The 3 Fs of Firefighter Conditioning: Fitness, Fat Loss and Function

Rich Meyer introduces a series of articles that will help you formulate a customized program that’s right for you and address your individual goals.


Every day, Firehouse.com, newspapers and TV news reports remind us of the ever-present dangers of the fire service and the ultimate price some of our brothers and sisters pay. One can expect to lose firefighters to traumatic causes because of the nature of the job, but news of a firefighter’s...


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In following articles, we will define each “F,” clarify how you can create your own plan and specify the best ways to train each component. The first step in using this system effectively is to honestly assess your current state. After you know where you are, following a system like the “3 Fs” will help you achieve optimal fitness, body fat and function.

Rich Meyer will present “Functional Training for Firefighters: Essential Programs for Fitness, Fat Loss and Function” at Firehouse Expo 2005, July 26-31 in Baltimore.


Rich Meyer, CSCS, USAW, is a firefighter and rescue technician with the Bloomfield, NJ, Volunteer Fire Rescue Company. He is the founder of FASTBODIES Fitness and Performance and creator of FAST Responders Functional Fire Fitness program. Meyer is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the NSCA. For more information or to sign up for a free online training journal, go to www.functionalfirefitness.com.