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February, 2016

1ST Responder Newspaper - NJ

Midweek “Routine Booster” FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

Winter is here and many of those New Year’s resolutions have fitness routines in full swing. Having that routine is surely a good thing. It’s keeping you focused. It’s keeping you on track and chances are it’s working. Well, as often as we say “change is good”, we conversely say “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. So while your routine is working, maybe you can hang on to it, but tweak it enough to keep it from becoming stale. I am a big fan of having it all! Your workout may be a good one. It may contain all the right things in all the right amounts. To top it off - if you are still doing it, chances are it’s comfortable, convenient and working. Giving it up in the interest of change may not be the answer right now. But in the interest of prevention - here’s a midweek ‘routine booster’ designed to give you the best of both worlds. I have my clients swapping this in for one of their ‘full body’ workouts’ in the middle of the week. They get to keep all the stuff they love, all the stuff that works, but their routine gets a facelift before it gets stale. Their minds and bodies are responding to the change with new energy and physical results. It appears to be a terrific combination of staying on track and enjoying a fresh start. Give it a try. Chances are it will do the same for you. Here’s a sample format… We begin as always with a 3-5 minute gentle warm-up of walking cycling or any low level cardiovascular activity. We move on to 30 seconds of push-ups (or chest exercise) and alternate with 30 seconds of squats (or other leg/quadriceps exercise). This first sequence is repeated a total of three times. Movement is at a somewhat brisk pace without sacrificing

proper form and alignment. Once this sequence has been alternated a third time, we move on to sequence #2, which is one arm rows (or any upper back exercise) and lunges (or leg curls or any leg exercise with hamstring involvement). Again, each is performed for 30 seconds alternating between the two exercises. After repeating the sequence three times we move on to the third sequence. The third sequence combines upper body and cardiovascular exercise. Each upper body exercise is performed for 30 seconds and alternated with cardio for one minute. Exercises include shoulder press for 30 seconds, bike one minute – bicep curls 30 seconds, bike one minute – triceps extensions 30 seconds, bike one minute. As in the previous sequences we repeat the entire sequence three times. For those without a bike, any cardio will do from a treadmill, walking in place, jump rope, jumping jacks, knee lifts etc. (The bike worked great because we kept the dumbbells nearby and lifted them while still seated on the bike – then went right back to pedaling after each exercise.) We round out the routine with three abdominal exercises (we vary them from workout to workout) and one set of lower back extensions. There were times that clients did cardio workouts separate from this routine and in that case we alternated shoulders, biceps and triceps with abdominal exercises instead of the cardio. Cool-down is three minutes of gentle walking followed by full body stretches. The entire session including warm-up, cool-down and stretches is usually 30 minutes maximum. Remember, all exercises may not be suitable for all participants. Observe all rules regarding safe and suitable intensity. Be sure to have your physician’s approval before beginning any exercise routine.

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Clifton second alarm damages home Clifton firefighters with assistance from neighboring departments battled a two alarm blaze that was able to be controlled before the flames consumed the home on December 17th. The fire at 143 W. 1st Street was reported shortly after 8:00 a.m. The first JUMP TO FILE# arriving unit re- 121715116 ported smoke pushing from numerous windows. A second alarm was transmitted as an apparent heavily involved basement fire was discovered in the balloon frame structure. Companies attacked the fire in the cellar and opened up on the upper floors. Flames momentarily vented out a B side basement window, threatening a nearby garage, which connected to another dwelling. The seat of the fire was located and knocked down and members were able to open up above the basement to prevent extension. One resident was reported to have been transported with unknown injuries. The fire was placed under control in about one hour. - BILL TOMPKINS


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