Some tactical strength and conditioning programs focus on the physical development of the athlete, but neglect to utilize fitness evolutions as an opportunity to train their fine motor skills and focus during training. When lives are on the line, water rescue athletes must exert large sums of energy prior to reaching and assessing the survivor for the appropriate rescue technique. Elevated heart rate, adrenalin pumping, and labored breathing can all influence the decision-making ability of the rescuer.
It is possible to simulate this in training by integrating movements that force the participant to slow down and conduct fine motor behaviors such as the Turkish getup or sandbag lifts. The longer you expose the athlete to cardiovascular duress, the more difficult it will be to manage shifting weight unevenly distributed away from the body. This training approach will result in increased kinetic awareness.
The following workout was conducted at CrossFit Monterey and was supervised by coach Scheppler.
6 Rounds For Time (45 Min Time Cap)
20 kb swings (light to medium, you will use the same weight for the Turkish get ups)
6 Turkish getups (see above)
8 man makers (35-40/20-25)