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TACFIT Fire Fighter: First Alarm was designed for firefighters, by firefighters. The program will provide specific and comprehensive physical training to optimize occupational and recreational performance while focusing on recovery and injury prevention.
Firefighters that have completed the program report:

* Increased Strength and Power
* Improved Metabolic Conditioning
* More Dynamic Body Movement
* Greater Joint Range of Motion and Mobility
* Improved Coordination, Agility, and Body Control
* Enhanced Recovery
* Improved Body Composition
* Freedom from Pain
* Increased Resistance to Injury

For the price of one or two personal training sessions, you will have access to 3 months of periodized training. This program provides detailed instruction for each workout 7 days a week. Upon purchasing the program you will have instant access to:

* The First Alarm Training Manual
* Program Charts For Each Training Session
* Training Calendar
* Nutrition Guide
* The TACFIT Fire Fighter Compliance Scoring System and Calendar
* 114 Instructional Videos
* 59 Follow Along Videos
* Bonus Videos and Photos

 

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Our Firefighter Workout program, TACFIT Fire Fighter First Alarm is now available in an on-line only format.  We announced this exciting news last month with a private sale for our members, and are now ready to offer it publicly. Choose the best option for you below!

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TACFIT Fire Fighter: First Alarm was designed for firefighters, by firefighters. The program will provide specific and comprehensive physical training to optimize occupational and recreational performance while focusing on recovery and injury prevention.
Firefighters that have completed the program report:

* Increased Strength and Power
* Improved Metabolic Conditioning
* More Dynamic Body Movement
* Greater Joint Range of Motion and Mobility
* Improved Coordination, Agility, and Body Control
* Enhanced Recovery
* Improved Body Composition
* Freedom from Pain
* Increased Resistance to Injury

For the price of one or two personal training sessions, you will have access to 3 months of periodized training.  This program provides detailed instruction for each workout 7 days a week.  Upon purchasing the program you will have instant access to:

* The First Alarm Training Manual
* Program Charts For Each Training Session
* Training Calendar
* Nutrition Guide
* The TACFIT Fire Fighter Compliance Scoring System and Calendar
* 114 Instructional Videos
* 59 Follow Along Videos
* Bonus Videos and Photos

 

Instant On-Line Only Access to the Entire Program for Just $69!

 

Instant On-Line Access and the Complete 8 Disc DVD Set for Only $99!

 

Purchase On-Line Access and the DVD Set Before November 11th and Receive Free Shipping On Your Order.

 

100% Money Back Guarantee.

 

Are you ready to take your firefighter fitness to the next level?

 

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Tactical Fitness: The Trinity Squat

 

The tactical fitness exercise demonstration this week is the trinity squat.  This movement is vital to firefighters.  The coaching cues for the trinity squat can also be applied to lifting on the fire ground or picking up patients.

The Warm Up: Hip Swing – Front to Back

The Training Exercise: The Trinity Squat

The Compensatory Movement: Backward Bend

 

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Preventing Sudden Cardiac Death Part 2: Cardiovascular Disease

 

Cardiovascular Disease

Smith, Liebig, Steward, and Fehling (2010) describe cardiovascular disease as “a pathological condition that affects the heart, blood vessels, or the clotting potential of blood”.  Although cardiovascular disease is a chronic condition that progresses over the course of many years, it may transition into an acute life-threatening event in which death occurs quickly.  The physiological strain of firefighting coupled with underlying cardiovascular disease may be the lethal combination causing a sudden cardiac event in firefighters.  In order to prevent a sudden cardiac event, we must understand the physiological effects of firefighting and the risk factors for cardiovascular disease (Smith, Liebig, Steward, & Fehling, 2010).

 

Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease

The American Heart Association (2011) lists the following risk factors for cardiovascular disease:

Risk Factors Beyond Our Control

Age — A large percentage of people who die from coronary artery disease are over age 65.  The risk for firefighters increases over age 45.  In 2009, 34 of the 47 fire fighters to die from heart attack or stroke were between the ages of 35 and 60 (USFA, 2009).

Gender — Men are more likely to die as a result of heart disease than women.

Family History — Individuals may be predisposed to cardiovascular disease based on family history.

Major Risk Factors We Can Control

Tobacco Smoke — The Surgeon General identifies smoking as the leading preventable cause of disease and deaths in the United States.  Smoking increases blood pressure, decreases tolerance to exercise and increases the risk of blood clots.

High Blood Cholesterol — Excess cholesterol in the blood can build up in the walls of arteries leading to heart disease.

High Blood Pressure — High blood pressure increases the workload of the heart, causing cardiac muscle to thicken and become stiffer.

Sedentary Lifestyle — Lack of physical activity can have a negative impact on heart health directly and it can also lead to other risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels and diabetes.

Obesity — Obese individuals are likely to develop heart disease even in the absence of other risk factors.  Lack of exercise and poor nutrition are both lifestyle choices that lead to obesity.

Diabetes — Significant risk factor causing damage to blood vessels (AHA, 2011).

It is estimated that firefighters have a 300% increased risk for cardiac disease compared to other segments of the population.  Dr. H. Robert Superko conducted a FEMA sponsored study of firefighters in Gwinnett County, Georgia.  The study was prompted by the sudden death of a 53 year-old firefighter who suffered a cardiac arrest while fighting a house fire.  Superko (2011) found that the stress and psychological pressures related to the job, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and inherent personality traits, combined with a genetic predisposition to heart disease may have a tremendous impact on the risk of sudden cardiac death in firefighters (Superko, 2011).

 

Risk Factor Assessment

How many of the risk factors above apply to you or someone on your crew? We each need to take responsibility for our health.  The decision to make lifestyle changes is a personal one. You have to make that choice for yourself.  Understanding your risk for cardiovascular disease is a vital part of improving your health and reducing your risk of sudden cardiac death.

 

Next week we will discuss some other strategies to prevent sudden cardiac death in firefighters and we will issue our TACFIT Fire Fighter Call To Action.

 

References:

American Heart Association. (2011, May 13).  Risk factors and coronary heart disease. Retrieved from http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4726

 

Heart Scan Services. (2011, May 16).  Landmark FEMA study:  Heart disease is an epidemic for firefighters.  Retrieved from http://heartscanservices.com/police.php

 

Smith, D., Liebig, J., Steward, N., Fehling, P. (2010)  Sudden Cardiac Events in the Fire Service:  Understanding the Cause and Mitigating the Risk.  Skidmore College.

 

United States Fire Administration (USFA). (2009).  Firefighter fatalities in the United States in 2009. Emitsburg, MD.

 

Axes vs Shields

In 2005, Scott Sonnon walked into the Bellingham Fire Department proposing a challenge.  He was opening a new tactical fitness facility at the Bellingham Athletic Club, and he wanted to sponsor a competition between local Police and Fire Departments.  I had never heard of Scott and I was very skeptical to say the least.  We have a great relationship with the BPD, and a little friendly competition sounded like a lot of fun.

We arrived at the gym on the day of the competition and wondered what we had gotten ourselves into.  There was a bunch of equipment laid out that looked like it belonged in an ancient torture chamber, not a modern day gym.  Clubbells, Kettlebells, Medicine Balls, Parallette Bars, Plyo Boxes, and Pull Up Bars.  Not the typical bench press or squat rack that we all were used to.

The competition began and the athletes competing were doing all kinds of crazy movements.  The competition was grueling, but more than that it was a lot of fun!  The Bellingham Fire Department got the best of a very fit group of Police Officers on this day.  We all walked away with a great experience.  For some of us, it was life changing.  Check out the video: