Friday, August 26, 2011

Fit for Fire

The last few days have been great. I got to instruct a local fire department on my Fit for Fire training program. It's a program designed to improve the cardiovascular health, strength and endurance of firefighters while reducing their risk of injury and heart attack. Heart attacks are the number one cause of death for firefighters. It is a strenuous and dangerous job that places huge demands on the heart and body. 

So far, so good. The program was well received and the firefighters actually seemed to enjoy the training! I think they were amazed that something so taxing could also be fun. 

My training today was pretty good as well. It was forward crawling day:

Spider-man crawling for 80 yards.
Spider-man crawling with 10 pound dumbbells in each hand for 80 yards.
Spider-man chain pull with a 150 pound chain for 160 yards
Spider-man chain drag with 150 pound chain for 80 yards. 
(the chain pull is where I reach and pull the chain as I go, the chain drag is where I have the chain attached to a harness=constant drag)

I was pretty tired after that. 

If you're on the east coast, stay safe!

Have a great weekend!


Chuck said...

do you get into diet at all as a way to prevent heart attack?

Tim Anderson said...

this part was just to get them warmed up to the idea of movement and exercise. Tried to make it fun and non-threatening. Next time, I hope to maybe broach the idea of nutrition. Especially if this first part sticks.