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Posted over 5 years ago

 

Anyone have any tips on workout tips for SWAT and tactical teams? Are there some excersises that are more helpful than others? As a female, is there anything that will be beneficial to be able to keep up with and possibly beat the guys? Thanks.

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Find out what the physical standards are and keep working on them.  Make sure you work on your shooting skills also.  Have a skill (such as EMT) that will help you in the interview process.  Stay active and productive in your everyday duties to show you are a worker.  Most of all, be ready for all the BS that will be thrown at you.  Don't let other's opinions deter you from getting on the team.  Remember the saying about opinions and a$$ holes........


Good luck. 


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George Orwell

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As Pete said, find out what the standards are and work to be above that level when you try out, just meeting the standard shows you're only willing to put in minimal effort.


Not sure what you guys and girls in the States do but here in Oz alot of the teams will concentrate on interval training, short sharp bursts of max effort followed by a brief rest period.


Give the following a go;


At the end of your normal workout, jump on a rowing machine and perform five intervals of one minute, aim to hit 300mtrs per minute, resting one minute between intervals.


Once you can do five, add one more interval, when you can do six add another interval and so on until you reach 10.


Best of luck.

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ditto on the other comments. build up your shooting skills, cardio is probably going to be a bigger factor than muscle building exercises. But you  will probably need to drag a dummy for a distance.

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How long is school for???? I know some agencies schools are a few weeks.....

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Most teams in my area go by the "Cooper Standards", which takes a percentage of your own body weight as the target weight. If you can lift 80% of what you weigh, you should be good.


Cardio, cardio, cardio...if you aren't running, you need to start.


Work on your marksmanship. If you aren't shooting better than 90% on your qualification course, go to the range and practice. Dry firing is an excellent way to master 'front sight/press'.

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Like GTS said, the cooper standards are a good comparison...


Also.....upper body, cardio, endurance...can't stress that enough. Make sure you've trained for endurance wearing the level 4 (or whatever your agency wears) vest while performing the Agility test. The more you sweat in PT, the less you'll bleed in the streets. Marksmanship is also improved when keeping your cardio amped up....if you can manage your breathing and have conditioned yourself to respond under extreme physical stresses.....you've got half the test in the bag.

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SWAT standards are seldom met by most male officers so I can imagine its even tougher for female officers based on our physiological differences.  If youre with a major police deparment that has either a full time SWAT/SRT/SORT/ESU type unit or an on call unit that has high training hour requirements per month, you know youre going to have to be expected to get over a 7 foot wall,  be prepared to run 2 miles in full battle rattle with no more than 9 minute averages per mile (less without the rattle), be prepared to knock out 70 pushups in 2 mins, be able to do at least 10 pullups, get your 400m sprint down to athletic standards, be able to knock out 60 situps in 2 mins, and do plenty of resistance training as well as plyometrics....for both power and strength.


And thats just the physical.  Alot of SRT units look at what initiative an officer/deputy has......what tactical courses have you done on your own? Have you already been through Basic SWAT? Have you had a tacitcal handgun course? Have you already been through a tactical self/buddy aid course? We are all qualified on our sidearms, but are you also qualified on your patrol rifle? Shotgun? Are you a hawkeye with all 3 weapons? Have you been through a basic police sniper course? Active Shooter Incident/Incident Command Response?  Are you already trained and certified to perform VIP/Dignitary protection details?  Are you already familiar with the inner workings and ballistic performance of the different weapons and rounds? Training in these courses on your own is a good indicator of initiative and desire to make those sorts of teams, its an indicator that the individual LOVES to train, and its an indicator that there has been sufficient mental conditioning for the job as a tactical LEO.


Schools and organizations like TTPOA.org, NTOA.org, tacticalresponse.com, weaponsacademy.com, riflesonly.com, gunsite.com, blackwaterusa.com, tftt.com, and many more offer courses of this nature for all officers..whether you are already SWAT or not.


All questions any officer/deputy should ask before putting in for an SRT unit, Felony Warrants unit, Fugitive/Parole violator unit, Terrorism taskforce, Mental Warrants unit, and on and on. We cops tend to be lazy, physically yes but also in our tactical training.