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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 as you climb a ladder or lift a patient is to lose your balance; this often leads to injury or possible death.  


You can easily modify current exercises to challenge your balance by changing your stance (going from  two legs to one), standing on a balance board or BOSU, changing your angle of movement (incline or decline), and/or using a stability ball (like the picture to the right) instead of a stable object.  Another option is to add single-leg exercises into your active rest.  Take a look at picture below, I think the single-leg squat touchdown is one of the best exercises for improving balance and coordination on the fire ground. 
Try to incorporate this exercise into your workout.  I like to perform a dumbbell dead lift (click to see this exercise) then as an active rest I will try to perform 8-12 reps each leg (of the single leg squat touchdown). 
Give it a try!
Stay safe and Healthy,
A Zamzow
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