Fitness Monday – The Power of a Mentor

In law enforcement fitness a mentor can be one of your most effective tools to getting in shape and staying that way.

Our CopsAlive Fitness recommendation for this week is find a mentor to help you with your fitness. As you have read in the past few weeks Scott has asked Lt. Kim Lane to help him with his nutritional planning and Rae has been receiving advice from April Lea Gellatly a professional Triathlete & Atlanta-based Fitness Professional for CNNFitNation & a USATriathlon Certified Coach.

Mentoring is a relationship between two people where the more experienced, or more knowledgeable, person guides the less experienced or knowledgeable person as part of a personal developmental process. That process whether it is formal or informal is used for the relaying of knowledge, wisdom and support.

Mentoring is becoming much more common in many areas of business, commerce and even law enforcement. In the areas of health and fitness mentoring can be very effective in keeping you on track and guiding you based upon your mentor’s experience. It gives you support and encouragement and helps you get through those tough times when you want to quit.

Obviously, the more advanced version… of this in the health and fitness industry would be a certified fitness trainer or nutritional coach, but you don’t need to go to that extreme if you know someone who is doing what you want to do and they are willing to help you.

Do you have a mentor? If not go out and find one. It doesn’t take any special training or certification to be a mentor and you can give them some of your training and experience in return for their help.

I think that you will find that the contributors to have a lot to offer and often fill the role of mentor as they share their knowledge and experience with you. Please let us know what we can do to help you by sharing your comments in the box below.

Update on Scott:

NSU game

I’m Shaping Up; Week 8

Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Sacramento, Charlotte, New Orleans

My cross-country excursion last week threatened to break my efforts right open. I returned at o.2lbs heavier than I left. Yes, 0.2lbs! I even spent time in a small hotel gym on a loud and unstable treadmill. Most importantly, I ate smart and in moderation. I did give in on the flight from San Fran to Charlotte and accepted the kind hostess’s offer for pretzels though.

Here’s to holding each other accountable when the couch looks inviting and the snacks endless.


– 213.2 lbs (Strayed off strict diet, but maintained principles of healthy eating)



– Hotel gym twice but stayed active during the days.


– Traveled with a group of cops from across the country, and despite the hazing for avoiding carbs, I did okay.

– Overall, a break even week, and truly looking forward to returning to my strategic eating.

UNO Ring & BP

– Taking that ring off at will, and without the bloody knuckle! BP getting cozy in the 130s range. Consistency.

Monday – Sunday Goals:

– Return to pre-planned meals.

– Weight at 212 lbs (I think once I restart the program and exercise, I’ll be back on track)

– Add more endurance training. I’ve enjoyed resistance training after several years away from it while training for cycling and triathlon.

How are your efforts going? Don’t just read this and dismiss it. Make a commitment today. You have peer support, expertise, and a champion fitness advisor all ready to help.

Update on Kim’s Training
No update on Kim

Update on Rae
Everybody has been busy and Rae has not posted any new Tweets.

As we have mentioned, in addition to Scott and Kim, we are also following Rae Timme and the CNN Fit Nation promotion. Rae is a 57 year-old mother of three and a 25 year corrections officer who now serves as the warden of a medium custody men’s prison for the Colorado Department of Corrections. Every year CNN selects iReporters to race in a triathlon with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and the Fit Nation team. This year we’re giving six lucky readers a road bike (with all the necessary accessories), a wet suit and a gym membership to help them prepare for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon on September 8.

Rae said on the CNN site that she has read all the scary statistics about the mortality rates of people who work in corrections and found that they have the second highest mortality rate of any job; on average, a corrections officer’s 58th birthday will be their last. That motivated her to apply for the CNN Fit Nation team.

EDITORS NOTE: Our Fitness Monday articles are an ongoing feature as follows Police Chief Scott Silverii, Ph.D. on his quest to lose weight and get into better shape, and Lt. Kim Lane as she prepares for the NPC Masters Nationals in Pittsburgh, PA. We are also keeping track of Warden Rae Timme with the Colorado Department of Corrections, a member of the CNN Fit Nation Team, as she prepares for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon on September 8. We all know that fitness is critical in law enforcement, but we don’t always do what we know is right. Over the next couple of months you can follow Scott, a Police Chief; Kim a Patrol Shift Commander; and Rae a Department of Corrections Warden, as they open up their lives to you. We invite you to also participate in any way that you choose to improve, your fitness and, your ability to survive a career in law enforcement. We also encourage you to support Scott and Rae with your comments, emails, Tweets and Facebook entries.

Follow Rae on Twitter at: ‏@TriHardRae
Follow Scott on Twitter at: @ThibodauxChief

Please encourage them and let us know about your efforts at improving your fitness in the comment boxes below

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About Scott Silverii

Scott Silverii, PhD is a native of south Louisiana’s Cajun Country and serving as the Chief of Police for the City of Thibodaux, Louisiana. Spending twenty-one previous years with a CALEA accredited Sheriff’s Office allowed opportunities for serving various capacities including 12 years undercover narcotics, 16 years SWAT and Criminal Division Commands. Chief Silverii earned a Master of Public Administration and a Doctorate in Urban Studies from the University of New Orleans. Areas of specialization include culture and organizational socialization. A member of IACP’s prestigious Research Advisory Committee, Chief Silverii is also the author of “A Darker Shade of Blue: From Public Servant to Professional Deviant.”
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