"I think your recent publication of Fire Fighter Workout and Public Safety Diver training cross over very well. The problem on our job is that the level of fitnessvaries dramatically from 22 year old probationary fire fighters just out of the military to 60+ year old guys that don’t exercise and are in terrible condition. Any recommendations?"
Thanks foryour feedback on the Fire Fighter and Safety Diver programs. I agree. The workouts are not helpful for a 60+ year old that does not exercise yet still wears a Fire Fighter uniform. Perhaps the "45 DayBeginner Program" (PDF) could be helpful in that situation for the folks who need to lose weight and get more fit.
The advice listed in this article will not only apply to the Fire Fighter fitnesscomponent, but to everyone looking for the next generation to their fitness journey. An option for for the Fire Department is the TRX Suspension Training System. Suspension Training maybe an answer toyour department’s budget, but it may also answer the need of your fire fighters with functional strength and maintenance requirement. I have been using the TRX as well as took the Suspension TrainerCourse recently and honestly felt my abs so much the next day it hurt to laugh.
- Slideshow: TRX Suspension Training
I compared typical multi-station weight machine that allowsfor more than twenty different exercises with the TRX and this is what I found:
Multi Station Weight Machine TRX with DVD Fitness Program
Above Average Home Gym Military / LE Force Training KITChest Press (one angle) Chest Press (any angle)
Lat Pull-downs Lat Pull-downs
Lat Rows Lat Rows
Leg Press Lunges, Squats,
Abs crunch station Abs, core, lower back, obliques
Leg curls / Leg...