An old tool for a new workout

By Mike Ong For FirefighterNation.com Kettlebell History For this information, I had to refer to our department’s kettlebell subject matter expert, Bob Ross, a 52-year-old firefighter/paramedic who’s been on the Phoenix Fire Department for 27 years. He’s also a Russian Kettlebell Challenge (RKC) certified instructor who rehabilitated himself from back surgery after sustaining an injury in 2003 that could have ended his career. He began using a kettlebell after reading an article about a new exercise program that involved using a “cannonball with a handle.” After two short weeks, Ross’ back felt stronger and less painful. He also noticed that…

Cardiac health: looking for puzzle pieces that fit

By Mary Jane Dittmar, Firelink.com That there may be a connection between air pollution and sudden cardiac death is not news. What is news, however, is that at least one study has found that “pollution-related cardiac arrests occurred when particulate levels were high but still below the current Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) safety threshold of 35 micrograms per cubic meter of air,” according to a study published in the September 20 online American Journal of Epidemiology. The research was conducted by the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. In a previous column, for example, it was reported that exposure to…

LION at the 2010 Firefighter Combat Challenge World Championships

The Firefighter Combat Challenge World Championships are the culmination of a season of hard work and rigorous training for teams around the world. Congratulations to all of the competitors for their dedication, hard work, sportsmanship and camaraderie throughout the season each year. Their passion for firefighting, competition and sport are unmatched. As they are every year, the top competitors for 2010 were inducted into the Lion’s Den, the “varsity club” of Combat Challenge competitors. LION has been a long-term supporter and the official turnout gear and helmet sponsor of the Challenge because we believe in its mission of encouraging firefighter…

Win a free set of Janesville racing gear at the 2010 Firefighter Combat Challenge Worlds

Are you a Firefighter Combat Challenge competitor? Will you be at the Firefighter Combat Challenge World Challenge XIX in Myrtle Beach, SC next week? Lion is the official turnout and helmet sponsor of the Firefighter Combat Challenge. We are also the sponsor and host of the Lion’s Den awards and dinner each year, honoring the year’s top Challenge competitors. Our turnout and racing gear is all about comfort, safety and mobility – the mobility you need to perform your best at Worlds. We’re giving a set of our Lion Janesville racing gear at Worlds. All you have to do to…

Try it out: What firefighters are saying about Lion Technical Footwear

As part of Lion’s Try it Out program, we’ve put our brand new leather firefighting boots on the feet of some of our Lion Connects fans who’ve signed up to try out our latest products. We’ve asked firefighters to put our new structural firefighting boots to the test while on duty and provide us with honest feedback on how the boots feel and how they are performing in the line of duty. “Right out of the box, I put them on and fell in love,” said Lt. Michael Swiman of the Wake Forest Fire Department in North Carolina. “I felt…

Caution! May cause extreme comfort!

We’ve talked about the benefits of leather vs. rubber firefighting boots in this previous Lion Connects post. Now, we’re ready to tell you why our brand new line of structural firefighting boots, Lion Technical Footwear, is going to provide you with the most durable, safe and comfortable set of boots you can wear, run after run. We’ll be officially launching Lion Technical Footwear at this year’s FDIC in Indianapolis April 22-25. And we really want you to come try them on. Here are 10 reasons why you should come by Booth 1612 and try on a pair of our brand…