We often mention good communication skills, driving skills, effective training and sometimes qualification too as key attributes to consider when hiring a bodyguard for personal protection.
Aren’t we missing something here?
Yes, of course physical fitness. Isn’t it the first thing you look for in a bodyguard?
No one would be willing to pay for an unhealthy, physically weak bodyguard.
Health and physical fitness are significant factors that affect not only affect the performance of a bodyguard or close personal protection officer but the safety and security of the concerned client. What’s more, high fitness levels have been linked to high income levels in the personal protection and security industry.
As a rule of thumb, every bodyguard, must be in good shape and sound health.
That said, gathered below are some vital considerations with regard to physical fitness that every bodyguard, new or experienced male or female, should heed.
Your Commitment to Better Health
Don’t expect the job to be easier rather become stronger by committing to a fitness regimen. Regardless of your current health status, you must adhere to different type of high intensity workout programs to improve your strength and endurance while maintain your muscle mass and fitness.
Here are the required programs to consider:
Improving your cardiovascular health doesn’t necessarily mean to run on the treadmill constantly for an hour until you struggle to catch your breath.
You can indulge in activities as simple as swimming, biking and running and still boost your cardiovascular endurance.
However, it is important to incorporate a moderately intense workout circuit into your cardiovascular training that includes functional movements focusing on your flexibility and total body strength. These exercises may include jump rope, mountain climbers, sprints and lateral slides. If you still have some stamina left, finish your circuit off with a short walk.
Weight or fitness training
Weight training should be an essential part of a bodyguard’s fitness regime. Regularly training different body parts using weights can help develop strength and muscle mass, which is fundamental to close personal protection training and success.
Lunges, squats, deadlifts, bench press and dumbbell curls are some common weight training exercises that can be paired with aerobic movements like jumping rope and box jumps to increase the intensity of the workout and build more muscular endurance.
Needless to say, daily full body stretching is crucial to keep fatigue and muscular soreness at while improving the agility and flexibility of the body.
Arm circles, neck circles, hamstring and lower back stretch are some movements to incorporate in your stretching routine in order to make your daily bodyguard chores easier.
Whether on duty or off-site, it is inevitable for a close personal protection officer to maintain a healthy diet including fish, poultry meat, fresh fish, lean beef, lentils and veggies.
Drink lots of water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated and curb hunger. While missing meals is all too common in a security job, make sure to keep your hunger in check by carrying high protein snacks like nuts, seeds and dried fruits.
To Sum UP
It is necessary to invest your time and effort in a good full body and strength workout program to be capable of performing your duties efficiently as a bodyguard.
Keep these considerations in mind and you are sure to perform at your peak level and become a preferable choice when it comes to hiring a competent bodyguard.