What is Optimum Performance Training (OPT) and The International Center for Fitness (ICF)?

The International Center for Fitness offers workshops, education, training, and personal coaching in fitness, health, lifestyle and nutrition. At the International Center for Fitness, powered by OPT our goal is to enable you to perform at your best. For some, this may be important for athletic purposes and performance enhancement; for others the goal may be to have sustained energy and lose body fat; and for others, the goal may be to enhance workouts, job performance, sleep, and/or life long health. We introduce you to an individualized program design, nutritional prescription and life management strategies to enhance your personal performance. Each person has a unique situation, which must be reflected in a customized prescription in order to achieve their goals in a shorter period of time.

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Why The International Center for Fitness/ICF?

  • James FitzGerald has developed a Coaching Certification Program which over 650 Coaches worldwide have experienced and our certification is still growing.
  • Hundreds of elite athletes from all over the world follow James’ programming on his “Big Dawgs” blog. 
  • OPT has teamed up with a Biochemist Doctorate student from Harvard, Mat Lalonde, to aid with the performance and longevity nutrition research James FitzGerald has been conducting.
  • OPT has teamed up with a doctor in Naturopathic medicine to create REFUEL and Peak Biology; as well as selling the highest grade nutraceutical vitamins and supplements.
  • We've developed over 600 000 individual program designs and prescriptions worldwide
  • Experience us

How we help you achieve optimal health

Our coaches are highly trained and certified individuals with a lifelong dedication to health and wellbeing.  Through individual assessments of your nutrition, strengths/weaknesses, fitness, and stress management strategies, they help implement the best possible route for you to reach your specific goals and optimal health.  Whether you are a professional athlete, training for your first marathon, or are looking to start the journey to optimal health for the first time, we are ready to support you wherever you are in the process.  Let us help you get started, Contact us!

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get started?

If you are interested in invdividualized consultation, program design, exclusive coaching, either remotely or in person, contact us for more information.

If you are interested in personal, semi private or small group training, contact us for more information.

If you are interested in becoming a Coach or developing your knowledge, start your Coaching Certification Program (CCP) journey today.  Go here for more information.

If you are looking to follow our training blog, decide what group to get started with and find out more about the Big Dawg Community, go here.


I have never worked out before or I am out of shape. Can you help?

Definitely. At Optimum Performance Training, we see all clients with varying needs and abilities. Whether you are just starting out, training for the sport of your choice, recovering from an injury or just wanting to stay or get healthy, we can help.

What clients do you currently work with?

We are very lucky from past experiences, we have seen clients that vary in size, shape, age, strength, and ethnicity, etc., These experiences have allowed us to work with athletes from a wide spectrum of diverse sports such as hockey, bobsled, skeleton, mountain biking, track, figure skating, lacrosse, soccer, golf, basketball, volleyball, rugby, football, swimming, triathlon, and distance running as well as a wide spectrum of diverse backgrounds including corporate executives, teachers, students, moms, dads, children, etc., covering all walks of life. With this experience comes an appreciation for the subtle differences that each person requires and that we are able to successfully provide.

What costs are involved in getting started with OPT/The International Center for Fitness?

We are not just another personal trainer, or just another strength coach. Our programs/services are individualized and progressive and get results for our clients. If you are looking for quick fixes or to just "have" a personal trainer, we are probably not the trainer for you. However, if you want to, and are willing to work to, improve some facet of your physical/body performance, then contact us here.