The Cooper Institute

Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH

The Cooper Institute

Law Enforcement, Fire, and Military Fitness Training


The Cooper Institute Difference

Using science and research as the foundation for each certification and course, The Cooper Institute employs internationally-recognized instructors and a one-of-a-kind training method to maximize our student's understanding and comprehension of health and fitness concepts.

Benefits of Our Courses

  • Hands-on practical instruction presented live by Cooper Institute instructors
  • Question and answer opportunities
  • Benefit from 40+ years of scientifically proven research on fitness and health



Law Enforcement Fitness Courses

The Cooper Institute has worked with fitness programs in law enforcement and public safety since 1976. Significant legal, scientific, program and policy changes have occurred over the years to provide new directions.

To learn more about questions pertaining to fitness and job relatedness, fitness testing, fitness standards, scientific validity, legal issues, and fitness programming, download our Common Questions Regarding Physical Fitness Tests, Standards, and Programs for Public Safety document.

The Division of Education provides training to help establish fitness programs in law enforcement and public safety. Get started by registering for several of our outstanding fitness courses!

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Military Fitness Courses

We have a long-standing relationship with our armed forces in helping prepare military personnel to achieve their mission readiness physical fitness goals. From this, we have created a Military Exercise Leader course, which was designed to teach group leadership and exercise principles to enhance your unit PT program. The course will also help you develop programs to be held in-garrison or deployed, in or out of fitness centers, and with or without exercise equipment so that your unit and individual PT programs stay consistent with standards.

We also provide a number of other educational and training opportunities on our Dallas campus as well as at off-site places, such as your military academy. Learn more about our off-site educational programs.

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Fire Service Fitness Courses

We offers a Fire Service Fitness Specialist course just for the fire service communities! The Cooper Institute Fire Service Specialist Course aims to combat injuries and preventable deaths by teaching the necessary training in fitness leadership and technical skills. The emphasis of this course focuses on anatomy, resistance and cardiovascular training, nutrition, and specific lectures on lower back health and the new NFPA fire standards: NFPA 1582 and NFPA 1583 are included. Participants also undergo individual fitness assessments and medical screenings.

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Law Enforcement Fitness Literature

Physical Fitness Assessments and Norms

Physical Fitness Assessment is an important step when developing an exercise program for a group or an individual. This booklet contains detailed procedures for administering a variety of tests in the areas of cardiorespiratory fitness, strength, flexibility, body composition, and other areas.

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