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Firefighters–This Exercise will Reduce Injuries.

I have a confession to make.  Sometimes, I skip my active warm-up exercises when I workout (kind of). We are all guilty of it (admit it).  Let’s face it, sometimes you hit the gym or the workout room in the firehouse and are tired or short on time and will “sacrifice” the warm-up and stretching.   I do not recommend …

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Top Five Fitness Trends in the Fire Service for 2018.

Every year I try to take some time to evaluate current fitness trends in the general public and in the fire service.  I have been very fortunate to have some great connections in both industries, based on my research and numerous conversations with colleagues,  I’ve identified some of the fitness trends we are most likely to see in departments this …

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10 Healthy Snack Options for the Firehouse

Nutrition plays a very large roll in your health and fitness.  Unhealthy eating habits have contributed to the obesity epidemic in the United States and especially in the fire service.   A poor diet is associated with major health risks that can cause illness and poor performance when it counts.  Poor nutrition can contribute to heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and numerous types …

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10 Tips to Avoid the Flu and Cold in the Firehouse

It’s that time of year again when the common cold and flu begins being passed from one person to the next. Each year the common cold affects the average person two times, and can affect the fire rescue athlete even more.  The sneezing, coughing, sore throat, and runny nose leave you wanting to curl up under the bed covers. To avoid …

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FRF Special Workout to Honor Veterans…

Today I have a special Firefighter Challenge Workout to honor America’s true heroes….our Veterans.   Thank you for your service and sacrifice! This workout is 11 minutes of strength exercises followed by an 11 minute cardio interval (11-11 for Veterans Day).   The exercises can be changed based on available equipment and level of fitness.  Of course, make sure you …

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Do These 3 Things to Stay Fit in (and out) of the Firehouse.

It seems like fitness information is coming from every angle these days.   Experts tell us that we need to “do yoga, do crossfit, do low intensity, do high intensity, do weights, don’t do weights.”  It can get to be very frustrating and in some cases overwhelming.  My goal with FRF is to sift through all the so-called research and experts …

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What is your why?

Why do you workout? Why do you, or should you make healthy choices?  The answers to this question are different for different people.  For me, personally, I workout and stay fit because I never want to tell my crew, my family or my department that;  “I was not fit enough to accomplish my task.” I like to take pride in …

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Take the “Get FRF” Challenge and Win Cash and Prizes…

Over $1,500 in cash and prizes will be given away to Firefighters, EMTs and Medics this Fall!  YOU can Win and more importantly Motivate Others!   Don’t wait, get your program (click here) and get started today! The purpose of the contest is to motivate Firefighters, EMTs and Medics to change the unhealthy culture of the fire service.   Statistics show that the obesity rate …

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The Fire Rescue Fitness 9/11 Memorial Challenge Workout…

Every year around September 11th I like to take a moment and reflect on the significance of the day and honor those that sacrificed (and continue to sacrifice to this day).  I truly believe that one of the best ways to honor those that paid the ultimate sacrifice is to put forth the effort to be the “best” we can …

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4 foods that help firefighters combat heart disease…

Its been very well documented that the leading cause of firefighter-on-duty deaths is related to heart disease.  Recent research has discovered that more than 70% of US firefighters are overweight or obese (click here for the research), exceeding the national average for adults. Obesity and heart disease are a major threat to firefighter health and safety and is associated with …