Milwaukee Firefighters Incorporate Sandbag Fitness Training to Increase Overall Wellness and Decrease Injury

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New firefighter fitness program in Milwaukee incorporates Ultimate Sandbag training program, from Henkin Fitness Systems, to aid in the promotion of overall health and wellness.

In effort to combat pain, obesity, and weight-related disease, Milwaukee firefighters have initiated a fitness program which incorporates the Ultimate Sandbag’s Dynamic Variable Resistance Training. The goal of the fitness program is to keep firefighters across the state in prime condition for battling fire, saving lives, and keeping state-funded health costs low.

The fitness program, aimed at reinforcing positive food and activity behaviors, combines several different techniques and devices to promote fitness, but one particular item included in their regimen is the ultimate sandbag from strength coach and creator of the DVRT program, Josh Henkin.

Growing in popularity over the last couple of years, sandbag training has been proven to be an excellent full-body workout that merges weight training into a full motion maneuver designed to maximize muscle output. And due to the variety of exercises that can be performed from simply adjusting hand placement, the Ultimate Sandbag is the perfect addition to any physical fitness regimen that can be used on a daily basis.

Since the DVRT program is designed to reduce injury and strengthen core muscles that aid in stability during extreme lifting, such as lifting a person from a burning building, the Ultimate Sandbag helps decrease the instance of strain and tendon damage among firefighters which helps reduce medical costs.

Additional information about the Ultimate Sandbag and dynamic variable resistance training, as well as products, can be found online at Connect with Henkin and the Ultimate Sandbag team for motivational tips, training exercises, and updates by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

Ultimate Sandbag:
Josh Henkin invented the Ultimate Sandbag Training System after physical therapy and traditional corrective exercises couldn’t relieve his lower back pain caused by training and competing as a Division I athlete. The idea came after studying old time strongmen that used odd objects to “fill in the holes” of strength training. To date, more than 300 exercises are possible with the Ultimate Sandbag. The system is currently used by professional athletes, military forces and weekend warriors in 70 countries. Additional information is available at

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