You work with a great group. We all do. We go through literal hell together, see terrible things, and sometimes beautiful things like the birth of a child, but either way, through thick and thin, we are there for each other. You go out after shift or off shift and have a beer at the bar or go out on the boat and enjoy some free time together. You have built some great memories and unbreakable bonds with your brothers and sisters, but have you ever thought to yourself, or wondered, “Could we get even closer? Could our group become even tighter?”. The answer is a definite YES.
“We don't have any gym equipment”. We all know that person, maybe you're that person. You know, the one who blames the fact that there's no equipment, or not sufficient equipment, to work out. Dishing out the excuse that they think their peers will find valid enough to stay off their back. Well, here's the article to give you the road map to workouts with only a few pieces of equipment in your fire station, ambulance, or patrol car. And to give that person a good excuse TO work out.
In the second Thin Line Fitness article, we’re going to talk about what to eat (and not to eat) while on shift. Though this may come across as common sense, you’ll see throughout your endeavors as a Firefighter, LEO, or EMS provider, that it is not that common.
First, we need to start by saying that we know every body, and everybody, is different. The 200 pound beefcake on shift who works out every day will not have the same nutritional need as the 250 pound ambulance driver trying to drop to 200 pounds. These are just general tips and advice to start and continue healthy eating and snacking while on shift.
We’ve all been there; it’s breakfast time with the crew and the “quick and easy” meal most of us go to? Eggs, bacon, and toast in one manner or another. The usual. Maybe it’s the new guy's first week, and he’s continuously bringing in donuts or bagels with all types of cream cheese. No big deal, right? After all, we’re firefighters. We’ll surely burn these calories off throughout the day.
Well, take a look around your station. Tell me how well that’s worked out for a good portion of those you work with. Chances are, the image doesn't look too promising. How many firefighters do you work with that you can honestly say can pull you from a burning building? How many on your crew can you pull out?
Ian is a professional fireman, a Veteran Air Force Firefighter, and a Certified Personal Trainer with ten years in the fire service. His passion for physical fitness has led him to begin Thin Line Fitness.