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Hello,


I am a 42 yr old man that has just been hired by a police agency (would rather leave nameless). Anyways, I start the academy shortly. I am not concerned so much with the running, as I have been running 4-5 miles at an 8:30 pace 3x a week. However, pushups and situps are my weaknesses. In anticipation of my hire about a month ago, I started doing pushups everyday. My fitness in this area has wained since passing my PT, due to stopping them after I passed the PT. Anyways, 10 was my max a month ago ( dont laugh ). I am not back up to a max of 26 without stopping. My questions are: 1) What can I do to increase my max number of pushups?  2)  Where do the grades from the academy come from: shooting range, classroom, physical fitness, etc....?  3) I am concerned about tiring prematurely due to my age or I think might have a misconception about the academy----like I will be doing PT's for hours upon hours...So my last question is: How much time can I expect to be in the classroom vs physical fitness?   Any other tips are appreciated....   Also, tips on military folding of clothing, standing at attention, etc....are also appreiciated, since I am not ex-military.


 


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Ler's tackle this one by one.


1. Pushups: Get in a pushup position. Straight back. Butt down. Arms shoulder width apart. To improve on the volume of pushups completed, listen carefully. From that perfect pushup position, easily drop your knees only til they touch the floor. Do not move out of your original position or angle. Once your knees touch, then you can resume pushups. By dropping your knees, you effectively reduce the weight to your chest, arms and shoulders by 30%. You can try this on a scale from your bathroon. Get in a perfect pushup position with both hands on the scale. Note the weight. The get off and get back on the scale with both hands with your knees dropped. You should see about a 30% reduction in weight. I recommend this for academy cadets who are working on gaining upper body strength.


2. Grades in the academy are generated from the topics (learning domains), range, defensive tactics, scenarios, PT, report writing and various other academy evolutions. Some may be pass/fail. Others may have a percentage grade. At the end, you'll have an overall score. This will vary academy to academy, state to state.


3. No worries about sticking it otr in the academy. You generally will spend no more than an hour to two hours in any PT evolution. Your academy hours may be from nine to eleven hours, depending how your academy is set up.


4. Folding of clothes should not be a point of contention. This is not boot camp. Standing at attention, 'dress and ceremony' and looking correct in a uniform will be handled by your Drill Instructors (or equivalent).


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The Sarge covered it all; the only thing I'd add is this:


The PT test you took in the hiring phase, and the minimums you had to hit to pass that test are likely the same as the POST or academy minimums to pass the PT portion and graduate. Sooooo, try and get back up to where you were.


Getting yourself into shape will help you in couple of ways:


1) prevent injuries from the demanding physicality of some of the classes


2) help reduce stress

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THANKS for the imput Sarge, but please clear up a couple things....Maybe I am just misunderstanding, but if I understand you correctly, the pushup method you suggested will decrease my weight and therefore, increase the number I can do? However, at the academy, I will have to do the standard push ups. They will not allow me to drop my knees. So will, your method increase my overall number that I can do of the standard military style pushup? Also, this academy is very paramilitary style, as I have been told by some that have went through it. In fact, some ex-military guys have told me that it would be worse than the military, if it weren't for coming home weekends. And they are very much into discipline, room inspections, etc....I am sure they will eagerly correct me :) when I don't know how to stand at attention correctly or roll my shirts, but I would like some insight to anything possible. I am one of those guys that always tries to prepare in advance...."Prior Preparation Prohibits Poor Performance"  Thanks for the help !!!

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You may be over thinking this. They will instruct on folding clothes and standing at attention. Relax and take a deep breath. You will/should get a hand book on what to do. Do not concern yourself with your age as I have know recruits in their 50's.

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THANKS for the imput Sarge, but please clear up a couple things....Maybe I am just misunderstanding, but if I understand you correctly, the pushup method you suggested will decrease my weight and therefore, increase the number I can do? However, at the academy, I will have to do the standard push ups. They will not allow me to drop my knees. So will, your method increase my overall number that I can do of the standard military style pushup? Also, this academy is very paramilitary style, as I have been told by some that have went through it. In fact, some ex-military guys have told me that it would be worse than the military, if it weren't for coming home weekends. And they are very much into discipline, room inspections, etc....I am sure they will eagerly correct me :) when I don't know how to stand at attention correctly or roll my shirts, but I would like some insight to anything possible. I am one of those guys that always tries to prepare in advance...."Prior Preparation Prohibits Poor Performance"  Thanks for the help !!!



If I understood the Sarge's advice, he is advising you to do as many as you can in the normal manner until failure.  AFTERWARDS, drop to your knees (or spread your feet apart) and continue until failure.  This will get your arms to push past the point of failure.  After getting used to this method, then you will want to do pyramids (1 on the floor, 1 off the wall, 2 on the floor, 2 off the wall, etc. up to a set point and then back down) on occasion (once or twice a week).  This will create muscle confusion so they don't get used to being pushed to failure at a set point.  Good luck.


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