“Conditioning isn’t about how many push-ups you can do,” says Orlando-based SWAT commander and fitness trainer Tom Stroup. “It’s about preparing for everything else you do in life.”
In his line of work that means anything from rappelling down office buildings to bailing out of speeding boats. For us civilians, being conditioned means we can lug a 70-pound backpack all day or skin up that powdery slope — and have energy left over when we’re finished. Stroup’s SWAT workout builds cardiovascular and muscular strength in one intense 15-minute routine. Interval workouts burn calories faster than your average cardio workout, and the high reps tone muscles and abs.