Testimonials

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STEVE BOND

Winner of the 2013 Fire Athlete Fitness Challenge 

"I would like this opportunity to recommend one of the most satisfying and successful fitness programs I have ever experienced.  My name is Steve Bond and I am 58 years young and was encouraged, or should I say strongly persuaded by my 3 daughters to enroll in the Fireman’s Boot Camp.  No doubt, I was a little skeptical with excuses that include, but not limited to, “I’m too old”, “I’m too out of shape” and “I just don’t have the time”.   I paired up with my daughter, Michelle to participate in the “Biggest Loser” contest.   After my first workout I was shaking my head wondering “What in the hell did I get myself into”.  Fear not my friends, the story gets better.  I entered our contest weighing in at a hefty 237 lbs, the most I have ever weighed.  I kept showing up week after week for 3 months, all the time the little voices from my daughters sitting on my shoulder saying “come on Dad you can do it”.  With my commitment to attend, along with smarter diet choices, I was able to lose 26 lbs.  In addition to the weight loss I have gained strength, endurance, my clothes fit much better and my wife even tells me my snoring has been less frequent.   My personal goal is to reach a weight of 190 lbs.  I’m not there yet, but I am confident that with my continued participation I will get there.  I would not hesitate to recommend this fitness challenge to any male or female regardless of age.   The program is organized and instructed by Ryan Vacek who has a vigorous drive to inspire and encourage individuals to reach their personal goal.  Ryan leads by example, as you will find him participating as well as leading the program.   The workouts are both challenging and versatile, focusing on muscle, core and cardiovascular.  It’s a complete workout, not to mention you are surrounded by a wonderful support group.    I am extremely happy that I made the choice to join this phenomenal program and recommend it to anyone interested in improving their overall physical and mental well being."

-Steve Bond

“Fire Athlete Fitness exercises and principals have allowed me to move past challenging plateaus. I've seen my run and swim times drop dramatically, and the number of push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups I can do under time have profoundly increased. The great thing is that the FAFP is made completely of functional exercises that translate into benefits to all aspects of your life. I'd recommend this program to anyone from the physically fit person looking for a challenge, to the unfit person looking to change. I especially love the team building aspect of this program and believe that every fire crew should use it!”

– Georgie Barney
  College Student
 
 

“I will attest to how effective the Fire Athlete program has been for me! I've noticed and incredible gain in leg strength, a much leaner physic, and increased cardio stamina I never could reach with my traditional gym routine. Some times I want to puke on my shoes but that's how I know it's working. Thanks for all of the hard work to bring it to everyone, not just those in the fire service!”

– Curtis Vacek
  Firefighter
 
 

“Ryan’s program can teach firefighters how to improve their health and to train to become a “Fire Athlete”.  By focusing on trainings that mimic true firefighting activities, firefighters feel the connection between the physical fitness training and their day to day work activities.  And, with the incorporation of the diet chapter in the book, Ryan has really hit all the important aspects about both firefighter health and fitness in the firehouse.  This program had its beginnings in our department and still is used here on a daily basis today.”

– Brad Landi
  Assistant Chief
  Jollyville Fire Department
  www.jvfd.org
 
 

“I have gained so much muscle endurance thru using this program! Incorporating this into my workout schedule has enabled me to concentrate on other aspects while at the gym, and still get a good all around workout at the station. I don't seem to plateau as often anymore, or get stagnant. There aren’t many workouts that can burn 1000+ calories in about an hour AND cover so many parts of the body.”

– Rusty Defoy
  Lieutenant 
 
 

“One of the key elements of FF safety is the condition of the FF’s. The Fire Athletic Fitness Program encourages FF’s to condition themselves using techniques that mimic FF skills like carrying hose, ladders and other equipment. This activity ensures that FFs are prepared by utilizing the same muscle development that they will use in the field. No other program addresses this issue and Lt. Vacek has done an excellent job using this technique.”

– Mike Elliott
  Assistant Chief
  Westlake Fire Department
 

RESULTS

All results were taken after a three month Fire Athlete Fitness Challenge.  On average 22 pounds and 6% body fat were lost.

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