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Fit for Duty - 2nd Edition


Strength fit for a police officer.



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In the world of law enforcement, there are no time-outs, no halftime breaks, and no substitutions! If you’re a police officer, sheriff’s deputy, state patrol officer, federal agent, or detention officer, you know that you need strength and stamina to perform your job effectively, especially when critical situations arise. Fit for Duty, Second Edition will help you prepare for the rigors of your work. You’ll learn how to develop an individualized fitness program that not only improves your physical readiness but also helps you lead a healthier lifestyle. 

Founded on 40 years of law enforcement fitness experience and field-tested research involving more than 200 agencies, Fit for Duty, Second Edition provides you with the most complete job-specific training for improving your cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, explosive strength, agility, speed, and anaerobic power. You’ll also uncover new strategies for starting up an exercise program and sticking with it, along with the latest dietary guidelines and stress- and weight-management tools. Featuring updated illustrations and all-new photos, this book also provides behavior-change strategies for tobacco cessation and substance abuse prevention and lists professional support organizations. 

Fit for Duty, Second Edition is a resource used in FitForce—a comprehensive fitness program that offers training, educational resources, and support services for law enforcement officers. Whether you’re physically fit or an exercise rookie, this book will help you achieve your fitness objectives, giving you that extra edge in the line of duty.


Part I Assessing Your Fitness

Chapter 1. What Does Fitness Mean to an Officer?
Chapter 2. How Do You Get Started?
Chapter 3. How Fit Are You?

Part II Training for Fitness

Chapter 4. Principles of Exercise
Chapter 5. Cardiovascular Endurance
Chapter 6. Resistance Strength Training
Chapter 7. Flexibility
Chapter 8. Anaerobic Fitness

Part III Managing the Lifestyle Components of Fitness

Chapter 9. Understanding Diet and Nutrition
Chapter 10. Controlling Weight
Chapter 11. Managing Stress
Chapter 12. Quitting Smoking
Chapter 13. Preventing Substance Abuse

Part IV Maintaining Your Fitness

Chapter 14. Setting Fitness Goals
Chapter 15. Motivating Yourself to Be Fit

Robert Hoffman retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel in 1991. The former director of FitForce has been training public safety officers, advising agencies about fitness issues, and helping those agencies develop fitness programs for the past 12 years. During his 22 years in the military, Hoffman completed assignments around the world. He commanded a Brigade Headquarters Company in Germany, a Ranger Company in Vietnam, and a Special Forces SCUBA Detachment at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He also commanded the 4th Ranger Training Battalion at Fort Benning, Georgia, where in addition to working with Rangers, Hoffman trained U.S. Drug Enforcement Agents who were being deployed in South America.

Hoffman spent three years as the director of training for the Army's Soldier Physical Fitness School and helped to develop the Army's Total Fitness program. He also spent four years as a professor in the department of physical education at West Point. While there, he was an assistant cross country and track coach and a junior varsity basketball coach. 

Hoffman is certified as a fitness instructor by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and as a master fitness trainer by the U.S. Army. He holds a master's degree in physical education from Indiana University and is a member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers. Hoffman is also the author of Running Together: The Family Book of Jogging, and he helped write the army's Physical Fitness Training field manual. Hoffman continues to develop public safety fitness programs that are practical, effective, and legally defensible. 

Hoffman resides in Huntersville, North Carolina, with his wife, Barbara. 

Thomas R. Collingwood has been involved in implementing law enforcement programs for 30 years. He developed and directed the continuing education division of The Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research, where he created the institute's police instructors course that has trained more than 10,000 police fitness coordinators. He also designed the FitForce national law enforcement fitness program. Collingwood has worked with more than 200 law enforcement agencies worldwide to design fitness programs and has conducted validation studies to define job-related fitness standards for 100 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. He is the author of seven books and more than 100 publications in the field. 

Collingwood was a military policeman with the U.S. Army, a police psychologist with the Dallas Police Department, and a training director for the Kentucky Department of Justice. He has served as the national fitness director for the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers and as a special advisor on law enforcement fitness to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). He also was an advisor for the redesign of the U.S. Army's Physical Readiness program. 

Collingwood holds a master's degree in exercise science from the University of Kentucky and a doctorate in psychology from the University of Buffalo, and he is a certified health and fitness director with the American College of Sports Medicine. The IACP, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals Service, and U.S. Secret Service have all recognized Collingwood for his work in the field of law enforcement fitness. He was also the recipient of the Healthy American Fitness Leaders award presented by the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the National Jaycees. Collingwood resides with his wife, Gretchen, in Richardson, Texas.

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