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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 health and wellness program implemented by academies nationwide to IMPROVE and outsource the physical fitness component of their academy training, at significantly greater cost savings than bringing on a full time physical training instructor or local corporate wellness program.

For academies the benefit is an increased rate of test passing and career placement. Statistics on these help many academies market themselves. More importantly, it helps relationships with higher volume police departments. An academy’s reputation for churning out fit, competent cops can bolster relationships with major law enforcement agencies who themselves can make recommendations or directly place applicants in your academy.

As law enforcement training personnel we are responsible to both individual officers and the institutions they serve. We equip individuals to engineer incremental lifestyle changes that reduce their rates of insurance and disability claims, directly keeping more boots on the ground and less cost to the people they protect and serve.Our methods are built on 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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