Fitness for Firefighters, by Firefighters

Tacfit Fire FighterCreated by Fire Captains Christian Carson and Ryan Provencher, First Alarm was designed to fill the void for specific and comprehensive firefighter fitness programming that existed in the fire service. Through their intimate knowledge of firefighting, experience as fitness coaches, and years of training and testing the program, they have created the first and only specific and comprehensive firefighter fitness program designed by firefighters, for firefighters.

Click HERE to visit the official web site.

 

 

 


Tacfit Fire Fighter - CoachingTacfit Fire Fighter: First Alarm - PERSONAL COACHING

While undertaking Tacfit Fire Fighter: First Alarm, I had the pleasure of receiving personal coaching from Ryan Provencher, one of the creators of this excellent program. 

My experience was positive and motivating, helping me to go deeper into my training. Ryan is exceptionally personable and easy to communicate with. He is very knowledgeable and gave me exactly what I needed to be successful with the program. This success has already translated into positive development with other facets of my fitness training. I am absolutely certain that I would not have achieved as much as I did without Ryan's expert coaching. 

I cannot praise Tacfit Fire Fighter enough. If you are interested in undertaking their program, give consideration to the personal coaching that they offer with their program. You will be glad you did :)

Link to Tacfit Fire Fighter's program with details about their inclusive coaching: http://tacfitfirefighter.com/tacfit-firefighter-first-alarm/


NOTENone of the external links on this page or throughout this web site are affiliate links. I provide links to give access to further information about the training I undertake and the positive services that I have received. I have absolutely nothing against affiliate links but I don't personally run any. If I believe in it I will link to it :)

TACFIT Firefighter - My Thoughts 

Tacfit Fire FighterThis section is currently broken down into four sections.

The first section is my perception of Tacfit Fire Fighter: First Alarm confined to two sentences. (Taken from THIS summary article.)

The second section is a review of First Alarm after I had completed Stage 1 of my training. The full article can be found HERE but below is the review portion taken from the article.

The third section is a compilation of bullet points that I wrote while working through the program. They are also contained within an article I wrote HERE after completing Stage 2 (Part 1 of 3)

The fourth section is a FINAL SUMMARY after completing the entire program. (Taken from THIS summary article.)

Apologies if it seems disjointed. The reviews evolved as I progressed through the program. 


 

Section One
First Alarm In Two Sentences

Tacfit Fire Fighter First AlarmTacfit Fire Fighter: First Alarm is an intelligent health first fitness program that incorporates sophisticated layers, which develop many fitness attributes and enhance vocational and recreational performance. Joint mobility and injury prevention are firmly built into the program and I believe that anyone who undertakes First Alarm will see great benefits.

 

 

 


 

Section Two
First Alarm - Initial Thoughts After Completing Stage 1 Training

Let's dive into the amazing ocean that is Tacfit Fire Fighter.

Ok. Where to begin? There are many beginnings here so I start with one word. Layer. Or to be more precise: Layers.

Stating the obvious here, but a quick look at Tacfit Fire Fighter: First Alarm would tell you that it is a fitness program. The words strength, power, metabolic conditioning etc, contained within the sales material denote what one can expect. However, this is one tier of a beautiful cake or the entrance to Doctor Who’s Tardis.  

The reality is that there are many layers to this 'fitness program'. If some of the physical attributes were looked at from a metaphorical perspective, it would start to paint a different picture. Yes, strength is physical, however, this type of training enhances mental and emotional strength. Yes, power is physical but this program also provides the emotional power to overcome non-physical resistance such as cravings, road rage and general crappy thinking!

For me it denotes a unique intelligence within the programming of Tacfit Fire Fighter.

I believe that many fitness programs may unknowingly have similar layers (not necessarily the same quality), however, Tacfit Fire Fighter facilitates the understanding and focus of these layers. It takes exercise and says, “You are no longer just exercise. You are a pathway to undertaking physical training that incorporates elements which transcend the physical and can be applied to regular daily life. By undertaking this journey today, you can become a better you tomorrow”.

Before I started this type of training I had many questions, doubts and uncertainties. Was it for me? Would it work? Blah-de-blah.

I was reading a blog post somewhere in Cyberspace and a very simple statement captivated me. It was akin to the following (I forget the exact words), “Reading something is not enough. You have to do it and internalise it before you can understand/appreciate it”. This one sentence decided it for me. I would do Tacfit!

