The IAFF and ACE have teamed up with a program to create fitness trainers within departments, but I still feel most exercise programs promoted here aren't enough. We need to look at training for firefighters in a completely different way, getting away from isolation and bodybuilding techniques.

Out of pure frustration at the lack of understanding within the fitness industry, I've developed my own firefighter fitness certification program based on my workout principles and 22 years as a New York City firefighter and trainer.

Depending upon your situation, the idea is to create some certified trainers within each department that can execute the program, as well as possibly create more trainers.

Anybody interested in this type of training should read my article: Fast Track to Fitness to give you an idea of some of the differences.

Please visit my website for more information.

Stay safe out there!