Athletic Peformance Training | Manchester, NH

How to Do a Sit-up or Crunch

Core strengthening is absolutely vital to maximizing training potential. People who deal with lower back, hip, and trunk aches and pain can often trace the roots of these problems to the mid section of the body (or lack thereof). Core training stabilizes the trunk (which is constituted by the hips to the shoulders). It further allows a more efficient and maximal application of force and power through the appendages.

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Consider Your Training Options

Serious athletes train all year round. Training isn’t just playing sports, either, it’s working out during the off-season to prepare your body for a higher level of performance and less susceptibility to injury.

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Recovery Techniques After a Rough Shift

Busy days make the shift go quickly while slow days seem to drag. Your body can take a beating on the busy, physical days with multiple calls, or it can be a victim of circumstance by sitting around all day waiting for the bells to ring. Either shift can be detrimental to your body. Your ability to recover from these days from one to the next is going to dictate your state of readiness and risk of injury. This article will offer a few tips on how to enhance your recovery after a rough shift.

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Enhancing Teamwork in the Fire Service with Physical Training

Members of the fire service work together closely that at times you end up sweating all over each other. This culture is foreign to many new firefighters. How do you develop an environment of people counting on you to pull your weight?

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Core Exercise: Supine Stability Ball Holds

In the theme of the New Year, this week our exercise focuses on working the core, and promoting strength and stability from head to toe. The stability ball is a great training tool, and a relatively inexpensive one, too! You can pick one up at your local sports or department store usually for less than twenty dollars.

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Consider Your Performance Training Options

Serious athletes train all year round. Training isn’t just playing sports, either, it’s working out during the off-season to prepare your body for a higher level of performance and less susceptibility to injury. Here is a break down of the various training options for athletes.

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How to Do the Lunge

This week we will learn how to do a fairly common exercise: The Lunge. The lunge is an exercise that many people use but time and again is done improperly. When performed correctly it is an exercise that develops the musculature thighs, glutes, calves, and trunk posture.

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Get Your Firehouse Moving Again

In the firehouse, how many times have you heard someone say, “I should start working out again?” It may have come from one, two, or even three people on your crew. You may in fact be one of those muttering these words. In any case, this article will give you a few suggestions to get yourself, and your crew out of the lifesuckers and back into the exercise room.

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How to Do Rotational Medicine Ball Throws

This week, we are going to look at a basic but effective exercise – the standing rotational medicine ball throw. As you take a look at the pictures I encourage you to think about some of the more common sport moves you see – swinging a bat, shooting a puck, throwing a football; they all involve similar mechanics.

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Firefighter Fitness Leadership: From the Top-Down or from the Bottom-Up?

Many fire departments across the U.S. are on the ball when it comes to fitness programs while others are far, far away.  Take a serious look and ask yourself where your department stands on the spectrum.  Whether you’re from a small rural volunteer department or from a big metropolis employing multiple battalions, everyone on the [...]

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