On Monday, January 25th, an explanation and introduction to CrossFit was presented at the Police Officer Standards & Training Council / Connecticut State Police Training Academy in Meriden by Dale Saran of CrossFit HQ. Besides having owned CrossFit Veritas in RI, Dale has competed in the CrossFit Games, is a major in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, a USMC Judge Advocate and trial attorney, and served as a combat helicopter pilot in Afghanistan.
Rob Magao, one of the coordinators of the annual CT SWAT Challenge (which is hosted by his department), arranged this educational session, which was attended by various instructors and administrators from both POST and the CSP Academy staff. Dale explained what CrossFit is (and isn’t), and utilized a Power Point presentation, which included footage of some workouts and exercises. Dale explained how CrossFit matches the physical training demands of law enforcement and military agencies, and how it has come to be adopted by various police academies and military branches with unparalleled success.
The group then adjourned from the classroom to the training center, where Rob Magao and several Level I coaches (all law enforcement officers) put the group of attendees through a modified, scaled Fight Gone Bad. If anyone was a skeptic going into round 1, rest assured, they were believers by round 3! The group held tough and persevered through the WOD, and after sufficient recovery, seemed quite enthusiastic about the program. There were several sub-groups which gathered afterwards, discussing various aspects of CrossFit programming and how it directly related to the demands of law enforcement. Dale summed it up best — but gave due credit to Jeff Martone — when he said that law enforcement officers have to be considered and trained as “Tactical Athletes”. Just as professional athletes have training and exercise programs tailored directly to their profession, so should the professional law enforcement officer.