This 7-Week Training plan is designed to prepare you for the Border Patrol Physical Fitness Test and build a solid level of “Base Fitness” for those preparing to enter the Border Patrol Academy.
This plan varies from our normal LE Athlete fitness attributes, as you are training specifically to meet and exceed the demands of the academy. Complete the plan in the seven weeks directly before your Academy start date… it includes a “de-load” week so that you are well recovered before checking in to the Academy.
Once you have graduated, we recommend you move on to our daily LE Athlete programming for job specific physical training.
The plan will train the following attributes:
- Border Patrol Physical Fitness Test II – 220 yd sprint, max sit ups in 1 minute, max push ups in 1 minute, and a 1.5-mile run.
- Lower and Total Body Strength – Trained 1x/week to develop durability and maximal strength in the recruit
- Work Capacity – Repeat sprint efforts and a short bodyweight work capacity effort
- Endurance – Work up to 5 Miles to develop aerobic endurance
- Chassis Integrity – Functional, transferable core/midsection strength and strength endurance for mission performance and overall durability.
- TAC SEPA – Tactical Speed, Explosive Power and Agility development for obstacle courses and confidence course
This is what your training week will look like:
- Monday: Border Patrol Physical Fitness Test Prep
- Tuesday: Strength, Chassis Integrity
- Wednesday: Aerobic Endurance
- Thursday: Border Patrol Physical Fitness Test Prep
- Friday: TAC SEPA, Work Capacity, Chassis Integrity
- Fully Equipped Functional Fitness Weight Room including barbells, racks, bumper plates, dumbbells, plyo boxes, 25# weight vest, and sandbags (40/60#)
How long are the training sessions?
What if I miss a session?
Start again where you left off. Don’t skip ahead.
I don’t work a 5 on, 2 off schedule. How should I train?
Do your best to train 5 days every 7 day period. You may have to train on an off-duty day and rest on a duty day.
I work 10-12 hour shifts. When should I train?
Before your work day begins. This is the only time you can count on.
How do I know if I’m fit enough to start this plan?
Under the “Sample Training” tab, you’ll find Week 1 of this training plan. Complete this week of training. If you survive, you’re ready for the rest of the program.
But I’ve never lifted weights before….
Time you started! The weight lifting exercises in this training plan are not complicated or super unique. On our Exercise page, you’ll find videos and explanations of unfamiliar exercises … start there and also search youtube and other resources for exercise tips. Be resourceful. For the barbell-strength exercises, start light and be smart. Keep at it – you’ll get stronger. There’s no hurry.
What does 2/4x Pull Ups mean?
2x for female athletes, 4x for men.
What does 15/25# mean?
Female athletes use 15#, male athletes use 25#.
I’m overweight. What about diet/nutrition?
Click HERE for our nutritional guidelines?
Some exercises call for kettle bells and some for dumbbells. What if I just have dumbbells?
Every exercise that calls for kettlebells can be completed with dumbbells, and vice versa. You may have to convert the loading, so if the plan calls for kettlebell swings at 16kg, and you only have dumbbells, use a 35# dumbbell. Be resourceful.
This plan was built August 2017