And, boy, am I happy I did.

I am in danger of making this a sales pitch! This is not my aim. I do, however, feel that the details that follow (within the article that can be found HERE) relate to the above and add credence to it.

I have been training with Tacfit Fire Fighter First Alarm (hereon in known as TFFF) since the 23rd April. I started off with 8 days to recover from my previous training program followed by the TFFF Challenge and 7 complete cycles of Recruit (Level 1).

The journey thus far has been………hmmmmmmmm………Which adjective to use?………Amazing? Yeah, that’s cool………Ah, got it!………Enlightening.

Here I will just list what my gains from my TFFF experience to date:

  1. Fat loss (and according to my fat % monitor I was already in single digits!)
  2. Strength gains.
  3. Increase in tissue elasticity. I have no idea what the technical term is but I can feel a greater storage of elastic energy on compression.
  4. Increase in heart rate recovery.
  5. Deeper tension release (residual tension from training and life in general)
  6. Greater intuition – Balancing work and recovery. Understanding and regulating training intensity.
  7. Deeper understanding of myself mentally and emotionally.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: I have to make it clear that prior to starting TFFF I was already undertaking Tacfit training. I started Tacfit26 in October 2013 and displaced it to train with TFFF. I had already developed many of the above, however, TFFF has further advanced this. It has been wonderful to see further progress in certain areas that I thought I had already developed!

 

The areas that I had previously enhanced are also part of TFFF and anyone undertaking this kind of training will benefit:

  1. Increased mobility.
  2. Injury prevention through mobility and compensatory training.
  3. Better posture (or more accurately, poise).
  4. Increased energy levels.

I did not include these in the first list above as I have already attained these attributes through my prior Tacfit26 training. With TFFF I am maintaining and further developing them. 

Tacfit Fire Fighter First AlarmIf someone were to ask me whether they should do TFFF my answer would be, “I don’t know. We are all different with different focuses. Read my journey and if it resonates, go for it! If you are not sure, go for it anyway!”

If someone were to ask me if TFFF is for fire fighters only my answer would be, “This program seems perfect for fire fighters but is also perfect for everyone else. I am biased. It works for me and I am an English teacher! It will 100% increase strength, add muscle (where muscle is needed), reduce fat (especially with using the compliance system within the program), restore mobility and is health first.

BUT.

This type of training also helps process physical, mental and emotional stress. We all have that. It just varies depending on the life we have chosen for ourselves. It is the most intelligent all-encompassing fitness program that I have had the privilege of undertaking.

If you are interested in it, take the leap. I think you will be glad you did”. 

 


Section Three
Bullet Points Pertaining To First Alarm

Light BulbI am currently undertaking a recovery phase using Tacfit Firefighter's mobilty and compensation programs and have to say that I am really impressed. The coaching cues are excellent and I have learned more about certain movements that I thought I already knew about!


Light Bulb I really like the fact that there is no background music to the follow along videos. Personally I stopped playing music while training so that I could focus on performance and this is a welcome asset to the follow-alongs. (Note: There is background music on the Fire Fighter Challenge video and it is coooooooooooool :)


Light Bulb I had a great compensation session today. I only needed to do one circuit but you can always add more recovery as long as you don't stray into moderate intensity. What I like about TFFF is that they also encourage the use of intuition.


Light Bulb The follow-along videos are excellent. These guys have thought of everything! 


Light Bulb The Tacfit Firefighter compensation series is my favourite. 40% of the poses are ones that I need to develop and it is working a treat. I could feel the release as I progressed through the circuits. I have never done an hours worth of compensations before but this is the second time in as many cycles. Props to TFFF! 


Light Bulb Achieving goals................With Tacfit Fire Fighter I know that I can 'just keep showing up' and will achieve my goals safely and have good fun at the same time. How many fitness programs can offer that? :) 


Light Bulb I wanted to share a recent comment I made to Ryan at Tacfit Fire Fighter. For me it highlights the positive mental and emotional effect that a highly intelligent 'fitness' program can provide in life as well as the gym.

I have/had an 'all or nothing' personality but with amazing programs such as Tacfit and Tacfit First Alarm I now have an 'all or even more' personality. This new attitude has transcended into my personal and professional life for the better. What you are offering goes way beyond fitness.


Section Four
The Final Summary

 

 Info LINKS

1. Stage 1 of Tacfit Fire Fighter: First Alarm began on the 23rd April 2014 and concluded on the 1st June (article HERE).

