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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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    The NEW Lower Back Plan

    We all are susceptible to lower back injuries– military, law enforcement, advanced athlete, beginning exerciser, or sedentary person – we all get back injuries of some sort. The back injuries seen most in doctor’s offices and chiropractic clinics world wide involve the lower back / hip region and can occur from a variety of different causes. According to Dr. Steve Erle ...
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    How to Make a Circuit Workout...

    Often people send me workouts that they created for my opinion. This week an email prompted me to write about many of the varieties of workouts that you can create using a circuit program. Often people like to use the circuit workout as a form to quickly get through a workout routine yet still workout effectively. Here are some examples of ...
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    Pushups for Time - Pushups to the Extreme!

    This week I received a fun email from a former Marine who likes to push himself still and those around him. He writes: Stew, I have been using your workouts to get my pushups up to 100 in 2 minutes (as a Marine we focused on pullups as you know) and got it last week. Now I an thinking of doing ...
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    Getting Ready for Summer: Can You Hang with Two-a-Days?

    If you have been dedicated to your exercise routine and results have started to taper, it may be time to pump up your workout by adding something new - maybe even another workout in a day. Yes - good ole two a days! They worked back in high school preparing for sports. But, can you fit two workouts into your day ...
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    Swim Workouts for Cardio

    Swim Workouts for Cardio
    During the winter months, many people who email me usually are looking for an alternative to running outside. In other words, what can they do inside to still workout. This week’s focus on indoor fitness activities is on swimming. Many clubs, community centers, and YMCAs have indoor swimming pools to use during the year. Here is what I like to do ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Spruce Up the Workouts With Dumbbell Movements

    Many people like to go to the weight room and start performing the standard isolation exercises either using a machine weight system or even free weights. Afterwards, they do a 20-30 minute cycle of cardio vascular exercise. Then, after a normal day of picking up groceries in/out of the car and into the house and some moderate yard work, they find ...
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    Pull-Up Tips

    This week, getting better at pull-ups is the subject of many people’s concern. As with the Pushup-Push Workout (linked below), this idea makes little sense physiologically, but it works. You never want to have an extended period of repeating the same exercises day after day, but you can do this workout for ten days, rest for three or four days of ...
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    Police Fitness: Winter Running on the "Dreadmill"

    Police Fitness: Winter Running on the "Dreadmill"
    An email from a law enforcement recruit in Wisconsin requested information on how to spice up running on the "dreadmill." He states, _"During the winter time it is nearly impossible to run any timed event due to the 2-3 ft of snow on the ground or ice on the roads. Is treadmill running going to hurt the running ability I am ...
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    The Need for Speed and Endurance

    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 to speed programs have never been more applicable to today’s civil servants. There is a need for speed in the military and law enforcement professions. More and more agencies around the United States are adopting ...
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    Cardio Alternatives

    This week, I had a question that comes from a frustrated exerciser who likes to swim and either cannot make the pool times or the pool is closed at the times he can reserve time in his schedule. Cross-training with other cardio options is always healthy. Runners get injured three times as much as people who cross-train with swimming, biking and ...
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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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    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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    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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    Stress - Work It Out!

    In a fast paced world where the fine line of work and relaxation has been blurred with wireless technology and the development of the home office, workers as well as families have become more and more susceptible to stress-related illnesses. Stress is a natural element of our behavior and our body handles stress by injecting “stress hormones” into our bloodstream when ...
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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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