movements coaches are most comfortable with. Therefore, the exercise selection course was developed to provide coaches with a variety of exercises from which to choose. The exercise selection also teaches
coaches when they should be programmed, why they should be prescribed, how they should be paired together, variations of common movements to allow progression over time, and when movements should NOT be prescribed.