In the demanding world of first responders, physical and mental well-being are paramount. Yet, the toll of the job can often lead to stress, fatigue, and even injury. Recognizing this challenge, PYVOT, a pioneering fitness apparel company, has forged a partnership with Survive First, to bring a holistic tool to the wellness toolbox.
Weighted apparel, such as vests, jackets, and shirts, has gained popularity in various fitness and training regimens for its ability to enhance strength, endurance, and overall performance. By distributing weight evenly across the body, these garments create a resistance effect, challenging muscles and improving proprioception. Additionally, weighted apparel has proven effects for anxiety
For first responders, the benefits of weighted apparel extend beyond physical fitness. The nature of their work often requires them to perform tasks under stress, while carrying heavy equipment or individuals. Incorporating weighted apparel into their training routines can better prepare them for the demands of their job, improving functional strength and resilience.
Equally as important, weighted apparel has long been proven to positively impact those with anxiety (often experienced by first responders) and ADHD. In a study found in the Journal of Occupational Therapy in 2015, researchers found that weighted vests decreased stress and promoted a feeling of calmness in the 50 adults who participated in the study. 25 percent of participants were being treated for anxiety, depression, or ADHD.
Our Founder, Doug Monda, purchased a PYVOT vest after visiting their booth at the Global Exchange Conference last November. Diagnosed in 2014 with PTSD, anxiety, and depression, Doug understands the impact these disorders can have on the body. After learning about the positive impact weighted apparel can have on the body, Doug tried a sample on and was convinced this was a product that could help first responders suffering from anxiety. “This has been life-changing” Monda said regarding the impact he feels when he wears the vest.
Together, Survive First and PYVOT are committed to raising awareness about the importance of mental health support for first responders and breaking the stigma surrounding seeking help. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the weighted apparel will be donated to fund mental health programs and resources provided by Survive First when you purchase your apparel using the code below.
Discount code: SURVIVEFIRST (15% discount)
The partnership between PYVOT and Survive First represents a significant step forward in supporting the holistic well-being of first responders. Through innovative design and a shared commitment to mental health advocacy, PYVOT is not only providing essential tools for physical fitness but also fostering a culture of support and resilience within the first responder community.