Meet the OFM Team
Our core Coaching staff are people committed to the OFM approach to performance, fitness and a new paradigm of health. Our coaches look at you as a human as well as a committed athlete because addressing the "Human Condition" is key to long term success. What makes our coaches stand out are their people skills so the athlete not only physiologically adapts but can tap into that vast wellspring of the human spirit.
Another unique aspect of our Coaching Program is when you work with one OFM Coach you work with all our Coaches. We work collaboratively and each coach brings unique skill sets. Additionally we partner with medical and sports performance specialists to build a Team around your personal coaching needs. Pricing reflects the total investment, however, payment is made in monthly installments.
Leading the OFM Coaching Team is Peter Defty, the original developer of the OFM Program/Protocol. Peter pioneered the concept of fat adapted performance in 2000 first personally, then using running friends as guinea pigs then professionally when he joined Vespa.
From the onset athletes began to win, podium and set records using Vespa and the OFM protocol, however, these early successes were dismissed as anecdotal. Peter's athletes comprised the majority of the LCD cohort in the ground-breaking FASTER Study (Volek et.al.) A self-described empiricist (but one with a BS in Biology from UC Davis), Peter is constantly looking into and experimenting with how to further OFM to yield real world results.
Dr. Johnathan Edwards, MD , has extensive experience as a Sports Physician working with some of the world's best athletes in motorsports and cycling. This includes a 5 year stint as the team doctor for the Team Red Bull US Paris to Dakar Rally, race Doctor for the Tour of Dunkirk and personal physician to MMA fighter Miesha Tate.
Dr. Edwards is also a Cat 1 Cyclist himself and an ex-Pro Motocross Racer. He came to OFM after suffering a TBI and in using a ketogenic diet to heal he quickly learned of the performance limitations of keto. Now Dr. Edwards coaches all his athletes using the OFM Program including some of the top motocross riders in the US. Dr. Edwards brings a wealth of medical knowledge and clinical medical experience to the OFM Team.
Barry Murray is a Performance Nutritionist that holds a BSc in Chemistry from University College Dublin and an MSc in Sports & Exercise Nutrition from Loughborough University. He specialises in endurance sports and has spent 10yrs researching and practicing fat adaptation. He currently works with professional cyclists, triathletes, distance runners and teams. Barry has been columnist for the Irish Independant newspaper, has featured on several national radio broadcasts and has presented seminars to various sports teams and corporate businesses around Ireland and the UK.
Barry is also a competitive endurance athlete himself and races competitively in ultra marathons and mountain running events and has represented his country at the World Ultra Trail Championships. He has won several national ultramarathons including the 2015 Wicklow Way 127km and Kerry Way 200km as well as many top placing in some of the toughest ultramarathons in Europe.
David Grech is an ultrarunner, golfer and cricketeer who "gets it" about OFM. He has successfully coached several Australian athletes in OFM including OFM Training Coach Tash Fraser, one of Australia's top female ultrarunners.
David fully understands the nuances of OFM and how to walk people through the process in a way that gets them into the "intuitive" mode of thinking which is key to OFM success. David is certified as a Pilates Instructor, Massage Therapist, Golf Instructor and is currently getting his degree in Nutrition.
Naomi "Nomes" Land, is a successful businesswoman, mum, and wife on the north coast of Australia. Like David, Naomi "gets it" about OFM and has the special people skills necessary to yield results. Athletes under Naomi just seem to want to perform for her.
She is an athlete in her own right but also a Race/Event Director/Organizer as well as a Certified IronmanTriathlon Coach, Life coach, and Sports Power Coach/Weight Lifting. Additionally she is certified in Altitude Training and is currently getting her Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification.
Tash Fraser is one of Australia's top female ultrarunners. Since becoming a Vespa/OFM athlete Tash has experienced the consistent top performance OFM offers including the quick recovery/adaptation and being less prone to injury.
Through this experience Tash has worked with Peter to develop many of the run training templates to the OFM Run Training Program which we adapt to each individual's unique needs.
Amy Hamilton is a former 4 time collegiate All-American in both Field Hockey and Lacrosse, Bridgewater College Hall of Fame Athlete, a collegiate Field Hockey & Lacrosse Coach and a sub-3 hour Boston marathoner. Amy is not only an OFM Endurance Coach but expertise in Weight Training, TRX, Agility Drills and Fitness Programming.
Amy reached out to Vespa/OFM a few years ago after a long battle with a parasitic infection and the resulting health challenges and injuries . This, after almost 2 years of mis-diagnosis and the inability of other health professionals to address the problem. OFM has brought her back to be stronger and fitter than ever and with a passion to bring the benefits of OFM to her clients. Amy is trained in TRX, Agility, Strength & Conditioning, battle ropes, Fitness programming, Field Hockey and distance running from 10K through Marathon.
Kaayla Daniel PhD, aka "the Naughty Nutritionist", holds her doctorate in Nutritional Sciences and Anti-Aging Therapies but is SO much more. Kaayla has written several books including "Nourishing Broth", The Whole Soy Story", and "Hook, Line and Stinker: The Truth about Fermented Cod Liver Oil".
She is regarded as one of the top experts in broth having researched and wrote about the benefits of broth and gelatin well over a decade ahead of the current interest in broth. Kaayla's coaching/consulting focus with OFM is geared toward active baby boomers who want to carry their zest for life for decades beyond their 60's & 70's.
Kaayla's been a guest on the Dr. Oz Show, PBS Healing Quest, NPR's People's Pharmacy, and has spoken at numerous health & wellness summits, podcasts and conferences, including Paleo f(x), Ancestral Health Symposium, and Charles Poliquin's Bio-Signature.
Chris McGovern brings more than 25 years of experience to coaching. He started racing BMX at age 5 and moved on to road racing as a junior. Chris quickly moved through the ranks to spend numerous years on professional teams such as Zaxby's, Jelly Belly, Health Net, and Sierra Nevada. Cycleution was started in 2008 with the goal of preparing athletes for the worst possible situations, yet teaching them to always envision the best situation. Chris currently resides in Nevada City, CA. Before returning to his home town in Nevada City, Chris was living in Durango CO. and working as a the cycling coordinator and head coach of the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team, the #1 ranked cycling school in the country. Over the past few years Chris has worked with several organizations including Rad Racing NW and the NorCal High School Cycling League to continue growing his knowledge of developmental cycling.
Chris in recent years has been a coach of USA Cycling cyclocross programs in Europe, including the 2017 World Championships team in Bieles, Luxembourg.
Chris is the Manager / Mechanic for the Santa Cruz Factory Cyclocross program and he also builds custom bicycles, www.mcgoverncycles.com . Never settling, always trying to learn an making things better....
Ben has coached and trained athletes of various disciplines for the last 10 years. His passion started by writing training for himself and his fellow soldiers and then Special Agents. It was the early days of CrossFit and “functional training” and he jumped right in. Ben quickly saw that quality strength training was one of the foundations of tactical (and later mountain) athletes but that a solid aerobic base was also essential. During his time in the Army and later the FBI, he tested methods and programs on himself and others. That laid the foundation for the transition to formal coaching and training of athletes.
Over the last 10 years Ben has coached CrossFit Games Athletes, RedBull X Alps Competitors, ultra runners, alpinists, power lifters and tactical athletes from all services. These days he spend most of my time obsessing over how to move fast and efficient in the mountains. That obsession has led to some key tenants: quality not quantity time in the gym, progressive sport specific volume, recovery practices and sound nutrition based in OFM.