Fitness Program Development for Police Academies

*The number one preventable reason cadets fail their DOJ mandated state police physical fitness requirements is injury. Same applies to being declared physically incapable of doing the job within the first 3 years of duty. We’ve worked with police departments around the country to determine that these injuries come primarily from 4 common police exposure points. Broadly, these are the shoulders, hips, ankles and lower back.


Better training = better academies

TFT is a mobility fitness and injury prevention program implemented by academies to improve the physical fitness component of their academy training. Implementing the TFT program provides academies with significant cost savings realized through reduced training injuries and increased recruit graduation rates. Academy instructors save time by not needing to develop a recruit-centric fitness program. TFT is a ready-made fitness and mobility program for use by instructors in police academies.

Academy instructors are responsible to both individual recruits and the agencies they serve. TFT equips instructors with a program that teaches individual recruits to make incremental lifestyle changes that reduce injury and associated insurance and disability claims for their agencies, keeping more boots on the ground and less cost to the communities they protect and serve. TFT focuses on training methods to produce a lifestyle that keeps cadets healthy, mobile, and tactically explosive.


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Tactical Functional Training Fitness Pyramid

A quick summary of the pyramid: you need to stay active and healthy by strengthening your exposure points. These are what could take you down for weeks at a time and even end your career. From there you need endurance development upon which other aspects of your physical fitness can grow. Strength building helps but it’s nothing without the base of the pyramid - if you’re eating fast food and donuts for breakfast after a hangover your body will NOT be ready when you need an instant response. At the top of our pyramid, physical conditioning for a cop is about being a tactical athlete. When a police officer must employ physicality (for duty or survival), the skillset is more like a football player than a marathon runner or a body-builder.  We call this tactical explosiveness.

Tooker, Gregory. “Health and Fitness in Law Enforcement” 2016. PDF file.

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