O2X Specialist Updates
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 https://o2x.com/programs/ to learn more about this unique O2X service.
Massachusetts National Guard (MANG) Update from Devon Smith, O2X Strength and Conditioning Specialist:
This month we have begun a weekly workshop series with some of the full-time soldiers in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. These hands-on workshops will focus on the Army’s Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) training and proficiency, as well as education around EAT SWEAT THRIVE topics. With COVID-19 protocols still in effect, physical training has gone primarily virtual with a Warrior FIT virtual training program. Participants can follow this program in the O2X Tactical Performance app, and it is supplemented by full training program tutorials hosted online.
The 102nd Intelligence Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard hosted Gianna Roma, O2X Nutrition Specialist, and myself on a recent podcast episode (listen here), which allowed us to spread information about available virtual resources for airmen across the state.
The O2X Specialists, with support from the O2X staff, were able to circulate actionable education and training materials to soldiers and airmen who have been activated around the state for COVID-19 response.
Massachusetts National Guard (MANG) Update from Gianna Roma, O2X Nutrition Specialist:
This month we continued to educate the Massachusetts National Guard about the Warrior Fit Program and the resources O2X offers in regard to EAT SWEAT THRIVE. For the Air-side, Devon and I were featured in the 102nd Wing podcast where we talked about our professional careers, how we use EAT SWEAT THRIVE in our own lives to Get 1% Better, and how the guard can too.
For the Army-side, a feature allowing me to represent O2X in the Minuteman Magazine, is in the works. In addition to “getting the word out there,” I am continuing to provide monthly education segments virtually. This month’s topic was Nutrition and Enhanced Immunity. I discussed utilizing nutrition to keep the immune system strong during these winter months, so that you can perform at your best as a tactical athlete. Individualized nutrition consultations continue, and, most recently, I met with two soldiers who have each lost 4-7 pounds since their initial consultation a month ago. They are both making great improvement in regard to EAT SWEAT THRIVE.
Frederick County Update from Kayla Schmit, On-site Specialist with Frederick Co. Fire Department:
Recruit Class 29 began January 4th. Within the academy setting, the recruits go through a very intense training program that includes not only physical training, but also educational sessions on O2X EAT and THRIVE pillars. This month, along with performing a baseline PT test and training, we took a look into nutritional lessons and how to fuel for performance during the 28-week long academy.
Due to the current restrictions of Covid-19, the in-person training interactions within the firehouses around the county have been on pause. However, we have been able to work around that by setting up and offering virtual sessions via Microsoft Teams. This is available to all firehouses interested in joining me for a session on whatever topic they are interested in. These can range from doing virtual mobility and yoga sessions to doing virtual nutrition and cooking demonstrations.
DC Fire & EMS Updates from Conner Freeland, On-site Specialist:
The first of its kind, DCFD Recruit Class 394 graduated on January 15th after completing 8 weeks of an O2X Human Performance-led Injury Prevention/Physical Training program. This training program not only included aspects of the O2X PREPARE, SWEAT, and RECOVER methodologies, but aided in the development of team accountability, communication, and leadership skills. Currently at the Training Academy, RC-395 is beginning their first phase of their (26-week long) program, learning proper movement patterns and developing a strong aerobic foundation.
Outside of the Academy, we have continued to develop relationships and build connections with all shifts at their respective firehouses. From introduction visits to monthly check-ins, we are constantly educating the department on our EAT SWEAT THRIVE pillars and applying them practically through on-site workouts and RECOVER sessions.
We have also brought in our 2nd on-site Human Performance Specialist, Ryan Glaize, who will specialize in return to operations and be integral in the expansion of this fast growing program.