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Better training = prepared cadets

Every current law enforcement officer went through physical training in a police academy type-setting. While learning procedure and taking written exams are part of the curriculum, passing your state’s police physical training requirements is the hurdle to beat between you and the badge. Even if you were an athlete in high school (and you’re still young) you can’t roll off the couch after watching an episode of COPS and expect to be fit enough to be an officer.

Becoming a law enforcement agent usually includes an interview or series of interviews. Your job in that interview is to convince another human being that you make decisions that are best for your future colleagues and the citizens you will protect and serve. TFT’s YouTube channel contains insights from real officers who have been on both sides of the interview table. They’ll tell you what they look for in a recruit. A big part of that is PHYSICAL FITNESS.

TFT’s free to download police physical fitness app gets you 5 workout videos applicable not only to each state’s requirements but to your ongoing fitness. At TFT fitness doesn’t mean better definition on your abs and biceps (those are bonuses), it means building a lifestyle that keeps you healthy, mobile, and tactically explosive.

Don't be a prisonerin your own body.

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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