The best, single exercise for firefighters has been a long debated subject among many in the fitness world. Not as bad as smooth bore and TFT nozzles, but close. Many trainers tell you body weight exercises, or calisthenics, while others proclaim certain weighted exercises are the most beneficial for our jobs.
Pride. We all have it. Whether it's in being a truckie, a nozzleman, or on the rescue. Irish, Italian, German or Puerto Rican. We're proud of many things, and we all have pride in our rigs. The Engine, Truck, Rescue, Squad, or combination of the four.
The article you are about to read is written by a “Fireman's Fireman”, a very experienced firefighter, and a retired City of Ithaca Lieutenant. He is STILL a New York State Fire Academy Instructor where he has trained dozens, if not hundreds, of the finest firefighters the state has ever had. He has been a mentor for the owners of Thin Line Fitness since they met him in 2009, and a continued inspiration for many more since. This is a true story of how a brother, even through a battle with cancer, STILL trains the future brothers and sisters of our career field, as well as gives constant talks to many fire departments on cancer prevention. This article should truly motivate you, give you the sense that there really are NO EXCUSES, and give you the kick in the butt you need to get to your next workout.
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.