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What do you do to improve your skills and fitness?

With September 11th coming up this week, I decided to blog about firefighter fitness motivation. The blog reviews the firefighter fatality data from 2011 and asks the question: "Are You Fit for…Continue

Tags: health, wellness, 9-11, skills, fitness

Started Sep 9, 2012

To Workout or Not? When and what type of workouts do you do on shift?
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This is a major concern for the fire rescue athlete,. On one hand we know we should be working out to stay and get fit for duty. Yet , if we burn out in the gym we won't be able to perform when it…Continue

Tags: athlete, to, or, not, rescue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Bricault (ret) Aug 6, 2012.

How Do You Define Firefighter Fit?
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Most people, when asked this question, will normally think about how much weight they can lift or if the are overweight or not.  I argue that being "firefighter fit (fire rescue fit) is much more…Continue

Tags: fit, rescue, athlete, health, assessments

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric C. May 23, 2015.


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Lives in:
Madison, WI
Madison Fire Department
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Health and fitness
Professional Qualifications:
Firefighter 1 and 2,
Topics you provide training for:
Fitness for firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics
Core training to protect your back and career
SOGs to Eating Lean in the Firehouse
Workouts to Get you "Fit for Duty"
Areas of expertise:
Health and Fitness
Aaron Zamzow has been a certified personal trainer and fitness presenter for more than 15 years, and has experience working with the general population as well as professional athletes. He also has more than seven years of firefighting experience as an on-call paid firefighter in Golden Valley, Minn., and is currently a full-time firefighter/EMT in Madison, Wis. Zamzow holds a bachelor’s degree in health and wellness.
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5 Healthy Food Hacks for Fire Rescue Athletes

Do you want to know how fit fire rescue athletes make nutritious meal choices?  Here are some shortcuts, go-to recipes, cooking suggestions and go-to snacks for making the life of a fire rescue athlete a little healthier.

Eating healthy with a demanding job can be difficult.  Add in the fact that the firehouse is usually full of non-nutritious choices like cakes and baked goods and its no wonder that obesity, diabetes and heart disease are huge concerns in the fire industry.  Yet, as…


Posted on April 14, 2016 at 6:46pm

Firefighter Fitness- 4 Reasons Why You’re Not Seeing Results…

Its the dead of winter, football season is over and spring seems so far away.  This is also the excuse season, the time of the year where most people fall off the fitness wagon and start to make excuses.  Its especially easy to make excuses and miss workouts if your not seeing results.  So, today I wanted to give you a little guidance and motivation (check out the FRF Fit for Duty…


Posted on February 12, 2016 at 1:03pm

Stop Exercising and Start Training to Get Fire Rescue Fit...

Before I worked as a firefighter, I was a trainer in both large and small health clubs.  During that time I would see a lot of people exercising consistently and with intensity but only make a limited amount of fitness progress.  Why? Because we are all creatures of habit in the gym and out.  These “snail paced progress” gym goers were all doing the same thing… exercising, not training.  And yes, their is a difference.

What is…


Posted on January 13, 2016 at 11:00pm

Portion Control Strategy for the Firehouse

Cooking in the firehouse is pretty difficult.  One of the biggest fears of every firehouse chef is not preparing enough food for the crew.  This fear usually leads to an excess of available food and larger portions around the table.  So, today I wanted to give you a quick and easy “trick” you can use to get your crew to take smaller servings.

Answer this question:  Which is the larger black circle – the left or the right?…


Posted on November 12, 2015 at 1:39pm

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