Today’s First Responders understand the relationship between physical fitness and improved job performance. Being a First Responder is a career that comes with serious physical demands. For example, Some First Responder professions such as Firefighters, frequently go from a sound sleep to your peak heart rate within mere minutes which puts physical and emotional stress on the body.
Improving overall strength through physical fitness allows you to perform job tasks without putting yourself or others at risk for injury. Mental and physical strength allow a First Responder to stay focused and have the muscular endurance to complete their job effectively and efficiently.
Through a regimented training program, you can train your body to face many different challenges. With proper cardiovascular and strength training, you will have the muscular and respiratory endurance to operate in a variety of scenarios and situations in which a less fit member may not.
Although a First Responder may be physically-strong, many other aspects go into the making of a fit and healthy responder. The ability to perform required tasks during a given shift can make the difference between life and death if the responder is physically unfit and unable to perform their job. Your health and well-being affect not only you as an individual but also your co-workers and the public. Being the one to render help is far different from being the one who needs it.
LET’S BE HONEST THOUGH!
Every First Responder job out there comes with a large number of responsibilities that go beyond training and fitness. Management of equipment and resources as well as the day to day operations within your team or group. So TIME IS IMPORTANT to the first responders and their leadership.
Just as important is preventing injuries and timely full recovery from the same. A higher number of injuries and deaths in First Responder careers result from preventable causes. Strength training and endurance training are necessities if you want to maintain your health and longevity on the job. High-Intensity Interval Training provides additional benefits from the improvement of the bodies ability to use oxygen
Studies have been done measuring firefighters heart and breathing rates and have shown that firefighters can experience elevated heart rates just getting on an apparatus en route to a potential emergency. Heart rates while working on fire-ground operations have demonstrated many firefighters have exceeded their maximum heart rates (220 – age = MHR) for extended periods of time; This is stressful enough on fit individuals let alone anyone who may not be in the best condition.
Police Officers can also be involved in physical confrontations, highly stressful situations, stand-offs, gun calls, hostage incidents, high-risk vehicle stops, domestic disturbances and many more situations that can escalate within seconds.
All emergency service workers are subject to working a vast array of shift work that places additional stress on workers in already stressful environments.
THE IMPORTANCE OF CARDIOVASCULAR AND STRENGTH TRAINING
Being a First responder is a dangerous and rewarding job. We risk a lot to save a lot, and sometimes this results in injuries. Regardless of the physical shape in which a responder may be in at the time, not all injuries can be avoided – BUT, just as an athlete trains to prepare for a game, a First Responder can also work on preventing some of these injuries by being as physically ready as possible to go to work at any given moment.
Athletes exercise for years to prepare for games and events. Through exercise, athletes can train their bodies to work harder, run faster, and avoid certain types of injuries. The professional athlete focuses on being the best player on the field, the court, or the ice for every play.
Vertical Dynamics and the Vertical Movement System now brings to First Responder a way to stay fit and save time in a new way that is HIGHLY EFFECTIVE and produces results efficiently in less time than traditional programs.
Just think… Firefighters require nearly the same amount of energy as champion athletes do just to do their job. The physical labor required amid intense conditions demands that the firefighter is at the top of their game all the time. As in football and other demanding sports, if your head is not up, you get hit hard. Firefighting is similar. Missing some small details will hit you just as hard, if not harder, and may even get you burned. The need is just as relevant for other first responders whose jobs also come with high physical and mental demands.
What is Vertical Dynamics™
Vertical Dynamics brings you an innovative product line designed to take exercise results to the next level through science and technology. The mission of Vertical Dynamics is to improve the life of as many people as possible by providing products that are safer and more ergonomic for the body. The Vertical Movement System is a sustainable exercise modality for everyone of all ages, sizes and condition levels.
The Proof is in the Clinical Results
Clinical studies have shown that motor areas in the cerebral cortex, involved in the planning and performance of movement, provide a substantial input to the adrenal medulla. One of these areas is a portion of the primary motor cortex that is concerned with the control of axial body movement and posture. This input to the adrenal medulla may explain why core body exercises are so helpful in modulating responses to stress. -University of Pittsburg, Neuroscience Department
Vertical Dynamics brings you the Vertical Movement System™.