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Components of Police Fitness

Historically in police training, there has been an emphasis on weight training and running, leaving other fitness components neglected. Weight training and running absolutely provides a strong training foundation, but as police trainers we must look at other fitness components that give our officers the best chance to win. When we develop fitness training programs for our recruits and officers, we must always make sure that we are getting the best return out of our […]

Training in the Cold

Staying fit this time of year can be very difficult. It is cold outside and the days are short. During these winter months the streets and surrounding area can be downright treacherous due to ice and snow. All of these factors keep many of us from training outside at all, which can be a big mistake. Part of being a tactically fit officer is training in the conditions that you will be working in. Training […]

Mobility Options for Officers

The physical demands on law enforcement officers can be diverse, making it a very challenging profession. You can go from long hours of sitting to an instant foot chase at any moment. Sitting or standing for long hours while on patrol makes the body stiff. Injuries can easily occur if an officer is involved in an unpredictable apprehension without ample mobility. In the following newsletter, we will discuss different mobility options for law enforcement officers. […]

Exercise Excuses

It’s a new year and many people contemplate making positive changes in their lives. Exercising more is always top of the list. Group fitness classes can be a great way to get you started feeling better and getting you in phenomenal shape. Benefits of group exercise include accountability from others, social networking, motivation to push yourself harder than you would if you were working out on your own, and many more. Despite all the multiple […]

Heart Rate Monitors

Achieving fitness isn’t easy. If it was, almost everyone you knew would already be at their ideal weight and bodyfat percentage. Cardiovascular related diseases would be severely reduced and there would be no need for the annual weight loss New Year’s resolutions that so many of us make and break. The fact is, that achieving a fitness lifestyle is tough for many of us. We can use all the help and motivation that we can […]

“Can’t Hurt Me” Book Review

I recently was encouraged to read the same book on separate occasions by a couple of men close to me. One was an officer that I worked with at training academy and another was a Jiu-Jitsu training partner at our gym. Both of these men are successful and ambitious individuals, so when they mentioned the book to me, I paid attention. They claimed that the stories I would hear in the book would be inspirational. […]

Time for Better Running Shoes

Although it’s still cold outside, winter will not last forever. Now is a good time to take a look at your workout gear so you can get the best out training. One of the most important pieces of equipment you should own is running shoes. Wearing the wrong pair of running shoes or wearing old broken-down running shoes can cause some major health issues. In the following newsletter, we will examine some of the health […]

Dry Needling

As most of you know, policing can be tough on the body for many reasons. Sitting in car for long hours, wearing a gun belt during a 12-hour shift, or getting into fights can leave you feeling broken over time. Sometimes, as strength and conditioning coaches, we are so focused on increasing performance that we forget how important recovery and restoration is to our clients that we serve. I have recently discovered dry needling as […]

Obstacle Races

Are you a former athlete that is struggling these days to get into shape? Do you feel like your glory days are well behind you? If this is you, you’re not alone. It’s common for people that have competed at a high level in their past to have problems filling that competitive void as we get older and life overwhelms us. The good thing is that it’s never too late to step out of your […]

Memorial Day “Murph”

Every year on Memorial Day, gyms all across the country perform a workout called the MURPH. The MURPH is done in memory of Michael Patrick “Murph” Murphy. He was a United States Navy SEAL officer who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in the war in Afghanistan. The workout includes a 1-mile run, 300 bodyweight squats, 200 push-ups, 100 pull-ups, and then finishes with another 1-mile run. The exercises can be […]