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Virtuosity on Patrol

Nov 15, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Greg Amundson

When it comes to the long-range and complete integration of an officer's mind, body, and spirit, it isn’t just about repetition. It's about mastery. When I was a Special Agent trainee at the Drug Enforcement Administration Academy in Quantico, Va., this principle was drilled into me by the lead DEA firearms instructor. We performed thousands of draws from concealment, thousands of dry fire trigger presses, and thousands of weapon manipulation d... Full Article »

Yoga for LEOs

Mar 30, 2016 in Fitness & Health
By: Greg Amundson

Good physical conditioning is the cornerstone of good police work. On the street, a strong, durable, resilient, and powerful body can be your greatest asset, especially in critical moments. In addition to strength, speed, and power, it's vital that officers be mobile and flexible too. It all comes down to balance: only a balanced body, mind, and spirit is up to the unknown and unknowable challenges of the law enforcement profession. As I’ve ... Full Article »

ESSENTIAL FITNESS: Challenge #1

Mar 08, 2016 in Fitness & Health & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Greg Amundson

[Publisher’s Note: Fitness is the cornerstone of police work! Whatever you status, you can improve and that’s the intent of this Calibre Press video series with Greg Amundson. Remember: Before altering or beginning a new exercise routine, consult your physician.This video is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical diagnosis or care. Should you have further questions about the exercises performed, seek out a fitn... Full Article »

Introducing the Calibre Press Fitness Video Series!

Sep 16, 2015 in Fitness & Health & Leadership
By: Greg Amundson

Good physical conditioning is the cornerstone of good police work. On the street, a strong, durable, resilient and powerful body can be your greatest asset, especially in critical moments. [caption id="attachment_6929" align="alignright" width="273"] CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE INTRODUCTORY VIDEO![/caption] Furthermore, disciplined physical training leads to mental confidence, improves command presence, and has been shown to actually decrease a... Full Article »

The Spirit of a Warrior

Aug 18, 2015 in Fitness & Health & Leadership
By: Greg Amundson

Authors Note: This is the third article in a series on the importance of a holistic approach to physical training, nutrition and spiritual strength. This article focuses on inner strength, referred to as spiritual strength, or warrior spirit. For background on the context of equally dividing time spent in physical training, food preparation and development of the Warrior spirit, please see this and this.  I was recently asked: “If you only h... Full Article »

Eating The Right Way, On the Street

Jun 12, 2015 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health
By: Greg Amundson

[Authors Note: This is the second article in a series on the importance of a holistic approach to physical training, nutrition and spiritual strength. This article focuses on proper nutrition. For background on the context of equally dividing time spent in physical training, food preparation and development of the Warrior spirit, click here.] [caption id="attachment_6036" align="alignright" width="385"] Click here to read Coach Glassman's ar... Full Article »

Mind, Body and Spirit

May 26, 2015 in Fitness & Health
By: Greg Amundson

During a recent podcast interview on “The Squad Room,” a law enforcement website, forum and podcast created by Garrett Teslaa, a Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriff, I was asked the following question: “Greg, if you only had 15 minutes a day for fitness, what would you do?” I paused for a moment to reflect on my answer—after all, 15 minutes was not a lot of time and for me training is a matter of life and death. Then the answer hit m... Full Article »

Fitness For The Force

Apr 28, 2015 in Fitness & Health
By: Greg Amundson

Many of the early supporters and proponents for CrossFit were modern day warriors--the men and women who served and protected our nation both domestic and abroad. More often than not, it only took one CrossFit workout to realize the similarity between “fighting for one more repetition” and “fighting for your life” during a violent encounter. There are hundreds of stories of law enforcement officers, following their first CrossFit workout... Full Article »

Functional Fitness

Feb 24, 2015 in Fitness & Health
By: Greg Amundson

In 2004, following three years of dedicated training in CrossFit, I decided to put my fitness to the test and compete in the United States Police and Fire Olympics “TCA” event. “TCA” in 2004 stood for “Toughest Cop Alive”—my kind of competition! (Note: The competition today is known as Toughest Competitor Alive and is open to both Police and Fire.) The TCA was a multi-event competition, of which one event was a one-repetition, ma... Full Article »

Essential Fitness

Jan 16, 2015 in Fitness & Health
By: Greg Amundson

In 2001, I was fresh out of the South Bay (Calif.) Regional Police Academy with my Field Training Officer (FTO) Program behind me. I was ready to hit the street. Or so I thought ... Within one week of being a “solo deputy” with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, I got my ass handed to me in a fight. Good thing my former FTO arrived on scene to help subdue the suspect. I told my FTO it felt like I’d been breathing through a straw... Full Article »