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Monarch Human Performance Podcast: Dr. Kelly Kennedy.

Kelly Kennedy, PhD is one of the nation’s leading experts in fitness training for police.  While working for the largest Police Department in the Southeast United States, she has physically trained and tested over 3,700 police recruits and officers since 1999. During this time she has lectured on physical fitness to classes for Police, Corrections and specialized units such as the Special Response Team, Rapid Deployment Force (RDF), and Defensive Tactics Instructor. She lead the design of a large tactical obstacle course, and was a part of a committee to create a pretest physical fitness screening for the members of the RDF. Additionally, she created a physical screening standard for readiness for the Aviation Unit, Marine Patrol Unit and served as the project manager of a team of physiologists in the development of the minimum standards for fitness for the job of Police officer, K-9 unit and Special Response Team.

In 2003 she started an education and consulting company called Fit-to-Enforce that takes her all over the country teaching and consulting law enforcement. She has worked as a Subject Matter Expert in physical fitness for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and has served on the editorial review board for the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Report. In addition, she has presented at Conferences for the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), Tactical Strength and Conditioning Conference (TSAC) and Florida SWAT Association. Kelly has also hosted workshops for the AVON 3-Day Walk, Team Footworks, was an examiner for ASCM's Health/Fitness Instructor exam, interviewed on the Performance Nutrition Radio Show, and was a featured professional in the SoBeReal section of SoBeFit Magazine.  After graduating with a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology, she worked as an adjunct instructor at Florida International University for five years.

Kelly is certified with the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Certified Exercise Physiologist, and Certified from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (CISSN). She is a past certified Level 1 Sport Performance Coach from USAW, for 10 years was a Level 1 CrossFit Instructor, currently Certified as a Defensive Tactics Instructor, member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, and earned a PhD in Global Leadership from Lynn University.

In this episode Kelly talks about:

  • Her career path in to her current role.

  • The logistics of delivering a health and fitness programme to such a large police department.

  • How she developed buy-in from the officers she was working with.

  • The current fitness testing measures utilized within the Police Academy.

  • The creation of her Fit to Enforce course to help educate officers on fitness and nutrition so that they can up-skill their own departments.

You can contact Kelly her website at and check out to show your appreciation for those currently serving within Law enforcement.

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