Dare I Say Yoga? 3 Essential Stretches for Fire and EMS Professionals

by | March 28, 2022

In some fire stations across the country, “yoga” is a four-letter word. A lot of us have a preconceived notion that yoga isn’t really “serious” exercise. Firefighters and EMT/paramedics need brute strength and cardiovascular ability, not breath and mind control, right?

In fact, most yoga classes provide an intense workout, and yoga poses can help improve firefighter flexibility and mobility—factors that are essential not only to improving endurance, but to resisting injury as you respond to fire and EMS calls.

Watch this video to learn about three stretches that will help improve your performance.


Start incorporating these stretches into your workouts today. I guarantee they will improve the way you feel, the way you move and the way you function on the fire and emergency scene.

Questions? Contact me at zamzowfitness@gmail.com or visit Fire Rescue Fitness.

AARON ZAMZOW is a firefighter/training officer for Madison Fire Department with 20 years of experience as a fitness trainer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in health and wellness as well as a Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification. He is an NSCA-certified strength and conditioning specialist, an NASM-certified personal trainer and an ACE-certified peer fitness trainer. Zamzow is the founder and owner of FireRescueFitness.com and develops programs aimed at getting fire rescue athletes fit for duty. He authored the book "Ladder 2 Workout: A Comprehensive Firefighter Workout Program that will get you 'Fit for Duty' in 28-days." Connect with Zamzow on Twitter at @GetFRFit, on Facebook at Fire Rescue Fitness or at zamzowfitness@gmail.com.

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