Prescreening for the Personal Trainer
    We all know that exercise is a key component to health but it is inherently risky. In this article, Ed McNeely provides you with the four steps every client should complete before working out with a personal trainer.
    The Often Forgotten Exercises: Isometric Training
    Regular, consistent exercise is essential to maintaining fitness, and for police officers, being fit can mean the ability to perform one's job safely and securely. Because patrol duty can mean irregular hours and sedentary work, most officers do not get enough exercise throughout the day. Isometric training is a proven exercise method that will help to build and maintain strength, and may be ideal for police officers in need of a flexible fitness regimen. This article provides 13 different isometric exercises to try.
    Training Ideas for Group Physical Training
    Physical training for the military has been largely composed of body weight and aerobic training; however, this type of training is not appropriate for preparing tactical athletes for the physical demands of their work tasks. This article provides tactical athletes with a new perspective on how to include strength and power movements into a group training program.
    Barbell Squats: High vs. Low Bar Position
    Barbell placement during barbell back squats affects the joint angles involved and thereby influences how force is applied to the low back, legs, and hip musculature. This article discusses the benefits of limitations of each barbell placement (i.e., high bar and low bar) and provides tips on choosing which to use based on the training goal and individual ability
    Core Training: Evidence Translating to Better Performance and Injury Prevention
    Dr. Stuart McGill is an expert on the subject of core training. In this article, Dr. McGill provides a review of key anatomy, the role related to low back disorders, testing and evaluation information, and core training progressions.
    Basic Training Concepts for Improved Operational Fitness
    The tactical athlete must train in an appropriate manner for his or her job, one that does not include training individual muscles in isolation. This article is recommended reading because it provides a basic understanding of the physiology and biomechanics of training.
    Applying the In-Season Periodization of Strength and Power Training to Football
    This article offers a unique look into strength and power maintenance of football players (rugby or American) during the in-season period. This article provides an interesting perspective on how to maintain strength and power in sports that have longer seasons and usually result in larger performance decrements throughout that time span.
    Touchdown Before Takeoff
    What, why, and how to work on landing in the interest of enhanced performance, reduced rate of injury, and program variation. This article is a brief review on landing before leaping into action.
    Maximal Strength and Landing Mechanics
    Maximal strength is a quality of great athletes - not just because of its substantial influence on performance, but also in its role in injury prevention and landing mechanics. Stronger athletes are better suited for handling the forces and requirements of landing effectively and with good technique.
    Functional Training Benefits for Athletes and the General Population
    Functional training involves exercising in natural patterns rather than in isolated muscle groups or the fixed range of motion of machines. Both athletes and the general population can benefit from functional training.