The Fifth Step in Creating a Firefighter Workout Program: Developing Flexibility and Mobility

Recently, a national TV anchor got into some hot water after she mocked the news that young Prince George will be taking ballet classes as part of his school lineup. You might not have paid any attention to this story, but the truth is firefighters could all stand to be a bit more like Prince George.

Now, we’re not asking you to imagine a bunch of firefighters dancing around in tutus. But dancers possess a key ability that all firefighter should strive for: flexibility. It’s one of the most overlooked components of an exercise program, and yet it’s fundamental to protecting against injury; preventing slips, trips and falls; and developing the ability to bounce back more quickly from strenuous physical exercise.

In this quick video, Aaron Zamzow, a firefighter with Madison (WI) Fire Department and founder of Fire Rescue Fitness, shares the fifth and final essential component to firefighter workouts. Learn more about how to develop flexibility and mobility that can improve your performance.


Want more fitness tips? Check out these resources:
The First Step in Creating a Firefighter Workout Program [Video]
The Second Step in Creating a Firefighter Workout Program [Video]
The Third Step in Creating a Firefighter Workout Program [Video]
The Fourth Step in Creating a Firefighter Workout Program [Video]
Are We Fit to Fight Fires? Real-World Guidance for Firefighters and Leaders [On-Demand Webinar]

Aaron Zamzow

AARON ZAMZOW is a firefighter/training officer for Madison (Wisconsin) Fire Department with 20 years of experience as a fitness trainer and host of the Better Every Shift podcast. 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 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

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