One of the most common questions we get asked is,
From our firearms instructors on the EFT Team, our answer is always along the lines of “Consistent, Intentional Dry Fire.”
Just as fitness is the foundation for survival and requires consistent, intentional reps in the weight room, dry fire is the foundation upon which all shooting skills can be built. From precision rifle (PR) to pistol shooting and everything in between, dry fire, dry fire, dry fire will help you see results. Shooters like Ben Stoeger, JJ Racaza and Rob Leatham all attribute much of their success to properly applied dry fire.
Safety warning: It is important to have a dedicated dry fire area, sanitized of any live rounds!
Our biggest piece of advice for finding consistency in a dry fire routine...
The majority of our Effective Fitness Team Members have endured the brutal night shift at some point in their career. The "night shift" is often referred to as dogwatch, graveyard, and midnights.
How can we make the best of it?
From experience, we have found some essential tools and tricks that have helped us stay healthy, both physically and mentally.
This article will break down these Night Shift Hacks in hopes of helping other officers around the world own the fact that working in the dark is probably one of the toughest things to do, but someone has to do it.
The most important aspect of working odd hours is a healthy sleep regimen. Most folks are not used to sleeping during the day and staying up all night. It takes time for your body to adjust to a different sleep schedule. Especially if you’ve had a somewhat normal sleep schedule for 15-20 years before you work your first night shift schedule.
We have always...
We would like to preface this article with the definition of a supplement from Oxford Languages:
1. something that completes or enhances something else when added to it.
Ok, now that we got that off our chests…
Please remember that supplements are not magic. They are meant to be supplemental to a solid diet/nutrition protocol, 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep per night, a solid stress management system, good relationships with people, a fulfilling career, among other things that build well-rounded physical and mental health.
The point is this: If you are lacking any of the above, that are the true basis of healthy living, supplements will not be the solution to your problem. Master these things first, then take additional supplements, if you wish!
Below we will give a detailed breakdown of 3 supplements that are backed by scientific research and years of successful use! Each will have 3...
The majority of the foods we consume are classified as one of the three macronutrients or "Macros": Protein, Carbohydrate, or Fat. By definition from Precision Nutrition, macronutrients are “nutrients the body requires in large amounts.”
Now, that does not mean that a specific food is STRICTLY one macronutrient; most food is made up of 2-3 of the 3 macros, but the majority rule is what classifies it. Keep that in mind as you are learning more about macros throughout this article.
Aside from macronutrients, our food also includes micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), phytochemicals (nutrients from plants) and zoochemicals (from animal food sources such as creatine).
Seems silly to say, but all of this food contains ENERGY - energy and fuel that we need to
1) Stay Alive
2) To Thrive.
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...