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    Pre-Training Before the Academy

    Here are a few commonly asked questions regarding a young man joining the military and then advancing onto challenging follow on training. But my answers apply to anyone seeking to join the military or a law enforcement academy as well. Here are his questions: I am going to ship next month to the Navy then go to SEAL training after Boot. ...
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    Ace Any Law Enforcement Fitness Test

    Ace Any Law Enforcement Fitness Test
    Prior to basic, boot camp or police academy, personnel line up to take their physical fitness tests (PFT). Though each service and agency differs in testing exercises and measuring criteria, most personnel labor over this event for several weeks prior. But for those who properly prepare themselves, the PFT can be just another workout. Here are the exercises of all the ...
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    Fitness Training and Police Work

    *+Flexibility is Key+* First of all, a police officer should be flexible with an ability to move at a moment's notice. After hours of sitting still, jumping out of a car and chasing someone at full speed can injure even the most athletic individuals. Stretching at least your legs and lower back throughout the day and on a daily basis with ...
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    Indoctrination Fitness

    This week, I received similar emails from young men less than 22 years of age and both were seeking fitness preparation information for military and law enforcement occupations. The problem with many young and older Americans is that the current fitness / health conditions they maintain are not good enough to ensure success at a military boot camp or law enforcement ...
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    SWAT Fitness: Common Denominators of Success

    After spending more than a decade helping people become members of Special Operations units in every branch of the military and SWAT Teams in federal / state / local law enforcement agencies, I have seen a few common denominators that spell success, or graduation. Ask "did you think about quitting" to any member of a Special Operations unit in the military ...
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    Mastering the FBI Fitness Test

    Mastering the FBI Fitness Test
    Here is an email from a FBI candidate who failed the FBI PFT the first time around. _Stew, I wish I had used your "FBI PFT workout":http://www.policelinkfitness.com/fbiaccostphf.html about 10 weeks ago, but I am on it now and seeing good results. However, I am still having issues with the runs and the situps. What do you recommend to do in addition ...
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    Ten Fitness Commandments for Law Enforcement

    Here is a common misconception concerning military as well as law enforcement training programs.  Often people show up to day one of the basic training or academy not in any kind of shape to start off on a group run.  Many are overweight with de-conditioned muscles and joints that can't handle any physical activity for long periods of time.  Here is ...
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    Preparing for the Most Common Physical Fitness Training in the U.S.

    Preparing for the Most Common Physical Fitness Training in the U.S.
    After doing research and writing about physical fitness tests for military and law enforcement agencies for the past ten years, I recognized a common appearance of the 1.5 mile run, pushups, and sit-ups test as a near universal basis for testing fitness levels. The groups who use the Common PFT are the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and more than 50% ...
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    Training For The Coast Guard Special Ops DOG

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    Passing Military and Special Ops Swim Test

    Many future military and law enforcement special operations team members have to learn how to be comfortable in the water.  Whether that is to SCUBA dive, swim for miles, or learn insertions and extractions from the water using boats, submarines, or helicopter, learning to swim while wearing full combat gear is a requirement in many special operations units.  Here is a ...
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    Fitness: The Next Step After Building a Solid Foundation

    Here is an email from a military man seeking to get better at his pull-ups and pushups for an upcoming PFT for Special Ops Selection. _Thank you for the 14 day "pull up":http://policelink.monster.com/training/articles/2678-pull-up-tips and the "push up routine.":http://policelink.monster.com/training/articles/2679-stuck-on-pushups-try-the-pushup-push-workout I did it to the letter, doing on average of a 130 pull ups and 300+ pushups per work out. I went from ...
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    Prepare for Military or Law Enforcement Indoctrination Training

    This week, a typical email crossed my desk and I realized that I have not devoted an article to answering this question fully. There are several articles in the Article Archive that will help you with running speed, endurance, pushups, situps, and pullups but here is a comprehensive answer to the age-old question – “What do I need to do to ...
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    Think You're Tough? Train Like a Cop

    Think You're Tough? Train Like a Cop
    Law enforcement is a physically demanding job that requires officers to always be in peak physical condition. Former Navy Seal and fitness expert, Stew Smith, CSCS, has joined forces with PoliceLink to offer its members fitness tips and tricks, diets, PFT information and workout routines. "_*Purchase Stew Smith Fitness eBooks*_":http://www.policelinkfitness.com/ Smith is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a former ...
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    Cooped Up Inside? Sounds Like You Need Some Workout Ideas

    No matter what your situation is, some days you just cannot get outside or to the gym to exercise. Here is a great routine that you can do in your bedroom, hotel room, or whatever keeps you inside. "Hey Stew, I need some help with a quick indoor routine as I am currently stuck inside due to baby, weather, and ...
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    Fitness For Future Recruits for the Law Enforcement / Military

    Fitness For Future Recruits for the Law Enforcement / Military
    Often, I receive emails from young men and women in their teens who ask about law enforcement or military careers when they get old enough to serve their country by doing such honorable professions. I wish however, most emails were like this future Marine. Too many times, young men and women start to prepare way too late for professions that require ...
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    The 15 Day Plan For The PFT

    This 15 day plan was written for a military member who had two weeks to pass his fitness test of 1.5 mile run, pushups, and situps. It is not designed for those members who have not exercised in months, but for those who just need an extra push to surpass the minimums. You could also use this routine to help you ...
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    Training for an “O-Course” Without Obstacles

    Many pre-military and law enforcement recruits who are training for their future training programs often are hit with this problem of not having an obstacle course to train with before departing. Here is an email from a trainee seeking advice on how to pre-train for this issue: I do not have access to an o-course, but would really like to be ...
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    Fit to Serve? How Can I Best Serve My Country?

    The email that prompted this week’s article was from a young man contemplating on joining the police force, yet he is not quite sure to go local, state, or federal law enforcement. Arriving fit is his plan, but “how fit do you need to be a police officer”? Here is his question: What is the overall physical fitness level of the ...
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