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Firefighter Fitness and Metabolism

What is Metabolism? You may often here around the firehouse someone say “I have a slow metabolism.”  Usually these individuals are a little on the larger size and often like to joke about their size.  Unfortunately, these people are at a very high risk to keep the trend of heart related Firefighter fatalities in tact.  I’m not saying that larger …

Core Training for Firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics

          Fire Rescue athletes are at a very high risk of back injury.  As a matter of fact almost 50% of all firefighters will experience some type of back injury during their career.  Effective core training brings about a proactive approach to protecting your body and joints (especially your back) from injury. Core strength consists of hip, shoulder, and trunk …

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10-minute Interval Overhauls (Firefighter Skills Training)

Now, as you probably know from reading my previous blog posts that I think that interval training is very applicable to what we do on the fire ground.  A unique component that I’ve added to my workouts is a 10-minute Interval Overhaul.  These interval Overhauls are a combination of exercises that challenges the total body, allows me to work on …

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Firefighter Fitness- Should You Exercise While You’re Sick?

  It’s that time of the year.  The flu bug is in full affect and is probably making its way through a firehouse near you.  We get exposed to lots of different viruses through EMS responses, hospital transports and via the close confines of the firehouse.  I get a lot of people asking me if they should try to exercise …

A new weapon for Firefighters war on Heart Disease

Heart disease kills more on-duty firefighters than anything else — and it is definitely linked to emergency duties, a Harvard study shows. Most people think firefighters’ biggest death threats are fires and collapsing buildings. But over the last 30 years it’s been shown that 45% of firefighters’ on-duty deaths come from heart disease.    Over these last 30 years the actual percentage …

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Snacking around the Firehouse

Everyone (especially around the firehouse) loves a good snack. But what actually is a “good” snack. If you ask some, they will define a good snack as something that tastes great but doesn’t fill you up like a meal.  If your stomach starts rumbling and lunch is still two hours away, you’re going to need a snack to make it …

The Importance of a Strong Core for Firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics

Each year, tens of thousands of Firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics are injured while fighting fires, responding to incidents, transporting patients and training for the job. While a majority of the injuries are minor, a significant number are debilitating and career-ending.  Of these debilitating injuries almost 50% have to do with low back pain and a recent survey by the International …

Firefighters…the ultimate athlete?

As a firefighter (paramedic and emt included), you train to mitigate the risks that you are sure to face on the job.  Your fitness cannot be a liability, it must be on par with the skills you have spent so much time learning.  Like an athlete, you must be game ready at all times. What does it mean to be …

Get fit for duty, stay fit for duty.

Train like your life depends on it…because it does.  I’m sure you’ve heard that slogan before either at a seminar or around the firehouse.  What exactly does it mean?  In the context of this website we (I) mean that every fireifghter, emt, and paramedic should look at their level of fitness as another tool like an axe, ladder or IV …