POPAT Training: Rounding the Cones (to save energy)

Energy conservation is key to running a successful POPAT. Part of that conservation comes from pacing the 6 laps.

And part of that conservation also comes down to how you run the course and tackle each obstacle. You want to be as efficient as possible. If you’re efficient, you’ll be left with more energy to take on the push/pull machine and the vault effectively, rather than just trying to survive them.

One area of the course where you can save energy, is the area I call the “Triangle”. This section is where you come off the hurdles, make your way to the next lap, and approach the mat jump.

It’s common to see people bee line their way from cone to cone.

There’s nothing wrong with that, but I would wager you’re using up more energy bee lining, versus rounding your way around the Triangle.

I explain the concept of rounding with more detail in the video below:

Wanna learn more about training with us at Redline? Check out our Police Fitness Training program. It’s our ongoing training program to help you prepare for your physical test and for the Academy.

If you’re a complete beginner to the tests, you may also be interested in our IT3 Program program. It’s our intro program to help you build your skills and technique for the test, to give you the edge you need to succeed.

Looking to run a practice? We offer those too. Check out the page, PARE and POPAT Practice Test, to see when our next session runs.

And if you have any questions about training, you can reach out to me at marc@rlconditioning.ca.