Founder Talk and Demo Workout at Northport FD

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Founder Talk and Demo Workout at Northport FD

We're making the rounds at Suffolk County Firehouses to bring our STEELHOSES to all corners of Long Island. An army of Juniors, veterans, and new members showed up for some truck bay hose workout action at Northport Fire Department last week. FITFIGHTER FIVE highlights included...  

I. Hitting the deck with the Auger in hand for an exhibition Search Circuit. Focus: low movement, forward progress with tools, core stability, and shoulder strength. Members tested 20 rep bursts with our 10 lb hose.   

II. Spreading our firefighter fitness message to a new community. Suffolk County has 109 firehouses in its first responder family. These houses support the 1.5 million residents of Long Island with emergency medical and firefighting services. It's our duty at FITFIGHTER to enable these efforts through our fitness programs and equipment. Northport FD has joined us!

III. Our very own FT circuit song mix from Sarah's screen-crushed iPod. Don't lie, hair band inspiration is the reason you love fitness. We agree. Highlights include: Van Halen, Beastie Boys, Journey. It's eclectic and awesome. 

IV. Team-ship! Sometimes the weary evening workout begins with moaning and groaning, but at FITFIGHTER everyone's in this together. It's never an individual thing. Quickly, the grunts are replaced with inspired encouragements, a good dose of trash-talking, and fire ground fitness training.

V. The juniors crew schooling every else within 10 minutes of the sweat starting. Naturally, these young bloods grabbed the Hoss and the Fiend while the rest of us started out with the Auger. These guys are training to be the firefighters of the future.

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Long Island Marathon: Best of the Finish Line

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Long Island Marathon: Best of the Finish Line

The wind gauge read 13 mph as runners passed the 26 mile mark in Eisenhower Park and got ready for their celebratory moment at the finish tape. Meanwhile, as spectators we were loving the sights and sounds of the finish line -- they were colorful and many. Here's FITFIGHTER's "Best of the Finish Line" catalogue of events at one of Long Island's premier running events of the year....

Drum Roll for the Countdown....

  #5. Full body space blankets. If you weren't wearing one of these shiny trench coats you were simply out of style. This dude gave it an extra boost with the navy Eminem hood.

#5. Full body space blankets. If you weren't wearing one of these shiny trench coats you were simply out of style. This dude gave it an extra boost with the navy Eminem hood.

  #4. Inflatable Dancing Gumbies. It just doesn't get any better than watching these guys go at it in the wind. Today was an especially poignant performance given the anamometer readings. 

#4. Inflatable Dancing Gumbies. It just doesn't get any better than watching these guys go at it in the wind. Today was an especially poignant performance given the anamometer readings. 

  #3 is the raddest pair of socks I've seen at a finish line in a while. Nuff said. 

#3 is the raddest pair of socks I've seen at a finish line in a while. Nuff said. 

  #2. Runners cuttin' a rug to the stage band at the finish line. What a sweet feeling that is ladies. Our only question is "why are there not more celebratory dances happening?"

#2. Runners cuttin' a rug to the stage band at the finish line. What a sweet feeling that is ladies. Our only question is "why are there not more celebratory dances happening?"

  #1 "Best of the Finish Line" is obviously Halesite Firefighter Lieutenant Hugh O'Brien, who rocked the race in 4:33 following his sweet victory in the firehouse big loser weight loss competition. His return to running was an epic transformation..... Congrats dude!

#1 "Best of the Finish Line" is obviously Halesite Firefighter Lieutenant Hugh O'Brien, who rocked the race in 4:33 following his sweet victory in the firehouse big loser weight loss competition. His return to running was an epic transformation..... Congrats dude!


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Journey to "The Rock"

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Journey to "The Rock"

Until this winter, I only ever glanced at the sign for Randalls Island heading north on the RFK Bridge. No longer will I pass it by, as candidates at the FDNY Fire Academy are now training with FITFIGHTER hoses.  Fitness Director LT Michael Cacciolla, a fitness visionary and professional trainer who designs and leads the Academy's unit fitness programs, signed on with us in February with a package of 160 Hoss hoses. FDNY Trainees use the Hoss to work hose handling movement, forcible entry strength, plyometrics and more. During my brief visit I noted one of the cooler pull up bars I've ever seen and a powerful memorial to military veterans.

Here is a FITFIGHTER TOP FIVE list from this inspiring visit. We look forward to an ongoing firefighter fitness partnership with the FDNY.

1. Eagle-clad steel pull-up bar in the unit fitness area.

2. Military and 9/11 memorials showcasing tight brotherhood among soldiers and firefighters.

3. The place is dubbed "The Rock." Enough said.

4. Full floor fitness center with weights, plyo equipment, cardio, and functional fitness areas.

5. Killer panini sandwich next door at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy cafe.

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Halesite FD's Biggest Loser

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Halesite FD's Biggest Loser

These 2 fine fire responders cranked it up a notch to win the gold and silver at Halesite Fire Department's big loser weight loss competition, ending on St. Patrick's Day. Top 5 moments of the competition: 

1. Initial Weigh In included a FREE 10 lb. STEELHOSE, personal box of almonds, and our very own 5 principles.

2. Firehouse gym participation rose 20% and for maybe the first time ever, the lights were on regularly at 6 am!

3. Lieutenant O'Brien (gold medalist) started running again for the first time in a decade, and completed the Long Island Marathon a month after he won the gold! 

4. Brad Gaito (silver medalist!) used his first fitness app and became obsessed. His analytical mind won him the silver.

5. The smiles on "BIG CHECK DAY" were worth their weight in gold. 

Congratulations gentlemen!

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