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Fitness and Health Products

I often get emails from beginners starting to exercise or avid training folks like myself asking about what are some of the things I like to use, wear, and listen to when exercising. Here are a few of the many things I like to use.

I have been searching the fitness business world for places to put my logo on for customers to wear or use as well as find products / services that I recommend for workouts, nutrition, and fitness education. Here are a few of the products, associations, and people I have grown to respect for their service, duty, and representation of the military, law enforcement, fire fighters, and EMS communities.

Products

When it comes to the fitness gear I use for my personal workouts, I have found that the following products are perfect for my training programs:

- Perfect Pushup - see article on Perfect Pushup

- The TRX - see article on TRX

- Brooks Beast - Running Shoes - great for 200lb runners! I get them at www.Bodynsolesports.com and save about 30-40% off retail.

Other great products that I like but do not endorse a specific company who makes them are: Jump ropes, medicine balls, Olympic weights, bench press, squat rack, dumbbells, pullup / dip bars, and agility ladders.

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Fitness Education

No longer will our military, law enforcement, fire fighters, and special operations communities be bound to old models of fitness. Many groups are already getting involved with new fitness programs that not only enable our public servants to perform better at their professions, but their tactical strength and conditioning programs may save their lives and our lives one day. Today, tactical strength and conditioning is a growing section of the fitness industry noted for its importance but also for the need to develop tactical physical training programs.

Today, tactical strength and conditioning is a growing section of the fitness industry noted for its importance but also for the need to develop tactical physical training programs. The future is here and now provides functional fitness training using a variety of methods and clinical studies. One of the most respected strength / conditioning / fitness certification programs in the world, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), has developed the Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Program based on the needs and demand from the tactical community (Police, Fire, and Military). The non-profit organization develops programs that consists of educational seminars and courses and disseminate the latest scientific research and cutting edge techniques to both the members of the NSCA and to the Tactical community. The program also has its own peer reviewed newsletter, the TSAC REPORT (PDF), that is delivered electronically 6 times per year. The TSAC REPORT contains articles written by strength and conditioning experts as well as members from the fire/rescue, law enforcement, and military community. Topics range from tactical fitness and tactical nutrition to injury prevention.

I was honored to attend the first symposium in Colorado Springs as well as humbled to be offered to speak to an audience of military, special ops soldiers, fire fighters, police, SWAT officers as well as other trainers in the military fitness business. The team of speakers ranged from active police officers, PHDs in physiology and nutrition, and many other highly qualified trainers. I would seriously recommend your military command, law enforcement / fire department get involved somehow with this organization as it is the future of physical training for our forces.

I will be speaking again in Vegas for the NSCA this summer and again in September in Colorado Springs. For more info contact former Marine Mark Stephenson and current Human Performance Director at the NSCA.

If there are particular areas you would like for me to discuss in the next month of articles, please email me at stew@stewsmith.com.

Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and fitness author certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. If you are interested in starting a workout program to create a healthy lifestyle - check out the Military.com Fitness eBook store and the Stew Smith article archive at Military.com. To contact Stew with your comments and questions, e-mail him at stew@stewsmith.com.

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