BeaverFit selected to produce Soldier Performance Readiness Center design

A rendering depicts the exterior concept of the Soldier Performance Readiness Center that BeaverFit has designed.

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. Click Here Erinn BurgessShare this… FacebookFacebook Save Twitter

How BeaverFit is helping the Army operationalize H2F

A collage displays various human performance solutions built by BeaverFit that support the Army's H2F initiative.

The Holistic Health and Fitness initiative created a paradigm shift in Soldier readiness with its introduction in 2020.  Once the H2F operating concept was released, Army units around the world had to overcome the obstacle of creating training spaces that met commander’s intent without obvious solutions.   According to the Army, the ultimate vision of H2F is to provide each brigade with an H2F campus to include a Soldier Performance Readiness Center, ACFT testing lanes and track, a terrain running course, sheltered strength training racks, and containerized strength equipment. Enter BeaverFit, with space and time saving solutions for all of the above.  “We’re the defense contractor for the Soldier Weapon System,” said Michael Taylor, BeaverFit USA co-founder and veteran. “We’re here to surround that weapon system with the equipment and facilities needed to optimize them for resiliency and lethality under any mission essential task. That’s our clear vision.” “We’re not a commercial fitness company with solutions that have been designed for someone else that we’re trying to push to the military,” added Alex Roodhouse, BeaverFit USA co-founder and veteran. “We’re listening to the military’s requirements and designing solutions based on what is actually needed in the field.” Let’s take a look: Soldier Performance Readiness Center Army Need: A dedicated facility for units to facilitate and foster their H2F programs.  BeaverFit Solution:  As seen at Fort Jackson with the recently opened Drill Sergeant Timothy Kay SPRC, BeaverFit has the capability to convert unused indoor spaces into world-class human performance facilities for individual or group training and recovery sessions, along with specialized office areas for physical therapy, nutrition counseling and other H2F programs. And while converting underutilized indoor space is one way Army brigades are creating their SPRC facilities, BeaverFit also offers the capability to create new, standalone, fully-enclosed structures to fulfill Soldier readiness needs. The appearance of DoD imagery does not imply or constitute federal endorsement. Terrain running course Army Need:  Courses that are designed to assess, develop and refine strength, endurance and responsiveness through a series of obstacles and varied terrain. BeaverFit Solution: BeaverFit offers custom created elements and course designs to improve mission-specific cardiovascular conditioning while actively engaging the mind and body of Soldiers, as seen at the Devil’s Field Obstacle Course on Fort Liberty. The appearance of DoD imagery does not imply or constitute federal endorsement. ACFT testing lanes Army Need:  A consistent environment to perform the Army Combat Fitness Test at any time of year.  BeaverFit Solution: The ACFT testing field by BeaverFit creates a consistent and standardized testing environment, utilizing performance-grade turf to reduce the risk of training injuries. To enable year round ACFT activities, BeaverFit also provides a shelter around the field to offer protection from the elements. BeaverFit ACFT Storage Lockers are the final piece to the turnkey ACFT testing environment.  An open-air SunPro covers the 12-lane ACFT field for U.S. Army South at Joint Base San Antonio from unrelenting sun, whereas a fully-enclosed structure with heating protects Soldiers using the 5-lane ACFT field at Fort Devens from brutal Massachusetts winters. The appearance of DoD imagery does not imply or constitute federal endorsement. Sheltered strength training racks Army Need:  Sheltered strength training racks to create a year round outdoor training area and while maintaining longevity of outdoor equipment.  BeaverFit Solution:  The tension fabric BeaverFit SunPro creates an environment up to 15° F cooler than in direct sunlight and can be fully engineered to meet local wind, snow and seismic loads. The SunPro is mounted to BeaverFit Performance Lockers or to the ground, allowing battalions to build the ideal human performance training facility that meets their space and requirements. Containerized strength equipment Last but certainly not least, our flagship product.  Army Need: Self-contained fitness units that allow training to be conducted anywhere the containers are placed. BeaverFit Solution: Known by the Army as the ‘gym-in-a-box,’ or simply as ‘The BeaverFit’, BeaverFit Performance Lockers are standard shipping containers custom-fabricated to include anchored training rigs and secure storage. Filled with outdoor-rated training accessories, they create a multi-modality training center that accommodates up to 90 people at once.  Additionally, BeaverFit offers the ACFT Storage Locker, specifically designed to hold the exact amount of ACFT equipment required per lane, and the mobile ACFT Storage Trailer. The appearance of DoD imagery does not imply or constitute federal endorsement. As the Army recently approved accelerating the fielding of H2F equipment and staff to 15 brigades per year, creating these solutions is a paramount priority for Army leaders.  From standalone and mobile training solutions to indoor space conversions and facility builds from the ground-up, BeaverFit is creating new and innovative ways to help Soldiers train for whatever they need to prepare for, wherever they need to train.  Discover the tools that power the Soldier Weapon System and learn how to operationalize your installation for H2F. 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BeaverFit ignites a ‘SPRC’ with first Soldier Performance Readiness Center

