Police PT Test and Cardio Options

Q: "Hey, my name is Jessica. I just came across your website and saw your email on it. I hope I'm not bothering. I just had a few questions I hope you don't mind answering for me.

"Well, basically I'm 18, and I'm still in high school, almost done. My plan after high school is to go to college and become a police officer. I'm 5'5", and I weigh about 220. I know, that's very bad!

"I recently started a diet, because I know in order to become a police officer you must be fit in order to pass the fitness test. I live in NYC, and I was wondering if the fitness test is different in different places, and if it would be possible to find a personal trainer to help me train for that fitness test?"

My Answer: The PT tests will vary somewhat from state to state. I don't know what NYC's PT test involves, but if I were you, I'd find that out. You can find a personal trainer to help you prepare for the PT, but of course you should first concentrate on slimming down. After you make weight, then focus on your performance on the PT test. If you do hire a personal trainer, then make sure the trainer knows what the hell s/he is doing. I hate to tell you this, but most personal trainers don't know jack.

Q: "I know you are a fan of interval sprints for cardio. I use sprints in my training but for the sake of variety what's your take on rope skipping and sled pulling?"

- MB

My Answer: I actually recommend jump roping for my clients for variety, so yes it would be perfectly fine as a cardio substitute. Sled pulling is better for active recovery, meaning you should use it to get the blood flowing and aid in recovery, not so much for fat loss. Interval training can be done on a variety of apparatuses, such as rowing machines, stationary bikes and elliptical machines. So substitute any of these for variety. Kickboxing is a cardio workout that resembles interval training, because your expending energy in short pulses with the combinations of punches and kicks.

So as you can see, you have a lot cardio options to choose from.
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