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Physical Training
Physical training is an integral part of our BLET program. The recruits participate in one hour of formal physical fitness training up to five days a week throughout the duration of the course. Activities include running, calisthenics, weight training and job related tasks. There are six state certified P.T. instructors on staff at the Training Academy.

Recruits will begin with a 2 to 2.5 mile run the first week of training. After that, the amount will steadily increase until it tops out at over 6 miles before the end of the 18th week. Periodically classes will participate in local charity runs which can be as much as 8 miles.

Each run is accompanied by a warm up, push-ups sit-ups, side-straddle hops, bends and thrusts, mountain climbers and other exercises.Some sessions focus on job related tasks such as negotiating obstacles and sprinting. The circuit course performed in the weight room is designed to develop strength and endurance, but is not a power-lifting program.

Prior to entering the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Recruit Training Program it is recommended that you can do the following:

Run 3 miles in under 28.5 minutes ( 9.5 minute mile).
Perform 3 sets of 20 proper military style push-ups (no female adaptations).
Perform 3 sets of 30 bent knee sit-ups (feet not braced).

Your training prior to entering the Academy should consist of the following:

Running 4 - 5 days per week for 30 minutes.
Push-ups and Sit-ups 5 days a week.
Weight training 3 days a week for upper body strength.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department recognizes physical fitness as an important factor in job performance and has recently implemented a Physical Fitness Test for the entire department.