These workouts are designed by full-time firefighter and coach Lars Bredahl. Lars has been involved in various aspects of firefighting, including working on the Firefighter Combat Challenge Team and working as a trainer for his co-workers. Lars brings his years of experience and expertise together to create this workout program.


Welcome to the Firefighter Training Program! 

Make sure you have read through to the bottom before commencing training.


Cycle 2, Week 1


A. Overhead squats x 12-15 reps, rest 2 minutes x 3
B. Stiff-leg deadlift x 10-12 reps, rest 2 min x 3
C. Wall ball x 15-20 reps, rest 1 min x 3
D. Deadbugs @ 41X1, 6-8/side, rest 1 min x 3
E. 100m run, rest - walk 100m x 4

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Notes: Keep neutral spine on stiff-leg deadlifts 



A1. Narrow-grip bench press (14") x 10-12 reps, rest 1 minute
A2. Pull ups x 10-12 reps, rest 2 min x 3
B1. Incline bench DB press x 10-12 reps, rest 1 min
B2. DB rows x 10-12 reps, rest 1 min x 3
C. 15 min rowing @ 80-90%


Notes: Rowing should be steady pace 



A. Walking wtd lunges x 10-12 reps/leg, rest 2 min x 3
B. GH raises x 10-12 reps, rest 1 min x 3
C. 25 sit ups, rest 1 min x 3


4 rounds for time:

  • 5 TnG (touch-and-go) Deadlifts (tough)
  • 7 Burpees - Fast
  • Row 100m HARD - rest 3 min between sets


Notes: Move fast, but don't neglect form on last piece



A. Seated DB press x 10-12 reps, rest 2 min x 3
B. Seated cable rows x 10-12 reps, rest 2 min x 3
C1. Push press x 8-10 reps, rest 1 min
C2. Hang power cleans x 8-10, rest 1 min x 2
D. 10 sec Airdyne sprint @ 95%, rest 90 sec x 4


Notes: use an elliptical machine if an airdyne is not available


Saturday or Sunday

20-25 min Hike/Elliptical @ Z1 (HR 110-130)


Who is this program for?

  • Firefighters seeking a higher level of fitness

  • Men and women who want to become firefighters

  • Firefighters interested in competing in firefighter challenges

  • Anybody that wants to train like a firefighter


Why should I use this program?

If you would like to be a well-rounded firefighter who is not only strong, but who also has good endurance, stamina and power, this program is for you.


What is the training schedule?

Workouts are scheduled every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. It is recommended that you begin the program from the beginning rather than jumping in part way through. This program is safest and most effective if you follow it in its entirety.


What equipment do I need?

Most of these workouts should be suitable for a typical gym. Over time there may be a need for some more specific tools like prowlers, charged hose lines, Rescue Randy, pylons, stairs, a Keiser force machine, sledgehammer, and hose bundles.


Where can I find more information and ask questions?

If you have questions, you can head over to the Breaking Muscle Forum, post your question, and I will get back to you as soon as possible with an answer.


Record and share your results! The only way we can make this program better over time is if you share your experiences and results. Comment at the bottom of each workout or in the forum with your age, weight, height, gender, and results.


For the complete explanation of the program, read the Firefighter Workouts FAQ.