GRF CoverGovernment Recreation & Fitness

Highlights of the June 2013 Issue

Inside FBI Training — Academy Instills
Strong Culture of Fitness


The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Academy, located on 547 acres at MCB Quantico in Virginia, hosts much of the FBI's training, from minting new agents and analysts to grooming law enforcement leaders from around the world. The Academy also serves as a premier physical fitness training facility, and for 10 weeks each year is home for law enforcement professionals participating in the National Academy program.

Started in 1935, the FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders that serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad, and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge and cooperation worldwide. In addition to the coursework they complete, National Academy students fine-tune their bodies with health and fitness instructors at the Academy gymnasium, fitness center and pool.

“Within the Physical Training Unit here at the Academy, there are four health and fitness instructors, including me, who are the primary instructors for the New Agent Training program — those in the process of becoming special agents — and the National Academy students,” explains FBI Academy Health and Fitness Instructor John Van Vorst. “Much of the training is done within the National Academy training program, and we run four 10-week sessions per year, where we provide training for the law enforcement professionals from around the world. We have an entire curriculum of lifelong fitness elements ... .”


MARINE CORPS FITNESS: Combat Fit, Combat Ready


As the first base to beta test the High Intensity Tactical Training (HITT) program designed by Semper Fit professionals at Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC), MCB Camp Lejeune, N.C., has been instrumental in the development of this combat-specific training. The base is also a pioneer in the creation of the HITT Center, which is designed to include the equipment, space and facilities — inside and out — necessary to support all of the different aspects of this Marine Corps-wide training program.

Over the past year, Camp Lejeune has taken its HITT Center from serviceable to state-of-the-art, gutting and redoing the old basketball gymnasium that was used for the HITT Center back in November 2010 (profiled in GRF May 2011), including new reinforced walls and ceiling, updated fitness equipment, new training space outside, and new Mondo rubber flooring inside and artificial turf outside.

“The facility was basically gutted, and we had everything redone from top to bottom,” explains HITT Center Manager Kellie Clements. “We have new top-of-the-line flooring, and the new walls and ceiling are double-enforced so we could hang pull-up bars and ropes and secure cages. We added tile to the bathroom, and had the floors redone in there, including new showers and sinks.”

A major aspect of the project was the addition of outdoor training space featuring artificial turf. ...


Reshaping Lives through the Warriors in Motion Program


The Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF), in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), recently developed Warriors in Motion: a comprehensive program that provides participating wounded warriors with a basic understanding of wellness while emphasizing the importance of lifelong healthful living, including a focus on healthy behavior change, stress management, mental health, nutrition, weight management and physical fitness and activity.

In all aspects of the program, emphasis is placed on decision making and personal responsibility for one's own health. All events embrace the four pillars — sports/recreation, fitness/exercise, nutrition and wellness — fundamental to all 16 of the WWP programs.

“The Warriors in Motion program was an evolution of programs the ASF began offering wounded warriors back in 2005,” explains Cherisse Young, Fundraising & Marketing director, Adaptive Sports Foundation. “In February 2005, the ASF hosted its first event for wounded United States servicemen and women. Nine soldiers and Marines from the amputee unit at Walter Reed Army Medical Center came to the ASF/ Windham Mountain for a three day learn-to-ski-and-snowboard event. Members from the FDNY [Fire Department of New York] volunteered to help with transportation of the warriors during the event, and ASF instructors taught the initial nine amputees.” ...