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Concurrent Training is Mandatory for Law Enforcement Professionals

 

 

What is Concurrent Training and why is it required for LE and other first responders?

 

Concurrent training is when multiple energy systems are trained simultaneously, ie: training for strength gains and endurance (aerobic) gains at the same time.

 

It has been a big hype in the fitness world that you should NOT train those two things at the same time due to utilizing the energy systems required to train each individually would hinder gains for the other one. This is known as the Interference Effect. The Interference Effect is the negative impact aerobic endurance training can have on gains in strength, power/speed, and hypertrophy.

 

The current data suggests 3 major things:

 

  1. We should do our strength training and your aerobic training on completely separate days
  2. That if we are going to train both on the same day, do it at least 6 hours apart
  3. If we are going to train them at the same time (same session), do the strength training first and the endurance...
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Night Shift Hacks For Police Officers

 

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.

 

SLEEP

 

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...

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Simplifying Macros for Law Enforcement Professionals

 

 

What Are "Macros"?

 

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

and

2) To Thrive.

 

It is important to understand that what you consume each day will substantially affect your body composition (bodyweight, weight...

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The Importance of Grip Strength for Law Enforcement Officers

 

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.

 

1) Shooting 

 

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...

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Top 3 Reasons a Home Gym is Essential for Police Officers

 

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.

ENTER - Home Gym Essentials Giveaway - LEARN MORE

 

Common Excuses For Cops to Not Train

 

Either you've heard these before... or you have used...

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