Weight Training Exercises for Firefighters: The Carry

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As a firefighter, you know that the simple act of carrying something—a saw, your medic bag, a patient—can be a workout. But are you incorporating carries into your actual workouts?

The carry is such an obvious exercise that we sometimes forget to use it. But it’s one of the best weight-training exercises for firefighters because it works your core, improves stabilization, and builds grip strength. Perhaps most important, it mimics fireground movements that frequently result in slips and falls or injuries such as pulled muscles.

In this quick video, Aaron Zamzow, a firefighter with Madison (WI) Fire Department and founder of Fire Rescue Fitness, explains how and when to incorporate the carry into your gym workouts and the benefits you’ll experience when you do.


Check out these additional essential exercises for firefighters:
Core Exercises for Firefighters: The Plank [Video]
Strength-Training Exercises for Firefighters: The Goblet Squat [Video]
Conditioning Exercises for Firefighters: The Burpee [Video]

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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