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

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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 Fire Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in health/wellness and has 20 years of experience as a fitness trainer. Aaron is the founder and owner of FireRescueFitness.com and authors programs aimed at getting fire rescue athletes fit for duty. He is also the fitness columnist for Firehouse magazine.

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