2. Stage 2 commenced on the 16th June and Stage 2 (Part 1 of 3) was completed on the 25th July 2014 (article HERE). A total of 7 Cycles.

3. Stage 2 (Part 2 of 3) started on the 26th July and concluded on the 31st August (article HERE). A total of 7 Cycles.

4. Stage 2 (Part 3 of 3) started on the 3rd September and was completed on the 12th October 2014. (article HERE).

5. Tacfit Fire Fighter: First Alarm Compliance Program (Scores HERE).


 Info FINAL SUMMARY

Tacfit Fire Fighter First AlarmIt has been an absolute honour to have undertaken Tacfit Fire Fighter: First Alarm.

Like life, my journey did not progress in a linear fashion but like a heart beat. The middle was the hardest part but methinks that this is part of the psychology of the program design. First responders don’t have the luxury of finishing a race and sitting down to bask in the success of a completed task. I have come to understand that ‘The end’ is actually only the half way point. They still have to get home again and this was my experience. After breaking though the half-way mark using strength, determination and benefiting from intelligent program design, I felt the journey became easier. Not easier in terms of energy output etc but mentally easier. I felt I could do it. To achieve the last 7 cycles at Fire Fighter/Smoke Eater level (levels 3 and 4) was a dream come true. To complete the final Tacfit Fire Fighter Challenge at Smoke Eater level (top level) was just unthinkable a few short months ago.

I also followed the ENTIRE 92 day program (plus additional training cycles through personal choice) over a period of 173 days with ZERO injuries.

Tacfit Fire Fighter: First Alarm will absolutely build strength. It will definitely develop power. It will without a doubt add muscle where needed (volume of mass will be nutrition dependent) and burn fat.

The above are givens and usually what the majority is searching for............but.................after completing the program I can confirm through personal experience that it will do soooooooooooo much more. I call them deeper levels.

The standard attributes above are by-products of a bigger picture. Yes you will get them, BUT, the following list is the catalyst for rapid growth and progressive development (in my humble opinion):

  1. Increased flexibility (through strength/ surrender, not tissue stretching).
  2. Enhanced mobility.
  3. Extreme range strength.
  4. The ability to freely move in 3D (twisting, turning, pitching, swaying etc).
  5. Dramatic decrease in the potential for injury.
  6. Ability to rapidly recover both physically and mentally from life's challenges.
  7. Improved posture and poise.
  8. Learning new movements (aka exercises) will become easier.
  9. Zero boredom.
  10. Higher intuitive awareness (body, work/recovery ratios and intensity output). 
  11. Increased coordination and ease of movement.
  12. Be challenged, interested, motivated AND have fun.

We are all different. Another person will have a different list to the one above but this is what I experienced during my Fire Fighter journey. For me it has been transformative.

If I look at the movement patterns within Tacfit Fire Fighter and compare them to my perception of what Fire Fighters have to do (I’m not a fireman) I would say it is perfect for their demographic. I would also take this further by saying that it is perfect for almost everyone else. It has so much to offer in terms of healthy fitness training that it would be something that I would happily recommend to both first responders and 'general' fitness enthusiasts. Although hypertrophy will happen, this is not, and does not pretend to be a body building program. I do, however believe that aspiring muscle gainers will benefit from the enhanced movement that First Alarm provides as well as the prehab and recovery programs contained within. It will also lay a solid foundation (bone density, tissue strengthening etc) from which mass can be added.

I will 100% be repeating the program in the future. I now have data that I can compare to monitor future progress. 

What I liked about the program

  1. The program layout on the Tacfit Fire Fighter web site is fantastic. You just go to the day you require and EVERYTHING is laid out for you; printable charts, exercise instructions and follow along videos. 
  2. The video exercise instructions are short and sweet with direct coaching cues. No fluff here!
  3. There is no background music on the videos. (There is music on the Fire Fighter Challenge video but it is cool :)
  4. The coaching cues are excellent.
  5. The instructors on the videos are personable, enjoyable to watch and easy to learn from.
  6. I believe they have pretty much thought of everything.

What I didn't like about the program

To aim for a balanced summary I spent a considerable amount of time thinking about potential 'negatives' for Tacfit Fire Fighter: First Alarm. I personally couldn't think of any. Call me biased. I don't mind. My experience above paints a very positive picture.

