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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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