So get ready to be a practioner. Perform exercises like pull-ups, handstands and squats. Run through parks and schoolyards, using whatever structures are available: swing sets, picnic tables, ropes and chains. Jump up or over fences, boulders, tables, etc. Every so often, stop and get into a plank position for as long as you can hold it. Then, do some exploding pushups, propelling yourself off the ground on each rep. Time will fly by because you’re actually playing, not doing specific sets and reps, but reading your body and challenging yourself with the same movements you will find yourself using on the job. Everything you do will involve your core, strengthening your entire body.
Parkour is an activity you should try, particularly if you have lost interest in your fitness program, reached a plateau and can’t get beyond it, or if you’re simply looking for a program to keep you fit and healthy. Ninjas are not gender specific. Parkour activity suits men and women equally as well. Proceed at your own pace, and if you’re out of shape, check with your doctor first. Get a training partner to make it interesting and challenging. The next time you have to chase a suspect over a fence and up a flight of stairs, you’ll thank me for turning you into a “Blue Ninja.”
Stay Safe, Brothers and Sisters!
John M. Wills is a former Chicago police officer and retired FBI agent. He is a freelance writer and award-winning author in a variety of genres, including novels, short stories and poetry. He has published more than 125 articles relating to officer training, street survival, fitness and ethics. John also writes book reviews for the New York Journal of Books and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. His new book, Women Warriors, is set for a September 11, 2012 release. Visit John at: www.johnmwills.com.