Police Academy Training Routine

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P90X DVD Workout – Base KitThere are many options for getting in shape and prepared for the police academy. One thing to remember is that there is no magic bullet and any police academy training routine will take discipline. With enough discipline anyone can get in shape by simply eating right, running and performing other workouts at home or at the gym. With that said I’ve found that one of the best way to get results is by having a specific program so below I will discuss three of the best programs available for training. (Note: these programs focus on cardio and lifting. I also recommend that you include some amount of running to prepare for the academy)

P90X DVD Workout – Base Kit

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P90X  is one of the most proven home workout systems. It works on the premise that constantly changing the type of workout shocks your muscles into continuing to grow.

Pros: This program is great for getting in shape, gaining some muscle, losing  some fat and getting ready for the police academy.

Cons: It’s meant to be used for 90 days and requires at least 45 minutes a day. This is not a short workout program.


INSANITY: 60-Day Total Body Conditioning Workout DVD Program

Amazon ImageSummary:  Insanity is one of the new home workout programs that is distributed by the same company that makes P90X. This program focuses mostly on cardio exercises such as plyometrics and work your core a lot.

Pros: If you already have a lot of muscle but are overweight and out of shape this program will really lean you can and make you fit. Also it’s shorter than  P90X, requiring approximately 35 minutes per day for 60 days.

Cons: This program has a lot of cardio so if you don’t eat properly and your already small you could easily lose a lot of weight without bulking up.


Crossfit is probably the most elite of the three workout systems. It requires a membership to a specific crossfit gym where you will complete a large variation of high intensity workouts.

Pros: Generally believed to have the best results out of all the programs.

Cons: Requires a special gym membership and can be very expensive, often between $100-$200 per month.

Hope this helps put you on the journey of preparing to become a cop. Remember in the field your life can depend upon your ability to catch or subdue a suspect. It’s important to not just train the minimum required in order gain acceptance to the academy. Train like your life depends on it!

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