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The Indiana State Police Health Management Specialist (HMS) started implementing the CrossFit methodology into the ISP recruit academy in late 2007. The HMS used CrossFit workouts to improve the overall health and fitness of the recruits. The improvements they made in cardiovascular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, coordination, accuracy, balance, and agility (what CrossFit defines as the General Physical Skills necessary for fitness) was quickly observable and measurable during physical testing and recruit injury rates decreased compared to traditional academy physical training. After this implementation the HMS attended a CrossFit Level I instructor course certifying him in CrossFit (March 2008 at CrossFit Charlotte).
The popularity of CrossFit within the academy over the next couple of years prompted the department to send additional academy staff to obtain CrossFit Level I certifications. The certifications then triggered an interest in acquiring CrossFit affiliation which brings with it all the resources, information, and training available from CrossFit Inc. With the approval of the executive staff the department completed the CrossFit LEO Affiliate application process and the Indiana State Police became an LEO CrossFit Affiliate in July of 2012. ISP CrossFit was born.
ISP CrossFit does not have a permanent gym/box as many affiliates do. The Health Management Specialist programs and posts daily workouts and the programming focuses on bodyweight training with minimal equipment needed. The workouts are designed to be completed at home, at the park, at the post/district or at a gym. There are video links and descriptions of exercises throughout the website. For more information contact Health Management Specialist Troy Torrence at firstname.lastname@example.org
Channeling the history, pride, and tradition of those who served before us, modern era police officers are working to improve themselves and the department. We hope you will join us in “Forging a Fit Force” and camaraderie through ISP CrossFit.