CrossFit for the Police

CrossFit for the Police

Last weekend saw the final stages of the Crossfit games where arguably the fittest overall athletes in the world compete. A quick look at Youtube shows people who look superhuman achieving amazing feats. It is important to remember though that it’s all relative. It’s you vs you. When you’ve worked a long shift getting some exercise in at the end of the day, or getting up early the next day to do it is an amazing feat. Choosing to eat healthily in the 15 minutes refs you manage to grab is an amazing feat. Getting out from behind your desk and walking, stretching regularly throughout the day takes discipline. Taking some time to clear your head and just sit and breathe may sit low on your list in your busy lives. These are the things that will make a difference in fending off chronic disease, back pain, mental ill health and ensure you are not only still drawing your well-deserved pension long into old age, but thriving and enjoying life.

Workout of the Week

I have chosen a workout this week which provides a taster of Crossfit methods but without any of the high skill movements with funny names. Hopefully they can be performed at any mainstream gym or even some of the few Police gyms. Please have a go and let me know if you’re interested in finding out more or joining.

For time:
2,000-m row
1-mile run
2,000-m row
1-mile run
2,000-m row

Scaling
This pairing will take a while to complete. Reduce the distances of each in order to keep your total time in the 40- to 50-minute range. Find a pace that is uncomfortable but sustainable. Intermediate athletes may choose to attempt this as prescribed.

Beginner Option
For time:
1,000-m row
800-m run
1,000-m row
800-m run
1,000-m row

Article

Crossfit for the Police – the following article is from the US as you’ll be able to tell from the language, I think it reads just as true here though.

CrossFit is a physical fitness program is uniquely suited for the Law Enforcement professional. Because CrossFit is universally scaleable, Officers from across a wide spectrum of age, experience and assignment can benefit from the workouts. It is CrossFit’s contention that Cops and Soldiers are professional athletes. In fact, we argue that the physical preparedness required of the Law Enforcement Officer matches and regularly surpasses that required of Olympic athletes. In light of this view, we find it disturbing that few police departments offer formal fitness instruction after academy graduation.

In many respects, the risks inherent in Police work are far more demanding and dangerous than any other professional sport. For example, in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, an athlete will know in advance the day of their fight, who their opponent will be, the rules of the bout and the duration of the event. In addition, a referee is on hand to stop the fight if rules are violated, an athlete is injured or decides to stop. The Officer, on the other hand, has no idea when or where their next fight will take place, how many opponents will be involved, what weapons the opponent will have available or how long the fight will last. Needless to say, a referee will not be available to stop the fight, and as history has tragically shown, the opponent may intend on taking the Officers life.

In the sport of Protection and Service, physical fitness may indeed be the most important asset the Officer has at their disposal. CrossFit’s mission is to forge a level of physical fitness and mental toughness that will allow the Officer to triumph against any challenge they face. We focus on teaching Officers fitness skills that are directly applicable to the demands of their job. In addition, CrossFit takes a holistic view of the Officers career and fitness needs. Our desire is to offer fitness techniques, workouts, nutrition information, mental strength training and advanced skill development to support the Officer for the duration of their career and beyond. We are intent on instilling a culture of physical fitness in the Law Enforcement Community – one workout at a time.

http://www.crossfitlawenforcement.com/start-here/

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