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    Train Better with TRX

    An email from a Fire Fighter instructor looking for advice on creating a fitness maintenance plan and fitness building program for his major city fire fighters prompted an answer that was diverse in its ability yet cost effective. “I think your recent publication of Fire Fighter Workout and Public Safety Diver training cross over very well. The problem on our job ...
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    Build Up Your Running Program with the Sun

    Build Up Your Running Program with the Sun
    For the past few years, I have started an outdoor running program as the weather breaks from Winter to Spring. This running plan works as the sun rises in the morning prior to work or school as we are about 65% more likely to accomplish a workout if done at any other time than immediately after work. As you know, life ...
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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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    To Run or Not to Run

    To Run or Not to Run
    Running injury free requires near perfect technique, great shoes, possibly the addition of orthotics / insoles, and a gradual build-up after long periods of no running or beginning a running plan. Last week’s article concerning women’s running and training plan caused me to re-think my advice as the intensity of the article was not perfectly directed toward a novice exerciser. In ...
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    Does Water Affect Weight?

    This week a young man asked me, "Does water affect weight?" After some digging, I realized he has been observing his mother use one of the 45 Day Plans to lose weight / get fit and this program requires the user to drink more water than they normally would - up to 3-4 quarts a day!! Most people do not drink ...
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    Run Faster

    I received several e-mails last week about running faster. A few requested workouts for their 1.5 mile, 2 mile or three mile PFT runs and several were runners who compete 5K and 10K races on the weekends. Since all these distances use relatively the same training philosophy - short distance , faster pace - I decided to answer them all ...
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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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    Fitting Workout Recovery Time Into an Officer's Schedule

    Fitting Workout Recovery Time Into an Officer's Schedule
    This series of emails comes from a police officer / instructor who understands the importance of recovery, but has a hard time fitting it into his training plan. We all need to actively pursue a recovery period in our high tempo training cycle, otherwise we will break down, burn out, and likely get injured over time. Here is his email. Stew, ...
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    Too Busy To Workout? Try This...

    _Stew - I have only about 15 minutes in the AM to workout and I want to start mixing in more things into my workout - weights, PT, cardio. Any tips?_ Here are some ideas for those of you who only have a few minutes a day to exercise. Often I tell people if they do not have time to workout ...
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    Balancing Out a Workout

    Balancing Out a Workout
    Having a muscular – skeletal strength imbalance can cause injury and other complications in your performance athletically or on the job. Here is a question from an officer seeking to improve his performance keeping balance in mind. “Stew, I have a question on how I should be progressing with opposing muscle group exercises. The last 3 set Dip/ Pull-up workout was ...
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    Fitness Gear: Stew Smith's Recommendations

    I often get emails from beginners starting to exercise or officers who are avid trainers asking about what are some of the things I like to use, wear, and even listen to when exercising. Here are a few of the many things I like to use. I have been searching the fitness business world for places to put my logo on ...
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    Surviving Cold Weather Workouts

    Most people who exercise in the winter either live in temperate climates or stay indoors to burn the excess calories that lead to weight gain. The focus of your goals should not change due to the season, we all still need exercise and to eat properly year round. However, if you are one of the few people who can handle the ...
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    Time to Exercise

    Time to Exercise
    Do you really not have enough time in your day to exercise? Too many times people say, “I need to exercise but I do not have enough time in the day.” Or, when they do have the time they only have the energy to lie down and watch TV. Whether you are on travel working late hours or at home dealing ...
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    Myofascial Release – The Key to Relieving Pain from Over-use Injuries

    Have you ever started off on a run and had aching knees or hips, but soon after a short warm-up jog and light stretch all felt better?  Typically this is how most people start off on a run.  Unfortunately, tendonitis can flare up quickly if running several times a week for several miles.  Myofascial Release (MFR) technique is a great way ...
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    Fitting Fitness Into Your Work Schedule

    Fitting Fitness Into Your Work Schedule
    I love to get email from people like this American. Both military and law enforcement seeking to improve his fitness level in a way that will not affect previous injuries. He writes: p((. "My training issues are I am age 35, 15 year history of wear and tear from military, police, and other high impact jobs (i.e. car accidents and bad ...
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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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    New Year's Fitness Resolutions That Work

    In the first week of January I give out my 45 Day Beginner Plan free to readers, so this is always a gratifying week for me. Here is one of several emails from people who stuck with the plan for the month of January AND have built a habit of fitness and motivation to carry to the next level. Give yourself ...
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    Avoiding Deadly Fitness Conditions: Hypothermia and Hyperthermia

    Later this month, January 27th on the National Geographic Channel _Fight Science – Special Ops Episode_, you will see the effects of body core temperature in both extremes (high and low body core temperatures) and how science is able to manage them both. By definition: +Hyperthermia+ is abnormally high body temperature. It can be due to exposure to extreme temperatures, high ...
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    Preventing Weight Gain Over the Holiday Season

    Each year, millions start off the holidays with a rather large meal on Thanksgiving Day followed by a few more days of left over pies, cakes, and candies. Many gain a significant amount of weight. Some estimates say people can gain 5 to 7 pounds in the few weeks of the holidays, but according to a University of Texas SW Medical ...
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    What is a Fair Way to Judge a Fitness Test?

    Often I receive emails from military and law enforcement personnel concerning how fair a fitness test is and does it accurately measure someone’s fitness level. For instance, here is an email from one police officer who is seeking candidates for his department’s SWAT Team: _*I am about to open up tryouts for a few SWAT Team positions and am trying to ...
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