Physical Fitness Standards
A career in executive protection can be a challenging and rewarding one. It can also be physically demanding as well. Students who attend our academy are expected to be in "reasonably" good physical condition and able to pass a basic physical fitness evaluation test.
Note: This is not a pass or fail event. This evaluation is to access your current fitness level and assist you in improving that level.
IAEPA basic fitness requirements are the same for males and females, and are as follows:
40 Push-ups in 2 minutes.
50 Sit-ups in 2 minutes.
2 Mile Run in 25 minutes
30 Push-ups in 2 minutes (modified)
40 Sit ups in 2 mintues
2 Mile Run in 25 minutes
Note: Students with former or current medical conditions which would hinder or prohibit them from participating in this physical fitness evaluation must get written approval or disapproval from their physician, to bring to class. Personal assistance by trained staff will be given to those who need it.
In order for agents to be considered physically fit, the heart, lungs and muscles have to perform at a certain level for the agent to continue feeling capable of performing his/her mission. At the same time, since what humans do with their bodies directly affects the state of mind, fitness influences to some degree, qualities such as mental alertness and emotional expression.
Physical fitness is often divided into the following categories in order for us to be able examine its components or parts.
Particularly, physical fitness is judged by:
- Cardiovascular Endurance: This is the ability of the body to deliver oxygen and nutrients to tissues and to remove wastes over sustained periods of time.
- Muscular Strength & Endurance: Strength deals with the ability of the muscle to exert force for a brief time period, while endurance is the ability of a muscle, or group of muscles, to sustain repeated contractions or to continue to apply force against an inert object.
- Flexibility: This denotes the ability to move joints and use muscles through their full range of motion.
- Body Composition: Considered as one of the components of fitness, composition refers to the body in terms of lean mass (muscle, bone, vital tissue, and organs) and fat mass. Actually, the optimal ratio of fat to lean mass is an indication of fitness. Performing the right set of exercises can help people get rid off body fat and increase or maintain muscle mass.
Our students are expected to maintain the highest level of physical fitness, proper diet and nutrition possible to perform their duties at a high performance and optimum level.