Final Thought

There is one caveat to all of this, which is that you do have to put the work in. There are no magic gadgets, gurus or pills to make our lives easy. Easy does not take us to the next level. Only intelligent hard work. Be compliant and the magic will happen. This program offers the intelligence. You only need provide the compliance.

I end with one of my favourite quotes from Scott Sonnon:

I don't guarantee it'll be easy, but I promise it'll absolutely be worth it”.

Happy training!

Andy
13th October 2014

Dalian, China

 


The Complete TACFIT Firefighter Review

TACFIT Firefighter is a low-tech, high effect fitness training program that involves a carefully-selected collection of health-first conditioning methods that are packaged into one comprehensive, plug-and-play system to help you improve your fitness by burning stubborn fat, building functional muscle and improving your conditioning level in a variety of movement skills that were specifically engineered to improve performance in the firefighting profession..........

Click HERE for the complete review from physicalliving.com.

The link will take you to John Sifferman's site at physicalliving.com. I highly recommend John's site because of the intelligent no-nonsence approach to fitness that he has.   

Interview With The Men Behind TACFIT Firefighter

John Sifferman from physicalliving.com had the opportunity to interview Christian Carson and Ryan Provencher, the creators of TACFIT Firefighter.  

Click HERE for the full interview. 

The link will take you to physicalliving.com. It is a fantastic resource for fitness advice and highly recommended.

 

TACFIT Firefighter - My Results

 

High Intensity

 

 

HIGH INTENSITY – METABOLIC CONDITIONING

I have recorded and logged copious amounts of data, BUT, only a small volume of data collection is required when one does Tacfit Fire Fighter: First Alarm. I have indicated which data is required and which is through personal choice.

SCORE AND LOWEST LEVEL PER HIGH INTENSITY TRAINING SESSION
(Data required by TFFF to measure progress)

Cycle RECRUIT
Score 
PROBY
Score
 Proby to Fire Fighter
Score
Up To Smoke Eater 
Score 
 TFFF Challenge 20 - R 20 -P N/A N/A
1 - Protocol 1 27 - R 22 - R 20 - R 16 - SE
2 - Protocol 2 264 - R 216 - P 170 - P 158 - FF
3 - Protocol 3 17 - R 18 - R 20 - R 9 - FF
4 - Protocol 4 6 - R 5 - P 5 - P 5 - FF
5 - Protocol 5 155 - R 110 - P 114 - P 90 - FF
6 - Protocol 6 09:55 - R Time Out / 20 minutes expired - R 18:40 - R 18:32 - FF
7 - TFFF Challenge 20 - R 20 - P 18 - FF 16 - SE 

 R - Recruit (Level 1 - BEGINNER), P - Proby (Level 2), FF - Fire Fighter (Level 3), SE - Smoke Eater (Level 4 - TOP LEVEL)


 

PEAK HEART RATES
(Data required by TFFF to measure progress)

Cycle RECRUIT
Peak Heart Rate 
PROBY
Peak Heart Rate
Proby to Fire Fighter
Peak HR
  
Up To Smoke Eater 
Peak HR
 TFFF Challenge 160 166 N/A N/A
1 - Protocol 1 154 163 163 160
2 - Protocol 2 156 159 161 156
3 - Protocol 3 160 167 162 159
4 - Protocol 4 166 166 159 159
5 - Protocol 5 164 158 160 156
6 - Protocol 6 163 155 159 162
7 - TFFF Challenge 161 166 164+

163

Averages 161 163

161

159

* Peak heart rate during entire workout, not average of peak rates from each exercise.


 

 LOWEST LEVEL PER HIGH INTENSITY TRAINING SESSION
(Taken from first chart above and separated for clarity)

Cycle RECRUIT
Lowest Level
PROBY
Lowest Level 
 Proby to Fire Fighter
 Lowest Level 
Up To Smoke Eater 
 TFFF Challenge Recruit Proby N/A N/A
1 - Protocol 1 Recruit Recruit Recruit Smoke Eater
2 - Protocol 2 Recruit Proby Proby Fire Fighter
3 - Protocol 3 Recruit Recruit Recruit Fire Fighter
4 - Protocol 4 Recruit Proby Proby Fire Fighter
5 - Protocol 5 Recruit Proby Proby Fire Fighter
6 - Protocol 6 Recruit Recruit Recruit Fire Fighter
7 - TFFF Challenge Recruit Proby Fire Fighter Smoke Eater 

Recruit - Level 1 - BEGINNER, Proby - Level 2, Fire Fighter - Level 3, Smoke Eater - Level 4 - TOP LEVEL

NOTE: Cannot really make a comparison across complexity levels due to different movements. Info purposes only.


