Grip is an essential strength and skill for Law Enforcement Officers.
To state the obvious, an adequate level of grip strength and grip endurance is needed for many situations that cops face on the job, such as hands on encounters, shooting a handgun or rifle, and picking up and/or carry people or other heavy objects.
What is less known and understood by many is the health advantages that come along with grip strength. We will break these down in this article along with 4 major reasons that having a strong grip is an advantage to the LE Professional.
Whether it's a handgun, or a rifle, using a firearm safely and effectively requires solid grip strength.
Trigger pull takes a level of grip strength in itself. But managing recoil, gripping and applying pressure to the gun leading to more accurate shots is another. Grip is one of the most important components of accurate shooting.
In one recent study done with a...
As Law Enforcement Officers, we know that most of us have the following in common...
Time is limited due to the nature of the profession. Long shifts, night shifts, rotating shifts, mandatory overtime, working holidays and weekends, inconsistent schedules, etc.
These things can make getting to the gym on a consistent basis more difficult.
We also know that staying healthy and maintaining or improving your physical abilities can add up to a lot of time (and money) invested.
With that being said, it is an absolutely essential investment, because nothing else matters if you do not have your health.
Finding a way to keep yourself physically prepared for job duties, having personal time to improve and work on you and your health, and time for some "iron therapy" couldn't be a more necessary component of your life.
Either you've heard these before... or you have used...
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and defensive tactic that is mainly focused on grappling. The art revolves around gaining control of an opponent and forcing the opponent to submit due to seizing their mobility with a joint lock, strangle, pressure technique, or some combination of the three.
BJJ can also be trained specifically for cops via what is newly titled Police Jiu Jitsu (PJJ). PJJ is technique and concept bypasses or shortcuts, picked from Jiu Jitsu, explicitly for cops. Leaders in the field are Jay Wadsworth, Chad Lyman, Craig Douglas and Renzo Gracie.
The main objective for a Law Enforcement Officer is to get home safely after each shift.
BJJ should be a mandatory component of defensive tactics training to aid this mission - getting home safely after...
According to the National Strength and Conditioning Association, agility can be defined as rapid, whole-body movements that require single or multiple changes in velocity (acceleration or deceleration) or direction (vertical, lateral or horizontal) in response to an external stimulus.
In the Effective Fitness Program, agility is a routinely trained fitness trait that involves changing direction quickly and intentionally.
We include agility work every week in our training, and in some cycles, it is multiple times per week. We also have an agility specific assessment that is tested 2x per year.
We know that training and testing our agility skills is essential for Law Enforcement Officers due to the nature of encounters on the job.
In 2018, the FBI collected assault data from 11,788 Law Enforcement agencies that employed...
This is a question we hear all the time in the law enforcement community.
It can be daunting and difficult to fit your workout routine into your busy schedule.
The 12+ hour shifts, night shifts, family time, and all other responsibilities we have makes it feel like there is not enough time in the day to consistently make it to the gym.
Oftentimes we end up sacrificing our own health and wellness for others.
If we want a long, successful career and life, we must prioritize our training and find a way to fit it in.
Use these 5 tips to help you make training a priority and consistently make it to the gym so you can become stronger, leaner, faster, and fitter!
We all have a time of day that is best for us to workout. This is typically when we are the most alert and have energy to burn. The exact time of day is...
Habit formation requires 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit and an average of 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic.
Starting a workout routine takes time, energy, focus, and determination.
We created this article with 3 simple steps for you to implement and get started training consistently today.
The Crawl, Walk, Run (CWR) training methodology is used in the US Military to train soldiers for combat, but it can be a highly effective concept to apply anywhere in your life, and is especially beneficial for beginning your fitness training journey.
The crawl portion of this method is creating a goal and a plan to achieve that goal.
Everything starts with a goal.
Start by writing down this goal in a journal, on a social media platform, in your phone, or...
“One of the biggest threats to Law Enforcement is Law Enforcement itself.” -Adam, CEO of Effective Fitness and PolicePosts
No truer words have been said.
Why do we feel this way?
Simply put, it’s the nature of the job.
This article will serve to shed some light on how the career can affect your health as well as give you tips and resources to take control of your health so you can enjoy life outside of your shifts and long after you retire.
Police Work is Sedentary
In the Law Enforcement profession it is highly likely that you will spend a good amount of time sitting down or just staying in the same position for long periods of time. Whether this is due to sitting in a car on patrol or desk time, police work is primarily sedentary.
This leads to weight gain and a plethora of unhealthy habits and lifestyle factors for cops.
It is also very common to be sedentary for an extended period of time, then suddenly need a burst of...
Let's get this straight from the start. Every police academy is different. The standards one agency has may be completely different than the standards of another agency of an agency city or town.
The first step in preparing for the Academy is to reach out to the agency you are interested in joining and learning from them first hand what to expect.
Find an officer that is fresh out of the academy and ask them all the questions you have.
Common questions to ask include:
It is best to do research about the requirements of...
What do those phrases mean to you?
Does it mean train hard every day in the gym? Does it mean to be mentally tough? Does it mean going 100% in everything you do?
There are multiple interpretations of the word “hard”. It’s a catchy word, used in the tactical/LE community. It is thrown around in order to produce an emotional response which will then trigger action.
But how "hard" do we need to train?
How long do we need to train?
Should I be doing more reps, more sets, more cardio, etc?
Sometimes... but more often than not training LESS is better.
I'm sure you are asking yourself "What did he just say?"
"Less is better? He must have had a typo there..."
No, you read it correctly.
Being a police officer or a tactical athlete is stressful.
Our body can only tolerate and handle so much...
Push ups and pull ups are the hands-down the most popular upper-body bodyweight exercises.
While both of these movements are so commonly done in the gym, there is a lack of education and knowledge on how to properly progress them.
Most people just do max effort sets a few times a week and hope that by doing that, they will achieve more reps in a few weeks.
While that works sometimes.. there are better ways to go about it.
Instead of doing 3-5 sets of max reps and waiting 60-120 seconds and repeating, we discovered that doing 6-9 sets of 35-50% of the reps and resting 45-90 seconds leads to better results.
By taking this approach you prevent yourself from fatiguing out after the first set and not being able to achieve the same number of...