The LE Patrol/Detective Sessions are our year-round, day-to-day base fitness programming for law enforcement personnel and those who aspire to this level of fitness.
1) Your body is your primary weapon.
If you are unfit or injured, you are a liability to your unit or partner, not an asset.
2) You are a professional athlete.
Professional athletes use their bodies to earn a living. Law Enforcement Officers are professional athletes. Your paycheck not only depends upon your fitness but so too does your job performance and survivability.
FITNESS ATTRIBUTES OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT ATHLETE
- High Relative Strength – Strength per bodyweight, especially total and lower body relative strength. In most tactical situations, LE athletes need to move themselves quickly and powerfully. By building high relative strength, we aim to get them strong as possible, without adding unneeded mass, while still keeping them fast, quick and powerful. As well, strength is the key to durability. Stronger athletes are harder to injure in the first place, don’t get injured as bad if something does happen, and recover faster if they do get injured.
- Upper Body Hypertrophy – LE athletes, especially patrol, can benefit from upper-body mass. A stout upper body can help intimidate would-be bad guys from assault or attack.
- Work Capacity – Horsepower and aerobic power to go super hard for relatively short periods – especially pertinent in any tactical situation. Law enforcement Work Capacity programming should have a strong emphasis on sprinting ability and recovery – as this is the mostly mode of effort when things are dangerous.
- Chassis Integrity – Functional, transferable core/midsection strength and strength endurance for mission performance and overall durability.
- Tactical Agility – Tactical Speed, Explosive Power, and Agility.
- Short Endurance – 1-4 mile running endurance for general fitness and extended operations.
PROGRAMMING TESTED AND APPROVED BY OPERATIONAL UNITS
All of our programming has been tested, revised, and improved via our efforts with MTI Research Teams, an endeavor to partner with small individual units. These efforts are critical to ensuring the program’s validity, effectiveness, and efficiency.
WHAT MAKES OUR PROGRAM DIFFERENT?
We train for performance outside of the gym.
Our programming is focused on training which transfers to tactical performance and durability. Gym numbers are meaningless. All that matters is outside performance.
The best thing we can do for our athletes is make them stronger. Strength is the foundation of performance and durability. We train full body strength heavy, hard, and often, using classic, proven barbell and strongman exercises. Beyond full body strength, we hammer the core and midsection daily and often dedicate whole training sessions to building our athlete’s core strength. Our strength training is aimed at the athlete’s “Combat Chasis” – legs, hips, and core.
We build durability.
By developing overall strength, core strength, and hip and shoulder mobility, we aim to make our athletes more durable. Strength + Mobility = Durability.
Our training sessions are periodized and programmed.
We are uncomfortable with random training. We like to know where we are going.
We understand the “burden” of constant fitness and program accordingly.
Constant training can easily lead to staleness and boredom. Our programming cycles through an emphasis on different training attributes strive to introduce new exercises and short-duration assessments for engagement and athlete buy-in and builds in both very intense depletion days and easier, recovery “unload” weeks to both challenge and protect the athlete.
The more we program, the more we learn, and that increased knowledge is continually folded into training programming and training session design. We are constantly making changes to improve. We can always do better.
We use Lab Rats to test the programming before we publish it.
We do this training too – ahead of when they are published on the website. We understand that programming and training session design are as much craft as they are science, and there’s