Tacfit Q


Currently undertaking
The Tacfit Qualification
Original and Modified Training Sessions





I'm really excited about this element of training. Ironically it is something that I have been most interested in over the last two and a half years but the one I have done the least! Go figure. 

What is the Tacfit Q? (Taken from Tacfit Fire Fighter's Blog - link in further resources section below)

The TACFIT programs are developed to provide specific and comprehensive physical training for emergency responders. Coach Scott Sonnon has developed a simple “TACFIT Pre-Qualifier” or “Q” that helps responders to evaluate baseline fitness levels. The workout was carefully designed to incorporate movement through all planes of motion and it allows the athlete to assess current mobility, stability, strength and conditioning.


There 6 drills (5 if using a Clubbell), which takes the body through many functional and/or tactical movement patterns. Traditional fitness is focused on 3 planes of motion; saggital, frontal and transverse. Scott Sonnon has a different approach which incorporates what he has named '6 Degrees of Freedom'. There are 3 degrees of translation and 3 degrees of rotation as follows:

1. Heaving

2. Swaying

3. Surging

4. Pitching

5. Rolling

6. Yawing

The key movements for the Tacfit Q are as follows:

  • Tactical Lunge
  • Plank Pull
  • Sit Thru
  • Tactical Push-Up
  • Spinal Rock
  • Tripod

I am not a first responder of any kind but was really drawn to this test as a way to establish my baseline fitness. After moving beyond the bodybuilding paradigm and fully understanding the need for strength / strength endurance through all planes of motion I really appreciated the set-up of this wonderful pre-quailifier.

If you don't have a good working knowledge of Tacfit (and it's umbrella system CST) the above may not make much sense. Below you will find further resources that provide in-depth information about the Tacfit Q.

I have also included a section detailing what I have personally done with the Q and how I have applied it to various training cycles that I have undertaken.

Last Update - 21st May 2015 - I want to make an apology. Usually I write an article in its entirety first and then publish it. This one is incomplete and will be ongoing work in progress. I am currently developing an effective way to communicate what I have done/am doing with the Tacfit Q. This is just a bit of experimental fun for me and I'm writing it to further compound personal knowledge as well as provide info to anyone that may be interested in the Tacfit Q. I love it!


Link to official overview at RMAX:


Link to overview at Tacfit Fire Fighter: 


Link to YouTube video from a Tacfit Certification:


Link to John Sifferman's review site:




1. The Tacfit Q / Qual / Qualification / Prequalifier can be undertaken with bodyweight only as demonstrated within the amazing Tacfit26 program (www.tacfit26.com). Tacfit26 contains 3 levels.

2. It is also featured in Tacfit Commando (http://rmaxinternational.com/tacfitcom) and Primal Stress (www.primalstress.com). Again both are bodyweight only with progressions / regressions.

3. It has also been modified to accomodate both Clubbell and Kettlebells in the following programs:

Tacfit King of Clubs (http://tacfitkingofclubs.com)

Kettlebell Powerformance (http://www.rmaxi.com/powerformance-kettlebell)

The loaded versions of the Tacfit Q follow different protocols to the bodyweight with what I perceive to be an emphasis on strength and strength endurance within a 'tactical' context. 




8th May 2015 - Updates to follow.....


Note 1: None of the external links on this page or throughout this web site are affiliate links. I provide links to give access to further information about the training I undertake. I have absolutely nothing against affiliate links but I don't personally run any.  

Note 2: Sometimes I will provide details about a training program but only details that have been put into the public domain by the program creators.



"If a person trains long enough AND pays attention to their intuition on their recovery, they will arrive at this schedule. It’s encoded in our genes!"

Scott Sonnon