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What is the Best Firefighter Workout Program?

This topic is near and dear to mine and your hearts and careers–Workouts for Firefighters and Fire Rescue Athletes. Over the last couple of months I’ve been researching, talking, tweaking and writing about some of the more popular workouts seen in firehouses across the world. Read the Pros and Cons of P90X (click here) and CrossFit (click here) for Firefighters I’ve received a ton of …

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Firefighters- Squat this Way…

I often get emails and questions about ways to improve leg strength and recovery while in firefighting gear.  We all know that stairs and climbing are major fire rescue movements performed on the fire ground so… improve your leg strength and you could improve your performance on the fire ground.  One exercise in particular is very good at doing just …

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5 Reasons Why Firefighters Should Love Water…

Water is a firefighters best friend.  Not only because it helps to suppress fires and cool environments but also because it an essential element of performance.  Academies all over the country often talk about the importance of water for fire suppression but forget to mention how important it is “inside” the firefighter.  Here is a great info-graphic to post around …

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Fire Rescue Fitness Memorial Day Workout

Here is a great way to start your Memorial weekend.   This is a little workout that will burn some calories, ignite your metabolism, and make room for some good summer food and spirits.  I always like to do some morning workout or fun run with the family on Holidays, I find that I feel better all day and don’t eat …

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Change Your Stance to Improve Fireground Performance…

There are some very simple and quick adjustments you can make with your training that can go a long way in improving performance.   Here is one of these adjustments…. Change your stance on some common exercises and improve your performance on the fireground.  Click on the link below! Look for ways to incorporate more fireground motions in your workouts… …

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And the 2017 FRF “Fit for Duty” Champion is…

Last January Fire Rescue Fitness launched the 2017 FRF Fit for Duty Challenge with the hopes of promoting health and fitness within the fire service.  The goal of the Challenge was to motivate Fire Rescue Athletes to treat their health like “athletes” do, to workout and eat to better perform the duties of the job.   The results are in …

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Vote for the 2017 Fit for Duty Champion…

Congratulations to all the 2017 FRF Fit for Duty Challenge participants! This year over over 100 Firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics entered their results.  There were many inspiring results and stories showing how the Fire Rescue Fitness Workouts have helped change lives and careers.  Most importantly, our hope is that these results will help motivate more fire rescue athletes to join the FRF …

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3 Healthy Eating Tips for the Firehouse (or any house)…

Cooking in the firehouse for a bunch of hungry firefighters is not easy, trust me I know. In most cases we sacrifice health for taste to avoid complaints and heckling. But, in order to change the culture of the fire service (to a healthier one) cooks and food choices need to get better.  Here are 3 easy and healthy tips …

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Firefighter Performance- Stay Hydrated… Stay Alive

Heart attack and strokes are more likely to kill firefighters than an actual fire.  A recent research article just confirmed one of the major reasons why.   The research confirms that the physical demands of firefighting may trigger the formation of blood clots and impair blood vessel function — two factors associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke.  (You …

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4 foods that help firefighters combat heart disease…

Its been very well documented that the leading cause of firefighter-on-duty deaths is related to heart disease.  Recent research has discovered that more than 70% of US firefighters are overweight or obese (click here for the research), exceeding the national average for adults. Obesity and heart disease are a major threat to firefighter health and safety and is associated with …