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Old 02-04-2013, 20:58   #51
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+1 for the flu/bronchitis/sinus infection weight loss program. I spent most of last week in bed & dropped ~12lbs.

I just picked up PX90 from a buddy, hoping to capitalize on the trend. Watched it for an hour but don't really feel any different. Maybe I need to watch it longer.


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Old 02-05-2013, 01:29   #52
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I am 44 and I am in damn good shape. I work my ass off for it too.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:42   #53
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Folks new to working out (or getting back into it after a long break from exercise) should be careful with intense programs like Crossfit. Lots of potential for injuries in the form of tearing muscles/tendons.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:40   #54
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It's time for collective L.E. and realize that physical fitness is important, arguably more important than having the advanced degrees that many administrators are enamored with. Mandate standards, provide workout time, equipment/subsidized gym memberships, etc. It really is that important.
It's such a can of worms for agencies. The few that have standards and/or provide incentives for fitness and have been doing so for some time are pretty solid. It's agencies that want to start something up that are afraid of paying workman's comp for workout related injuries that have to figure it out.

I know of one agency that requires that sworn personnel complete the entry testing (sit ups, push ups, sit and reach, 1.5 mile run) at periodic intervals (I can't remember if it's every six months, quarterly, etc). They pay the troops for participating (obviously) and award extra personal leave time for passing. Everybody wins, and there is a little extra incentive in staying in shape. They have very few folks that look like they're out of shape, too.

My agency has no program, but we have very few notably overweight or out of shape folks overall. That is helped out by being a relatively young department due to retirements and added positions in the last few years. Our special response team (18 members / rougly 22% of sworn staff) also must meet physical standards, which would count towards that, too.
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Folks new to working out (or getting back into it after a long break from exercise) should be careful with intense programs like Crossfit. Lots of potential for injuries in the form of tearing muscles/tendons.
Agreed to a point. I will say that if you have a decent Crossfit instructor, that's not a problem. They should be teaching you the movements and only letting you do the things you are able to. Although vaginitis is not a valid excuse to not do a workout.


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Agreed to a point. I will say that if you have a decent Crossfit instructor, that's not a problem. They should be teaching you the movements and only letting you do the things you are able to. Although vaginitis is not a valid excuse to not do a workout.


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THIS.

I've spent half a work out practicing a skill with no weight or with PVC for a movement that will take place in the future. I haven't even done a full clean yet (hang cleans only) and probably won't until my mechanics are solid. It's hard to "tear" muscles and connective tissues when your mechanics are solid. Sore does not equal damage.
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It's such a can of worms for agencies. The few that have standards and/or provide incentives for fitness and have been doing so for some time are pretty solid. It's agencies that want to start something up that are afraid of paying workman's comp for workout related injuries that have to figure it out.

I know of one agency that requires that sworn personnel complete the entry testing (sit ups, push ups, sit and reach, 1.5 mile run) at periodic intervals (I can't remember if it's every six months, quarterly, etc). They pay the troops for participating (obviously) and award extra personal leave time for passing. Everybody wins, and there is a little extra incentive in staying in shape. They have very few folks that look like they're out of shape, too.

My agency has no program, but we have very few notably overweight or out of shape folks overall. That is helped out by being a relatively young department due to retirements and added positions in the last few years. Our special response team (18 members / rougly 22% of sworn staff) also must meet physical standards, which would count towards that, too.
A couple years ago I actually floated the idea of a defined physical standard and the union *****ed like a school girl.
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There are several agencies around me with physical standards but not many. Most of those agencies use a basic obstacle style course that incorporates stairs, low hurdles, short run, climb through window, etc. Its very easy. Some dudes fail though.


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There are several agencies around me with physical standards but not many. Most of those agencies use a basic obstacle style course that incorporates stairs, low hurdles, short run, climb through window, etc. Its very easy. Some dudes fail though.


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Having had maybe more than my fair share of injuries and made it back from all so far, I have right about no tolerance for cops who are fat, out of shape loads simply because they are too lazy or indifferent to exercise and eat better. It really doesn't take much to be in minimum acceptable condition, but it's way too much to ask of some. There is almost always a way to work around an injury. If you can't run, ride a bike or swim. Just do something, and quit eating at McDonald's and 7-11.

