We have selected some of the frequently asked questions about TACFIT Fire Fighter: First Alarm and provided answers below:
I see that TACFIT Fire Fighter: First Alarm has a specific workout for each day. What if I would like to do some other form of exercise?
If you enjoy other exercise modalities such as running, cycling, or swimming, the best place to plug those in is on your “low intensity” training days. For example, you could go jogging at low intensity for 30 minutes and then perform your compensatory movements afterwards.
What should I do if I miss a day of training?
Life happens. If you have a busy night on shift, get busy during the day at home, or just don’t feel well, you may miss a day or two of training. That is no big deal. Just pick up where you left off as soon as you can.
I participate in activities above and beyond firefighting and physical training. How do they fit into the TACFIT cycles?
Firefighters are active people. Many of us participate in recreational activities such as soccer, basketball, or martial arts. If you engage in an activity that is “moderate or high intensity”, you may count that as your daily workout. Plug in a “no intensity” and/or “low intensity” training day to recover properly, and then pick up where you left off with your TACFIT training.
It looks like half of the workouts are dedicated to joint mobility and compensatory movement. Why is so much time dedicated to these programs that don’t really feel like a “workout”?
The main objective of this program is to help you recover from high intensity training. The better your recovery, the better your performance and health will be. The goal is not to do more work, more often, but to fully recover and reach new “highs” during your high intensity sessions. We must be response ready at all times and we cannot afford to be beat up or broken down.
I’ve been pretty sore after high intensity training. Should I just “power through” to stay on schedule?
We really encourage you to “listen to your body”. If you are scheduled for moderate or high intensity training, but you are still feeling sore from the previous cycle, you should plug in another no or low intensity day.
We do not have much in the way of space or exercise equipment at our fire station, can we still participate in the program?
Absolutely! This program was designed with your fire station in mind. Many of the exercises are body weight only. The exercises that do require equipment have options available depending on the equipment that you might have. The workouts were also designed to take up very little space. Your apparatus bay should provide more than enough room to train if you do not have designated exercise space.
What is the “Compliance Scoring System”?
The Compliance Scoring System is a set of guidelines provided to help you optimize your success with this program. There are points assigned to your workout and nutrition for each day. If you are able to adhere to the program as designed 70-80% of the time, you will experience great results!
How do I know when to move up to the next level of exercise sophistication?
If you are performing an exercise and your “rating of perceived technique” is 8 or above on a 10 scale, you should move up to the next level of exercise sophistication. Keep in mind that fatigue will affect your performance, so don’t hesitate to drop back down if you feel your technique degrading.
If you have questions that were not answered here, please let us know in the comments section.
Thank you for your interest in TACFIT Fire Fighter First Alarm.
Train hard, train smart, and stay safe!
Christian and Ryan