Are You Firefighter Fit?
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 than that. You may be able to lift heavy weights but that doesn't necessarily mean that you are that strong. When talking about Firefighter fitness you are only as strong as your "weakest" part. You see true strength comes in the form of functional fitness, fitness that can be applied and used in fireground situations, not just in a gym.
Functional exercises focus on building a body capable of performing real life movements in real life positions, whereas weight training on machines in a gym, teaches the body to perform only in positions when posture is made ideal by the machine.
We all know that firefighting is a physical job, we need to be strong, have good muscular endurance, great core and grip strength and must be able to recover quickly. The challenge that we (as fire rescue athletes) face is trying to identify how to functionally test fire rescue athletes? There are so many components of the body that must work efficiently in order to do the everyday tasks of the Fire Rescue Athlete. This is the purpose of today's blog post. How do you define firefighter fit? What tests do you think are good measures for our job?
I have been doing a ton of research on this topic and have some guidelines and assessments that may work which I will post about soon. For now, what I really need is some input on this topic, let me know what you think. Please leave comments or email me.
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