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Police Academy Preparation

Fitness / Classroom / Mental Toughness Training


Our program offers specialized training in:

  • Excelling during the application and hiring process

  • Presenting yourself in the best possible way during the Oral Interview

  • Avoiding pitfalls during the Background Investigations and Interview

  • Comprehensive health and fitness for maximal performance on the Physical Assessment Test

  • Building comprehensive Pre-Academy Fitness

  • Surviving the Academy

Important information about becoming a police officer:

  • Only the Top 1% of applicants are selected for the academy.

  • Poor performance on the Physical Assessment Test leads to non-selection or instant disqualification.

  • Candidates routinely fail background investigations unnecessarily.

  • 25% of qualified academy recruits will fail out of the academy due to lack of proper preparation.

  • The academy is designed to break you down physically and mentally.


If you want to be a Police Officer, you must be prepared BEFORE you start the process.  


Don’t fail before you start!


Your success starts with S2 Performance Training's Proven Results:

  • Oral interview pass rate of 99.9%

  • 100% of eligible clients have been selected

  • 100% of clients stated they were better candidates as a result of S2 Training

  • Police Agencies who have hired S2 clients: Long Beach PD, Los Angeles PD, Los Angeles Sheriffs Department, Signal Hill PD, Torrance PD, Claremont PD, Redondo Beach PD, Huntington Park PD, Huntington Beach PD, Downey PD, Los Angeles School Police, Long Beach PD Marine Patrol, San Diego PD, California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, California State Parks, and Long Beach PD - Jail Division

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Our Certified Fitness Instructors are Police Officers with vast experience in all aspects of law enforcement. We know what it takes, and how to prepare you, to be a successful candidate and academy recruit! 


What We Do

We are a unique company specifically designed to prepare our clients for a career in police work, including specialized training for success in the hiring and testing process, as well as preparation for the physical and mental rigors of the police academy.


This is not just an exercise-based program like CrossFit. We not only focus on functional fitness, but more importantly we provide mentoring for a successful career in police work. 


Our instructors are uniquely qualified to train current and future police officers. We are all police officers with backgrounds and experience in every aspect of law enforcement including: Patrol, Field Training Officers, Detectives, Bicycle Patrol, Undercover Investigations, S.W.A.T., Emergency Response Teams, and Academy Instruction.


The interview and background instruction we provide will give you insight on how to best present yourself to potential employers, including specialized training in verbal and non-verbal presentation skills, material and concepts to know, as well as interview pitfalls to avoid.  


Our fitness program is modeled after the California Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) academy fitness program. Our curriculum is designed by one of our Lead Instructors, who is the former fitness coordinator for one of the largest police academies in Southern California. Our group classes are composed of highly motivated, like-minded people, creating an encouraging and high performance environment.


We provide diet plans, body fat testing, running analysis and technique correction for injury prevention, running plans and training for endurance, comprehensive full-body strength training leading to high performance in push-ups and pull-ups tests, as well as instruction on overcoming the dreaded 6-foot wall.


Finally, and most importantly, you will have direct access to real police officers who can answer many of your questions regarding the hiring and testing process and relate extensive experience on what it takes to complete a police academy as well as develop and maintain a successful career as a police officer.


Law enforcement is an exceptionally fulfilling career. Don't waste a year by testing without proper preparation! Don't let your fitness stand in the way of becoming a police officer!

Classes Available


LAW ENFORCEMENT CANDIDATE PREPARATION CLASS   -   $150/month  (3 classes per week/1 - 2 hours per class)

This is not just a fitness class!!! It is our most successful class teaching those seeking careers in law enforcement how to best prepare themselves for the entire hiring process.  It includes information on the background investigation as well as preparation for the rigors of the police academy.


  • Group physical fitness classes modeled after the P.O.S.T. academy fitness program

  • Mentoring and guidance by police officers

  • Networking with future classmates

  • Stress management training

  • Diet and Nutrition guidance, programming, and monitoring

  • Body composition testing

  • Proper running and exercise technique training for higher scores at physical assessment tests

  • Injury prevention


ORAL INTERVIEW GROUP CLASS  -  $50/class (offered various times during the year, see Current Class Schedule below for next class)

99.9% of those who have attended this class have passed their oral interview!!!  This class also includes discussion on the psychological and polygraph tests. 


  • 1 - 2 hour group class

  • Tips on how to be successful

  • Materials and concepts to study

  • Tips on presenting yourself

  • Material and phrases to highlight or to avoid

  • Private Q&A time for any personal questions


ORAL INTERVIEW PRIVATE SKYPE SESSION  - $150/session (offered throughout the year, call or email for appointment)

Classes cover all of the same material included in the above Oral Interview Group Class with a personal touch.  We offer this class for those who are unable to attend the group sessions and is perfect for those candidates with busy schedules or who do not live in the area.   


