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Sprint Workouts

As a police officer there are many things that can limit your ability to get in consistent workouts. Some of these may include:

  1. Shift work (12 hour days)
  2. Court (especially if you work late watch)
  3. Off duty work, overtime, details, etc.
  4. Family obligations

It is extremely important to make time to get workouts in to keep yourself mentally and physically prepared to do the job.

One of the most effective workouts you can do with limited time […]

Building Strength with the 5×5 System

One of the oldest yet most effective strength programs around is what is called the 5 x 5 system. It stands for 5 sets of 5 repetitions. This system is common knowledge among experienced lifters and has been in use since the 1960’s, but is a great tool for the beginner or the pro. It has been proven to build a great foundation of strength as well as muscle mass at the same time. If […]

The Trap Bar Deadlift

One of the most versatile pieces of gym equipment to come along in the last 30 years is the trap bar, also known as the hex bar. It is a great tool for beginners, but when utilized with a proper program design can be just as useful for the most experienced of lifters. We have utilized the trap bar deadlift regularly in our program designs and have seen great results from our clients as well […]

The Russian Kettlebell: THE GYM IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND

In my 13 years as a Fitness professional, I have seen a lot of training tools and modalities come and go. With all the information available these days it can be hard for an individual to figure out which direction to go in. We are bombarded with videos on social media and Youtube on a daily bases. In 2017 anyone with a camera phone can make their own fitness highlight reel and claim to be […]

“Tough Times Don’t Last, Tough People DO!”

“Tough times don’t last but tough people do.” This quote was something I heard repeatedly as a child by my uncle Daryl and it has become a slogan at our gym,  MADE Fitness and Training Center. My uncle was a Marine Corp officer for much of his life and one of the toughest men I have ever meet, both mentally and physically.

Likewise, at the Training Academy, I’ve observed that mental toughness is a constant theme. The cadets must […]

No Equipment, No Gym, No Problem

Many officers I talk to have claimed that time is one of the largest hurdles that they face when it comes to getting in or staying in shape. Work, family, and other personal obligations make it difficult for many to get to the gym. Others discuss not having space for equipment or just not knowing what to do with the equipment that they do have. The truth is that there are multiple ways that we […]

The Turkish Get-Up and the Tactical Athlete

The Turkish Get-Up (TGU) is one of the best exercises for the tactical athlete, specifically for those in law enforcement and the military. This exercise is normally done with the kettlebell, however it can be done with an appropriate dumbbell, or with no weight at all. If using a weight, the kettlebell is actually the more stable option due to its design, and the one that is preferred. The TGU has proven itself as an […]

Complexes for Tactical Athletes

What is a tactical athlete? Well surprisingly enough, that is you! A tactical athlete is described as an individual who works in the field of a first responder or a military setting. Soldiers, police officers, firefighters, etc., are all considered tactical athletes. With that being said, we all can look around the roll call table and see that for some of us, classifying us as any sort of athlete would be a stretch. But in […]