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Essential Fitness Equipment for Fire Departments

I get a lot of requests to address the “best” equipment to put in fire stations, which is the topic of today’s post.  Unfortunately, the biggest factor in firehouse gym set-up is price and budget so I will try to keep this in mind.  First off, I want to address the what we don’t need in firehouse gyms.  I actually …

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FRF Special Workout to Honor Veterans…

Today I have a special Firefighter Challenge Workout to honor America’s true heroes….our Veterans.   Thank you for your service and sacrifice! This workout is 11 minutes of strength exercises followed by an 11 minute cardio interval (11-11 for Veterans Day).   The exercises can be changed based on available equipment and level of fitness.  Of course, make sure you …

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This 4-minute stretch can improve firefighter performance.

Mobile and flexible athletes move more efficiently and can be less likely to suffer injury.  Unfortunately, from my research I have found that stretching is the most often “skipped” part of an athlete’s workout.   For one, it’s done at the end of the workout when you just want to be finished.  And, for two, it can be boring.  To combat …

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Do These 3 Things to Stay Fit in (and out) of the Firehouse.

It seems like fitness information is coming from every angle these days.   Experts tell us that we need to “do yoga, do crossfit, do low intensity, do high intensity, do weights, don’t do weights.”  It can get to be very frustrating and in some cases overwhelming.  My goal with FRF is to sift through all the so-called research and experts …

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Are you FRF (Fire Rescue Fit)?

Are you FRF (Fire Rescue Fit)?  We all may answer that question differently.   The reason behind that question though is simple…   Are you ready for the demands of the day, of the job, of the tasks that you must do as a fire rescue athlete?  Sometimes our fitness gets away from us and we may not even realize it.    …

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What is your why?

Why do you workout? Why do you, or should you make healthy choices?  The answers to this question are different for different people.  For me, personally, I workout and stay fit because I never want to tell my crew, my family or my department that;  “I was not fit enough to accomplish my task.” I like to take pride in …

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Take the “Get FRF” Challenge and Win Cash and Prizes…

Over $1,500 in cash and prizes will be given away to Firefighters, EMTs and Medics this Fall!  YOU can Win and more importantly Motivate Others!   Don’t wait, get your program (click here) and get started today! The purpose of the contest is to motivate Firefighters, EMTs and Medics to change the unhealthy culture of the fire service.   Statistics show that the obesity rate …

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The Fire Rescue Fitness 9/11 Memorial Challenge Workout…

Every year around September 11th I like to take a moment and reflect on the significance of the day and honor those that sacrificed (and continue to sacrifice to this day).  I truly believe that one of the best ways to honor those that paid the ultimate sacrifice is to put forth the effort to be the “best” we can …

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5 Ways to Get Leaner and Stronger on (and off) the Fireground.

Attention Firefighters, EMTs and Medics (Fire Rescue Athletes). Would you agree that a leaner and stronger athlete is a better athlete?  I know this is a “loaded” question.  A lot of the answer has to deal with the sport in which the athlete is participating.  One thing that research shows is that a leaner and stronger athlete is a “more efficient” athlete. …

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The Best Firefighter Workouts Have these Components.

Attention Firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics! Without proper planning, your fitness program may actually be setting you up for failure.  This topic is one near and dear to my heart and your career–Workouts for Fire Rescue Athletes.  I’ve been in the fitness industry for over 20 years and in the fire service for over 12.  This experience has given me the …