Shaping up for summer

Shaping up for summer
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By Jaclyn Dunham

As summer fast approaches a dreaded realization dawns upon most of us around this time: it’s short shorts and bathing suit season. Yikes!

If you are anything like the rest of us, then you probably have packed on a few extra pounds this winter and are thinking it is time to get back on track.

Centennial College’s police foundations trainer, Tim Montgomery, has been getting students into shape at Progress campus for the past four years and shared some insights on the program and how to stay motivated when starting a new exercise program.

Centennial College’s police foundations program offered at Progress campus prepares students looking for careers in police services, immigration, customs and security.

Montgomery says the fitness component is important in everything students do in the program.

“If they want to be police officers, there’s certain testing that they have to do. What I do is I prepare them for the type of testing,” Montgomery said. “We do a mile and a half run. We pull tires. We flip tires. We do suicides. We do a lot of team building exercises.”

Chante Smith, 20, is in her first year of the police foundations program and hopes to work in border control eventually.
She thinks the program has really helped her feel more prepared for the future.

“It’s challenging. The fitness is really good,” Smith said. “You get to meet a lot of new people.”

Joyti Kumar, 23, says she has learned a lot in the police foundations program and hopes to work in law enforcement one day.

“I feel like it’s really hands on,” Kumar said. “The professors are all ex-cops so you learn a lot.”

Montgomery says that it’s important to go at your own pace and start small when getting into an exercise routine.
“If you can’t run because you have bad knees, then you can do the elliptical because the elliptical is a lot easier on the body,” he said. “If you can’t do push ups for example, then every night before you go to bed or in the morning do five push ups.”

Montgomery also says its important to not make excuses and to try working out with others in a buddy system to motivate each other.

So now that you’re all inspired, drop down and give me 20 maggot!

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