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One of the Best Firefighter Exercises- Crawling

You read that heading correctly, crawling is one of the best exercises for firefighters.   I actually think it is in the top 10 (you can find out my other 9 “best” exercises by clicking here).  Crawling is a great exercise to work core stability, strengthen the shoulder girdle plus it can help improve your coordination.  It also mimics movements …

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Firefighter Exercise Upgrade- The Long Bar Row

One of the muscle groups that is easily fatigued on the fire ground is your grip and your glutes. This exercise modifies the traditional one arm row to help improve grip and glute strength.   Why is this important?  Advancing hose line is taxing on your grip and challenges your core and glutes.  The long bar row is a great …

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One of the Ten Best Firefighter Exercises- Farmers Carry

We as fire rescue athletes are generally moving in unbalanced positions. Whether its climbing a ladder, pulling hose, or ventilating, we are usually in an unbalanced, split stance. Therefore one area of focus should be the deep balancing muscles of the core. These muscles play an important role in holding and stiffening the pelvis to prevent it from bending and …

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Firefighter Exercise Upgrade- Stir the Pot

This is the plank on steroids.  The “stir the pot” exercise is similar to the plank except you rotate your arms in a circle while on the stability ball.  This exercise will challenge  your core and complete shoulder complex.  You may want to start this exercise while on your knees then eventually move to the full version.  If your having …

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Do This to Be a Stronger Firefighter….

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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FRF Labor Day Weekend Workout…

Here is a great way to start your Labor Day weekend.   This is a little workout that will burn some early morning calories, ignite your metabolism, and make room for some good weekend food and spirits.  I always like to do some morning workout or fun run with the family )or the crew) on Holidays, I find that I feel …