Designed by firefighters to help you be as fit as they are, Firehouse Fitness is a gym like no other…
Firefighters have one of the most physically demanding jobs on the planet, so their workout has to tick a lot of boxes. It’s got to include cardiovascular fitness, strength and muscular endurance. In the firehouse, they get creative, using the equipment they have to hand to push their bodies to the limit, but now you can do it too because the city’s newest gym is doing things firefighter-style.
Firehouse Fitness is the work of two ex-firemen – Rob McGuigan and Dennis Roebuck. Between them, they’ve got over 20 years firefighting experience, and it’s had a real influence on their personal training style. After they retired from the fire service, they moved into the fitness industry, and used their tried-and-tested firehouse techniques to help others to improve their fitness – it proved so popular that they decided to open their own gym.
“We were just a bit bored of the conventional gyms in the area, so we decided to come up with our own workout routines using elements from our time in the fire station,” McGuigan explained. “So alongside all the usual equipment, you’ll be using fire hoses, breathing apparatus and casualty dummies. In the firehouse, we used anything we could get our hands on, so we have things like tyres, barrels and even sledgehammers, and we’ve combined that with more conventional techniques like circuit training to put our own spin on it.”
So what can you expect from Firehouse Fitness? Well, the first thing you need to know is that it’s massive. It’s spread across two floors, each of which promises 2,000 square metres. Upstairs, you’ve got the gym, which is packed full of state of the art equipment, while downstairs, you can get the full Firehouse experience at one of their classes.
Try their fitness classes and workout firefighter-style
The Drill Room is where they hold their fitness classes. They do 50 of ’em every week, but they’re a little different to what you’re used to, so get ready for an unconventional workout that never gets old.
Their signature class is Burn. This is your functional firefighter training, so you’ll be doing hose fights and dummy drags, just like real firefighters. But you’ll also move between kettlebell training, body weight exercises and weightlifting. Every class is different, so you’ll never quite know what to expect. One week you might be lifting barrels, the next you might be flipping tractor tyres, but you’ll always get a great workout that burns up to 1,300 calories.
If you just want to dip your toe in the water, you can try their Spinferno. It’s a hybrid – half spin class, half-functional firefighter training, so you can do a more familiar bike workout, but also try some of the more unusual fitness techniques that Firehouse is famed for. Both of these classes are big calorie burners, as are their Firehouse Spin and Box & Burn sessions, but they’re also a great strength workout.
Speaking of which, if you’re looking for a strength workout, you’ve got loads of options here. They’re the only gym in Leeds that offers a class on the technical aspects of powerlifting – Firepower will teach you how to build your strength in a safe, controlled environment. It doesn’t matter if you’re an absolute beginner or a seasoned pro who wants to compete at a national level, they can help you take your workout to the next level. And if that’s a little too hardcore for you, you can always do bar and resistance training in Firehouse Strength.
Shake up your gym workout with 100 pieces of cardio, resistance and functional equipment
Their gym, The Engine Room, is a major pull here. It’s a huge space, filled with state of the art equipment, but you’ll also find a few things that, at first glance, feel a little bit out of place in a gym. It’s all part of their focus on functional fitness training, which trains your muscles to work together and prepares you for daily tasks by simulating movements you do every day at home or at work.
You’ve got tractor tyres, which are great for an all-body workout as you lift them up and flip them over. And that’s not their only use – you can grab a sledgehammer and slam it into the tyre like the high striker at the fairground. They’ve got sleds too, just load on the weight and push or pull it to strengthen your glutes, calves, hamstrings, quads and core.
These unusual additions to the gym are a great way to shake up your workout but don’t worry, you won’t have to give up anything from your regular fitness regime because they also have all the equipment you know and love.
If you want to burn calories and improve your heart health, make a beeline for the cardiovascular equipment, which includes watt bikes, steppers, treadmills and cross trainers – they even have a full-sized sprint track. Alternatively, you can work on your strength. They have an extensive performance area, with power racks, lifting platforms and weights – or you can try the fixed resistance area, which has everything from cable machines to leg, chest and bench press equipment. And let’s not forget the dedicated boxing area, where you can beat out the stresses of the day.
Workout with the best personal trainers & see how many calories you’re burning
“From a personal trainer perspective, it’s the best gym you can train someone in because you’ve got so much variety and so many things you can do with your client,” McGuigan explained. “We’ve never needed to advertise for personal trainers because they come to us. Everyone on our team is a Level 3 Personal Trainer and they’ve all been trained in our programme by real firefighters.”
Whether you’re taking their classes or working one-to-one with their personal trainers, you’re in good hands – and you can see exactly how hard you’re pushing yourself because they offer MyZone Belts. Think of them as an advanced version of a FitBit – they track your heartrate, the number of calories you’ve burned and even the amount of effort you’re putting into your workout. You can see it all on the big screen, which is great for motivation.
Firehouse has three MyZone areas where you can follow your progress – there’s a screen in The Drill Room, so you can track your workout in their classes, and they have two up in The Engine House, one in the cardio area and the other in the functional area. They also have a competitive side – you see, MyZone lets you compete against your fellow gym-goers, and Firehouse run regular competitions to see who’s pushing themselves the hardest.
They offer a free trial of their MyZone belts, so you can see how it works first hand – and if you choose to buy one, you can get it with them for an exclusive price.
Join now & train for FREE until 29th February 2018
Want to give it a go? There’s never been a better time to do it, because if you sign up to their Chief Membership for the next 12 months, it’s free until 29th February 2018 – and even then, you’ll pay just £24.99 a month. That includes unlimited gym access and unlimited classes, with no joining fee. Hurry, the quicker you join, the longer you’ll get free.