Fit for Fire, a nine-week boot camp-style class that offers a combination of strength training and cardiovascular exercise, as well as speed and agility testing situations a firefighter could encounter on the job.
Taught by UCD firefighters along with personal trainers from the Living Well Unit within Campus Recreation and Unions, the class takes place at the fire station on Kleiber Hall Drive (between the Pavilion Parking Structure and Aggie Baseball Stadium), exposing its participants to a segment of the campus they might not otherwise seek out.
A typical class could have you in the apparatus bay of the campus fire station building strength with squats, dumbbell swings and push-ups then heading outside for the firefighting portion of carrying ladders, running through a cone course with wildland hose packs, and dragging your choice of fire hoses or a 165-pound dummy.
Fit for Fire is new for 2020!
What's new/different with Fit for Fire?
We have a newly designed program that will progress participants through a series of firefighting skills, which will be paired with complementary strength and cardiovascular exercises.
What makes this workout different than one people would get at a gym? Fit For Fire takes place at the UC Davis Fire Station. You will have a chance to get hands-on with firefighting equipment and learn skills real firefighters need on the job. The class culminates in a finale in which participants will have the option to climb a 100-foot fire truck ladder.
How does it accommodate people of various fitness levels? Our coaches and firefighters can work with all levels of fitness to find exercise options for everyone.
What does a typical Fit for Fire class look like (types of exercises, equipment used, etc)? We will be pairing real firefighting activities/movements with traditional strength and cardiovascular training. Participants will get to use sledgehammers, fire hose, ladders and sleds, as well as a variety of traditional fitness equipment such as dumbbells, medicine balls, TRX, rowing machines, fan bikes, and resistance bands.