Preparedness - Resilience - Performance
Military, Law Enforcement, and Fire/Rescue Personnel are in the unique position of requiring a broad range of physical attributes. They also represent the few among us who's lives actually depends on being properly conditioned for the job. Below, I will tell you how I prepare "tactical athletes" at SDSC.
The physical qualities needed for success as a tactical athlete are varied. In the interest of being well rounded, many tactical athletes train randomly. This is a mistake. There is a world of difference between training to be well rounded, and training randomly. My tactical athletes display impressive strength, power, endurance, and resistance to injury. Yes, doing a random “WOD” will get you more fit than you probably are, and it can even be great for building work capacity. But you will never be as well conditioned, strong, resilient, or prepared as if you took a strategic approach. Through proper training, the results come faster and more predictably than if one was training randomly.
"K" with an easy 225lb deadlift. She worked up to 16 strict dead-hang pull ups during her SWAT academy preparation.
The most important aspects a successful training system are a needs analysis, and proper training program design. I start by researching the published data regarding the physical demands of the job and the injuries experienced by those performing it. Because of SDSC's extensive network of clients, I have constant feedback regarding the physical demands of various positions, academies and fitness assessments. This gives me tremendous insight regarding the required preparation.
Next, I look at the current condition of the client. This includes current fitness level, injury history, and proficiency with various exercises. A proper training program is developed to bridge the gap between the required fitness and the clients current fitness level. Having a progressive training program that addresses the particular needs of a service member ensures applicable performance increases and injury resistance. The base program is then adjusted to the clients schedule. Periodic changes in volume and intensity, alterations in training frequency, and strategic use of tapers can be included to keep the tactical athletes in a constant state of physical preparedness, or to peak for a particular event like a fitness test or academy. This systematic approach is the most reliable way to produce success. It works like clockwork.
SDSC appreciates the work our Law Enforcement, Military and Fire/Rescue personnel do every day. We know the stakes are high so our job is to provide Military and first responders with the best training science and experience can offer.
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