8 Week Accelerator


Want to build on your overall fitness and mental resilience? Whether you’re preparing for the rigors of your particular Recruit Courses or taking the next step in your fitness journey, the 8 Week Accelerator Challenge is for you.

This programme is suitable for anyone currently undergoing the recruitment process, but is ideally suited to those who have successfully completed an Assessment Day.

Each fortnight there is a beep test that sets your level for the week and allows you to measure your progress. The remaining days take you through stability, strength and conditioning exercises. You can complete this training programme under your own steam, but we recommend you engage a Personal Trainer to keep your intensity and motivation high, and your technique correct.

If you live in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Napier, Palmerston North, Dunedin or Christchurch, you can attend free weekly group training sessions. Here you can meet other candidates who are preparing to join, who are experiencing the same challenges as you, and may even be on the same intake as you.

By the end of this programme, you will not only be prepared to meet the entry level fitness requirements, you’ll be better prepared both physically and mentally to start your initial training. You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve when you work towards clear goals.

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Full Programme


AUCKLAND - Mondays and Fridays at 6pm
Victoria Park, Auckland (meet in front of the Grandstand adjacent to the carpark. Fanshaw St side.)
Instructor: Mat Lewisham
Wednesdays at 6pm
Freeman's Bay Community Hall,
52 Hepburn Street, Ponsonby.
Instructors: Scott Cottier and Mat Lewisham

MANUKAU - Wednesdays at 6pm
Manukau Sports Bowl (please meet at the carpark opposite the playground)
Te Irirangi Drive, Manukau

HAMILTON - Wednesdays 6:30am
YMCA Hamilton
36 Pembroke Street, Hamilton
Instructor: Suzanne Landers

NAPIER – Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5.30pm
Meet no later than 5.25pm outside the Defence Recruiting Centre
2 Faraday Street, Napier
Instructor: Chris Treacher

PALMERSTON NORTH - Mondays at 6pm
Palmerston North Boys' High School
Meeting at Edgeware Road Entrance
Instructor: Zarnia Pickering

WELLINGTON - Mondays and Thursdays at 6pm
Wellington Girls’ College Gym Astro Turf, (Located behind Thorndon Chippery), 14 – 18 Murphy Street, Thorndon.
Instructor: Manuel Dalton & Logan Cowdell

CHRISTCHURCH - Mondays at 6pm
HMNZS Pegasus,
419 Montreal Street.
Instructor: Brian Miles

DUNEDIN - Tuesdays at 7pm
'I Am Fit' Group Fitness Training,
11 Willis St.
Instructor: Mike Ivamy