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Firefighter Fitness– Recruit Academy Fitness Programming

By Zamzowfitness | Mar 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.

By Zamzowfitness | Mar 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?

By Zamzowfitness | Mar 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

By Zamzowfitness | Mar 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

By Zamzowfitness | Mar 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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Reducing Heart Disease in Firefighters

By Zamzowfitness | Feb 26, 2012

Its been very well documented that the leading cause of firefighter-on-duty deaths is related to heart disease.  Therefore any information regarding decreasing the chances of heart disease are very valuable to the firefighting community.  I’ve recently been researching the correlation between cholesterol and heart disease and have found some interesting correlations.  The long-established dietary recommendations…

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Controlling Cholesterol in Firefighters

By Zamzowfitness | Feb 25, 2012

High Cholesterol… Choose healthy carbohydrates, lower your cholesterol. Cholesterol comes from eating too many eggs, bacon, and other animal foods high in fat and cholesterol, right? Not always. First off, cholesterol works as a building block for all the cells in the body, as well as your body’s repair mechanism for damaged cells, especially the…

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The Best Core Exercise for Firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics…

By Zamzowfitness | Feb 11, 2012

As a trainer (and as a firefighter in the workout room), I hear people saying, I want “abs” and of course, I want to help people achieve this. However, I frequently see people performing the least productive exercise for their abs- the crunch.  Yes, the movement performed while lying down on a mat with the…

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Firefighter Fitness and Metabolism … Part 2

By Zamzowfitness | Feb 9, 2012

How to Make Your Body Burn More Calories. Here is the low down on weight gain/loss. Metabolic Rate is the rate at which the body burns up calories. A body that consumes 2500 calories a day, and burns 2500 calories a day will stay at the same weight. A body consuming 2500 calories daily but…

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