Rope Climbs

In this week's firefighter fitness bulletin, Fire Service Warrior's Chris Brennan explains Rope Climbs, a gym class favorite (or, depending on your point of view, a nuisance) which is a great pulling exercise for the upper back, helps train grip strength, and gets us comfortable with being uncomfortable.

For more on this featured exercise and the weekly workout, click HERE (PDF). Please share it with your fellow firefighters.

For more information about firefighter fitness and similar issues, visit Also, consider Michael Krueger's monthly fitness columns on Fire Life, such as "Holiday Streaking."

Christopher BrennanCHRISTOPHER BRENNAN is a 14-year fire service veteran, a firefighter in the suburbs of Chicago, and the president of Spartan Concepts, Inc. He is a field instructor with the Illinois Fire Service Institute and has contributed articles to Fire Engineering. He maintains the Web site He is the author of Readiness The Combat Position: Achieving Firefighter (Fire Engineering, 2011).


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