Have you ever woken up and thought to yourself: "Let's see… going to work out is probably the worst idea I've ever had. Can't I just go back to bed?" For most people, this eternal to-gym-or-not-to-gym dilemma becomes even more tumultuous when one realizes that it's actually starting to pay off (we, on the other hand, don't have much of a choice). 

For our most recent PT assessment, the results speak for themselves. I improved in every category, my most proud accomplishment being shaving a minute off my time in the mile-and-a-half run. I won't bore you with numbers, but suffice it to say that I'm quite pleased with my performance.

Some of my friends outside of DCFD have said that they're jealous about the fact that my day includes a mandatory workout. I must say, sometimes it's nice to think about how on most mornings, I'm exhausted before some of them even roll out of bed. It sure gets the metabolism going, though… and it allows me to sneak in some pizza and beer on the weekends without fear of consequence.

Speaking of food, the long-standing tradition within any fire department is one of a culinarily extravagant lifestyle, devoid of regular workouts. As one firefighter said to me at the very beginning: "Buy three sizes of pants. One for now, one for when you get skinny in the Academy, and one for when you go to your company and start packin' it on." 

If you think about it, there's a reason why some firefighters get fairly… rotund. Firehouse meals are big, meat-and-potatoes kind of meals, and there's always plenty for seconds and thirds. Combine that with a bit of downtime, sitting at the watch desk, and a fair bit of inactivity on your three days off, and you can start planning for your Oliver Hardy look-alike contests. Methinks it would be best to keep up the activity level after we graduate, both at work and at home. 

Besides, you'll always remember some of the crazy shit they taught you to make every muscle hurt. Some of it is even kind of… fun?

Yes, these four-way group pushups are as painful as they look.

1 Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

background image Blogger Img

Alex Capece

Washington, D.C. Firefighter and Paramedic

FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

Two Attitudes. | Raising Ladders
“Social Media Policy” How does it affect the bloggers?
[…] I know, I’ve held off on posting for a long time due to the social media policy our administration was holding people to. It was a difficult road to navigate—but I realized […]
2015-04-10 20:21:15
Phil Hayes
Gear Review: Blauer’s new tactical boots
Boa doesn't make the boots, they designed and license the lacing system. The Boa system has been around for a while now, it's pretty common on snowboard boots and some other sporting footwear. The boots are from Blauer, which is based in Boston.
2015-01-19 22:22:59
Captain Scott Hetrick
Gear Review: Blauer’s new tactical boots
Interesting that BOA is from my home town of Steamboat Springs, and they didn't approach our Fire Department to do a field test or even let us know that they were working on a duty boot. Small towns are funny sometimes. Captain Scott Hetrick Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue
2014-11-29 21:26:03
stephen miller
St. Baldrick’ Support a Fellow Brother Fighting Pediatric Cancer!
Great job, brethren ... be bald (bold) even off the fire ground.
2014-02-22 09:33:24
John Struve
St. Baldrick’ Support a Fellow Brother Fighting Pediatric Cancer!
As I read all the above I wondered "How does it work?" Are fire personnel asking for pledges from the public to be paid to this charity when the personnel have their heads shaved? The ad above was not clear to me. I will read it again. The charity is certainly a very worthwhile cause.…
2014-02-22 06:20:28

Alex Capece's Discussions

Follow Alex Capece
"For anyone who ever wanted to grow up and become a firefighter... from someone who did just that."
February 2009
« Jan   Mar »

FireEMS Blogs eNews

Sign-up to receive our free monthly eNewsletter