Design and implementation of fitness programs for firefighters

Mark G. Abel, Katie Sell, Katie Dennison

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Firefighting is a strenuous occupation that requires optimal levels of physical fitness to enhance job performance and decrease the risk of injury. Physical fitness outcomes can be improved through the implementation of a comprehensive fitness program. The purpose of this article is to provide insight regarding the development of fitness programs for firefighters by discussing how to conduct a needs analysis, generate support for a fitness program within a fire department, manage related legal issues, assess firefighter performance, and Design a functional training program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-42
Number of pages12
JournalStrength and Conditioning Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2011


  • Circuit
  • Needs analysis
  • Resistance training
  • Tactical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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