Programming: Principles

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This course includes

  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 40 Page Guide
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

What you'll learn

  • The basics of individual program design
  • The three pillars of the OPEX system of assessment
  • The strength continuum
  • The muscle endurance tree
  • Alactic, lactic and aerobic development
  • Concurrent training principles
  • Sample programming


Programming: Principles is an introductory course on fundamental strength and conditioning principles. This course simplifies these concepts by focusing on the rationale behind each programming element, and their proper application, all to provide a better understanding of program design principles. This course will provide you with a solid foundation and is a recommended prerequisite to the OPEX Coaching Certificate Program (CCP).


Programming: Principles qualifies for continuing education credits with the following organizations worldwide:

  • NASM
  • ISSA
  • CanFit Pro

Course Content

32 lessons
+ Introduction
1 videos
Introduction to Programming: Principles
+ Exercise Principles
5 videos
Health Continuum
Functional Fitness
Intent in Program Design
Maximum Physical Potential
Adaptation in Physical Fitness
+ Assessment
3 videos
OPEX Assessment
Fitness Monitoring Exercises
The Three Ps
+ Program Design Principles
20 videos
OPEX Gain, Pain, Sustain
Resistance Training
Strength Continuum
Muscle Endurance Tree
Volume and Intensity
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Anaerobic Development
Mixed Modal Anaerobic Development
Cyclical Anaerobic Avatar
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OPEX Sustain
Aerobic Development
Mixed Modal Aerobic Development
Cyclical Aerobic Avatar
Mixed Modal Aerobic Avatar
Concurrent Training
Concurrent Training
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+ Experience
3 videos
Experience OPEX Programming Principles
Conclusion and Next Steps
The Programming: Principles Quiz