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Policing is a demanding occupation - both physically and mentally. And while the Atlanta Police Academy will supply you with a foundation for life-long physical conditioning, there are certain things you can do to prepare for the rigorous academy experience.

Preparation DO's & DON'T s

  • DO consult a physician, and (if you are not already) start exercising regularly
  • DO start running regularly, increasing your pace and distance are you are able
  • DO start eating a well-balanced, protein-rich diet and drinking lots of water
  • STOP smoking and AVOID eating foods which you know to be unhealthy
  • DO NOT attempt to "bulk up" or "cut weight" by taking excessive amounts of protein, weight loss or Creatine supplements. The majority of your training will be cardiovascular in nature, and these supplements will not likely aid you in achieving your academy performance goals
  • DO NOT engage in any activity that could result in serious injury, as this could prevent you from starting academy until you are healed

Physical Goals

You should be in good physical condition prior to starting academy, there are minimum standards you should aim for in order to best prepare for the academy experience. These include:
  • Run 1.5 miles in 14:30 or less to get into the Academy (13:30 to graduate from the Academy)
  • Run Obstacle Course in less than 2 minutes (1 min 41 seconds to graduate from the Academy)

Training Supplies

You will need to purchase several personal items necessary for training. These include:
  • A quality pair of running shoes. (We recommend buying from a store that specializes in running shoes. These stores typically have staff trained to help you find the ideal pair of shoes to fit your needs. Remember: proper fitting shoes may help prevent injury.)
  • Several dark navy sweatshirts and sweatpants
  • Several pairs of above-knee length, solid dark navy nylon shorts (Effective policing relies on uniformity, and physical training and appearance are no exception. We train our officers to act, appear and perform as a team.)