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Personal Training Students Train Peers

Obstacle Course Prepares Law Enforcement Students for Youth Academy

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Academy Law Enforcement and Personal Training students at Bixhorn Tech recently collaborated in a training exercise to benefit both programs.

Personal Training students designed an obstacle course for their Law Enforcement counterparts that is similar to the one used in the Suffolk County Police Department’s Youth Academy, a program many students want to participate in this summer.

Training fellow students to prepare for this course provided those studying to be personal trainers with the opportunity to treat participants as clients. Law Enforcement students worked with their peers in the Personal Training Program for most of the year to improve their fitness levels and prepare for this event.

The course consisted of jumping rope, performing push-ups, scaling a wall, dragging a weighted dummy to simulate pulling a victim to safety, performing CPR on another dummy, fighting off a perpetrator, making a quick arrest, and other physical challenges. All the while, student personal trainers shouted encouragement to keep participants moving at top speed.

Said Personal Training Teacher Jonathan Audiino, “Working with regular clients over a long period of time to meet personal goals is exactly what participants in my program aspire to do, and this event gave them the opportunity to gain hands-on experience doing just that while they are still students.”

The Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology is the Career and Technical Education Program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES with campuses in Bellport, Oakdale, and Riverhead. Bixhorn Tech is located on the Bellport campus.