 

 REGRESSIONS AND PROGRESSIONS - COMPLEXITY LEVELS UNDERTAKEN DURING HIGH INTENSITY TRAINING SESSION.
 (Not required by TFFF - personal choice)

  STAGE 1 STAGE 2
(1 OF 3)
STAGE 2
(2 OF 3)
STAGE 2
(3 OF 3)
Cycle All RECRUIT RECRUIT - PROBY RECRUIT - SMOKE EATER Up To Smoke Eater 
TFFF Challenge Recruit Proby N/A N/A
1 - Protocol 1 Recruit Recruit / Proby Recruit / Proby / Fire Fighter Smoke Eater
2 - Protocol 2 Recruit Proby Proby / Fire Fighter Fire Fighter
3 - Protocol 3 Recruit Recruit / Proby Recruit / Proby / Fire Fighter Fire Fighter
4 - Protocol 4 Recruit Proby Proby / Fire Fighter Fire Fighter
5 - Protocol 5 Recruit Proby Proby / Fire Fighter  Fire Fighter
6 - Protocol 6 Recruit Recruit /Proby Recruit / Proby / Fire Fighter / Smoke Eater Smoke Eater / Fire Fighter
7 - TFFF Challenge Recruit Proby Fire Fighter / Smoke Eater Smoke Eater

Recruit - Level 1 - BEGINNER, Proby - Level 2, Fire Fighter - Level 3, Smoke Eater - Level 4 - TOP LEVEL

 


 

Moderate IntensityMODERATE INTENSITY – TUT - STRENGTH TRAINING

IMPORTANT NOTE - This data is NOT required. I choose to record it for my training log. The only data required by Tacfit Fire Fighter: First Alarm is the scores for the High Intensity training sessions and peak heart rate above.

 

Heart Rate Data. (not required by TFFF - personal choice)


AVERAGE PEAK HEART RATE - MONITOR

Cycle RECRUIT - Avg Peak
Heart Rate (Monitor)* 
PROBY - Avg Peak
Heart Rate (Monitor)* 
PROBY TO FIRE FIGHTER - Avg Peak
Heart Rate (Monitor)* 
Up To Smoke Eater 
Avg Peak
Heart Rate (Monitor)* 
TFFF Challenge - TUT30 NO DATA  140 N/A N/A
1 - TUT20 NO DATA 131 143 147
2 - TUT20 136  149 NOT KNOWN NOT KNOWN
3 - TUT30 137  147 133 148
4 - TUT30 134  138 NOT KNOWN 133
5 - TUT40 147  NO DATA NOT KNOWN 143
6 - TUT40 143  NO DATA NOT KNOWN 145
7 - TUT30 140 139 NOT KNOWN  151
AVERAGES 140 141 138 145 

 * Peak heart rate was taken from the my heart rate monitor.
** NOT KNOWN - Trained outside and didn't use a monitor. My monitor is linked to my PC making logistics a bit difficult ;)


 

AVERAGE RECOVERY HEART RATE - MECHANICAL

Cycle RECRUIT - Avg Recovery
Heart Rate (Mechanical)**
PROBY - Avg Recovery
Heart Rate (Mechanical)**
PROBY TO FIRE FIGHTER - Avg Peak
Heart Rate (Mechanical)**
Up To Smoke Eater
Level - 
Avg Peak
Heart Rate (Mechanical)** 
 
TFFF Challenge - TUT30 107 121 N/A N/A
1 - TUT20 119 127 138 131
2 - TUT20 105 142 144 138
3 - TUT30 119 136 135 139
4 - TUT30 111 139 141 113
5 - TUT40 117 131 144 121
6 - TUT40 143 146 130 137
7 - TUT30 117 125 149 141
AVERAGES 113 133 140 131

** Recovery heart rate was obtained by counting during the rest periods from seconds 15 to 30, then multiplying by 4.

NOTE: Cannot really make a comparison across complexity levels due to different movements. Info purposes only.


 

 REGRESSIONS AND PROGRESSIONS - COMPLEXITY LEVELS UNDERTAKEN DURING MODERATE INTENSITY TRAINING SESSION.

