Originally Posted by 16290
I want to become a firefighter because I think that it is the greatest job ever. However, I am fairly large in mass, and I'm concerned about the fitness training at JIBC. The strength stuff, I've gotten down, I'm just more concerned about the running and cardio stuff. I was just wondering if there are any larger firefighters out there that can share their experiences and how you dealt with fitness training. And no fat jokes please.
I'm a larger guy (265 lbs/5'10'' at my peak) but always pretty active in sports. When I decided I wanted to become a firefighter, I started running. Its not a fun sport for big guys but its cheap, simple and effective. Get the John Statnton book from the running room and a good pair of running shoes and get it done. The key is running on a 10 to 1 system. You run for 10 min and walk for 1. Even if you can't make 10 min when you start it gives you measurable benchmarks to strive for. I finished my first half marathon about three weeks before I started recruit training. You'll need to do other physical training for the recruitment testing but running is a great way to shed pounds and improve overall fitness (imo).
The other posts about LODDs are also important. When you get hired, big guys like us have a very easy time putting weight back on. That can be deadly (literally). If you have more questions or want more advise feel free to fire me a pm. I love to see the big boys out on the running trails!