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    Fitness: It's 90% Mental

    Have you ever heard of this statement? Often it refers to challenging military / law enforcement training programs. The first time I heard the saying was at SEAL training and I never quite understood what it meant at the time because it felt like 100% physical at the time. I promise you this. It does not refer to 90% mental being ...
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    Working Out But Failing To Finish Off Those Final 10 Pounds?

    Here is an email from a man you likes to exercise as much as myself, but just cannot drop that last bit of fat off his stomach area: Stew - what gives? I have been busting my butt for years working out with running, calisthenics, weights nearly 5-6 days a week and still have trouble around my mid-section. I am in ...
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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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    Running Distance vs. Running a Timed Run Fitness Test

    Sometimes we think we are in shape because a "test looks easy" or "you were in shape in high school", but many people fail to prepare for a fitness test and wind up realizing they need to change their training AND their thinking.  Check out this email: Stew - I run all the time 4-5 days a week and usually get ...
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    Police Fitness: Is It Really Needed?

    Here is an email from a distinguished military and law enforcement officer concerning physical fitness testing in military and police professions. He writes: _Stew - I like your programs and articles but what is the big deal with physical fitness testing? Do you really think that maxing a fitness test is going to make you a good soldier or police officer? ...
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    Be Careful With Your Shoulders (In Life and in Training)

    This week, a military man into bodybuilding emailed me about his recent shoulder injury. It seems sometimes life throws you a curve ball every now and then and freak accidents can occur at the strangest of times. He writes: _“I am an avid lifter. I lift all the time and have done bodybuilding competitions, so you would think I would be ...
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    Fitness Standards We All Should Attain

    Fitness Standards We All Should Attain
    If you have read my articles and books in the past, you will see a common thread in all of my writings: _Surpass the minimum standards in physical fitness testing if your profession (or life) is physically demanding._ This mantra holds water with military, law enforcement, fire fighters and other public servants who daily job requirements have physical challenges that can ...
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    Keeping Up Strength While Becoming More Defined

    _Hi Stew I am a 35 year old, 212 lbs Police officer and I run and lift weights for exercise. My goal is to find a weight lifting program to get "cut/ripped", not "big." Do you have a workout program that might help me? Thanks for your work - John T_ Yes, there are plans that will help you with your ...
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    Fitness For Cops Over 50

    Here is an email that is often received from men and women seeking to lose the "spare tire" or weight around their hips, help reducing their blood pressure, and overall just get healthier. It is a journey that can lead to many enjoyable future years if you can catch up with Mother Nature and Father Time before they catch you! Here ...
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    Can You Die if You Drink too Much Water?

    This week, a concerned Army Reservist asks, “I have heard about people dieing of drinking too much water. Is this possible?” This is a great question because so many times this issue is taken out of context causing people to stop drinking water altogether. When you read about people who die or get kidney damage “from drinking too much water” you ...
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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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    Add Some Balance to Your Life

    An email from a physical therapist in the Navy asked me about training people to have better balance. He states: "One of the biggest culprits to injury as we age is falling or losing your balance. Do you have any plans for folks to gain balance or better stability?" Great question! When training athletes, one of the most important elements of ...
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    Fitness Questions and Answers for Cops

    *Do you have any advice with changing bad habits, or advice on what kinds of food I could eat on the run at work or could take in the patrol car with me through an entire shift? Also, any other changes I could make to my workout to help increase metabolism?* "This is what I do for food.":www.stewsmith.com/foodplan.doc But when on ...
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    Running in the Cold

    Running in the Cold
    Usually, after 8-9 months of challenging running and calisthenics based workouts (see Solstice Plan), I am ready for a few months of non-impact aerobics of indoor swimming and biking for cardiovascular workout options. However, this year, I have tested out some gear during the 30 degrees days of the past month and feel like pushing it a little during the winter ...
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    Swimming with Fins – Preparing for LEO Special Ops Training

    Swimming with Fins – Preparing for LEO Special Ops Training
    This week, I received a frequently asked question about swimming with fins. Swimming with fins during rigorous military training like BUD/S, Coast Guard HRSS, Air Force PJ, or Public Safety Divers and some law enforcement SWAT programs is required in open water tests. My philosophy with teaching swimming is “a picture is worth 1000 words, but a moving picture is worth ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Getting Back Into Running After Injury or Long Time Not Running

    Getting into a running program after an injury or just starting running for the first time ever or many years is very tough. For one, the joints, soft tissues, and bones can all be injured by common “overuse” injuries such as: * Shin Splints * Very Common Knee Tendinitis * Runner's Knee (PFS) * ITB Syndrome * Heel Injuries (Plantar Fasciitis) ...
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