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Firefighter Health & Safety: RIP Trainer Aids in Firefighter Fitness

By John Hofman One of the most commonly used movements specific to firefighters is rotation, and most low back injuries occur during rotation while under load (such as when we're pulling hose). This specific movement is often difficult to train, but there is a way. The Rip Trainer from TRX has developed a simple method to help develop the dynamic rotation need for many firefighter tasks. The concept is quite simple: load one end by attaching the bungee to a fixed anchor point, which forces the body to train asymmetrically. More importantly, firefighters are always loaded unevenly so not only is it functional but specific to the needs of the job. To help create this anti-rotation incorp...

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