Category Archives: Fitness

Surviving the CPAT

The CPAT is the Candidate Physical Ability Test. Many departments use it to test applicants to make sure they are up to the physical rigors of firefighting. It’s a standardized test, so the major components are the same no matter what department you’re testing for. In fact, many departments contract out the testing to entities such as the National Testing Network

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What to do when you slip up…

Let’s face it, we all make mistakes in our fitness routines. For me, it’s IPA and cookies. They’re like kryptonite to me!

Lifehacker has a great tip! If you slip up and eat an unhealthy meal, make sure to follow it up with a healthy one. Vow to never have two unhealthy meals in a row. That’s it! In a quote by NerdFitness:

If you eat a bad meal, make the next one a healthy one…no exceptions! Opt for the side salad instead of extra french fries. Get grilled chicken instead of breaded chicken. Eat a healthy snack instead of more cookies and crackers. The goal here isn’t to stay 100% on track, but rather to keep your momentum so it’s easier to get back on track at the end.

That’s all there is too it. Get back on track! (and still enjoy your vacation or trip…. or IPA).


Oh Tommy Boy!

I have what the late Chris Farley would describe as “a little bit of a weight problem.” Add into the mix the fact that I love to eat, and the fact that I love junk food, and you have a dangerous (and portly) cocktail. For me this is a daily battle. On top of all of that, I work at a desk job… I basically sit on my can for 40 — 50 hours per week.

For those of you keeping score at home: a lethal combination.

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Water if God wills it

I have what Tommy Callahan would call “A little bit of a weight problem.” I have struggled since my mid twenties. The last few years I have yo-yo dieted. The root of the issue is that I never make that fundamental lifestyle change that would keep me in good shape for more than 6 or 9 months. I inevitably fall back into cookies and brownies and chips and soda and well you get the idea. I have had great success with Body for Life and Insanity also. I’m no Shaun T, but I do ok. Usually I set a goal or start a competition and all of a sudden my competitive nature kicks in. I have done several “Biggest Loser” competitions at work and always had great results.

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Getting into shape


I can highly recommend a couple of different resources for getting into shape. The primary recommendation I can make is Body for Life by Bill Phillips. Bill is a widely respected member of the fitness/body-building community and his method has helped thousands of people get into great shape. The secret to Bill’s method is that there is no secret. It’s a combination of eating right and working hard. His workouts are a regimen of high intensity interval training sessions. Continue reading Getting into shape