THFD and THPD taking fitness challenge

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – It takes more than guts to chase down bad guys or rush into a burning building.  It also takes strength, endurance and good physical fitness to serve.  One Terre Haute personal trainer says that’s why he’s offering his expertise and services to the city.

Fitness Solutions owner Chris Davies made a simple offer to the city: send 5 police officers and fire fighters who want to take part in an 8 week program to help them lose weight and get in shape.  He calls it the “fight to fit challenge.”

“Their jobs are very stressful, and a lot of those folks aren’t in good shape.  They don’t stay up with their workouts,” said Davies.

Both chiefs jumped at the offer.  So did firefighter and paramedic Leroy Stewart and police Sergeant Gary Shook.  When you talk to both men, you hear similar stories on why they took Chris up on his offer.

“Fighting fires at 50, can be a little bit rough.  So I figure if I got 9 more years to do this I’m going to get in good shape,” said Stewart.

“That’s my main motivation is to get back in shape and hopefully set an example for my kids,” said Sgt. Shook.

The program is no walk in the park.  The program pushes you to your limits.  These men both told me it’s a tough program, but three weeks in they’re already seeing results.

“They’re killing me, but I love it,” said Stewart.  I’ve already seen a change just in two weeks.”

“There’s definitely some soreness the first couple of weeks, but that goes away, and now it’s about building yourself up,” said Shook.

And this program is catered to them.  The exercises you see complement the work, the movements police officers and firefighters make in the field.  And they’re excited about the progress they’ve made so far.

Leroy and Gary have another month of the program to complete.  We’ll follow up with them and monitor their progress.

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