Updates from On-Site (September 2021)


O2X Specialist Updates

Updates from On-site

Our science-backed human performance development programs are delivered through in-person training, virtual resources, assessments, and analysis, but additionally, O2X has helped numerous agencies fill full-time human performance positions within their organizations, 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 https://www.o2x.com/programs/ to learn more about this unique O2X service.


Massachusetts Army National Guard (MAANG) Update –

From Devon Smith, O2X Strength and Conditioning Specialist:

The month of September concluded our workshop series for the year with MANG. The Warrior FIT team hosted two capstone 1-day seminars for the MA Air National Guard (ANG) and a stand alone 1-day seminar for MA ANG young Airmen and Training Flight. All events were a great success and the Airmen who attended received training and education on all things EAT SWEAT THRIVE. In the past month, we have worked with Soldiers, both on the PT field and in the classroom, learning about nutrition and proper movement patterns. There has been a steady increase in individualized consultations across the force, both performance and nutrition related. This month concludes another very successful year for our program, and we are gearing up for yet another high octane year of human performance.

Massachusetts National Guard (MANG) Update –

From Gianna Roma, O2X Nutrition Specialist:

Throughout the month of September I continued to plug away at nutrition consultations. We completed a total of 25 nutrition consultations, with 14 of those being initials and 11 being follow ups. Many that have been completing follow ups have been doing so for several months, as they really appreciate the accountability component. In addition to consultations, I was able to attend the workshops we held for the capstone 1-day seminars for the MA Air National Guard (ANG) and the stand alone 1-day seminar for MA ANG young Airmen and Training Flight. These were a great success and generated more nutrition consultations.


Frederick County Update –

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

September is a month that will always be of special remembrance to not only the fire department, but the nation as a whole. Throughout this month we are reminded of the selfless love and sacrifice that so many made. We are reminded that we are stronger when we stand together united as one. In order to pay tribute to those who were impacted on 9/11, we all participated in the 343 Tribute Tower Run. This workout has been a staple in our program every year since. The recruits and members of the department gear up and climb the 5-story training tower a total of 22 times, to represent the 110 flights. Everyone who participates has the option to go in full gear or just normal training clothes. RC30 and RC31 both completed the climb on Friday September 10th for their morning training session. As some moved faster than others, all members completed the climb. Those who finished before other classmates continued on until the last members were done. Here in Frederick, we leave no members behind. We start together, and we finish together.

DC Fire & EMS Updates –

From Ryan Glaize and Conner Freeland, On-site Specialist:

We are welcoming two new members to the O2X team at DCFD! Tiffany Batsakis is a registered dietitian with invaluable knowledge and experience, specifically working with firefighters through a number of workshops. Steve Taylor is joining us as an athletic trainer after working in the MLB, collegiate, and most recently the tactical setting. Both members will be an integral part in keeping the department healthy and getting 1% better every day.

O2X was able to revamp the training space at the training academy, adding eight new weight racks! We will start introducing barbell movements to recruits and facilitate more efficient and effective training with officers. Engine 23 will also be getting a training space installed by Sorinex. Workouts will be hosted there, with the focus of teaching new movements and equipment demonstrations.

Arlington County Update –

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

The month of September is one that holds great meaning for all Americans, but even more so for the Arlington County Fire Department. During the 9/11 attacks Arlington Firefighters were among the first to respond to the Pentagon. Throughout the month of September we do our best to remember those who served that fateful day 20 years ago. Recruit Class 80 kicked things off on the Tuesday before the 11th by scaling their drill tower 19 total times to simulate the height of The World Trade Center. Cadre, recruits, and I were all given the option to climb the tower in PT gear, full IDLH gear, or some combination in between. Most members chose to wear full gear with some even putting on the SCBA tank or carrying a high rise pack. In a short time members of Recruit Class 80 had completed their tower climb, but in true RC80 fashion, those who finished early went back in to help motivate their classmates who had not finished. We concluded the week with a virtual memorial 5k along the Potomac River and ended at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial.