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On-Duty Firefighter (Fire Rescue) Workout...

I get a lot of requests to come up with workouts that can be performed on duty with equipment found at the firehouse. The other day, my crew and I performed this intensive 30 minute interval workout.  This workout will get your heart racing, challenge your core and work your muscles.

The workout consists of three, 10 minute intervals each with a different focus.  The first 10 minutes focuses on anaerobic recovery, the second ten minutes on full body strength and the last ten…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 24, 2014 at 8:20pm — No Comments

On-Duty Firefighter (Fire Rescue) Workout...

I get a lot of requests to come up with workouts that can be performed on duty with equipment found at the firehouse. The other day, my crew and I performed this intensive 30 minute interval workout.  This workout will get your heart racing, challenge your core and work your muscles.

The workout consists of three, 10 minute intervals each with a different focus.  The first 10 minutes focuses on anaerobic recovery, the second ten minutes on full body strength and the last ten…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 24, 2014 at 8:20pm — No Comments

DON’T LOOK NOW, BUT SOMEONE BROKE THE COOKIE CUTTER on BACKSTEP FIREFIGHTER.COM

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Not sure it ever worked in the first place

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We are in a fascinating period of time for the fire service.  Never before have the resources (financial, physical and mental) been greater.  We are finally looking at fires, how they…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on February 9, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

LODD: A Widow’s Perspective

In March of 2011, I posted Maple City Sorrow on the anniversary of the death of…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on February 9, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Change Things Up with Kettlebells

Are you bored with your current exercise routine or looking to try something new? Are you working out at the station or at home and want to focus on the most beneficial piece of equipment money can buy? Then check this out: The kettlebell will change your workout dynamic completely.

The kettlebell can date its history back in one form or another to the 1700’s and began to be heavily relied upon in Soviet Training programs in the early 1900’s. The…

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Added by Mackenzie-Anne Kelly on January 23, 2014 at 9:13pm — No Comments

Don't Downplay Your Down Time

We know we don't spend every waking hour at the firehouse running calls or training or working out. There typically is some down time during your shift or rotation.

As a prospective officer candidate and informal leader, what you do with your down time can make a huge difference in how you are perceived and what separates you from others interested in promoting up.

I have seen firefighters spend hours on end looking on the internet for cars, car parts, campers, motorcycles and…

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Added by Jason Hoevelmann on January 23, 2014 at 12:58pm — No Comments

The Struggles of Staying Physical Fit

Physical fitness and personal wellness are not two things that I have always been passionate about. Honestly, at the beginning of my career, I wasn’t fit for the job I was expected to perform. While it’s hard for me to admit this, it is a fact. At the same time, it is something that I have battled with throughout the last few years and continue to do so today. There is no doubt that…

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Added by Andrew Catron on January 21, 2014 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Firefighter Health: Cooking your way to a healthier tomorrow

Fad diets and “miraculous” pills continue to be a huge market because people still want weight loss to be quick and a small amount of effort. Luckily, the market is getting smaller and people are becoming more aware on the issue thanks to the spread of information, but it has still not been a strong enough force to make the diet pill obsolete. Desiring to lose weight or make a lifestyle change is a fantastic thing, and can have a drastic impact on your life and your career as a firefighter.…

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Added by Mackenzie-Anne Kelly on January 16, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

10 Simple Rules For Fat Loss (2014 Edition)

Would you agree that a leaner athlete is a better athlete?  I know this is a "loaded" question.  A lot of the answer has to deal with the sport in which the athlete is participating.  One thing that research shows is that a leaner athlete is a "more efficient" athlete.  When it…
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Added by Aaron Zamzow on January 4, 2014 at 10:59pm — No Comments

Don't 'Just Deal'

We all know that everyone deals with grief differently.  In the fire service, we all deal with more than our share of tragic events.  Many cope by detaching from the ‘reality’ of the event.  We treat the event as a daily occurrence on the job, equating it to someone with an ‘office job’ completing…

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Added by Becki White on January 2, 2014 at 3:49pm — No Comments

The Greatest Risk, Taking No Risk At All on Backstep Firefighter

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There is a debate that rages, on a daily basis; aggressive versus safe – interior versus exterior – searching versus waiting.  Depending on where you work and what your experience is, you no doubt have an opinion about these topics.  Some hold a very strong opinion, that the safety sallies (you know, those that advocate safety above everything) are ruining the fire service and that there is no room for their thinking.  There are others that…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on November 12, 2013 at 4:01pm — 4 Comments

We Should Be Hearing All About Mike Behette Today, Rather Than Knowing So Much About the Navy Yard Shooter.

Here we go again.

 

By now, we know way too much about the coward with anger management issues who killed a dozen innocent people yesterday at the DC Navy Yard.  I won't repeat his name.

 

Someone said he never got over "his demons" working at Ground Zero immediately following the 9/11 attacks.  Boy, that sure sucks, eh?

 

In my opinion, we give these criminals way too much coverage.  They don't deserve our attention.  I'll keep it clean…

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Added by John Mitchell on September 17, 2013 at 11:42am — No Comments

Here's What We Forget When We "Never Forget"

Another year has come and gone, and we firefighters have paused to remember the brave 343 who gave their lives on that spectacularly horrific morning in Manhattan.  We re-live the nightmare by peering at images from that crisp morning, reading gut-wrenching stories from survivor families, and admiring the ceremonies, plaques, and walls of remembrance.

It is right that we do this.

And, even without the t-shirts, helmet stickers and seemingly parroted rote…

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Added by John Mitchell on September 12, 2013 at 11:20am — No Comments

The 5 Worst Exercises for the Fire Rescue Athlete

Fire Rescue Athletes (firefighters, EMTs and paramedics) must be physically ready to act. The job entails lifting heavy objects (or people), climbing up stairs, dragging hoseline, hoisting ladders, along with other physically taxing movements. It is evident that in order to effectively do our jobs we must have a strong, balanced body. Workouts and especially exercises must then match the demands of the job and prepare the body for such stress.…



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Added by Aaron Zamzow on June 26, 2013 at 12:55pm — No Comments

High Intensity Cardio Challenges for the Firehouse

Time is always been and will always be the number one reason we miss workouts.  As Fire Rescue Athletes, we work unusual hours and our workouts are often interrupted by calls.  Lately I've been creating and testing some highly efficient cardio interval workouts on my bootcamp classes and crew.  Today's blog will give you  two of the more effective ones and teach you some ways to integrate them into your busy schedules and workouts. …

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on June 10, 2013 at 11:01am — No Comments

Volunteer; No Experience OR Training Required!

Note: I wasn’t going to post a blog until after FDIC, but then I watched BC Michael Walker’s address on livestream and it really struck a chord. He spoke to the very essence of what it is to call yourself “fireman”, the strong bond between firefighters and what our communities expect when they call us.…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on April 25, 2013 at 9:23am — 7 Comments

Who Fits the Profile?

Are you at your strongest when others may be at their weakest?

Do you study your enemy to find its weaknesses?

Do you practice your fighting skills until you can’t…

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Added by Art "Chief Reason" Goodrich on April 19, 2013 at 9:59pm — No Comments

Healthy Eating Rules for the Firehouse

What do you need for survival?  I’m not talking about your phone, technology or a certain person; I mean what does your body need to survive?  If you said food you would be correct… the single most important thing you need to focus on at that point is what to eat.…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 28, 2013 at 6:33pm — No Comments

THERE IS NO PROFILE FOR THE WHITE ELEPHANT IN THE SMOKE FILLED ROOM on Backstep Firefighter

Video bites, Facebook morsels continually shape our education

 

 

As we look at the evolution of training in the fire service, we must realize that we are at a time like never before experienced. Today…

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Added by Dave LeBlanc on March 22, 2013 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Essential Exercise to Get Fire Rescue Fit

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 train for balance?  As a firefighter I get asked why do I need to train for balance?  The last thing you want to happen…

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Added by Aaron Zamzow on February 17, 2013 at 1:38pm — No Comments

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