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    Hello, I am a female who wants to be a firefighter. I will be going to MEPS soon but I want to make sure that I am ready to pass the 100 pound lift that is required. I have no idea what type of machine the lift is done on? Would someone please be kind enough to tell me some comparable excercises that I could do at my gym (Gold's) to better prepare for this lift, and to test how much I can lift now? Do I need to be able to pick up a 100 pound free weight off of the ground and lift it over my head? Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks!!

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    it can depend. DO they want a dead lift, squat, press, any other type of lift?

    up here, when i took my physical, it was a dead lift, just straight off the ground, and carry it twenty feet or so. However, it very well may differ from your department.

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    • #3
      Whatever they test you with,deadlift of a weight from the ground or on a weight machine,remember to squat down,get as close to the weight as possible and use your leg muscles for the heavy part of the lift.
      If you've never had one,hernia operations ain't fun at all.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by doughesson View Post
        If you've never had one,hernia operations ain't fun at all.
        So succesive operations actually become fun?
        Logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead.

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        • #5
          Ellent, check with the place you will be testing with and find out exactly what you need to do, they should not have a problem telling you what you want to know, and alot of places will even give you the tips you need in order to prepare and pass your test. Even consider using a personal trainer for some task specific strength training, couldn't hurt..

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          • #6
            I will be going to MEPS soon but I want to make sure that I am ready to pass the 100 pound lift that is required.
            Are you enlisting as a 21M, or whatever AFSC the Air Farce uses for Firefighters? I'm kind of failing to make the connection between going to MEPS (for those not in the know, MEPS stands for Military Entrance Processing Station) and becoming a FF....

            Also, I don't recall having to lift 100lbs as part of the physical exams there (except lifting your carcass off the seat and walking to the next station). Maybe things have changed in the past few years....??
            My opinions might coincide with someone of importance's POV... I wouldn't know, since I never bothered to ask. My policy is: "Don't ask, don't care."

            IACOJ--West Coast PITA

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            • #7
              Originally posted by johnny46 View Post
              So succesive operations actually become fun?
              I dunno.The one I had,I was the youngest patient at the Memphis VA and got checked every 15 minutes for some reason or other. ;

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              • #8
                Golden girl

                Originally posted by ellent View Post
                Hello, I am a female who wants to be a firefighter. I will be going to MEPS soon but I want to make sure that I am ready to pass the 100 pound lift that is required. I have no idea what type of machine the lift is done on? Would someone please be kind enough to tell me some comparable excercises that I could do at my gym (Gold's) to better prepare for this lift, and to test how much I can lift now? Do I need to be able to pick up a 100 pound free weight off of the ground and lift it over my head? Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks!!
                I don't imagine you'll be expected to raise 100 LBS over your head, however you should be capable of lifting this relatively light weight, every other feasible way. If this is a problem for you, keep working out, and don't compete until you're able to pass each step with flying colors. Good luck Dutches !

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                • #9
                  I have seen a lift requirement in job descriptions. Most depts won't even test you on being able to pick up 100 #.

                  Review the CPAT...what it entails also be familiar with the combat challenge (seen often on ESPN as Scott FF challenge) Many depts will require a test like this or similar for a physical test.
                  Be concerned with the dummy drag...that tends to fail many.

                  As to what to work out on or train for....Work your legs, so much can be done if your legs are strong. Push ups can help too.
                  The thoughts and opinions posted here are mine and mine alone and do not reflect the thoughts and or views of city or dept affiliation.

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                  • #10
                    You dont do the test in MEPS. MEPS is where you get checked out so they know you are ok to join the military. You are confused with going to the academy. If you are joining the AF, you will be going to Louis F. Garland, in San Angelo, TX.

                    I went there, and its a good school. The 100 lb wieght is actually a dummy you will be fire man carrying. It isnt hard if you are in good shape, you just have to learn the correct way to carry it. Now, you probably heard that is all you will be carrying, and thats wrong. In that period where you will be lifting the dummy, you will also be doing a knuckle drag on a 200 lb dummy about 60 feet, doing a liter carry with a dummy, and also various little tasks along the way. It sounds easy, but you will be in full bunker gear.

                    You have to pass that test to continue in the academy. You will get time to practice, and you can also talk to students in 3rd block to see how they did it. Im not saying that the AF is super weak, but if you want to get through the academy, you should hit the gym for a few extra hours, or go PT with the Marines on the base.

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                    • #11
                      Not sure of where all y`all got your info, but there is alot of misleading information here.

                      When i processed through MEPS, i was required to lift 100lbs over my head on a tracked weight machine (Military press). It's a job requirement for the Air Force's fire protection program.

                      Once you attend Fire academy, weight will get heavier. Lightest dummy you will physically carry will be 110lbs, (lightest knuckle drag will be around 105) heaviest dummy will be around 165lbs (knuckle drag and carry)

                      I'd just recently finished the academy.. feel free to PM me to ask questions

                      -Damien

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                      • #12
                        Not To Beat a Dead Horse but i figured the more the merry...
                        I was just at MEPS for the Air Force a Day Ago.

                        Yes You MUST Lift 100LBS over your Head
                        It is on a Machine, The Movement We had to Perform was sorta like a Power Snatch if you know anything about Weight Lifting.

                        I am another girl who would Like to go into fire protection in the AF. But Right now i am disqualified because apparently my vision isn't good enough, even though its not been an issue for me (Ie I have no Driving restrictions). I also couldn't Lift the Required amount even though i've been lifting since January.

                        However As Far as i am Aware I am still able to qualify. Provided I can lift the 100lbs. And i go and see an Eye Doctor and they give me something to "Correct" my Vision. I am in DEP until October So I've got Some time to Kill.

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                        • #13
                          I went through MEPS roughly a year ago. All you have to do is walk up to the machine and pull the bar above your head. If you cant it won't hurt you to bad. You just may not qualify for air force fire fighter witch is nearly impossible anyway (they never them hire any more). Good luck

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ellent View Post
                            Hello, I am a female who wants to be a firefighter. I will be going to MEPS soon but I want to make sure that I am ready to pass the 100 pound lift that is required. I have no idea what type of machine the lift is done on? Would someone please be kind enough to tell me some comparable excercises that I could do at my gym (Gold's) to better prepare for this lift, and to test how much I can lift now? Do I need to be able to pick up a 100 pound free weight off of the ground and lift it over my head? Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks!!
                            Alright, boys, now watch how this is done. The key is to put it all in your groin and your back. Take your legs totally out of the equation. Lift with your lower back in a jerking, twisting motion.






                            Sorry I came late to this party.
                            ~Drew
                            Firefighter/EMT/Technical Rescue
                            USAR TF Rescue Specialist

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by FiremanLyman View Post
                              Alright, boys, now watch how this is done. The key is to put it all in your groin and your back. Take your legs totally out of the equation. Lift with your lower back in a jerking, twisting motion.






                              Sorry I came late to this party.

                              This way works as well.

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