For many law enforcement officers, your feet and overall fitness are key to keeping you at the top of your game. Maintaining your performance is important, so here are three simple exercises you should add to your routine starting today.
Standing Sandbag Halfmoon – Stand with a heavy pack or sack on the ground to the right of your feet. Turn to your right, carefully bend down to pick up the sack, lift over your head and bring the sack down to the left of your feet in a controlled manner. Repeat motion back to the right side, and so on; be sure to bend at your back properly and lift with your legs.
Bench Press – Upper body strength is key to any police officer’s performance, from maintaining safe distances between individuals to pushing any kind of heavy object. Bench pressing is a simple, no-brainer way to build that upper core strength. As always, be sure to use a safe weight and have a spotter.
Shuttle Sprints – Place two markers or cones approximately 82 feet apart. Sprint between the two in 3 round trip increments, touching the ground at each marker. Repeat for 8 rounds; this exercise is easy to scale up with wider distances and increased repetitions.
So there you have it, simple, easy-to-do exercises that will help you keep you on your toes. The next important area to consider is your gear and its lightness. Don’t let your heavy gear work against your training, especially your footwear; ALTAIgear™ ultra-lightweight tactical boots.