The 3 Fs of Firefighter Conditioning: Part 5

In the conclusion of this series describing fitness, fat loss and function, Rich Meyer details how to cover your bases.


It’s 3 A.M. The bells sound and in a flash you’re on the rig and out of the firehouse. You finish putting on your airpack, listening to the radio, and begin sizing up the scene in your head. The last thing on your mind right now is whether you’re fit for the fight...


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Being a firefighter is anything but ordinary, so an ordinary fitness program won’t completely prepare you for the job. Your body is one of the most precious tools you carry with you each time you pull up to a scene. If you never take that for granted and consistently exercise, you’ll reduce your chances of ending your career early due to medical complications or injuries. Good luck, stay strong and live long!

Lessons Learned

  • An ordinary physical fitness program will not fully prepare you for the rigors of firefighting.
  • Circuit training is the best way to increase your fitness level.
  • Exercise consistently.

Rich Meyer, CSCS, USAW, is the author of FAST Responders: The ULTIMATE Guide to Firefighter Conditioning and owner of FASTBODIES Fitness and Performance in Bloomfield, NJ. Meyer is a firefighter and rescue technician with the Bloomfield Volunteer Fire Rescue Company and is available for private, company or fire department fitness coaching. To receive a free training journal, go to www.functionalfirefitness.com.