Before I worked as a firefighter, I was a trainer in both large and small health clubs. During that time I would see a lot of people exercising consistently and with intensity but only make a limited amount of fitness progress. Why? Because we are all creatures of habit in the gym and out. These “snail paced progress” gym goers were all doing the same…
Cooking in the firehouse is pretty difficult. One of the biggest fears of every firehouse chef is not preparing enough food for the crew. This fear usually leads to an excess of available food and larger portions around the table. So, today I wanted to give you a quick and easy “trick” you can use to get your crew to take smaller servings.
Answer this question: Which is the larger black circle – the left or the right?…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on November 12, 2015 at 2:39pm — No Comments
If your firehouse (or house) is anything like the one I work in its full of leftover candy and sweets. Now I must admit, I like a good treat now and then but often I have a very difficult time stopping with just one. Why? Sugar. Its everywhere in almost everything and too much of it can cause some serious health issues. Some foods, such as fruits and carrots, naturally contain sugar, but watch out for foods with added sugars, such as baked goods, cereals, crackers, even sauces and many…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on October 30, 2015 at 11:50pm — No Comments
Added by Aaron Zamzow on September 24, 2015 at 10:23pm — No Comments
Every year around September 11th I like to take a moment and reflect on the significance of the day and honor those that sacrificed (and continue to sacrifice to this day). I encourage you to do this workout, share your results and challenge others to do the same, at least once a year (on September 11th). This "tribute" workout is difficult but has a…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on September 10, 2015 at 12:18pm — No Comments
Do you workout on shift? Should you workout on shift and what is the best workout to perform? How do you schedule your workouts around your shifts or calls?
This is a major concern for the fire rescue athlete. On one hand we know we should be working out to stay and get fit for duty. Yet , if we burn out in the gym we won't be able to perform when it…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on August 11, 2015 at 1:11am — No Comments
I have had a of of requests for quick workouts that can be done with minimal equipment. Here is a re-post of one of my more popular cardio interval workouts I created for a firefighter/medic that has no equipment and only some stairs and a parking lot. This can be used as a cardio interval training workout day (for those following the FRF Rapid Fat Loss or FRF Ultimate fire Rescue Athlete…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on June 5, 2015 at 1:06am — No Comments
Before you go Hog wild (sorry, had to say it) on bacon please read the following disclaimer. Let me state up front that saying bacon is “healthy” does not mean it’s healthy to eat it in huge quantities nor does it mean it’s healthy to eat large amounts seven days a week. Try to stick to small servings, blot extra bacon grease off to lower fat intake, and avoid adding extra salt or other high sodium seasonings. I suggest to consume only 2 or 3 slices and only once a week. Also,…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on April 13, 2015 at 10:46pm — No Comments
The fire service is filled with many great traditions, some good and some not. One of the fun things that happens in a lot of firehouses is the "pop-flip" for a round of sodas. Unfortunately, sodas are a huge reason we are staying unhealthy- they have a ton of chemicals and sugars that pack on extra bodyfat. Don't believe me? Keep reading.
Drink Diet Soda?…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 19, 2015 at 9:54pm — No Comments
This topic is near and dear to mine and your hearts and careers–Workouts for Firefighters and Fire Rescue Athletes. Over the last couple of months I’ve been researching, talking, tweaking and writing about some of the more popular workouts seen in firehouses across the world.
Added by Aaron Zamzow on March 8, 2015 at 10:04pm — No Comments
This is how I as an alcoholic drank off duty and how bad it got, to the point of suicide.http://ineverwantedtobeafirefighter.blogspot.com/
Added by Timothy O. Casey on February 6, 2015 at 3:55pm — No Comments
We all know that getting water on the fire as quickly as possible is the best way to avoid bad situations. We also know that some of the best in the business have been confronted with situations beyond their control even after doing all the right things and were forced to make very tough decisions for survival.
Our, (Engine House Training, LLC), class is not an excuse for a lack of training in fundamental…Continue
If any one of the over 160 criminal charges filed against him are true, it would be astronomically difficult to argue with The Beast’s opinion that he is America's Worst Volunteer Firefighter.
Sadly, we see these news headlines all too often: Firefighter Charged with Setting Fires. What we don't see, usually never see, is a case like this volunteer firefighter. Authorities claim this guy, already out on bond from serial arson charges, did some other really, really, really bad…Continue
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Station House Retreat to open February 2!
Station House Retreat is a treatment facility exclusively for first responders located in south Florida. We will begin accepting first responders who are coping with an addiction on Monday,…Continue
Firefighters have physically and mentally demanding jobs which means we (as fire rescue athletes) have demanding nutritional needs to match. Unfortunately, research confirms that most are deficient in some essential nutrients. The most common deficiencies are in protein, water (hydration), healthy fatty acids, and the essential vitamins. Research…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on December 15, 2014 at 12:46pm — No Comments
Added by Aaron Zamzow on November 15, 2014 at 1:52pm — No Comments
We joined the emergency services to help people. We get antsy when we go shifts without feeling like we’ve made an impact. We use language that doesn’t seem right to ‘normal’ people, like “good fire” in reference to that hard work we put in or…Continue
Added by Becki White on September 23, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
FIREFIGHTERS! SteakUmm has picked the top three finalists in their National Firehouse Challenge. Go to www.steakumm.com and cast your vote on facebook for the "Fan" favorite. Each vote gets $$ donated to the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation and the winner gets $5000 to their firehouse cause. http://www.steakumm.com and cast your vote.
Added by Joseph T Bonanno on September 11, 2014 at 3:03pm — No Comments
Working out on-shift is a major concern, you want to make sure you keep your body in good "fit for duty" condition but also want to make sure you have enough "left in the tank" to respond and perform in an actual response. Over the last couple of years I have…Continue
Added by Aaron Zamzow on August 4, 2014 at 11:12pm — No Comments
Be Physically Ready for Duty- Your Daily Fitness Checkoffs.
At the beginning of each and every shift firefighters, EMTs and medic meticulously go through and check their gear (or at least they should be) to make sure that it is ready for the challenges of the day. Our equipment must be functioning properly and our rigs must be fueled and ready to go. The question that I also want you to think about is whether or not your…
Added by Aaron Zamzow on July 17, 2014 at 11:42pm — No Comments