When I wrote this post back in April, the F.B.I had just published it’s plan and date for physical testing of all the field agents. Some of them had a long way to go and some of them were delaying their testing until they felt they could perform well.
Do those tendencies show up for you? You need to lose some weight BEFORE you can begin a workout regimen? Or you won’t buy any new clothes until something else happens?
While I love that the F.B.I. is valuing health and physical exercise as a core value of the organization, I do hope that it becomes a daily value and not only a focus of annual testing. Balancing or countering high stress levels with physical exercise will help maintain healthy bodies and strong minds.
And if it works for the agents, just think what it can do for you! Just start where you are and do more today than you did yesterday. Give your body some healthy nutrients and push your cardio and muscular systems. Make some good choices for you and your body. Your body will love you for it and you will see results.
I wonder how the F.B.I. agents are doing. Do they look like a healthy work group? Do they have more energy? Will they maintain their fitness levels and provide encouragement and inspiration to each other?
How about you? Could you pass the F.B.I. fitness test?
Let’s get strong and fit together! The September Fitness Challenge begins on August 31!
Registration is open!
Previously posted on April 20, 2015
“It’s really not that hard,” said Jennifer Schick, a public corruption agent at the F.B.I.’s Washington field office who also oversees fitness training and tests.–The New York Times, April 5, 2015
I’m sure several agents have a different answer.
Yes it is hard. It is terribly hard.
We all know that maintaining a fitness program and healthy lifestyle is extremely hard. Everyone struggles with scheduling both time and energy for a fitness program. Stress and daily life easily sabotage schedules, the first thing to go is usually the workout. That said, fitness is very important. Healthy lifestyles and healthy bodies are extremely important to our daily life, to our families and loved ones, and in the case of FBI agents, to those they have sworn to protect.
We need to be at our best at all times.
Perhaps she meant the testing is not excessive. They test only includes four areas—I won’t judge that as good or bad. Each test will require strength and endurance to pass. Training will be required to gain that strength and endurance. If you don’t run or haven’t in a long time, it will be a shock to your body. As we age, those natural muscle movements and coordination fall away. It will take time to retrain the muscles to respond to the messages from your brain.
But, believe it or not. We can improve and we can repeat what we train for. We need practice.
Where do you start? Some weekend warriors are able to lace up their shoes and take off on a 5 mile run. Most of us can’t. Or even if we can once, it is probably not sustainable. A different approach is to start building strength and flexibility. Then introduce running. Continue to build strength and increase the cardio activities.
My 6-week fitness challenge begins with lower intensity exercises to get you moving again. Each week I increase intensity and build on the strength we are building. Workouts are only 35 minutes long and can be done on your schedule. If you prefer to exercise morning versus night or outside instead of inside, it all works. You need an internet connection and a small area and you are good!
Six weeks flies by, but if you do the workouts, you will build strength and endurance. You will prepare your body for cardiovascular activities.
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The next 6-week challenge begins May 4th!! Registration is open!
Oh ya, the workouts are hard. But, the program is easy. Just sign up and I send you videos. You complete them and get strong. That’s easy.