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Functional Fitness For Law Enforcement

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Functional Fitness For Law Enforcement Old School!


A regional RRT group in the New England area invited me to do a seminar, and I brought John Sullivan a trainer for Optimal SWAT along with me to help out. The seminar was followed by a group competition using low-tech functional exercise challenges. They were broken up into teams of 10, and were timed on a long course of rope climbing, obstacle course, chain drag, keg run, farmers walk, phone pole run, truck push, tire drag, and more! Alone, one of the units was not terribly challenging, but strung together and done continuously, the difficulty mounted quickly!

As you can see, being creative with low-tech stuff found all around you is one way to develop a challenging circuit of exercises that are functional in nature and job applicable. Obviously, when working with a group this large, you will have a wide range of fitness levels, so you have to account for that fact and take into account not everyone is a cross training God or in Olympic Tri-athlete condition. These are real people with real jobs and responsibilities, not some kid who has all day to workout, so that has to be taken into account also. Anyway, its a short fun vid that may give people some ideas they can use in their own workouts, dept, or unit. Just low-tech, good old fashion hard work and some fun!


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Updated 03-18-2010 at 10:02 AM by Will Brink

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  1. HEROES TACTICAL's Avatar
    I was introduced to a pretty cool workout program about a year ago from a friend of mine that I served with in the Marine Corps. It is called Cross Fit and they can be found at (sorry, this site is bad). Their routines are designed to be completed in a 20-30 minute span and they utilize a lot of simple equipment that can be purchased relatively inexpensively, or you can substitute items that you have laying around the house. They list a new WOD (Work Out of the Day) everyday and it keeps everything new and fun. If you're unsure of the abbreviations or nomenclature, go to their FAQ section where you can find video explanations of the excersizes.

    Speaking from experience, I was able to max out my push ups and sit ups in my Fit to Fight test and had the third fastest run time in my unit after following the program for four months.

    Aaron Abshire
    [url]www.heroestactical.com[/url]
    Updated 07-08-2010 at 06:59 AM by Carbide Joe (Site contains Malware)
  2. Will Brink's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by HEROES TACTICAL
    I was introduced to a pretty cool workout program about a year ago from a friend of mine that I served with in the Marine Corps. It is called Cross Fit and they can be found at (sorry site contains malware)Their routines are designed to be completed in a 20-30 minute span and they utilize a lot of simple equipment that can be purchased relatively inexpensively, or you can substitute items that you have laying around the house. They list a new WOD (Work Out of the Day) everyday and it keeps everything new and fun. If you're unsure of the abbreviations or nomenclature, go to their FAQ section where you can find video explanations of the excersizes.

    Speaking from experience, I was able to max out my push ups and sit ups in my Fit to Fight test and had the third fastest run time in my unit after following the program for four months.

    Aaron Abshire
    www.heroestactical.com
    CrossFit is a well known program. It's become popular with mil and LEO. One of the members on the advisory panel for OS here , Mark D, owns NavySEALs.com (www.navyseals.com) and USCrossFit (uscrossfit.com), and SealFit which is very CF like as I understand it.
    Updated 07-08-2010 at 06:59 AM by Carbide Joe (site contains Malware)
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