Im 20 years old and am starting my Firefighter I and EMT course in january. I want to start conditioning for all the physical exams now. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I should work out or what kind of muscles I should focus on? Im learning alot from these forums and look to continue to expand my knowledge and be as ready as possible for the classes. Thanks in advanced!
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09-10-2009, 10:21 PM #1
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Advice for a future firefighter hopefully?
09-11-2009, 07:32 PM #2
3 letters: run! Cardio is the main thing, then muscle. Don't let anyone else tell you differently.
Don't get me wrong, muscle is important, but good cardio gets you the job.
09-11-2009, 09:42 PM #3
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- May 2007
- Rayville, Louisiana, USA
Cardio with with a little weight lifting probablly about 80/20
09-11-2009, 10:05 PM #4
Go easy on the beer and no smoking.
(And dont get anyone pregnant either)
09-11-2009, 10:11 PM #5
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- May 2009
Cardio must be the main priority. Muscle strength will follow naturally...
Use strength training that mimics fireground activities and you'll be very happy with your performance...drag hoselines (rolled/unrolled), hit something with a sledge or an axe over and over, drag a dummy, climb a ladder or stairs with a weighted vest, carry a PP fan for a distance...be creative
Oh, another suggestion...regardless of what anyone else tells you; yoga and meditation are definitely worth looking into. Flexibility and being able to control your breathing can mean the difference between being a liability or being the best firefighter you can be...
09-11-2009, 11:47 PM #6
NO criminal record.
Check the attitude at the door too. No need for the knowitall attitude.Jason Knecht
Altoona Fire Dept.
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