11 Components of Fitness in Relation to the Police Force

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The 11 components of fitness in the police force Muscular strength – This is the ability to produce force from the movement of body parts from the power of muscles. 1 rep max is used to test muscular strength. If a person can 1 rep max 100lbs it is shown that they can do 10 reps with 75lbs. this is because this test is low endurance so less weight means a longer endurance. I can 1 rep max 50lbs and the police requirement is 35lbs so I have gone over the target weight for the 1rm. A way to improve your 1rm is to lift weights to increase the muscle capability so a heavier weight can be lifted and the 1rm goes up. This is crucial to a police officer as force is often needed to apprehend a criminal so an officer needs to be able to hold on to and move around a struggling criminal. Muscular endurance – This is the ability to use the muscles repeatedly and for a large amount of time, which in the police is a very important aspect when in any physical confrontation. In any altercation an enhanced Muscular Endurance will lengthen the time period you can physically perform at your best when under heavy strenuous conditions. Muscular endurance is an important part of a police officer’s training. The bleep test is a perfect example for a test used for muscular endurance. The police requirement is for level 5.4 or higher. When I done the bleep test I achieved a level 5.8. This means that I do not need to improve on this aspect of the 11 components of fitness. Flexibility – This is the ability to move the joints through a range of motion and angles. The benefits of Flexibility: • Less energy to move a joint through at different angles • Decreased risk of injury when exercising or on the job • Increased blood supply and nutrients to joint structures • Increased ability to move different muscles in a coordinated fashion. • Improved muscular balance and

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