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BeaverFit selected to produce Soldier Performance Readiness Center design

The Army needs a cost-effective solution to deploy Soldier Performance Readiness Centers, or SPRCs, across the globe, and BeaverFit is ready to answer the call. 

The veteran-owned and operated company introduced their design concept for the SPRC at the AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington D.C. in October. Notification of official selection for Phase II of the Army Applications Laboratory SPRC contract supporting the Army’s Holistic Health and Fitness, or H2F, system occurred in late September.

“With the solution we’re proposing, Army brigades will be equipped to optimize warfighter readiness and fully implement H2F,” said Mike Taylor, BeaverFit USA co-founder.

“We’re excited to continue serving the Army’s most important weapons system — Soldiers — with the capabilities they need to win every day.” 

A formal training environment for H2F

The SPRC provides a formal training environment for the H2F ecosystem to thrive, informing and shaping Army training culture. These facilities should – at a minimum – include an area for physical training, and separate spaces for education, rehabilitation and cognitive performance, in order to enable cross-domain integration of physical and non-physical readiness. 

As the Army determines who will build these SPRCs at more than 100 brigades worldwide, rapid construction of the facility itself is only one piece of the equation – the solution must also provide a solid framework for addressing throughput, output and scalability. 

The BeaverFit design

Dr. Chris Frankel, head of human performance innovation for BeaverFit, walked AUSA attendees through concept renderings showcasing the various zones for warming up, strength training, functional training, work capacity and reconditioning. 

“Taking safety, effectiveness and throughput into consideration, we modified the linear approach of the zones,” Frankel said, pointing to a rendering depicting the organized cluster of zones enclosed within an indoor track. “Everybody’s training in the same place with an easy transition from one area to another. This enables Soldiers to get a safe and effective workout, and gives the performance teams a good line of sight and control.” 

The interior track enables access to different zones so Soldiers don’t have to cross over one zone to get to another. “As we move forward, we might realize that having high throughput means not everybody can hit every zone, every day, so being able to modulate that movement pattern is important,” he explained.

* Interior renderings not shown due to open competition period

Maximizing throughput

Brian Carey, head of product at BeaverFit, joined Frankel in explaining the throughput analysis the company performed when designing the space and associated equipment. 

“Bespoke equipment solutions help optimize and achieve the desired throughput range that is part of the contract requirements,” Carey said. “Working off a 500-person baseline helped us inform the unique solutions from the equipment side, which is one of our core competencies as a business.” 

Known for their ability to create custom requirements-based fitness solutions, BeaverFit adapted equipment for the SPRCs to align coaching lanes, incorporating exercises like posterior chain work and functional and accessory movements on a single-rack system to maximize transition efficiency from station to station within a zone.

“As the equipment solutions are an integrated part of the overall design, our next phase will include robust simulation modeling to meet the required throughput of the facility,” Carey explained. “The analysis will be used to ensure we are validating our hypotheses around the equipment and achieving the desired results.”

If BeaverFit is one of the selectees to a Phase III award, the company could be part of building more than 100 SPRCs by 2030.

“Bring it on. We’re ready,” Taylor said. 

To learn more about the SPRC design and process, contact the BeaverFit team.

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