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How Do You Define Firefighter Fit?

Are You Firefighter Fit? Most people, when asked this question, will normally think about how much weight they can lift or if the are overweight or not.  I argue that being “firefighter fit (fire rescue fit) is much more than that.  You may be able to lift heavy weights but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you are that strong.  When talking …

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FRF Birthday Challenge Workout…

I like challenge or out-come based (OCB’s) workouts because:  #1 They are tough, #2 They are a great way to measure your level of fitness.  The last 3 years I have completed this special “Birthday” workout to help me measure my fitness and determine where I need improvement.   This particular workout doesn’t require a lot of equipment and can …

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Add this Exercise for Firefighter Strength…

Balance, coordination, power, strength, cardiovascular recovery….all essential fitness traits of the “fit for duty” Fire Rescue Athlete.   If you are a Fire Rescue Athlete (or not) you need to plan your workouts to address each of these traits.  One of the most overlooked is balance and coordination.  As a trainer, I get asked how and when is the best time to …

Firefighter Workout- Progressive Bodyweight Challenge

I get a lot of requests for workouts that require a minimal amount of equipment.  Here is a great Firefighter Bodyweight workout that doesn’t require a lot of equipment and is very efficient (like you need to be on a fire/rescue scene).Click on the video below for a recap. Please like, comment and share this video! Here is a recap …

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Get "Firefighter Fit" and Give Back…Now is the time!

Ultimate Fire Athlete Workout and the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation. Have you heard about the Cold Water Challenge?  Basically, its a challenge by firefighters to each other to video themselves taking a cold bucket of water to raise funds for the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation.  Well, recently my crew “called” me out… and I wimped out. So, I decided to …

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Get “Firefighter Fit” and Give Back…Now is the time!

Ultimate Fire Athlete Workout and the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation. Have you heard about the Cold Water Challenge?  Basically, its a challenge by firefighters to each other to video themselves taking a cold bucket of water to raise funds for the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation.  Well, recently my crew “called” me out… and I wimped out. So, I decided to …

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Essential Exercise to Get Fire Rescue Fit

Balance, coordination, power, strength, cardiovascular recovery….all essential fitness traits of the “fit for duty” Fire Rescue Athlete.   If you are a Fire Rescue Athlete (or not) you need to plan your workouts to address each of these traits.  One of the most overlooked is balance and coordination.  As a trainer I get asked how and when is the best time to …

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A Great Exercise to Strengthen the Knees and Back

Exercise Upgrade- The Marching Bridge I just received an email from a firefighter in Canada in regards to a “good” exercise to strengthen the knees.  A lot of times knee pain can be associated with poor glute activation and pelvic stability. To work on eliminating this weakness try the marching bridge.  This exercise is an effective tool for improving hip and core …

Firefighter Fitness Upgrade- The Row

Last week I had such a great response to the exercise upgrade post (Alternate Arm DB Chest Press) I decided to make it a weekly post.  This week I’ll show you ways to change the row exercise to integrate more core and balance work.  Firefighters, emts and paramedics are constantly required to lift loads in very awkward positions. In order to prepare for these …

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The Best Core Exercise for Firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics…

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 head and neck supported. This …