First Responder Fitness

I’ve always admired our country’s public servants.  My father was a police officer, along with 7 total members of our family working Police, Fire, or EMS jobs.  So, I grew up with some understanding of the sacrifices these men and women make.  For the last few years, though, I got to experience that service on a different level with Middleton Fire Department.  There, I served as a POC Reserve Firefighter/EMT, and for one summer I was even paid full-time.  It was all an incredible experience, and I’m grateful for my time there, but eventually I had to rededicate my full time and effort to training and athletics.
I thought I could keep up with a fireman’s schedule and still be a world class strength coach.  I was wrong.  The life of a public servant is demanding, and I appreciate more than ever what these folks do for us.  So, I’ll leave the life saving to those heroes and go back to what I do best.  Though I’ve continued training in the gym, I’ve left this site dormant for almost 4 years while pursuing firefighting opportunities.  I’m excited to get back to sharing to this blog again.  So, here we go:

During my time in Middleton, I was able to help Engineer/Fitness Officer Seth Bergman with his department’s killer fitness program.  We talked a lot about the importance of fitness conditioning in emergency situations, and a lot about proper lifting technique on scene.  Many first responders have their careers cut short due to back injuries sustained while lifting improperly.  Hopefully I was able to share some valuable knowledge with Seth, because I know I learned a lot from him.  He took training seriously, and attended workshops on fitness for firefighting (in addition to the countless other training days all Firefighters log).  I still use some of the stretches he taught us after one specific clinic.
Right now I’m developing a complete training program for first responders.  It will include the most important exercises to keep firefighters, police, and paramedics from getting injured on the job.  You’ll also get tons of exercises to push your performance to the next level when it matters most.
– Correct pelvic tilts to improve safe lifting technique
– Build core strength for heavier SAFE lifting abilities
– Reinforce healthy movement patterns
– Build endurance and conditioning
– Perform your best
– Get home safe.

Here’s one exercise specifically for firefighters.  These Sled pulls will help you advance charged hose lines with more speed, power, and confidence!

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