Gym gets City cops going

2016-02-02 06:00
 City traffic officers Lucinda August and Marlon Joseph burn calories during training at Switch Playground in Bree Street, which has opened its doors to help City officers get fit.  PHOTOs: Carl Fourie/ City of Cape TOwn

City traffic officers Lucinda August and Marlon Joseph burn calories during training at Switch Playground in Bree Street, which has opened its doors to help City officers get fit. PHOTOs: Carl Fourie/ City of Cape TOwn

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A local gym is helping out to ensure law enforcement officers stay fit.

And the partnership is working so well that the officers are seeing “spectacular” results, the City says.

Switch Playground in Bree Street has opened its doors to officers from City law enforcement, traffic and metro police to encourage them to get active.

A pilot project was run for three months, explains JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security.

“The gym has extended training privileges to the 18 participants as a courtesy. Preliminary indications are that the results are nothing less than spectacular, based on a series of measurements like weight, fitness levels, body fat percentage,” he says.

“Some of our officers have already lost about five to 10kg and have made this their daily training schedule,” says ward councillor Jacques Weber.

Gym owner Steve Uria explains that fitness assessments were carried out initially and then three months later.

“And the results are phenomenal,” he says. “Body fat percentage dropped, push-up and sit-up count almost doubled and the obstacle course we ran most took a minimum of 30 seconds off their times.”

The City is currently exploring the feasibility of expanding the fitness programme to 100 participants, Smith says, but will provide the training sessions at their bases of operation as it’s not practical for all of them to get to the gym.

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