Getting Ready to Get it Going

With my time freeing up as the football season ends I have the opportunity to start planning for the next off season run.  For four consecutive years working with the athletes at Snohomish High School there has been nothing but improvement in the numbers of participants and the timed and weight lifted results of those…

Firefighter Circuit

New group of probies coming to town.  Finally, it’s been quite a while since there’s been new blood in the EFD. Besides fresh faces it also gives me an opportunity to build a multi-week daily program to better prepare them for their first days in company. There are many ways to build this program, but…

Gotta Have A Plan

A snap shot of a single workout tells me nothing when evaluating the potential of a resistance, speed, or agility plan.  Progressive and periodized are elements that can only be seen over an extended period. We ran the holidays with a variable plan.  We started the year with a 4 week ‘stair case’ plan that…

Fitness Screening for the Firefighter 2015

Everett Fire, your about mid way through the optional fitness screening period.  With a bit over half the members participating to date, we will have a good total participation number. Remember this is the base of your current fire department wellness program and there is a strong push for the program to grow further. That’s…

Athletic Fit Testing

Monday the 18th, fit testing day. Calendars show it will begin at 2pm, but we will have a staggered start. Freshmen – 2:00pm Sophomores – 2:20pm Juniors – 2:40pm Seniors – 3:00pm I’d like you all warmed up and in the stadium stands at your start time. Shorts, T’s, Tennis Shoes, and Cleats, are all…

40 Yard Dash

==>>Program for the Two Week Period starting Feb 24th Here<<== A timely blog post came out recently that is specific to some of the off-season testing we will be doing tomorrow at Snohomish.  This will be the first year using electronic timing and those who have come to any speed sessions where we have pulled…

Firefighter Assessments

Well boys, we kick it off tomorrow morning.  Fitness assessments covering hr, bp, caliper body mass, girth measurements, bmi, submaximal vo2, vertical jump, power development, muscular endurance, and flexibility. The provide your great and consistent annual benchmarks and a comparison to where you stand against firefighter and national normative data. We’ll be using the Athletic…

Only as Good as Your Teammates

It takes a team to accomplish many of the goals we set.  Whether it be a championship in sport or combating a fire, one person cannot make it all happen. Today as I did further research into equipment that will assist me in assisting athletes, I came across a company and a product that will…

Core Stability Assessment

A recent article in the NSCA Strength & Conditioning Journal highlighted proposed changes for the Navy physical fitness testing standards.  These changes are following assessment protocols used in the Firefighters Wellness Fitness Initiative. …”Since 1982, the Navy has been using the curl-up as a means of assessing core muscular endurance as part of its semiannual…

Panther Excellence

While the last post just talked about the new system we will be using for tracking assessments, I thought I’d take a moment to list out those who came out in the top end of Panther Excellence with our current performance testing scoring system.  This series will not go away but will run as part…