Brigade Group Fitness Training

 

Several CFA volunteer fire brigades have enlisted the help of a local personal trainer to help them get fit and workout on a weekly basis. 

To get the most out of personal training session it is important to consider the following points:

  • What are you looking to get from your trainer? For general health and fitness for firefighting and everyday life the training program should focus on improving cardiovascular fitness whilst also incorporating some body weight and/or light weight resistance training.
  • Is your trainer qualified and insured? As a minimum trainers should have completed a Certificate IV in Fitness (Personal Training), be registered with Fitness Australia or Physical Activity Australia and have professional indemnity insurance to the value of $5 million and public liability insurance to the value of $10 million.Copies of the appropriate documentation should be forwarded to esvhealth@cfa.vic.gov.au. If you're unsure as to whether a trainer meets these requirements the Volunteer Health and Wellbeing team can liaise with the trainer on your behalf. The team can be contacted by phoning 03 9262 8843.
  • Where will you train? Local parks or primary schools often provide a good sized area to train in, just make sure a site risk evaluation is conducted before each session to check for hazards. Similarly, it is important to consider environmental conditions before training, wet weather and hot weather are both contraindications for training outdoors.
  • How often will you train? To improve health and fitness 3-4 training session spread out over a week is ideal, however it may be more practical to hold your brigade group fitness sessions once a week or fortnight and to workout on your own on other days.
  • What health screening is conducted to ensure that it is safe for members to participate? Before beginning any fitness program you should have a health assessment to screen for any contraindications. As a minimum this should include a physical activity readiness questionnaire and blood pressure test, if you have any pre-existing conditions or have been physically inactive for an extended period of time it is recommended that you speak to your doctor before beginning a new exercise regime.
  • How can we track our progress? There are many different ways to measure health and fitness and so it would be best to speak to your trainer or a health professional about the best way of measuring success relative to your personal/collective goals. For fitness there are sub-maximal VO2 tests, for weight loss/body composition body fat percentage scales are good, and for strength muscular endurance there are tests such as a prone brace or one minute push up test that can be done.

For more information or advice, or for help organising a personal trainer for your brigade contact the CFA Health and Wellbeing team on 03 9262 8843 or by emailing esvhealth@cfa.vic.gov.au.