LAW ENFORCEMENT CANDIDATE EVALUATION - $150 (offered throughout the year, call or email for appointment)

Our evaluation will help you determine your suitability for a career in law enforcement.  This process is ideal for those who have previous non selects, background failures, or want to find out if they are even a valid candidate.  This one on one, confidential evaluation will cover all aspects of your background to determine your hiring potential. We created this evaluation in response to the high number of police candidates who unnecessarily waste 1 to 2 years in the hiring process because of unidentified background issues. Often, candidates fail to identify and address deficiencies that make them un-hirable.  Problematic areas include: finances, driving, employment, education/grades, relationships, drug/alcohol use and sexual history. We have found most background issues can be overcome if properly identified and addressed. 

We will identify your deficiencies and determine if they can be overcome, and if so, we will design a personalized plan to make you an eligible candidate. We will discuss the most suitable agencies for you based on your background as well your career goals and desires.


PHYSICAL FITNESS CERTIFICATION  -  $150 (offered throughout the year, call or email for appointment)

This certification is offered for those in the background process who need to update their fitness or physical assessment test scores for their background investigators.


  • Verification of your fitness levels

  • Certification of your test results

  • Notification to applicable agencies of your certified results

Current Class Schedule:


Mondays:         7:00 PM -  Academy/P.A.T. Group Fitness Class (Location: LBPOA Park)

Wednesdays:   7:00 PM -  Academy/P.A.T. Group Fitness Class (Location: LBPOA Park)

Saturdays:        9:00 AM -  Group Running Class (Location: LBPOA Park or Signal Hill - CALL FOR CURRENT LOCATION)

        * Directions:  Long Beach P.O.A. Park, next to the Long Beach Police Academy (See below for map and address)


UPCOMING ORAL INTERVIEW GROUP CLASS DATES: ( lasts for approximately 60 to 90 minutes)

COST: $50.00 cash at the door.

Instructors available at end for private Q&A about personal backgrounds issues.

NO group classes currently scheduled

Please come out and join us for free trial workouts before you pay.

We are month to month only and do not use contracts.  We like to meet and talk with our prospective clients in person to help give us a better idea of what your future goals are and how we can best serve you.  You do not need to call ahead for any appointment.  You can simply show up to a scheduled workout to watch or bring your workout clothes and join us for a class.  Payments are not accepted until you join up then it will simply be month to month.    

Our Instructors

Stan Appel

Co owner / Lead Instructor

Stan has been a police officer for 37 years. After retiring from the Long Beach Police Department he joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office where he recently retired as a Senior Investigator.

Stan has worked numerous details, including Patrol, Investigations, S.W.A.T, Specialized Crime Suppression, Police Athletic League, and as the Long Beach Police Department academy fitness coordinator.

As the department fitness coordinator, Stan organized one of the most extensive police officer wellness and fitness programs in the State of California. His program consisted of yearly testing for officers in strength, aerobic capacity, flexibility, body weight, body fat, and blood chemistry.

Stan was also the captain of the Baker to Vegas running relay team, where he was instrumental in building a division-winning team three years in a row. Stan has extensive experience in cycling, running and triathlon. He has won numerous gold medals at the World Police and Fire Games, qualified for the Xterra World Triathlon Championships, and has consistently competed as a top Masters level cyclist.

Stan has a B.S. degree in Business Administration (Management) from California State University, Long Beach and has been certified by the Cooper Institute as a personal trainer and fitness specialist.


Steve Fong

Co owner / Lead Instructor

Steve has been a police officer for 20 years. He started with the Long Beach Police Department and currently works for the Huntington Beach Police Department. Past assignments include:

Patrol, Field Training Officer, Bicycle Patrol, Registered Sex Offender Investigations, Warrant Detail, Vice/Narcotics, Firearms instructor, and SWAT.  Steve currently serves as the Training Officer for HBPD.

While at the Long Beach Police Department, Steve held the record for the 1.5 mile run at the Academy with a time of 7:34. Steve also assisted Stan as an academy fitness instructor and running coach. He was instrumental in the success of the Long Beach Police Department Baker to Vegas running team.

Steve ran competitively for California State University, Long Beach in both cross-country and track and field. He currently participates in running events and triathlons, including completing two Ironman triathlons, several Spartan obstacle course races, and 16 Baker to Vegas races.

Steve has a B.S. degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Long Beach and has been certified by the Cooper Institute as a personal trainer and fitness specialist.



Mike Stovall

Lead Instructor

Mike has been a police officer for 40 years. He retired from the Long Beach Police Department as a Narcotics Team Sergeant and also recently retired as a Senior Investigator with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

As a police officer, Mike has worked numerous details including Patrol, Juvenile, Vice, Sexually Exploited Children Unit, and as a Sex Crimes Detective. Once promoted to Sergeant, Mike worked Patrol, Detectives, and Narcotics Investigation.

Mike has participated in numerous oral interviews as both the interviewee and as the interviewer. He is a product of Long Beach public schools and a graduate of Long Beach City College with a Major in Administration of Justice.

He has always been involved in physical fitness and is an avid cyclist and trail runner. Mike enjoys seeing the progress and successes of future police officers he helps coach during the testing and selection process.


Contact Information


(562) 754-2452





Long Beach P.O.A. Park  

7390 e. Carson st. 

Long Beach, CA 90808

United States


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