Vest will probably cost you but its an investment. I got my 86lb one(i only have 50lb in it right now lol: cost $165 shipped on ebay brand new. You definitely need access to stairs and a vest in this process
Anyway, to address the poster above; you're not going to play for one of the departments organized sports teams while you're a proby. There aren't necessarily any rules about this, but it's just not something that's done too frequently and it's not a good idea.
If you eventually make it to the firehouse, you'll find that probation is tough and tiring. You have a lot on your plate as far as getting the schedule down and learning the ropes in your company. Adding a sport to that is no good. Additionally, if you are injured playing football, hockey, ect, your probation will be extended for the duration equal to what you spent on medical leave. Worse, if you injure yourself in such a manor as to cause concern for your future ability as a firefighter, you will be terminated. You have NO PROTECTIONS. You are on probation and they need no reason to dismiss you.
All that being said, I like the attitude of wanting to get involved. I've said it many times, this is a lifestyle, not a job. You don't leave work at the office, so to speak. There are many groups, sports and social activities to get involved in and you should take advantage of as many as you can. There are good odds your firehouse will have a softball team, hockey team, ect. PLAY! The more guys see you, the better they'll get to know you and the faster you'll become one of the brothers.........because that's were you want to be.
I'll steal this line, "you're on the payroll, you're not in the brotherhood. You're not in the brotherhood until the brothers in the firehouse say you are".
If you're looking for a weight vest you have to go to amazon. This is the exact one I have (was 120 w/ shipping). The vest is very durable. My 3 cats use it to dull there nails and haven't affected it at all(had it about a year now)
They also have a 80lb vest. Which I also linked for everyone
My two cents on weighted vests. I love this vest, got it on Amazon, the weight is adjustable up to 60 lbs (comes with 50), doesn't restrict movement when working out, and the vest itself is machine washable which helps when its all ratty and nasty from sweating in it for weeks…
Also, I've seen a lot of people arguing about different stuff. I'm usually the kind of person that just sits back, watch and reserve my opinion if I think its going to offend anyone. Just wanted to say thank you to those taking the time to help others on this forum and keeping it an informative one.
Anyone have grundle chaffing while running? Serious question haha. Couldn't finish my run tonight it was misery.
A couple things:
1. Invest in spandex bike shorts..or if you wanna be really high speed get those Nike/under armour under boxer brief sweat wicking things.. Basically anything that covers the thighs down to your knees..
2. I used to use my wife's body butter from bath and body works.. After a shower.. Apply some and sleep commando, not necessarily naked but allow for some air flow.. Will work wonders..
3. Shower regularly.. Goes without saying.
4. If you chafe..lay off for a day or 2. The only thing worse then applying soap and hot water to a chafed area is applying soap and Hott water to a really chafed area.
Hope this helps.
I heard compression shorts are good for those. I guess they would have to be a really strong pair. I have chubb rubb.
Any body who knows where the squat rack is Chaffes on long runs.. It happens.
Just wearing boxer briefs does it for me.
Compression shorts and baby powder worked wonders for me
As for the race you will ,without a doubt, be lumped up and bruised and cut and muddied up but it will be some of the most fun you've had in your life. The sprints top out at about 4 miles and the super at about 9. There's also a beast which is 12+ miles but I just can't swing the cash to travel for that one. If you like to run and you've raced before this is great to change it up and give a new perspective on running. People are great, girls are beautiful and all in all it's a great time. Plus you get a free beer at the end of the race lol. Check out www.spartanrace.com for more info. If you decide to do any let me know. I'll gladly run with anyone especially someone in the same boat as me.
Anyway, I'm always down for a run. Like I said before I'm not breaking any records but I always prefer training with someone. Whenever you're ready just send me a pm and I'll send you my number to set it up.