How Fit Should a Firefighter Be?

When the big red trucks show up on scene all the homeowner expects is a group of decathlete-brain surgeons to jump out and fix the problem.  Not too much to expect, right?  But what do they actually get? Hopefully, someone well trained and fit enough to do the job. Everyone hired is required to pass …

This Blog Won’t Help You Improve Your Fitness

This blog won’t help you improve your fitness, or your life for that matter.  Reading through all the posts I have written over the past 2 ½ years will probably just be a waste of your time.  Not because I haven’t made an attempt to simplify things.  Not because I haven’t provided helpful information. No. …

Should Firefighters Train Like Athletes?

A career as a firefighter is a demanding one.  Often times firefighters, police, EMS and military personnel are referred to as tactical or industrial athletes.  Their fitness levels are often compared to those of professional athletes.  Is this a fair comparison?  Well, that’s hard to say. Looking at firefighters specifically, we know that they could …

Friends of First Alarm Strength: The Physio Spot – The Importance of Sleep and dealing with injury

Here is an amazing website (run by a friend of mine who keeps me in one piece).  I will be adding a permanent link to The Physio Spot in the resources section.  This article discusses how sleep, or a lack of, can impact injury risk as well as pain management. In case you didn't know, …