In order to maintain good health and meet the demands of being in law enforcement, physical fitness is a top priority. It is a policy of the Sheriff’s Office to encourage all employees to maintain a level of health, wellness and physical fitness that permits them to effectively perform their duties. All sworn members pass a physical abilities test as a requirement of employment and once employed to successfully pass the test twice a year as a condition of employment.
To challenge all Sheriff’s Office employees, Crossfit was introduced in February 2013. The program has been instrumental for employees to lose weight, feel good and to encourage fellow employees to finish the daily workout. The Sheriff’s Office has 8 instructors who are also employees that teach Crossfit at the north end and south end office Monday thru Friday, 3 times a day. Currently there are 40 participants. Sergeant Johnny Jordan with the Professional Standards Bureau Training Section stated, “The Crossfit program has been a blessing for many of us at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. We all need some form of exercise to give us better ability to serve our community, protect ourselves and create a higher quality of personal life. The Crossfit program was exactly what most of us needed, a challenge. It is a short intense workout that incorporates cardiorespiratory endurance, stamina, strength, power, speed, flexibility, agility, accuracy, balance and coordination. Every day you walk into the gym excited to see the workout but nervous about being able to make it to the end. When the buzzer signals the start you attack the workout, you’re in a battle against yourself, how much can you do and will you give up on yourself. Your friends waiting their turn cheer you on and you push harder to the end. You reach the end, heart racing, lungs hurting and muscles fatigued. You are overwhelmed with a feeling of personal victory that no one or nothing can take away from you.”