Hose whips, running with an air pack on your back, dragging a hose full of water 50 feet, squatting while holding a hose over your head — if that sounds interesting to you, then you should try out Lehi’s monthly workout with a firefighter. The next one is coming up on May 16.
One of the ideas behind the workouts is to get the community involved with firefighters, and not just when someone has to call 911 for help, said Lehi Fire Chief Jeremy Craft. And he wants the community to understand why firefighters workout.
“A couple of my goals are to really involve the public in what we do and have them understand what we do and why we do it,” he said.
[pullquote]”I would just encourage anyone to come out and try it. I wouldn’t want anyone to feel intimidated. They can explain how to modify it to your fitness level. Come out and get to know some of the local firefighters. Come out and be a part of the team.” —Kristen Craft, Firefighter workout participant[/pullquote]A team put together by Craft designs the creative workouts, and keeps it a secret until the day-of, even from the fire chief.
The city’s first workout with a firefighter was in April at the city’s Station 82. It was a circuit with seven stations. Participants went through everything three times, for a total of about 30 minutes, Craft said. And you don’t have to be a Crossfit athlete to participate — the workout could be tailored by the participant to be really, really hard, or someone could walk through it easily to get an idea of the things firefighters do to stay in shape.
The first workout wasn’t very well attended — even with giveaways like fire hats and BlenderBottles — but firefighters are hoping for a better turnout for the next one, Craft said.
One of the participants was Craft’s wife Kristen. “I got a deeper respect for the length they go to to stay physically fit for their job,” Kristen said.
Kristen said she’s been working out for several years and wanted to get the most out of the firefighter workout. By the time she got to the hose whip — it was a hose stretched out 12 to 15 feet and you had to whip it up and down — she did 20 before she had to rest. The firefighter in charge said he usually does 60 to 100.
Though there weren’t a lot of people participating, by the end of the event they’d started to draw a crowd from the soccer games going on at the park next to the station, she said.
“I would just encourage anyone to come out and try it,” she said. “I wouldn’t want anyone to feel intimidated. They can explain how to modify it to your fitness level. Come out and get to know some of the local firefighters. Come out and be a part of the team.”
The next workout will be Saturday, May 16. Watch the department’s Facebook page for more details on the event.