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Step 9: Fitness

Step 9: Fitness

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Introduction

This special fitness was written exclusively for PoliceLink by former Navy SEAL and law enforcement fitness expert Stew Smith, CSCS. A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Stew has written several best selling fitness and self defense books, including The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness, Maximum Fitness, and SWAT Workout.

Certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and as military fitness trainer, Stew has trained hundreds of students for Navy SEAL, Special Forces, SWAT, FBI, ERT and many other law enforcement professions.

Law enforcement fitness: What to expect

Careers in the military and public service are fantastic opportunities to serve your country and be well cared for with health and retirement benefits. Making the transition from the military to law enforcement can, however, be quite challenging physically, if you have not maintained your fitness level. Attending a law enforcement academy will be similar to boot camp, so you need to prepare yourself.

This career change begins here with preparing physically for different physical fitness tests of a law enforcement position. Some of the exercises are the same as any military physical fitness test, such as the basics calisthenics tests of a timed run, pushups, situps, and pull-ups. Depending upon your law enforcement career decision, a variety of exercises will also be tested to include:

Bench Press Agility Tests
Shuttle Runs Time Runs (1 to 5 miles)
Weighted Pullups
(25lb SWAT vest)
Pushups, Situps, Pullups
500-yeard Swim Rop Climbs
Obstacle Course Victim Drag


Excelling in these tests takes practice. Many of the tested events above can also be better prepared for by a series of exercises that involve the muscle groups utilized. The biggest issue with most former military seeking law enforcement positions is running faster paced runs. For instance, many law enforcement departments now have added a shorter sprint to be tested, as well as an agility course and obstacle course. With battles in an urban environment becoming a part of daily life for both overseas troops and our own police officers here in America, the need for speed programs has never been more applicable to today’s civil servants.

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More and more agencies around the United States are adopting the 300m run in addition to the 1.5 mile run as part of testing protocol for candidates. For instance the FBI uses the Cooper’s Institute Physical Testing procedures along with about half of the police department in the United States. Some departments are adding shuttle runs, agility tests, vertical jumps to build speed and explosive power which is needed in today’s urban combat environments.

In the military, cardio vascular endurance is usually measured with the 1.5 mile, 2 mile or 3 mile run, but now many local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies are adding the 300m run and this challenges many of the applicants more than pushups and situps. So speed training should be introduced to your training programs. Quite frankly, speed training should be added into every soldier’s and police officer’s program as it could mean that half second quicker you get to cover when the shots are coming in your direction.

The following chart is designed for the Cooper’s Institute Cardio tests used by many law enforcement agencies around the United States at all levels of government. Many applicants have trouble with the 300m sprint followed by the 1.5 mile run – this is how to remedy that challenge. This is a supplemental running program that combines endurance and speed workouts together to help with running stamina, endurance, pace and speed needed in both military and law enforcement applications. You still need to be working on your upper and lower body exercises in addition to this supplemental running plan.

Day 1
Run and Leg PT
Day 2 Day 3
Distance Day
Day 4
Run and Lef PT
Day 5 – Pace Day
(rest as long as you
run)
Day 6/7</strong
Week 1 1.5 mile run,
warmup,

Repeat 2 times
300m run,
squats – 20,
lunges – 10 / leg
Run 300m run
-rest 5:00

Run 1.5 mile
run timed
1.5 mile at
close to goal
pace x 2 – rest
10 minutes in
between
Warm-up jog 10:00,
Repeat 5 times,
300m run,
Squats – 10,
Lunges – 10 / leg
Warmup Jog 5:00,
1/4 mile at goal pace,
1/2 mile at goal pace,
3/4 mile at goal pace,
1 mile at goal pace,
stretch
Day off or
makeup day
Week 2 1.5 mile run,
warmup

Repeat 3 times
300m run,
squats – 20,
lunges – 10 / leg
Run 300m run
x 2- rest 5:00

Run 1.5 mile
run timed
3 miles at
close to goal
pace
Bike Pyramid
Manual model level
2,4,6,… hold each
level for 1 minute
until failure – repeat
in reverse order –
should be 12-30
minutes long
Warmup Jog 5:00,
1/4 mile at goal pace,
1/2 mile at goal pace,
3/4 mile at goal pace,
1 mile at goal pace,
stretch
Day off
makeup day
Week 3
Easy Run Week
Bike Pyramid
Manual model level
2,4,6,… hold each
level for 1 minute
until failure – repeat
in reverse order –
should be 12-30
minutes long
Run 300m run
x 2- rest 5:00

Run 1.5 mile
run timed
Swim or
elliptical glide
or both for 30:00
of either or
both
Warmup jog 10:00,
Repeat 5 times,
300m run,
Squats – 10,
Lunges – 10 /leg

Run 1.5 mile run
Bike Pyramid
Manual model level
2,4,6,… hold each
level for 1 minute
until failure – repeat
in reverse order –
should be 12-30
minutes long
Day off or
Make up day
Week 4 Run Sprints
Warmup at 50%,
100m x 3

Full speed at
100m x 3,
200m x 2,
300m x 1,
(work / rest ratio
=2:1

1.5 mil run timed
300m timed

Bike Pyramid
Manual model level
2,4,6,… hold each
level for 1 minute
until failure – repeat
in reverse order –
should be 12-30
minutes long

1.5 mile run
3 miles easy Warmup – 5:00

Repeat 6 times
1/4 mile at goal 1.5
mile pace,
squats – 20,
lunges 15 / leg,
situps – 30 in 30
seconds

1.5 mile run timed
1.5 mile timed run,
rest 5:00
1 mile run at goal pace
rest 4:00
3/4 mile run at goal pace
rest 3:00
1/2 mile run at goal pace
rest 2:00
sprint 300m timed
Day off
or makeup day
Week 5 FBI Test
Sit-ups – 1:00,
300m sprint,
pushups 1:00,
1.5 mile run,
pull-ups
Bike Pyramid
or elliptical
glider pyramid
3-5 mile run 300m sprint,
1 minute rest,
1.5 mile run
8 8 × 1/4 miles at goal
pace – rest 2:00

4 × 300m sprints –
rest 2:00
Day off or
makeup day


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    PurpleHope

    over 1 year ago

    16 Comments

    As long as you get a Hong Kong tantric massage afterwards, everything's just fine. It's very important to get the right attention after deposing so much effort.

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    StatS

    about 6 years ago

    42 Comments

    Every department have different fitness standards, I would recommend anyone to do their research first and come up with a fitness routine according to what the standards are.

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    KennethHunt

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    I would be interested in joining a sheriff's department in Illinois, the reason I elect sheriff is due to my age

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    opal_armygirl1

    over 6 years ago

    410 Comments

    im going to to this

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