  STAGE 1  STAGE 2 (1 OF 3) STAGE 2 (2 OF 3) STAGE 2 (3 OF 3)
Cycle All RECRUIT All PROBY PROBY - FIRE FIGHTER Up To Smoke Eater
 TFFF Challenge Recruit Proby N/A N/A
TUT20 Recruit Proby Proby / Fire Fighter Smoke Eater
TUT20 Recruit Proby Proby / Fire Fighter Fire Fighter / Smoke Eater 
TUT30 Recruit Proby Proby / Fire Fighter Fire Fighter / Smoke Eater
TUT30 Recruit  Proby Proby / Fire Fighter Fire Fighter / Smoke Eater 
TUT40 Recruit Proby Fire Fighter  Fire Fighter / Smoke Eater 
TUT40 Recruit Proby Fire Fighter  Fire Fighter / Smoke Eater 
7 - TFFF Challenge Recruit Proby Fire Fighter Smoke Eater

Recruit - Level 1 - BEGINNER, Proby - Level 2, Fire Fighter - Level 3, Smoke Eater - Level 4 - TOP LEVEL

 


MODERATE INTENSITY MOVEMENTS - RPT (RATE OF PERCEIVED TECHNIQUE) 

Stage 2 (2 of 3)   TUT20 TUT20 TUT30 TUT30
Exercise Level RPT RPT RPT RPT
1 FIRE FIGHTER 8 8.5  9 9
2 FIRE FIGHTER 7 8 8 8
3 PROBY 8 8.5 8 8
4 FIRE FIGHTER 5 7 8 8
5 FIRE FIGHTER 9 9 9 9
6 FIRE FIGHTER 8 8 9 9
   AVERAGE RPT  7.5 8.16 8.5 8.5

 

Stage 2 (2 of 3)   TUT40 TUT40 TUT30
Exercise Level RPT RPT RPT
1 FIRE FIGHTER 9 9 9
2 FIRE FIGHTER 8 8 8
3 FIRE FIGHTER 7 8 8
4 FIRE FIGHTER 7 8 8
5 FIRE FIGHTER 7 9 9
6 FIRE FIGHTER 8 9 9
  AVERAGE RPT  7.66 8.5 8.5

 

Stage 2 (3 of 3)   TUT20
Exercise Level RPT
1 SMOKE EATER 8
2 SMOKE EATER 7
3 SMOKE EATER 6
4 SMOKE EATER 5
5 SMOKE EATER 7
6 SMOKE EATER 8
  AVERAGE RPT  6.83

                                                     

Stage 2 (3 of 3)   TUT20 TUT30 TUT30 TUT40 TUT40 TUT30
Exercise Level RPT RPT RPT RPT RPT RPT
1 FIRE FIGHTER 9 9 9 9 9 8.5
2 FIRE FIGHTER 9 9 9 9 9 8.5
3 FIRE FIGHTER 8 8 8 8 8.5 8
4 SMOKE EATER 5 5 7 8 8 8
5 FIRE FIGHTER 9 9 9 9 7 8
6 FIRE FIGHTER 8 9 9 9 8 9
  AVERAGE RPT  8  8.16 8.5 8.66  8.66 8.33

 

 


 STRATEGY

 

STAGE 1  STAGE 2
(1 OF 3)
STAGE 2
(2 OF 3)
STAGE 2 
(3 OF 3)
FUTURE
TRAINING
KEEP All MOVEMENTS
AT RECRUIT LEVEL 
KEEP All MOVEMENTS 
AT PROBY LEVEL
OR LOWER 
EXPERIMENT WITH
MOVEMENTS FROM
ALL LEVELS
 AIM TO STAY
AT FIRE FIGHTER
LEVEL OR ABOVE

PROGRESS
AND
REGRESS
THROUGH
ALL LEVELS
FREELY

Recruit - Level 1 - BEGINNER, Proby - Level 2, Fire Fighter - Level 3, Smoke Eater - Level 4 - TOP LEVEL

The reason I have taken the above approach is that I wanted to gradually progress through the levels and at Stage 2 (3 of 3) push myself by staying at a high level for all the training sessions in those 7 Cycles. This means that I may need to RESET during the training session as opposed to REGRESS but I am comfortable with this approach for THOSE 7 Cycles! The future will be very different. I will actively RESET or REGRESS where appropriate. Maybe the approach is ego driven. I believe it to be due to confidence in my training and the intelligence of this program to have facilitated the journey.


