22 episodes

All aspects of training are covered by former USMC infantryman, current SWAT Officer, and owner of OpTempo Training Group, Matt Harden. Topics and interviews will range from tactical, athletic, overlanding, and adventure sports. Become a better version of yourself with continual training!

The Harden Up Podcast Matt Harden

    • Government
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

All aspects of training are covered by former USMC infantryman, current SWAT Officer, and owner of OpTempo Training Group, Matt Harden. Topics and interviews will range from tactical, athletic, overlanding, and adventure sports. Become a better version of yourself with continual training!

    Ep 22: Taylor Mccubbin of ChimeraXR

    Ep 22: Taylor Mccubbin of ChimeraXR

    Taylor McCubbin is the CEO and co-founder of ChimeraXR. He is a 15 year veteran of the Canadian military. He worked as a full time firearms instructor at the largest air base in Canada and developed the first firearms and tactical simulation program for the air force. He later went on to work for Meggitt Training systems, the world’s largest firearms simulation manufacturer. A few years later he and a partner launched ChimeraXR and are now at the cutting edge of virtual reality training. ChimeraXR Mythos is a virtual reality training system which gives you the power to quickly simulate application of tactics in a modern, easy to use immersive environment. The immersive training experience will have you and your students training in minutes anywhere your agency is located. Quick to setup and easy to use, anyone can build and edit the drills and scenarios required for training.   

    ChimeraXR:
    https://chimeraxr.myshopify.com/

    Instagram & Facebook:
    @chimeraxr

    Lowa Boots: https://www.lowaboots.com/

    Instagram: @lowa.professional and @lowaboots

    The OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:
    https://optempotraining.com/

    @optempotraining on Instagram and Facebook

    Find us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriber

    • 57 min
    Ep 21: Kenny Williams of Street Cop Training

    Ep 21: Kenny Williams of Street Cop Training

    Sergeant Kenny Williams is one of the country’s leading experts in criminal vehicle interdiction. Sergeant Williams began his career in 2007, and currently works as a full time K9 interdiction officer. Williams has been personally responsible for the seizure of over 4 million dollars cash, several hundred pounds of illicit narcotics, and well over a ton of Marijuana. Williams has received countless awards for his work from numerous organizations and has established a national reputation. Williams is a fully certified EPIC and DIAP instructor.

    Street Cop Training:
    https://streetcoptraining.com/

    Instagram: @streetcoptraining

    Lowa Boots: https://www.lowaboots.com/

    Instagram: @lowa.professional and @lowaboots

    The OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:
    https://optempotraining.com/

    @optempotraining on Instagram and Facebook

    Find us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriber

    • 1 hr
    Ep 20: Dr Justin Smith of Tactical Neuroscience

    Ep 20: Dr Justin Smith of Tactical Neuroscience

    Dr Justin Smith is a research Psychologist who has done groundbreaking work in the area of stress and anxiety in tactical applications. Justin performed PhD  work in decision-making under life and death circumstances and how it relates to stress. His findings apply to Law Enforcement, Military, and high level Athletes.

    Tactical Neuroscience:
    https://tacticalneuro.com/

    Instagram: @tacticalneuroscience

    Delivefund: https://deliverfund.org/

    The OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:
    https://optempotraining.com/

    @optempotraining on Instagram and Facebook

    Find us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriber

    • 1 hr 13 min
    EP 19: Scott Brady of Overland Journal

    EP 19: Scott Brady of Overland Journal

    Scott is an adventure driver and consultant who has worked on various specialty-vehicle projects for auto manufacturers, aftermarket companies, and television producers such as Top Gear. He is a passionate photographer and writer with international credits, the only American to have won the esteemed Outback Challenge, Morocco, and a Tread Lightly Master Trainer. Business ventures during the past decade include the Overland Society, Expeditions West, Expedition Portal, and Overland Journal. He has traveled through over 60 countries and across every continent. His most current project, Expeditions 7, is a round-the-world overland odyssey in two 78 Series Toyota Land Cruisers. After reaching the end of the road, he enjoys canyoneering, climbing, and mountain biking. Scott lives in Prescott, Arizona.

    Overland Journal:
    https://overlandjournal.com/

    Expedition Portal:
    https://expeditionportal.com/

    Expeditions 7:
    http://www.expeditions7.com/home

    Training Resources:
    Overland Expo: https://www.overlandexpo.com/
    7P International: https://7p.io/training/

    Sync Vans:
    https://www.syncvans.com/

    The OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:
    https://optempotraining.com/

    @optempotraining on Instagram and Facebook

    Find us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriber

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ep 18: Direct Action Resource Center

    Ep 18: Direct Action Resource Center

    In this episode Matt shares his experience at the Direct Action Resource Center. Listen in on tips for how to prepare, what to expect, and overall take-aways from the course. Matt aso covers his personal gear list used for the course.

    Direct Action Resource Center
    IG: @DARC1

    Website:
    https://darc-usa.squarespace.com/

    Links for gear used at DARC:
    First Tactical Defenders: use discount code "optempo25"
    https://www.firsttactical.com/products/mens-defender-pants-od-green

    LWRC IC carbine: https://www.lwrci.com/IC-Enhanced-556_p_252.html

    Lowa Zephyr boots: https://www.lowaboots.com/mens/task-force-tactical/zephyr-mid-tf-desert

    Point blank SRV vest: https://www.pointblankenterprises.com/paraclete/srv.html

    The OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:
    https://optempotraining.com/

    @optempotraining on Instagram and Facebook

    Find us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriber

    • 17 min
    Ep 17: Tony Blauer of Blauer Spear System

    Ep 17: Tony Blauer of Blauer Spear System

    In this episode Matt talks with legendary self-defense coach Tony Blauer on the science of a fight and violence. Join them for a discussion on physiological response, stress inoculation, and being a better trainer. Tony dives deep into fear management and Police defensive tactics training during  this eye opening conversation!

    Free e-book "Get to know Fear" : https://getknowfear.com/ebook

    Tony Blauer
    IG: @tonyblauer
    @spear.system

    Websites:
    https://www.blauertrainingsystems.com
    https://blauerspear.com/

    Training Calendar: https://blauerspear.com/spear-training-calendar

    The OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:
    https://optempotraining.com/

    @optempotraining on Instagram and Facebook

    Find us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriber

    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

PaulM92648 ,

Great Podcast, Great Interviewer, Great Man

This is a great series with a guy that knows how to train, travel and enjoy life. It’s great to see and hear this Trainer in action. I hope for my travels to intersect with Mr. Harden’s sometime in the near future. In the meantime, listening to the Podcasts will keep me patient. :)

Rhyler12262011 ,

Great podcast

Some great conversations with some great folks. I like their topics and appreciate the view they can provide on current events. Not only that, I’ve had the pleasure of working in a few of them and they are just as awesome in person as you’d think!

Mannyleon ,

Legit

Worked with this guy for a few years and still follow his career via social media and close friends. He knows what he’s talking about and works and trains hard. I’m looking forward to this podcast!

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