Lifting weights, doing crunches and squats are all ways the Macon-Bibb Fire Department stays in shape.
“The curls for the girls,” Firefighter Blaine Umbaugh said.
Right now, about 100 firefighters are stepping up their fitness routines as part of a wellness initiative.
“Strength is very important to us and their endurance factor, so we don’t have to change out firefighters,” Macon-Bibb Fire Chief Marvin Riggins said. “They can last much longer inside of a very enduring situation.”
Lt. Philip Herndon and other firefighters wanted to take the initiative a step further. For the past 3 months, the men and women of the fire department have been able to train for the chance to appear in an upcoming calendar.
“We want a fit fireman,” Herndon said. “We want to show that these are real firemen, this is what they do every day. This is not some model out there. These are real firemen.”
Next month, they'll go before a panel of judges who will pick 36 lucky firefighters to make the final cut. Umbaugh is hoping to get a spot.
“I’ve changed my diet a whole lot,” Umbaugh said. “We got a nutritionist here on the fire department, and he made diets for a lot of us. I’ve been dieting since November.”
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“People have changed the way they eat, and workout,” Umbaugh said. “Stuff around the station's changed, when we cook, instead of baked spaghetti, or fried chicken and biscuits, it's grilled chicken, broccoli, and a salad.”
All of the money raised will support the Jay's Hope Foundation and the Fallen Firefighters Association.
To pre-order a calendar click here.