CrossFit Presentation @ POST and CSP Academy

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.

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Greg says:
    Agree Jack. I always thought it odd that police departments place such importance on fitness standards, both during the selection process and in the academy, then basically disregard fitness thereafter. After the academy, the LEO only gets older, so fitness and conditioning becomes critical. Ironically, this is when fitness most needs to be maintained, yet it becomes optional, and – as such – often ignored.

    CrossFit is a time efficient and effective way of mainting a high standard of GPP – General Physical Preparedness, which is what all LEOs, Firefighters, and Military need to be job ready.

    Thanks for checking in on the site!

  2. Jack Whitney says:
    Greg:

    Looks lie you are laying a good solid ground work for a “job specific” PT program for the Law Enforcement Profession. Such a program, I feel has been long overdue.

    To date, our training has been the Cooper Standards with a dash of this or a dab of that, the sole purpose of which has been to get the recruits to “work up a sweat” during their academy training. After the Academy, the Officer is left on his or her own to remain in condition or the Department has a “voluntary program” again based around the Cooper Standards.

    By You and CrossFit developing a relevant job-oriented fitness program for the community, I think is a great idea both for the recruit and the experienced officer. Officers have to start a fiitness program and stay fit throughout their careers to insure their well being as well as their ability to respond and do their job appropriately.

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