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Do You Even Train, Bro?

As I write this, the 2017 International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) Conference in full swing.  As such, it seemed like a great time to present an article on training.

A popular meme and expression in my strength training world is “Do you even lift?” The target, of course, are those who are occupying gym space but doing anything but actually getting in a solid workout (usually involves an electronic device).  With that expression in mind, the focus of this article asks a similar question: “Do you even train?”  In all seriousness, and with all the issues with face on “the street” (especially over the last eight years), the question is a legitimate one.

In his seminars, my friend Lt. Col. Dave Grossman rightly calls out those in our profession who have drifted away from our sheepdog ethos (if it was ever there to begin with).  That “call out” typically includes a good natured gig at golf.  Now understand that my intent here is not to shame anyone but rather to encourage and motivate.  If you got into law enforcement for the right reasons, you did because you were called to it.  That calling comes with certain responsibilities, and among those are keeping up with our mental, physical and yes (this is The Chaplain’s Corner) spiritual training.  Let’s break it down:

Understand this: beyond the obvious positive benefits of warrior-focused physical training (stress relief, health and fitness), to not be well-prepared in this area is to truly place yourself, your family, your colleagues and the public we are charged with serving and protecting at risk.

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In closing, understand that my good-natured, “Do you even train, bro?” question is ultimately a challenge and encouragement for you to do just that: establish and maintain a reasonable physical, mental and spiritual training regimen. In doing so, you’ll cut into your stress while positively impacting your health and our profession in a multitude of ways (not to mention the eternal benefits on the spiritual side).   Train smart, train hard and stay safe.