DISCLAIMER - I may have gotten the Levels round the wrong way (in my descriptions above, NOT my training!). Recruit is the beginner level and I have called it Level 1, but maybe it should be called Level 4. The same for Smoke Eater. It is the Top Level and I have called it Level 4 but maybe it is Level 1. I can't change anything now due to my training logs but you get the gist :)


 

COMPLIANCE SCORING (NUTRITION AND TRAINING) - LINK HERE

STAGE 1 

RECOVERY CYCLE
BETWEEN STAGE 1 AND STAGE 2
STAGE 2
AVERAGE ACROSS
ALL STAGES
7.62 7.5 TBC

TBC

 


 

BREAKDOWN OF TACFIT FIRE FIGHTER: FIRST ALARM
(The actual program is 92 days in duration. I personally extended it by adding additional cycles. Intuition is encouraged to add extra recovery days)

EVERYTHING!

When I started Tacfit Fire Fighter: First Alarm, I factored in additional training cycles as part of my training strategy. It was purely a personal choice. The entire event took place over 172 days. Please see the chart below.

TOTAL DAYS MOD DAYS HIGH DAYS NO DAYS LOW DAYS
173 30 30 34

33

         
  ADDITIONAL 
NO DAYS 
ADDITIONAL
LOW DAYS
ADDITIONAL
MOD DAYS
NOTHING DAYS!
(No mobility or compensations. Nothing!)
  21 13 5

7

THE ACTUAL 92 DAY PROGRAM 

In the chart below I have removed the additional cycles that I added to show the actual 92 program together with additional work/recovery that I added. The total event took 119 days equating to an extra 27 days. It is great that First Alarm encourages intuition as the addition of extra recovery days really enhanced personal progress. 

CYCLES MOD
DAYS
HIGH
DAYS
NO
DAYS
LOW
DAYS
ADDITIONAL
NO DAYS
ADDITIONAL
LOW DAYS
ADDITIONAL
MOD DAYS
NOTHING
DAYS
TOTALS
1 TO 7 7 7 7 7 3 2 3 4 40
8 - 14  7 7 7 6 7 2 1 2 39
15 - 21  7
7 7 7 1 1 1 1 32
21 - 23      4

4

        8
 TOTALS 21 21 25

24

11 5 5 7 119

 

.....................END OF DATA

TACFIT Firefighter - Featured Athlete

Tacfit Fire Fighter - Featured Athlete

Friday 28th November 2014

I had the honour of being featured on Tacfit Fire Fighter's web site. This is something that means a lot to me because of the journey that I have undertaken over the last 10 months.

I am what I would call an 'in the shadows' person. I frequent forums and the like but would never contribute due to lack of confidence (or some other self-perceived negativity that I have not considered!). 

When I undertook Tacfit training I really felt the positive community spirit and the desire within it's members to 'pay it forward'.

I have learned SO MUCH from studying Tacfit (and more importantly physically and mentally undertaking the training). In March of this year felt the need to share my personal training in the hope that it would be of benefit to others.

Thank you so much to Ryan at Tacfit Fire Fighter. Both yourself and Tacfit have made me a better me :)

 

Link to article:

http://tacfitfirefighter.com/2014/11/28/tacfit-fire-fighter-featured-athlete-andy-j/


 

TACFIT Firefighter - Personal Coaching

Tacfit Fire Fighter - Coaching

Tacfit Fire Fighter: First Alarm - PERSONAL COACHING

While undertaking Tacfit Fire Fighter: First Alarm, I had the pleasure of receiving personal coaching from Ryan Provencher, one of the creators of this excellent program. 

My experience was positive and motivating, helping me to go deeper into my training. Ryan is exceptionally personable and easy to communicate with. He is very knowledgeable and gave me exactly what I needed to be successful with the program. This success has already translated into positive development with other facets of my fitness training. I am absolutely certain that I would not have achieved as much as I did without Ryan's expert coaching. 

I cannot praise Tacfit Fire Fighter enough. If you are interested in undertaking their program, give consideration to the personal coaching that they offer with their program. You will be glad you did :)

Link to Tacfit Fire Fighter's program with details about their inclusive coaching: http://tacfitfirefighter.com/tacfit-firefighter-first-alarm/


NOTE: None of the external links on this page or throughout this web site are affiliate links. I provide links to give access to further information about the training I undertake and the positive services that I have received. I have absolutely nothing against affiliate links but I don't personally run any. If I believe in it I will link to it :)