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    Endurance vs raw strength/size

    I've talked to a couple of career firefighters recently about fitness. One was of the opinion that cardio is the main thing you need - maintain your strength, but really work on your cardio a lot.

    The other emphasized power. He said to bulk up and try to get your weight on the upper end of the scale for your height, because it helps with pulling hose and such.

    What do y'all think is more important? Or are they equally important?

    Thanks.

  • #2
    strength is important but this isn't a weight lifting competition. you need to get in there and sustain your energy for a good period of time. your legs are going to get worked in this field at times... you might be able to squat 500 one time but is that going to keep you running the stairs during that long call or help you carry equipment in and out...

    endurance is key to everything, including life.

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    • #3
      You need both. You might be able to run your silly little head off...but if you can't hump hose, slam ladders, and drag 200+lbs of dead weight across a room and over a windowsill your endurance will be useless. It's all about balance. You do need bulletproof legs in this job...that is for sure.

      These numbers might seem arbitrary - but if you can...

      Deadlift 2x your bodyweight
      Squat 1.5x your bodyweight
      Bench 1x your bodyweight
      Run 1.5 miles in <12 minutes

      ...you should be more than fine to do this job.

      This topic has been covered to death. There are lots of great programs out there. There are plenty of good examples...

      Starting Strength
      CrossFit
      CrossFit Football
      SealFit
      P90X
      Wendler's 5/3/1
      70's big
      Even some BJJ or MMA stuff

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      • #4
        legs, back and lungs

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        • #5
          Its about overall efficiency

          That is what we should be training for. To increase a car's performance you wouldn't just put in a more powerful motor, eventually the other parts would break down. We should think of FF's like athletes, they need ALL of the following: strength/power, endurance (cardio and muscular), flexibility ( and strength throughout all angles), balance/agility/speed. To have size and strength but limited ROM is a recipe for injury. Strength without endurance: a FF won't be useful for long. Many workouts out there are limited to a few of the above mentioned components, the more education on this topic the better you can design workouts that address all of them. Every mode of exercise has pros and cons/risks.

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