Firefighter Fitness– Recruit Academy Fitness Programming

  March 26, 2012

     As firefighters we protect life and property by any means necessary. And by “any” we mean the “safest and the best.” This means we do not marry ourselves to any one response modality or school of thought. We don’t always go interior on a fire attack…or always use a Halligan to force open a

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Firefighter Fitness– Is CrossFit it? The Cons.

  March 19, 2012

Last week I posted about the “pros” of using CrossFit for Firefighter fitness.  I recieved some great emails and comments on that post, please keep them coming.  Today, I wanted to post the cons of CrossFit.  So here we go. The use/misuse of Olympic lifts – One of the CrossFit Foundations places a heavy emphasis

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Firefighter Fitness– Is CrossFit it?

  March 15, 2012

I’ve worked in the fitness industry for over 20 years and have seen a lot of “fads” come and go.  Not to age myself but when I started in the industry step classes, leotards and zubaz where still popular.  Back in the day every health club focused on having the most updated machinery possible, today

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Fitness for Firefighters–Tools of the Trade

  March 11, 2012

Here is a short video blog talking about the Firefighter fitness tools of the trade. What are the best exercises, fitness tools and programs for firefighters? The generic answer to that question is “all of them are.” TRX, kettle bells, dumbbells, body weight exercises, P90X, CrossFit, tire exercise are all tools that firefighters can and

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Components of a Firefighter Fitness Program

  March 5, 2012

I often get asked by Firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics to evaluate their current fitness programs and to possibly give some suggestions.  I try to explain to the individual or group that in order to evaluate the program we must understand the physical demands of the job. Research conducted by York University (Ontario) about the physical demands of Firefighting stated– The

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