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SWAT Fuel's Nutritional Supplements

A noted SWAT doctor's new supplements are designed specifically to meet the nutritional and functional needs of occupational athletes.

September 13, 2012  |  by - Also by this author

Photo: LaMar Norman
Photo: LaMar Norman

Scores of bars, pills, powders, and drinks are said to boost energy and improve workouts. But even products that make good on these claims are made for recreational athletes, not professionals.

Medical doctor and longtime SWAT medic Dr. Dan Olesnicky has stepped in to fill that gap. With his company SWAT Fuel, he has developed the first product in a comprehensive line of supplements to aid military, law enforcement, and shift workers in efficiently using and maintaining energy.

"A lot of what's out there is snake oil," says Olesnicky. "I wanted to create a good, honest product line that optimizes performance and helps you extend your career."

Olesnicky knows of what he speaks. When he isn't working as a SWAT doctor or a reserve officer with a Southern California police department, he gives seminars. As a principle instructor with the International School of Tactical Medicine, he provides information at conferences about proper nutrition to enhance job performance.

Officers consistently ask him questions about supplements because it's so difficult to decipher ingredients and determine the best ones for what Olesnicky calls "occupational athletes." They urged him to develop his own products that were designed for their needs. In response, Olesnicky has been working on a solution for the last six years.

"What we've looked to develop is something that will not only enhance your physical performance, but that will hopefully prolong your life, as we stress our bodies more than most people ever will," Olesnicky says.

SWAT Fuel's entire line of products is designed to provide the right nutrients at the right time, taking into account the continued stress level shift workers put on their bodies, especially night shift workers.

The first entry is a pre-workout formula that comes in a pill for convenience and is available in two versions: 9mm and 9mm+P. Both contain caffeine to act as a stimulant, but the +P version also contains bitter orange extract, a natural appetite suppressant. This helps curb snacking that's a natural tendency on night shift, and can also be helpful between meals during the day. In fact, 9mm+P can be used simply as a weight-loss supplement. But if you're not looking to lose weight and just need a boost for your workout, stick with the 9mm pill.

Both 9mm and 9mm+P provide an energy boost, help blood flow, get needed nutrients to the muscles, and help you use fat as a fuel source, Olesnicky says. Using fat as fuel gives you more endurance instead of the body's natural inclination to use muscle glycogen once you start to get tired.

"As we get older, and I realized this when I was in the police academy in my 40s, we need some extra help to really be able to get through everything," says Olesnicky. "This type of supplementation really fits the bill."

SWAT Fuel 9mm pills come with suggestions for how to maximize their use, including drinking water during a workout, eating lean protein after exercising, and taking additional supplements at the same time. "If you want to enhance the utilization of the product, then you can add other supplements. But they’re not necessary," Olesnicky says. "The only thing that's necessary is that you make sure you hydrate, hydrate, hydrate."

Soon, other products in the SWAT Fuel line will be available to use in concert with the 9mm pre-workout formula, and 10% of profit from any sale goes to charities related to the military and law enforcement. A total of at least 12 products are planned, with the last scheduled to roll out at the end of 2013. Components will include a liquid hydration formula that can be used during a workout or double as a liquid meal when necessary, a flavored protein formula for after exercise, vitamins to protect against illness, and a sleep aid.

The company's Website will also feature a new workout each month to enhance functional ability in conjunction with the SWAT Fuel line, says Olesnicky. "It's an entire system we're designing to dovetail together."

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Comments (7)

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Bman @ 10/10/2012 5:52 PM

I would really like to see him come up with a protein supplement to use in conjunction. Im personally not a big fan of using preworkout supplements but I will drink a protein shake after a hard work out or as a meal replacement.

Christophor Periatt @ 10/26/2012 4:41 AM

Sounds like an interesting product.

Josh asuncion @ 12/11/2012 11:33 PM

Awesome product!!! Love the 9mm...
First night I used it was at practice ... Focused the whole night and my endurance was on another level... I use it daily

Dan Olesnicky @ 12/2/2016 5:20 PM

Thanks for the encouragement. There now is a protein that is an all natural food product based on Whey. Check it out.
I hope you like it.

Dan O

William Crawford @ 2/27/2017 8:08 PM

Amazing products!!! I have tried the 9mm fat burn and 9mm endurance formula, but haven't ordered the 44magnum powder, so I can't comment on that yet. Endurance supplement took effect after taking a couple a day, i like it more than the fat burn. Since the wife wsishes to lose some weight, i decided to give it to her. Endurance definitely recommended!

The OG FUEL @ 3/2/2017 12:02 PM

The absolute best performance advantage for any profession from law enforcement to spec ops! Highly recommended, I don't start my day any other way with #9mmplusp @swatfuel!!!

Vitalii Miziuk @ 3/2/2017 12:21 PM

Definitely the best products in a class! Especially 9mmP, love it!

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