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    Question Paramedics/EMS/EMT workouts?

    Hello,
    I'm planning to be paramedics and I would just like to know what kind of workout works so I could be ready for to be a paramedic?
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    Okay, taking this at face value...

    I would suggest doing some strongman training, and similar stuff. For example, you might want to check out Dinosaur Training.

    Things like fat bars, stones, sandbags, and other "awkward" objects - that'd be key, I imagine. Farmer's walk, etc. Also, a mix of strength and conditioning in general (always a good idea, but some jobs/lifestyles demand it).

    But then, I'm neither a strongman nor a paramedic... so uh, yeah. :/
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    Your question is valid, and I agree with the first answer. Being prepared to perform heavy, awkward lifts will be helpful.

    That being said, many of your EMS peers will mock your efforts. As a career paramedic and EMS manager, I can say that our industry is terribly out of shape. I'm up 30 pounds since starting my mass building program, and my medics think I'm nuts. Don't let that effect you, though. Challenge yourself consistently, both physically and mentally.

    Best of luck in your efforts!
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    based on the paramedics I know locally you might want to gain an additional 100 pounds
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    Originally Posted by chodan9 View Post
    based on the paramedics I know locally you might want to gain an additional 100 pounds
    He's over 300 lbs

    How old are you OP?
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    I am about to turn 19 years old and weigh around 150 (swimming made me really light lol)
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    Originally Posted by chodan9 View Post
    based on the paramedics I know locally you might want to gain an additional 100 pounds
    Why? I was a combat medic in the army for 4 years and was 150lbs and taller than the OP. Never seemed to hinder me.

    OP Just being in shape and involving yourself in any sort of strength training is more than enough for the needs of an EMT. No specific routine is needed but I would suggest practicing the more physical parts of the job (carries).
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    My sister is a paramedic and she does a basic strength training program and additionally most of her hobbies are athletic(soccer, dance, hiking, rock climbing).
    She's been doing this kind of work over a decade too.
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    OP:

    First off, thank you for your desire to help your community by saving lives. Your field is an honorable career.

    Now, GET FREAKIN' STRONG FIRST!

    Don't worry about any fancy routine for now. Get on a 5 x 5 program. Set a goal of bodyweight squat and bodyweight deadlift. Once you get strong enough, then go ahead and do some type of strongman training, and even add some crossfit-type training. Strength is king, baby. You raise your strength level and all the other fitness components will improve..

    Not making fun of anybody, but reality is that 60% of the people you will help will be on the fat side.

    Best of luck!
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    What is a 5 x 5 program? Sorry newbie
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