Health & Fitness

  • Eat to Survive

    As a law enforcement professional you can choose to make the same mistakes again and again. You can choose to rely on fatty and sugary meals and drinks to hold you over for hours. You can also choose to plan ahead, make a couple of simple changes and...

    Article • April 8th, 2013

  • The Truth About Losing Weight

    Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? And other common beliefs about how to lose excess pounds.

    Article • April 2nd, 2013

  • What's in Your Fitness Tool Box?

    The weather has been cold, the call volume has been high and at this point your back is flat out sore. The shift ends and as you get home your back is getting consistently tighter. So like most folks you pop a couple of Motrin...

    Article • March 11th, 2013

  • Gym Science

    The life of an officer has some predictability to it. You will sit for long periods, drive, lean over your computer, stand on scene and maybe even run, sprint, climb and fight. Needless to say there is a lot of variability to LE but one thing is clear...

    Article • February 14th, 2013

  • Police Officers Need to be Fighting Fit

    Sure, we can blame part of the issue on long hours, low pay and high stress. We could also, and did, debate the fact that many officers have lost hand to hand combat skills, as most officers are now taught to use their weapons first and foremost with...

    Article • January 23rd, 2013

  • Tactical Fitness: The Best Body Weight Exercises

    Last month’s column was all about resistance based exercises, using an external resistance to prepare an officer for tactical situations where balance, power and flexibility are all necessary at the same time. As one comment in the email machine pointed...

    Article • December 11th, 2012

  • The Best Tactical Exercise Debate

    Since many injuries in law enforcement occur from prolonged sitting and poor posture in the car or at the desk it only makes sense to do exercises that both increase tactical ability while reducing job related disability. So what are the top 3 exercises...

    Article • November 16th, 2012

  • Tactical Fitness: Doing The Wrong Thing Will Hurt You!

    I am not sure when or why being a fit cop became a challenge, why officers are so reluctant to welcome fitness and wellness into their careers. Of course I have my suspicions and relish the day that we can all sit down and map out the benefits of being...

    Article • October 11th, 2012

  • Law Enforcement Fitness: Fuel the Machine

    The body is a machine and this machine needs constant maintenance. A day in the life of an officer is as varied and unpredictable as it can be. From not knowing when your next meal is to hours of patrol to excessive physical exertion the machine has to be...

    Article • September 19th, 2012

  • Develop Your Inner Ninja

    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.”

    Article • September 10th, 2012

  • Tactical Fitness: My Aching Back

    Other studies have shown that when anonymously surveyed almost 50% of officers state back pain or “minor” injury in the past 6 months. Back pain is far more prevalent in Law Enforcement than many of us realize and then factor in the culture and...

    Article • August 16th, 2012

  • Train the Fitness Trainer

    Academy and training injuries to the muscles and extremities account for most of the training based soft tissue injuries we see and these injuries are costing your departments a lot of money and causing you a lot of unnecessary pain.

    Article • July 18th, 2012

  • Concussions: More Than a Smack Upside the Head

    Although the recent news flurries about concussions have centered around the NFL after the suicide of Junior Seau on May 2nd, the vast majority of concussion victims are ordinary citizens.

    Article • June 21st, 2012

  • Tactical Fitness: Legs Complex

    As promised, let’s look at some complex lower body training designed to reduce injury potential while increasing tactical power. To build tactical power every officer must have a combination of three biomechanical components. Without all three of these...

    Article • June 21st, 2012

  • Tactical Fitness: Do this Not That for Legs

    There is a running joke in the gym. Monday is chest day with triceps, Tuesday is Back and biceps, Wednesday is leg day so skip that one, Thursday is chest and Friday is back and biceps again.

    Article • May 21st, 2012

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