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Firefighter Functional Fitness: The Essential Guide To Optimal Firefighter Performance And Longevity

Firefighter Functional Fitness is the essential guide to optimal firefighter performance and longevity. It provides all firefighters with the knowledge, mindset, and tools to: -Maximize their fire ground performance -Reduce their risk of injury and experiencing a line-of-duty death -Live a long, healthy career and retirement Designed for firefighters by firefighters, this book shares The 4 Pillars of Firefighter Functional Fitness: 1 - Physical Fitness 2 - Recovery and Rest 3 - Hydration 4 - Nutrition and Lifestyle It also reveals The Big 8 concept, which includes over 100 photos and descriptions of functional exercises, movements, and stretches that are specifically designed to enhance firefighter performance. The Workout Programming chapter gives firefighters numerous options for putting The Big 8 into action, taking into account all levels of fitness. Additionally, each chapter provides practical action steps for both immediate improvement and long-term success. Must-read bonus chapters include: -The Importance of Annual Medical Evaluations -An Analysis of the Fire Service’s Cardiovascular Epidemic -Firefighter Physical Agility Assessments -Addressing Organizational Barriers to Fitness -Frequently Asked Questions Alarmingly, over the past 10 years, the fire service has suffered more than 1,000 line-of-duty deaths. Unfortunately, over 50% of these LODDs were attributed to heart attacks, strokes, and other medical causes. Firefighter Functional Fitness attacks these statistics by providing all firefighters with the tools needed to combat this epidemic. Firefighter Functional Fitness brings together the authors’ combined 40+ years of fire service experience and decades of utilizing functional fitness principles. The result is an invaluable resource with the vital tools and knowledge that firefighters desperately need to not only enjoy a healthy and productive career but also benefit with a healthy retirement.

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: Firefighter Toolbox LLC (June 21, 2016)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0990844242

ISBN-13: 978-0990844242

Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #68,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #26 in Books > Engineering & Transportation > Engineering > Civil & Environmental > Fire Science

I've been waiting for this book to be available and I couldn't be more excited! There isn't anything else like this for firefighters. The authors are really doing what they can to ensure we all stay fit, healthy and be the best we can be when we show up.

This book is HUGE! I thought it would be a smaller book, its got something like 300 pages of fitness material! Very well written to! This book is a must for every firehouse in america, I know I'll be placing them in all of my Firehouses for my city.This book really breaks down fitness for firefighters to a super simple level. Its not just a book with a bunch of workouts (although those are in here) it covers the why and the need of "functional fitness" for firefighters. Many firefighters think that getting on a treadmill for 30-60 minutes is great fitness. WRONG and these guys teach you why and what to do to make yourself a top Firefighter candidate.

A book that has been a long time coming, not just for the two inspiring authors, but for all of us that work hard to stay fit while assuring professional capabilities. Functional fitness is about an overall state of mind and body, not just another fitness fad, and these guys hit it out of the park.Whether already doing performance based functional fitness or no exercise at all, emergency service professionals everywhere will get something out of it.Raymond StackhouseDirector of Building and Life Safety

An easy to read & follow, systematic framework for firefighters and fire officers to maintain 'functional fitness.' In a profession where mental and physical demands on the mind & body are intense, impactful and lifesaving... Jim Moss and Dan Kerrigan expose us to a comprehensive guide to fitness. Find a workout (related to the job we do) and a lifestyle (proper nutrition, hydration) that will increase your ability to do your job and prolong your retirement.

Overall, this book has great information and suggestions for firefighting. It's a book that is easy enough to understand (for all those non-exercise physiologists and dietitians) for potential recruits through experienced firefighters. As a student and practitioner of firefighter fitness/wellness, I can tell you that the information provided in the exercise section of this book is backed by more studies and research than you might expect! There are dozens of pictures depicting proper body mechanics from lifting to stretching. Something I was surprised to see were old-school style of static stretching along with a number of fantastic yoga-style compound stretches! On the nutritional side, it does a great job of emphasizing a balanced diet and hydration (majorly lacking sometimes!). However (my only gripe), some of the statements about saturated fats (especially those from animals) are questionable.This book is well thought out and should be read through at least once. It's to the point, easy to read, and will hopefully convince potential and active-duty firefighters to enhance their fitness and well-being!

An outstanding book, perfectly aligned to the needs, requirements and solutions for fitter, stronger and healthier firefighters. I recommend this book for all firefighters, whether you are just starting your fitness program or need to take your workouts to the next level. This should also be required reading for all chiefs and training officers to help design, implement and manage your fitness and health program with your department and firefighters. The organization and development of the program makes it easy for beginners to follow, and for experienced firefighter-athletes to add new variations and challenges. The chapters on nutrition and hydration will be helpful to everyone. As a Combat Challenge and OCR competitor I found the program to be helpful in improving my performance and as an older fire chief (60) key components for long term health and longevity in the fire service. Bill Gaughan. Asst. Fire Chief,

I have been listening to Firefighter Toolbox, and other podcast for awhile and that was how I first learned of Jim Moss and Dan Kerrigan. When I heard they were writing a book I knew I must have it! The information in this book is easy to read and follow. I have really taken firefighter fitness seriously for the past few months after being promoted and wanting to set a better example. My journey in fitness has not been easy, but the rewards are truly amazing! I have lost 55lbs and 4 pants sizes since taking fitness more seriously and a large part of that is following the plans found in this book! If you don't have a gym, that is not a problem, because if you have a fire engine and tools on it, you have a firefighter functional fitness gym! If you want to be fit, and ready for anything the job will throw at you, buy this book and follow the advice and programs in it, you will not be sorry!

Received my copy the other day and dove into it relaxing pool side the other afternoon. What an eye opener! It's amazing how many firefighters must lose their lives to cardiac issues and still the majority of us will do nothing about it. Dan and Jim tackle this problem head on in an informative and entertaining way. Reading and implementing the ideas and exercises in this book will make you think "why haven't I been doing this all along?". Nothing complicated, easily implemented and most of all if you have been living a sedentary lifestyle and eating way too much putting just some of the exercises and ideas this book offers into use will benefit you greatly. If you have been working out for years changing up your routine with some of these exercises will absolutely take your fitness and flexibility to new territory. Make a commitment to your family and yourself, pick up this book and don't just read it LIVE IT!

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