August 2022 Updates from On-site


Our science-backed human performance programs are delivered through in-person training, virtual resources, assessments, and analysis. The newest initiative in providing O2X’s world class training involves the integration of a Human Performance Specialist at the core of a department or unit, implementing programming designed to improve the mental, physical, and emotional health of its members.  

Check out what some of our On-site Specialists have been up to below, and check out to learn more about this unique O2X service.

Massachusetts National Guard (MANG)—

Devon Smith, On-site Specialist with Massachusetts National Guard:

Our Cohort 1 group underwent the final session of their 6-day workshop series. SMs in this cohort took an ACFT on the morning of day two and showed some great improvements. 80% of the participants reported an increase in their ACFT score between the initial ACFT on June 26th and August 21st FY22. An AAR survey went out to the group following the sessions and 90% of the participants rated their support from the Warrior FIT team as 5 out of 5, with just one SM grading their support as a 4 out of 5.

We had another great month of drop in PT sessions, unit training sessions, and consultations, with numbers continuing to grow. Our injury performance specialist has been working with a senior NCO (W.M.) following a total knee replacement (TKR). Prior to the TKR, this soldier had difficulty with ACFT events and could not complete the Sprint Drag Carry (SDC) due to his injury. Four months post-operation W.M. took a diagnostic ACFT and did not pass the SDC despite passing all other events. At five months post-operation, W.M. took another ACFT, passed all six events, crushed the SDC and improved his overall score from 388 to 400. When this soldier shared the good news with me, he exclaimed that his motivation was to retire on his own terms and leave a lasting impression on his peers. Mission accomplished. W.M. is a shining example of what determination and dedication can achieve in a short time frame. Looking ahead to the coming month at the MANG, we will have seven total days of workshops in September to close out the fiscal year.

Washington D.C. Fire Department

Ryan Glaize and Conner Freeland, On-site Specialists with DC Fire & EMS:

The graduation of RC 400 marks the 7th recruit class to complete the O2X program. Each recruit class has experienced a more refined and optimal program, which is reflective in our tracking of key performance indicators (KPIs).  The KPIs are composed of several body composition and performance metrics, all of which are tested, measured, and tracked over the course of recruit training.  These numbers changed drastically during the recruits’ time at the Academy, as they averaged an increase of 57lbs on front squat 1RM and 53lbs on bench 1RM.  RC-400 also shaved off 16 seconds on their 300 yd shuttle and a massive 3 minutes and 6 seconds on their 1.5 mile test.  However, some of the most noticeable changes to RC-400 came from them losing 102lbs of body weight and gaining 27 lbs of lean mass while shedding 4.2% body fat.

Around the department, the OSS team was busy completing almost 30 firehouse visits where manual therapy, group workouts, consultations, and cooking demos took place.  Dietician Tiffany Batsakis hosted 9 cooking demos in which members prepare meals, discuss nutrition for the job, and engage in nutrition focused questions.  These sessions show firefighters healthy eating can be easy and tasty, and often get people thinking about making healthy lifestyle choices.  Specialist Steve Taylor supplemented 7 of these sessions by providing manual therapy to those members not involved in the cooking, all while managing to deliver 108 In-Person treatment sessions at the Academy this month.  He also added 5 injury prevention posts to the O2X_DCFIRE Instagram page. Give it a follow!+

Arlington County Fire Department

Trevor Sheasley, On-site Specialist with Arlington County Fire Department:

At the end of July, Recruit Class 81 completed their mid-point physical fitness assessment. The cadre and Trevor have observed noticeable changes in both physical appearance and performance amongst the recruits. Of the 29 recruits who performed the first and mid-point assessment, 59% improved in all 6 portions of the assessment. Some major individual improvements include recruits who increased their metronom squats by 79 repetitions, a decrease of 2 minutes and 51 seconds in their 1.5 mile run, and an increase in plank time by 1 minute and 3 seconds. These results are impressive considering the modifications made to the physical training program. Previous classes ran, at minimum 2 times per week, but RC81 runs only once per week. This change has led to a decrease in lower limb injuries, which reduces the likelihood of a recruit being recycled or dismissed. 

Out in the field, members of ACFD are preparing for their annual physicals. These physicals take a comprehensive look at each Firefighter’s blood work, body composition, and Metabolic Equivalents (METs) score. Ways O2X is supporting the department is through nutrition education, physical training, and pre-evaluation METs screenings. Trevor has been working closely with several members for the last year to ensure they are ready to pass each aspect of their physical this coming year. The intent of having the on-site specialist working so closely with the department is to reduce the likelihood any member will be placed on light duty, resulting in a cost saving to the county.

Frederick County Fire Department

Kayla Schmit, On-site Specialist with Frederick Co. Fire Department:

Firehouse visits continue to take priority in the month of August. I have been able to complete 10 firehouse visits that consist of leading mobility sessions, grocery shopping, nutrition education, workouts, and cooking demonstrations.

While facilitating firehouse visits, I have had the opportunity to participate in a TRT rope drill. Capt McCaa arranged for me to learn about rope rescues and experience the physical demands it requires to safely perform the duties. From this experience, I now have a better understanding of how to train those who are a part of the team. I can develop training programs to help build strength needed for those on the team and to prepare members who are wanting to join the team. 

The month of August marks a significant date for Frederick County. Members of Recruit Class 32 completed the BC Laird HERO WOD in memory of Josh. Additional PFT members and I completed the workout, along with RC32 as a group. Many members in the field completed the Laird workout in memory of BC Josh Laird who died in the line of duty August 11, 2021.

Berkeley Public Safety

Gary Heron and Jacqueline Martinez, On-site Specialists

This month was the first month following the completion of  introductions of on-site specialists to all of Berkeley Public Safety. With the conclusion of all of the introductory workshops, it has been busy.  

Jacqueline has been leading a movement challenge with the Berkeley Police Records department.  The challenge is all about getting up and moving, whether that be a casual walk on a lunch break or a formal exercise program.  Participants report their activity each week, and to spark some friendly conversation the scores are posted to a leaderboard to show how they rank.

Gary has continued work on creating a strength and conditioning program for the next dual function fire academy.  He is developing an equipment inventory and will be coordinating with the RTO’s over the next couple months to align the program to support the recruits as they navigate their 20-week academy.

Both Gary and Jacqueline have had opportunities to attend, observe, and even participate in training sessions with the Berkeley Fire Department to help improve their understanding of job and task demands.  They look forward to continuing to be involved and learn to help better assist both departments.