November 11th is a day set aside to thank our Veterans for their dedication and sacrifices. But did you ever wonder about how our military personnel and other forces like the police, firefighters, and special ops train or work out? Is it different than what the average person does at the gym?
You bet it is! This type of fitness training is called Tactical Fitness Training. Tactical fitness is not about workouts, it’s about work! In professions like the military, your fitness may be the difference between life and death for you, your team, or someone you’re trying to help. So, these Tactical workouts aren’t about getting good at working out – they are about getting good at real life movements like lifts, carries, crawls, runs, rucks, swims, mobility, and even thinking! Being a good team player is critical in these situations too.
One of the most important aspects of developing a tactical fitness program is to determine what your goals are. What kinds of movements, duties, and jobs do you need to be able to perform? A soldier will have a different program than a police officer because the conditions in which they operate and perform are different.
If your job requires you to be tactically fit, you may need to re-evaluate your workout routine. Is your workout preparing you for your job? If your job doesn’t require you to be tactically fit, tactical training can still be a fun way to mix up your routine!
So on Veterans Day, we not only thank our Veterans for the sacrifices that they have made for our country, but we also thank them for all of the hard work they put into their Tactical training to ensure that they are physically and mentally prepared for whatever dangers come their way.