During my time interning at The Real You program, I was subject to an intriguing “field trip” day. I went down to the Elgin Ottawa Police station and assisted one of the fitness directors, Joey, with a client of theirs.
Superficially, it was pretty entertaining to play around with the exercise equipment while I participated in some of the training circuits. On a deeper level, Joey explained that each exercise and circuit is specially made for every individual. Initially the Ottawa Police (OP) Officer is tested for their mobility, strength, and general fitness and habits. From there, Joey creates a program to further develop lacking areas. The OP officer she was working with had an injury in their forearm, so Joey developed exercises to strengthen the weaken muscles.
While we were stretching and cooling down, I asked about the The Real You program and why it was initiated for OP officers. Joey and her client discussed the surprisingly early death rates of OP Officers after their retirement, and how bad habits are not only developed by shift working but, are encouraged by businesses trying to earn police presence at late hours. The Field Trip day added greatly to my experience.