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September 06, 2012

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In three months, Adam Oxendine lost 50 lb. doing CrossFit. More importantly, however, he can now keep up with his dog.

“I think I’ve got more excitement than the dog does,” he says.

Oxendine is a K9 specialist at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in South Carolina. There, the agency has embraced CrossFit, dedicating space, equipment and a full-time trainer to general physical preparedness.

“I think physical fitness is a requirement to be a cop—to be a good cop. If you’re not physically fit, you can’t do your job. I’ve always felt that way, and I’ve always tried to keep myself physically fit,” says Sheriff Leon Lott. “But CrossFit takes it to a different level. And it’s better.”

Original Firebreather Greg Amundson emphasizes to the group of officers that CrossFit is about more than simply working out.

“When you really put your heart into these workouts, you’re building more than just fitness,” he says during this law-enforcement-officer training seminar. “You’re building character, you’re building trust in each other, you’re building discipline. You’re building all the values that the law-enforcement profession has historically embraced.”

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Additional reading: CrossFit Training for Law Enforcement: Jacksonville Five Years Later by T.J. Cooper and Phil Canto, published Sept. 1, 2007.

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6 Comments on ““Physical Fitness Is a Requirement to Be a Cop””


wrote …

Hey Greg!
Thank you for everything you do for law enforcement and the CrossFit community. You are still the man. BOOM!


wrote …

For years I thought I was in good shape as a law enforcement officer because I wasn't fat like a lot of the other guys. At 6'2", 225 pounds, I thought I was good to go. Then I sat next to another officer in a training class in Columbus in 2008 and he told me to check-out CrossFit. I havn't looked back since, am now in the best shape of my life at age 42. I've changed my diet and have dropped to 192 pounds. My benchmark WODS are PR'ed almost every time and I do everything I can to spread the word. It's not easy considering the audience (if you work in LE, you know cops don't adapt to change or embrace new ideas very quickly, if at all). I'm currently finishing up a tour as an Ohio Army National Guardsman here in Afghanistan and am looking forward to helping my brothers and sisters improve themselves when I return. Oh yeah, CrossFit kind of helps here, too.
-Dan from Afghanistan

P.S., to Coach Glassman, Greg Amundson, and the CrossFit community, thanks. But to the guy who took the time to tell me about CF four years ago, thanks dude, and stay safe, brother.


Zach Even - Esh wrote …

I could NEVER say enough GREAT things about Greg Amundson as a person, a coach, a friend, a mentor and a inspiration.

Class Act all day errrrrry day, love that Dude!!!

Congrats to ALL in the video and thank you, no matter WHERE you are, for protecting and serving us :)

That is HUGE to me :)


wrote …

Gotta agree with Zach on this, Greg is one inspirational dude!! Also have to add that seeing Zach in person at one his certs will get you psyched like no other. At age 65 Zach helped me turn the corner with my career, then I added CF Level 1 Cert and my life and others have been helped and served by these two great trainers and all of CrossFit!


wrote …

I moved to Columbia, SC about 10 weeks ago to start working as a PT for the Dorn VA. Just wanted to say thanks to the law enforcement and military community, and to say kudos to the Richland County Sherrif's Department for working so hard and investing in a great CF facility and trainer. Great work.


Frank DiMeo wrote …

Great to see this happening, hopefully more of our local law enforcement will see the value of CrossFt training

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