CrossFit For Cops

Are you willing to spend 20 minutes, 3 days per week to get in shape?

Adam is a very positive person; I like that. He uses phrases that reinforce and strengthen mindset, things like: train to your weakness; expect the unexpected; get comfortable being uncomfortable. He also does not want to hear the word, can't. Good stuff. Often, Adam will have clients come to CF who are runners or bodybuilders; folks who think they are in good shape. Once he puts them through an evaluation workout, they quickly find out they are deficient in several areas. Why? Because they've focused on one narrow aspect of conditioning. CF is a total body workout, and power is really the emphasis. The CF formula is Force multiplied by Distance, divided by Time, or simply, moving a large load, a long distance, at high intensity. It's probably the most ideal workout routine for law enforcement.

I was recently in Toronto, Canada, teaching a class. While I was there, I spoke with Dave Evans, Training NCO for the Air Marshalls. Dave is a certified CF Trainer. He recognizes the value of CF training for LEOs, and promotes it to his colleagues. He's seen the results it produces, physically and mentally. What I see as an advantage of CF training for cops, other than the fact that it causes you to become totally fit, is the time expenditure - it's minimal. Twenty or thirty minutes, three or four times per week, will allow you to experience excellent results. That sure beats pounding the pavement every day for an hour or more. If you don't want to give up your routine, maybe you're training for a marathon or triathlon, just do CF twice a week. You'll find that adding CF will boost your fitness level and probably cut your times. Adam told me about one runner who actually began to run personal bests after she included CF training in her routine.

Adam doesn't just talk the talk, he walks the walk. He's an ultra-marathoner - 50 and 100 mile runs - he's done twenty of them. Last February he ran a 32-miler; since then he's done little running, other than a mile now and then, or a 400 meter workout. But in November, he will compete in the Mountain Masochist Trail Run, a 50-miler, run on a combination of roads, Jeep trails, and a single track at an elevation of 9200 feet. He completed the same run last year, finishing in the top third in ten hours. Immediately afterward, he competed in a benching contest, The Beast Challenge, where he benched his weight, 135 pounds, twenty times. That's total body fitness. He's confident that his CF foundation will put him in good stead to run this year's race, and I must say that I agree with his assessment.

If you think you're up for the challenge to take on CF training, look on the web to find your closest facility. I think that it's a perfect fit for cops. It mirrors what we do each day on the street. We need every advantage we can find to be victorious. CF training is one of the tools you should have in your toolbox.

Stay safe, brothers and sisters

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