Firefighters are “Tactical Athletes” and it is important that we train to meet the specific occupational demands of our job. The term “Firefighter Fitness” refers to the wide array of physical attributes that are required to perform the duties of a firefighter at a high level while remaining injury free.
The TACFIT programs are developed to provide specific and comprehensive physical training for emergency responders. Coach Scott Sonnon has developed a simple “TACFIT Pre-Qualifier” or “Q” that helps responders to evaluate baseline fitness levels. The workout was carefully designed to incorporate movement through all planes of motion and it allows the athlete to assess current mobility, stability, strength and conditioning.
Please click here for video, photos, and detailed instructions to perform Coach Sonnon’s TACFIT Q
The TACFIT Q is made up of 6 exercises:
1. Front Step Lunge (right leg step + left leg step = 1 point)
2. Plank Pull Knee (each repetition = 1 point)
3. Sit Thru Knee (right knee through + left knee through = 1 point)
4. Tactical Pushup (each repetition = 1 point)
5. Spinal Rock Knee (each repetition = 1 point)
6. Tripod Vertical (right arm up + left arm up = 1 point)
A reasonable score on the “Q” is 40 points. Perform repetitions at maximum effort with proper technique followed by 10 seconds of recovery. Complete the 20/10 interval 8 times (4 minutes). Record points (repetitions counted as listed above) for each 20 second interval. Recover for 1 minute and then move to the next exercise. Complete all 6 exercises and then add low scores for each exercise to calculate total points for the training session. Perform the exercises in the order listed and be sure to include a good warm-up and cool-down.
Please take a close look at each exercise technique and make sure you are comfortable with the movement before attempting the workout. Pay close attention to how you feel during each exercise. Where do you feel limitations in mobility? Where do you feel unstable? Do you feel weaker with certain movements? How fatigued are you? This analysis will help you to address weaknesses that you might have. Be sure to incorporate exercises into your training that will help you to shore up any deficits. Perform the TACFIT Q a few weeks later and make note of how you have improved.
Give it a try and let us know how it goes. Please feel free to post scores in the comments section and send us any questions that you might have.
Are you looking for ways to move better and improve your performance? Our good friends at Gold Medal Bodies have identified five simple things that may be hampering your efforts. Do any of these apply to you?
Remember, our goal is to train harder and smarter!
Stay safe out there,
Christian and Ryan
Simple Exercises to Boost Your Firefighter Workout
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 05:01
Written by tacfitfirefighter
When we are designing our TACFIT Fire Fighter fitness programs, we start by selecting exercises that are very specific to tasks that firefighters are called upon to perform. Loaded Carries are simple exercises that you can add to your firefighter workout to improve your strength and enhance performance.
Check out this great article from Strength Coach Dan John:
We spend a lot of time talking about firefighter fitness and firefighter workouts, but we haven’t spent much time talking about nutrition. I think that it is safe to say that nutrition is 60-80% of the battle in terms of maintaining ideal body composition and general health, especially as we get older. Christian and I are often asked, “What is the best nutrition plan for firefighters?” My answer has always been, “It depends on the firefighter.” There are so many “diets” out there, it can be difficult to decide which is the best one. Some say it is the Paleo Diet, others swear that eating vegan is the way, and intermittent fasting is gaining popularity.
John Berardi, PH.D. from Precision Nutrition does a great job of addressing the issue in this article: Best Diet
Are you meeting your performance and body composition goals? If not, I encourage you to take a hard look at your nutrition. It is up to you to experiment with different foods, portion sizes, and meal timing to see what will best meet your needs.
Please feel free to share your experience with different approaches to nutrition and hit us up with any questions that you might have.
Train hard and stay safe!
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Sunday, 11 November 2012 08:40
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