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Specified Training to Improve Functional Fitness and Reduce Injury and Lost Workdays in Active Duty Firefighters


Arno Ilgner | Author: 'The Rock Warrior's Way' + Mental Performance Specialist

Ashley Ripke | U.S. Army's 3rd Special Forces Group Cognitive Performance Specialist

Aaron Lohman | NYPD Sergeant +@Huge_Fat_Loser

Dave Nelson | Overcoming a Near Death Experience

Emily Cook | 3x Olympian (U.S. Aerial Ski Team)

Gianna Roma & Devon Smith | Massachusetts National Guard On-Site Specialists

Zach Weatherford | Former Director of Human Performance for the Brooklyn Nets

Dave Terry | Former Director of Sports Performance at Georgetown University + O2X On-Site Specialist

Brian Kitching | U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel + Silver Star Recipient

Jess Harmon | U.S. Army Major + Doctor of Psychology

Matt Cady | Former Tactical Human Performance Specialist for U.S. Army 7th Special Forces Group

On this episode of the 102 IW Warrior Airman Podcast, Tech. Sgt. Mandy Givens, Master Resiliency Trainer, speaks to two staff members from the O2X Human Performance Program who have been contracted by the Massachusetts National Guard to help Airmen and Soldiers achieve personal performance goals. Gianna Roma, certified Nutritionist and Dietitian, and Devon Smith, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach talked to Tech. Sgt. Givens about their background, what resources and available and some of the services O2X provides.

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Warrior FIT | 1% Better Every Day "This program is not 'fat camp.' It is a robust program, conducted by people who are dedicated to our success. Not only is it a great workout plan, it provided information that I would not have thought about in terms of overall fit­ness, like sleep and mental resiliency."

Press Release: O2X Human Performance to provide critical education for state river pilots after record breaking high river year.

Press Release: From January 28-30, members of the Austin-area fire and police departments will participate in a three-day health, wellness, and safety training workshop.

Press Release: O2X Human Performance’s work with the Massachusetts Army National Guard is featured in this edition of The Minuteman Magazine. Give it a read and learn how O2X is has partnered with the Mass ARNG to increase soldier readiness, resilience, and retention as well as to help these tactical athletes prepare to take the new ACFT this fall.

The O2X team of specialists delivered custom-tailored curriculum for the pilots covering: nutrition, sleep, stress management, and resilience. River pilots also received specific training on fatigue and energy management – tools vital to success on the water.

Melody Mendez from NECN spoke with Dr. Meg Garvey of O2X Human Performance, a veteran-owned company that provides comprehensive, science-backed training and education.

“The older guys aren’t here this year. But it’s still a good group of guys. It’s nice to see some young guys and be an older guy for once.”

“Dealing with high-stress situations and traumatic events regularly, members of the Loudoun County Combined Fire & Rescue System have to be on the top of their game physically, mentally, and emotionally at all times. And, they must develop a resilient mindset so they can come back stronger day after day.”

Press Release: O2X Human Performance to provide training and education for local first responders with workshop sponsored by Cigna

Press Release: O2X Human Performance to provide training and education for local fire fighters with workshop sponsored by MSA Safety

Press Release: Identified soldiers or those unlikely to pass the updated version of the ACFT, will begin working with O2X Human Performance who have designed training to specifically address the new ACFT physical assessment.

“The motto is ‘eat, sweat, thrive,’ and concepts of self-centering and mindfulness are almost snuck in next to intense workouts and workshops on healthy eating.”


The BFD and its Safety Health and Wellness Division hosted an all-female class of firefighters, dispatchers, and support staff from 14 agencies in the Boston area at its Training Academy at Moon Island. The group assembled to participate in a four-day “O2X Human Performance Workshop,” tailor-made for the particular needs of women in the fire service.

Kayla Schmit is an O2X Human Performance on-site specialist for Frederick County, Maryland. Her role there is to provide a full-time performance resource to the members of the Frederick County DFRS aimed at reducing injuries, enhancing durability, and improving the performance of members.

“At the end of the day, the fire service exists to serve the public….Are you the person you’d want answering your 911 call?”

“If given the proper tools and resources, individuals and departments can implement small, incremental changes that will lead to major lifestyle improvements.”

“Our core focus is to help firefighters and other tactical athletes improve their physical and mental readiness and increase their productivity.”

“Due to the nature of the work, firefighters and other tactical athletes cannot afford to let unhealthy habits accumulate.”

O2X expert, Dr. Kelly Bennion, shared some insight on effective ways to improve your sleep so you can live a healthier, happier life.

Alexandria Fire Department recruits just received holistic training from O2X Human Performance

“For elite athletes, sleep can be the edge that pushes them to victory in a close competition.”