Life or Death? Fitness Is Essential For First Responders

Life or Death? Fitness Is Essential For First Responders

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I have been a Police Officer since 2008 and I learned right away that being physically strong and healthy would play a major role in my Officer safety.

I would often find myself in foot pursuits or having to fight with people that were much bigger than me. I needed to be able to hold my own against anything, or anyone, that was thrown at me.

In 2012, I became the first, and only, woman to join Emergency Services Team (SWAT) on the department.

With this promotion, I needed to continue to build my physical strength, as I would have to carry all of my tactical gear and keep up with my fellow male teammates.

At this point in my life, I was training for marathons and doing occasional weight lifting. It wasn't until I was about 9 months pregnant that I decided I wanted to hang up my marathon shoes and give Crossfit a chance.

In fact, I remember sitting on the couch, watching TV,  and eating some ice cream, with my feet propped up and counting down the days until Gabby would finally make an appearance. Watching some of the big athletes of Crossfit made me determined to be stronger and fitter than I was before I was pregnant.

In 2014, I was promoted to Detective. My assignment was child abuse and sex abuse investigations.

In 2016, I joined the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, with the focal point of investigating child pornography.

It was with this particular assignment, I realized that physical strength is not the only major role in my Officer safety,  but that mental strength could essentially play an even bigger role.

I see more things in a month than an average person would ever see in their lifetime.

These things can take a huge toll on anyone's mental health. Some have turned to alcohol or food to help cope with the emotional distress this job can do to them.

I turn to Crossfit.

When I walk into the gym, it is like walking into a therapist's office. Doing heavy cleans or a long chipper or even Fran is like talking to a therapist.

Grabbing that barbell to me is like grabbing a beer to others. This helps me cope. This helps me push forward to be a great mom, wife, daughter, friend and Detective.

Soon, I realized that I was actually pretty decent at this fitness thing, and had a lot of potential. I wanted to see how far I could take this and what I needed to do to take my training to the next level.

My husband I decided to really start looking into supplements to help better our performance. We knew that our potential had not even begun to have been tapped!

We shopped around a lot and looked at a ton of reviews on supplements to find the right ones for us.

Protein powder, creatine, pre-workout, BCAAs and other recovery supplements have played a huge key, along with proper eating, in my progression to not only be a better athlete but just an all around better person.

At the end of 2016 I was introduced to Red H Nutrition. I soon realized that the products that Red H Nutrition had to offer was legit and extremely beneficial to what I was looking for.

I've been struggling with sleep lately. My job can, and has, caused me to have some sleepless nights. I would have issues falling asleep, staying asleep and waking up refreshed. I refused to take Ambien or anything like it.

I tried over the counter melatonin pills. They would help me fall asleep, but I would still wake up in the middle of the night periodically and wake up exhausted.

So I tried Red H Nutrition’s sleep aid, ZEN R.E.M™ and after the third night, I noticed a huge difference.

Not only did I get everything I was wanting in a sleep aid, I also saw improvements in my performance during my workouts, I was more focused at work and my body just felt better.

So, in the end, working out has been beneficial in MANY ways.

It keeps me physically strong to prepare me for whatever a bad guy wants to throw at me, mentally strong for the hard cases I work and keeps me grounded to be the wife my husband deserves and a wonderful mother to Gabby.

Taking supplements has helped fuel my body to be physically and mentally stronger and helps me be an all around better person.

I think that a strong physical fitness program and proper supplementation keep me ready for the tasks of my job.

I do not believe I would be as successful in my career had I not included fitness as part of my life.

Every first responder should, for their own sake, incorporate a physical fitness program ... It could save their life! 

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