A brand new Soldier Performance Readiness Center built by BeaverFit opened March 24 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. The SPRC is the first of its kind for the U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training. Around the same time, a shipment of more than 100 BeaverFit container gyms made their way across the country to various training schools and units, purchased by the U.S. Army CIMT. Previous Next “One of the Army’s main focus areas is H2F – or Holistic Health and Fitness,” said Bryan Studebaker, senior vice president of government programs at BeaverFit. “To that end, they are heavily investing in equipment and infrastructure that support this objective.” The cultural shift to H2F aims to improve Soldier and unit readiness by addressing five domains of readiness: physical, mental, spiritual, nutrition and sleep.  To operationalize these domains, BeaverFit was recently awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research contract to supply a variety of equipment and infrastructure in direct support of H2F.  To date, BeaverFit has provided the Army solutions ranging from manufacturing more than 23,000 lanes of Army Combat Fitness Test equipment; supplying 2,000 expeditionary container gyms; converting indoor and outdoor spaces to provide designated areas for physical training, classroom education, rehabilitation and cognitive performance; and now – the CIMT’s first Soldier Performance Readiness Center.  U.S. Army photos by 165th Infantry Brigade The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement. A cultural shift The SPRC “represents a seismic shift” towards how the Army approaches how troops are trained, evaluated and sustained, said Brig. Gen. Jason E. Kelly, Fort Jackson’s commander. “It is an investment in individual Soldier preparedness.” The SPRC also helps overcome resource challenges Army units might face when developing an effective program to support the individual Soldier, because it acts as the centerpoint in which all activities are enabled. In simpler words, the SPRC provides the environment for the H2F ecosystem to thrive. Studebaker, a United States Air Force veteran himself, said BeaverFit is proud to stand behind this mission. “As a veteran owned and operated company, we see the opportunity to serve the military as a continuation of our duty to country,” he said. “We’re going to continue prioritizing solutions that support the growing needs and requirements of our military.” U.S. Army photos by Fort Jackson Public Affairs The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement. Designing the Soldier Performance Readiness Center The SPRC project at Fort Jackson converted an unused facility into training space with two 50-foot dual-sided modular rigs with integrated storage, a robust equipment package with an emphasis on team-based conditioning, rubber flooring for strength and conditioning, performance turf, a rope climb tower, sleds, yokes, weighted stretchers, BeaverFit squad logs and full complement of various low-impact cardio machines. Sam Hovig, BeaverFit government territory sales manager and United States Marine Corps veteran, said the SPRC introduces new recruits to H2F early in their careers and enables critical skill development they will carry throughout their time in the Army. “The Army has implemented H2F within FORSCOM at the operational units, and with this new training capability, recruits will have the positive impact of H2F early on and will build upon that as they get to their permanent duty stations,” he said. “What made this project unique was being very cognizant of the population that will be using it,” he explained. “The typical recruit likely does not have significant time under a barbell or proper coaching on foundational movement mechanics. This heavily influenced each portion of the facility design – from the modular rig to where recruits would be entering and exiting the facility – to ensure this space met the stated throughput needs, allowed for visibility from coaches at all times, and did not sacrifice any required training capabilities.” Previous Next Expanded options for H2F The container gyms for CIMT were purchased to outfit units with an expanded outdoor training solution beyond the available indoor space at their installation. The gym-in-a-boxes, as the Army knows them, may be placed directly beside unit headquarters or barracks, enabling easier access to training, camaraderie and esprit de corps. Army senior leaders have said the cost that goes along with H2F is “well worth the investment,” said Maj. Gen. John D. Kline, CIMT commander. “I will tell you that if we save a life (or) we save two lives, one would argue this is absolutely worth every penny.” Previous Next BeaverFit is the leading supplier of fitness equipment to the U.S. Armed Forces, from the original container gym solution to full-scale human performance and tactical training facilities. As an official provider of ACFT equipment, BeaverFit has supplied more than 23,000 lanes of equipment and developed innovative ACFT solutions to include the ACFT Storage Locker, the ACFT Storage Trailer and ACFT Shelters. All equipment is American-made at the BeaverFit headquarters in Reno, Nevada, and designed with superior weatherproofing for outdoor performance. Erinn BurgessShare this… FacebookFacebook Save Twitter