I failed my CPAT in January. Stage 3 and the CPAT is the only thing that is holding me back from potentially being successful in recruitment. I think I need to get strong in a hurry and smoke that CPAT sooner rather than later. Who knows when the next recruitment comes up - I HAVE to be ready.
I've been told I need to be doing crossfit and/or HIIT. I'm an endurance runner, but that CPAT could care less about how many kilometres I can run. It ate me for breakfast. It was like I hit a wall on the dummy drag and I had nothing left for the pike pole. Though I'm certain the hose pull and sledgehammer greatly contributed to my failure. I ran out of time, but I suffered through the whole thing. Yes, I am female and my upper body strength and muscular stamina is my biggest challenge.
The next time that CPAT and I meet, I want to smoke it. I think I need help with this goal.
Any connections out in Durham Region or suggestions regarding whether I should invest my time and money in a crossfit gym or at home with P90X or just in the backyard dragging heavy stuff across the lawn - anything would be helpful. Please feel free to post or PM me.
Thanks so much.
I know of a few women out here working in BC as a career FF's and they all do Crossfit. Do it.
I know of a few women out here working in BC as a career FF's and they all do Crossfit. Do it.[/quote]
Thank you! I do want to invest in myself and my career and reach my physical potential. I need that accountability piece. I definitely push harder with others around me as well. I appreciate your guidance.
Thank you for your honest input. Neither of us know my potential at this point. So maybe it will take me forever or maybe it won't. The "work ahead" of me is all perspective: discipline, consistency, drive and genetics can do a lot if you're training the right way - hence the point of my post. I'm seeking information about training the best way possible for this job (starting with the beloved CPAT) because I don't have that knowledge base as an endurance athlete. It's logical to ask a community of firefighters what worked for them as they have all been through it.
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