By: Michael Gibbs, NP, MSN, MBA, CSCS, RYT-200
I began my career as a paramedic. I was constantly getting injured, as were all my colleagues in the fire department and police department. I worked with a lot of military and retired military, and they were all injured as well.
We owe it to the heroes of society to prepare them for their service so they can come home safely and live to fight another day!
The demands for tactical athletes are different than for other athletes. Tactical athletes have a unique career. They effectively live in an environment of unknown and unknowable circumstances. There is no predictability in a tactical athlete’s day. The day can be 24 hours of straight high-intensity physical and mentally draining work, or the athlete can be stuck sitting in a car for his or her entire shift. The tactical athlete may go from sleeping to a position where they are being physically attacked and may need to fight for their lives. Obviously, there is no warm-up here.
Unfortunately, outside of the special forces’ environment, most tactical athletes are training by large amounts of running. This decreases the athlete’s strength, power, mobility and resiliency.
So, how do you build tactical athletes? You build them based upon the likely needs of their job and make their bodies extra strong, powerful, mobile, agile, and give them extra endurance and build extreme mental toughness. You optimize their nutrition, so they are healthy and at an optimal weight to perform their jobs. In this manner, whatever life throws at the tactical athlete, they are better prepared than circumstances will ever demand.
For these athletes, we use the following tools:
We believe that when it comes to training tactical athletes, we must do whatever it takes to make the tactical athletes better prepared to save lives and come home safely each day.
Elitefitnessnow.com provides tactical fitness programs to help our heroes live happier, healthier lives.