The physical fitness training plan will include something from each of the four basic
fitness components described in the Physical Fitness Training Plan. Each workout will begin with a warm-up and end with a cool down. As a general rule,
the workouts will be spaced throughout the week and avoid consecutive days of hard
exercise. Approximately three (3) hours each week, throughout the duration of the
basic recruit training academy, will be dedicated to physical fitness training.
Here are the amounts of activity necessary for the average, healthy academy cadet to maintain and/or increase his or her overall level of fitness. Included are some of the popular exercises we will be using in each category.
Warm-Up: five to ten minutes of exercises such as walking, slow jogging, knee lifts, arm circles or trunk rotations. Low intensity movements that stimulate movements to be used in the activity can also be included in the warm-up.
Muscular Strength: approximately two 20 minute sessions per week that include exercises for all the major muscle groups. Lifting weights is the most effective way to increase strength. The use of fitness cords and bands can be used to reduce the risk of injury and to keep equipment costs at a minimum.
Muscular Endurance: approximately three 30 minute sessions each week that include exercises such as calisthenics, push-ups, sit-ups, pullups, and weight training for all the major muscle groups. The use of fitness cords and bands can be used to reduce the risk of injury and to keep equipment costs at a minimum.
Cardiorespiratory Endurance: approximately three 20 minute bouts of continuous aerobic (activity requiring oxygen) rhythmic exercise each week. Popular aerobic conditioning activities include brisk games like racquetball and handball.
Flexibility: ten to twelve minutes of stretching exercises performed slowly without a bouncing motion. This can be included after a warm-up or during a cool down.
Cool Down: approximately five to ten minutes of slow walking, low-level exercise, combined with stretching.
Sample One (1) Hour Workout:
1. Warm Ups: Trunk Rotations, Arm Circles, Lunges, Stretching - 10 Minutes
2. Muscular Endurance: Push Ups, Sit Ups, Pull Ups - 10 Minutes
3. Cardiorespiratory Endurance: *30 Minute Class Run - 30 Minutes
4. Flexibility/Cool Down: Slow Walk, Stretching - 10 Minutes
*Pace will vary based on fitness level of group running; classes can be broken into different groups based on individual fitness level (i.e., beginning, advanced, etc.).