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Having had maybe more than my fair share of injuries and made it back from all so far, I have right about no tolerance for cops who are fat, out of shape loads simply because they are too lazy or indifferent to exercise and eat better. It really doesn't take much to be in minimum acceptable condition, but it's way too much to ask of some. There is almost always a way to work around an injury. If you can't run, ride a bike or swim. Just do something, and quit eating at McDonald's and 7-11.

Those who will not work out have nothing those who cannot work out.
I agree. A female I work with (who thankfully rides a desk now) has horrible legit foot problem that have needed surgery in the past. But every day for lunch she's munching on Wendy's, McDonald's, or some deep fried something or other. She's gone from being chubby 10 years ago to being a tank now. I don't get it.
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i really don't like watching COPS. When I first got married my wife wanted to watch it all the time. I told her point blank, when I come home and take off the uniform, I really, really don't want to think about it until I put it back on.

To this day, having long been out of uniform, I still flip the channel.
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Just remember you fine Officers, there is a guy out there who hates Cops and works out like there's no tomorrow.
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+1 for the flu/bronchitis/sinus infection weight loss program. I spent most of last week in bed & dropped ~12lbs.

I just picked up PX90 from a buddy, hoping to capitalize on the trend. Watched it for an hour but don't really feel any different. Maybe I need to watch it longer.
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A little over two years ago I stepped on the scale, and it read 220. It's the heaviest I've ever weighed. I didn't like the way I felt or how I looked in the mirror.

I started swimming again, and watching what I ate. I dropped about 20 pounds in 8 months, then I started P90X (in addition to the swimming and diet change). Within 6 months I was at 176. I hadn't weighed that since I was a young 20 year old hard charger.

About 6 months ago I began incorporating heavy lifting into my workout routines and I've slowing started to gain weight, but its the good weight (lean muscle mass). I'm holding steady at around 188-190 right now.

I've learned a few important things over the last 2 years...

It not about dieting. It's about a lifestyle change. Dieting is temporary. A lifestyle change is forever.

Like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it. If you won't make the time to go to the gym, or if you won't workout, you won't change a thing. You have to push yourself.

I'm no youngster anymore. I can't bounce back like I used to. When your body tells you to take a break, take a break.

Results take longer. But they do occur. Stick with it. Don't get discouraged.

Set goals. Realistic goals. Work toward those goals.

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Good advice.

I did the same, but after life kicked me in the pants. Divorce, diabetes etc..I realized I had to start living again.

It's about MOVEMENT. We sit on our hides 99.99% of the day. DO anything, but do it everyday. Walk, jog, hike bike, anything, but just do it for 30 minutes, 4-5 times a week. Everyone can do that.

Compare that to the exercise we did as youngsters, and 3-60 min a day is nothing.

Soon your day wont feel right without your walk/jog. That and eating healthy and light during work hours.

Im down from 260 (6'4") to 210 in 18 months.

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I am 44 and I am in damn good shape. I work my ass off for it too.
Ha, me too. Ok, I'm 43.

Wife lost 40lbs just walking years before we got married. I stopped doing heavy weights when my back started hurting.

Now it is mostly core building and stretching. Usually it's a Bob Harper or Jillian Michaels video 2X during the week and then a trip to 24hr fitness on the weekend.

Diet isn't great but I stay away from all the creamy and fatty stuff since I don't like it anyway. I am a fan of a good burger, a Dr. Pepper, and some BBQ.
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I just picked up PX90 from a buddy, hoping to capitalize on the trend. Watched it for an hour but don't really feel any different. Maybe I need to watch it longer.

That is good. If I had a dollar for everyone I know who started P90X but didn't finish, I'd have a trip to Vegas saved up.
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It's a good reminder of k9medic's quote I put in my signature.
The variation I saw years ago was:

While you sit there reading this, those who would do you harm are getting stronger.

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That is good. If I had a dollar for everyone I know who started P90X but didn't finish, I'd have a trip to Vegas saved up.
Yeah, I've heard that too, hence my buddy giving it to me with a "keep it as long as you want". Actually my bronchitis is about cleared up so I'm going to start it tomorrow night. I've got two teenage boys that have been pushing me so that will help. One does a lot of Parkour so he's in really good shape. I found that to be a great workout too without the boredom of a regular run on the street, but a lot of injury risk for an old man.


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The problem with me working out a lot is I bulk up fast so my tight shirts get tighter and sometimes look way too Hollywood... even for me.
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