Train for explosive movement


In a recent interview, popular MMA fighter and Ultimate Fighting Championship record-holder Randy Couture was asked, “Is there anything about your fitness routine that might surprise readers?” His answer is one you can learn from.

“Nothing in fighting is long and slow,” he said. “It’s more about short, explosive bursts so I train my body accordingly."

Are you training the same way? Certainly things like jogging and other exercises that help you train for a high level of overall fitness and endurance play a very important role in PT for law enforcement, but remember Couture’s observation about the explosive, typically short-duration nature of most fights. Be sure you’re integrating workout elements that will help you prepare for that wind sprint after a suspect or that explosive burst of maximum physical strength you may need to immediately control a suspect.

About the author

Doug Wyllie is Editor at Large for PoliceOne, responsible for providing police training content and expert analysis on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 900 feature articles and tactical tips. Doug is also responsible for planning and recording the PoliceOne Podcast, Policing Matters, as well as being the on-air host for PoliceOne Video interviews. Doug also works closely with the PoliceOne Academy to develop training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

Doug regularly represents PoliceOne as a public speaker in a variety of forums and is available for media interviews — he has appeared on numerous local and national radio and television news programs, and has been quoted in a host of print publications. 

Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA).

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