Village Sportsplex Offers New Firefighter Fitness Program

Village Sportsplex Offers New Firefighter Fitness Program
Posted on 12/19/2013

ORLAND PARK, IL – Firefighters and non-firefighters alike are invited to participate in the new Firefighter Fitness Program at the Village of Orland Park Sportsplex.

The class includes strength and conditioning, mobility training, core training, TRX Suspension Training, and functional fitness training.

Fitness Trainer Adam Hoornaert will instruct the class. Hoornaert has been leading a similar class for over a year that is a mandatory fitness program for the Romeoville Fire Department.

“I thought that this would be a great program to bring to Orland Park,” said Hoornaert. “It’s a good opportunity for area firefighters that are looking to improve fitness for their demanding jobs.”

“This class is a preparatory course to get current firefighters into shape or to get future firefighters ready to take the physical tests to become a firefighter,” Hoornaert explained.

The program is being offered on Tuesdays from January 7 to February 25 from 7 p.m. to 7:55 p.m. for ages 18 and up. (No class March 25.)

Pre-registration is required with a cost of $65 for Village of Orland Park residents; $98 for non-residents and $60 for members. The class is limited to 10 participants.

“We will be building this class around the current fitness levels of participants and will be looking to make this program work to improve each attendee’s personal needs to get them in the best possible condition to be a firefighter,” explained Hoornaert.

“This program can be a life saver for anyone who is a firefighter or wants to be a firefighter,” Hoornaert said.

“The leading cause of death among firefighters is heart attacks. The job is very physically demanding and my goal is to put a program together that gives firefighters the best opportunity to be successful in their jobs and to remain healthy and injury free.”

Participants need not be firefighters or firefighter candidates to register for the program. Registration and further information is available at the Village of Orland Park Sportsplex, 11351 West Avenue. Questions may be directed to 708/645-PLAY.