Firefighter Fitness Tip- Workout Smarter…
Today I wanted to give you some great workout tips. Over my years of training clients and athletes I’ve learned two very important fitness tips that will help you see and feel the best results.
Tip#1. Recovery is Essential for progress. I know that many firefighters, emts and paramedics like to challenge themselves during a workout but its the ability to recover afterwards that leads to a greater results. Did you know…your body changes after a workout, when your body rests – not during.
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Tip#2. More is NOT Better – Better is Better. The workouts that I create (like those in the FRF Ultimate Fire Rescue Athlete Workout Program) are short, yet effective strength based programs that challenge your entire body. Because these workouts take less than 50 minutes, some fire rescue athletes are skeptical that they will be effective, and will sometimes try to add exercises or even double up on workouts. Remember, intensity is the key to making good fitness gains. Doing more will only delay or prevent results. Trying to do more will diminish the intensity – hence, diminish results. My advice to the fire rescue athlete is that the best results are achieved when you get your body to work FOR you rather than always having to work your body. Besides…your workouts should leave you feeling ENERGIZED not Exhausted.
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As busy fire rescue athletes there are plenty of other factors that lend to exhaustion – but your workouts should NOT be one of them. Focus on the quality of your strength based workouts – increase the challenge and intensity within the workout by setting personal records.
One bonus tip….log your workouts. Those that created and followed workout logs are more successful.
Keep these two workout tips in mind as you follow through with your plan to get and stay “fit for duty.”
Stay Safe and Healthy,
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