Firefighter Workout- Intense Interval Overhaul to burn fat...

One of the best ways to incorporate fireground movements into your workouts is to perform what I call "10-minute interval overhauls."  These are 10 minutes of intervals that can vary in work and rest times that are performed after your strength training sessions.  You can read more about these "interval overhauls" by clicking here or see how to integrate them into an actual program by clicking here (FREE 28-day FRF workout).  Today I finished workout #3 of the Ultimate Fire Rescue Athlete Program and created this 10 minute overhaul....three hours later I'm still sweating.  

These intervals should be performed to the best of your ability, feel free to substitute in other exercises that you feel more comfortable with (and let me know your creative ideas). These overhauls help burn more fat and calories and as mentioned above are a great way to incorporate firefighter movements into your workout.  Give this a one a try!

After you compete the strength portion of your workout:

1.  Stepmill (or run stairs) for 2 minutes at 90 steps/min or more 
2.  Rest 30 seconds
3.  Jump Rope for 2 minutes (aim for over 300 jumps)
4.  Rest 30 seconds
5.  Stepmill (or run stairs) for 2 minutes at 90 steps/min or higher
6.  Rest 30 seconds
7.  Jump Rope for 2 minutes (aim for over 300 jumps)

Total of 10 minutes and 250-500 calories burned..

Stay Safe and Healthy,
A. Zamzow

Healthy Nutrition in the Firehouse (or any house)

Cooking in the firehouse for a bunch of hungry firefighters is not easy, trust me I know. In most cases we sacrifice health for taste to avoid complaints and heckling. But, in order to change the culture of the fire service (to a healthier one) cooks and food choices need to get better. Here are 3 easy and healthy tips that can help.

1. Assemble 5 simple and healthy recipes that can be easily tweaked to create different dishes.--
Learning new recipes are fun but isn't best done in a busy firehouse. We all know, the more times we make a recipe, the faster, easier and possibly healthier it gets--It becomes a routine, like putting on your gear. There are a lot of resources to find healthy recipes, pick some out and use them as your staples. You can get some free recipes by downloading the SOP's to eating lean in the firehouse (click here).

2. Have some healthy fruits and veggies always available.-- Around my firehouse we have replaced the random cookies and muffins with celery and orange slices. Put all of the processed sugary foods and cakes away and leave some of veggies and fruit out around the kitchen. After some calls, its habit to walk to the kitchen to see whats there, if there are healthier options out, we are less likely to search for the crap.

3. Replace pitchers of sugary fruit juices with water.--Muscles are comprised of water in a great percentage. That’s why when we get dehydrated our muscles look smaller and performance decreases. Only a 2% water loss decreases the ability to work by 15%. It is important to remember that you should never wait until you feel thirsty. It is a well
know fact that by the time you feel this way you are already dehydrated. So, replacing the sugary juices that don't add with any nutritional value with water can help us perform better. Need to spruce up boring water? Try to cut some lemons, mangos or limes and put them in the pitcher.

As mentioned above, we (as fire rescue athletes) need to make the firehouse environment more healthy.  Try to incorporate these tips at your firehouse (or any house).

Stay Safe and Healthy,
A. Zamzow

PS...Here is a quick and healthy option for lunch

Do-it-Yourself Salad Bar (serves about 4)
Steak or chicken (about a pound and a half)
One large cucumber
One red pepper
One cup of raspberries or strawberries
Package of sunflower seeds
small package of mozzarella (lower fat) cheese
16-20 ounces of salad 50/50 mix
Slice up the cucumbers, berries, peppers, and leave each in a separate bowl.  Put the salad in a large mixing bowl.   Grill the chicken or steak, I like to use olive oil and lowrys seasoning.  Place all items on a the table and let the crew create their own salads

You can serve this with some real potato (lower fat) chips and Raspberry vinaigrette dressing (look for a dressing with minimal ingredients)

The Ultimate Firefighter Tribute Workout

A lot of people have taken advantage of the Ultimate Fire Athlete Workout Cold Water Challenge, but, time is running out.  Just to recap, I am giving $10 (all profits) for each Ultimate Fire Athlete Program sold to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for the next week.  You can read more about that here.

Today I want to give you a taste of the type of workouts that you will find in the Ultimate Fire Athlete Workout and it comes with great timing and a lot of significance... The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation provides resources and funding (via grants and donations) towards remembering our fallen and protecting our current firefighters.  This "tribute" workout is difficult and will be re-introduced later this year but I felt that this week (with the NFFF campaign) that it was a great time to introduce it.  So, give this challenge a try and please comment if you get the significance.

Active warm-up (perform for 30 seconds or 10 reps of each exercise for 2 circuits wit no rest between exercises)

  1. Standing Chops
  2. Step Forward toe reaches
  3. Spidermans
  4. Knees side to side 
  5. Cross overs
(Repeat for a total of 2 circuits)

Now that your ready...its on to the fun.  All you need for this workout are some steps (or a stepmill) and a way to do pull-ups or body rows.  You should time the workout from the first step to the last so you can track your fitness progress from workout to workout.

Try to keep your rest to a minimum, go from exercise to exercise at your own pace.  Have fun.

1.  Run stairs (or step mill) as fast as possible for 396 steps or 22 flights

2.  Perform 100 push-ups (rest as little as possible)

3.  Run stairs (or step mill) as fast as possible for 396 steps or 22 flights

4.  Perform 100 prisoner squats

5.  Run stairs (or step mill) as fast as possible for 396 steps or 22 flights

6.  Perform 100 lunges (50 each leg)

7.  Perform 43 pull-ups or body rows

8.  Run stairs (or step mill) as fast as possible for 396 steps or 22 flights

Record your time....then pass out (just kidding)

Do you know the significance of the workout?  Let me know how you did....

If you need a program that will get you in the best shape of your, take advantage of the Ultimate Fire Athlete- Cold Water Challenge

Stay safe and healthy,
A. Zamzow