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Reducing Heart Disease in Firefighters

By Zamzowfitness | Feb 26, 2012

Its been very well documented that the leading cause of firefighter-on-duty deaths is related to heart disease.  Therefore any information regarding decreasing the chances of heart disease are very valuable to the firefighting community.  I’ve recently been researching the correlation between cholesterol and heart disease and have found some interesting correlations.  The long-established dietary recommendations…

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Controlling Cholesterol in Firefighters

By Zamzowfitness | Feb 25, 2012

High Cholesterol… Choose healthy carbohydrates, lower your cholesterol. Cholesterol comes from eating too many eggs, bacon, and other animal foods high in fat and cholesterol, right? Not always. First off, cholesterol works as a building block for all the cells in the body, as well as your body’s repair mechanism for damaged cells, especially the…

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The Best Core Exercise for Firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics…

By Zamzowfitness | Feb 11, 2012

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…

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Firefighter Fitness and Metabolism … Part 2

By Zamzowfitness | Feb 9, 2012

How to Make Your Body Burn More Calories. Here is the low down on weight gain/loss. Metabolic Rate is the rate at which the body burns up calories. A body that consumes 2500 calories a day, and burns 2500 calories a day will stay at the same weight. A body consuming 2500 calories daily but…

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Firefighter Fitness and Metabolism

By Zamzowfitness | Feb 7, 2012

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. …

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Core Training for Firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics

By Zamzowfitness | Feb 5, 2012

          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…

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10-minute Interval Overhauls (Firefighter Skills Training)

By Zamzowfitness | Feb 1, 2012

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,…

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Cardiovascular Training for Firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics (FireRescue Athletes)

By Zamzowfitness | Jan 29, 2012

I heard someone once say running long and slow teaches your body one thing, how to run slow. If that’s all you’re after, you can stop reading; I don’t want you to be late for your water aerobics class.  But in our profession you need to move quickly and with purpose, I’m not saying that…

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

By Zamzowfitness | Jan 23, 2012

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…

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