Fitness Certifications »
Continuing Education »
Professional Resources »
About ACE »
ACE Store »
Sales and Promotions »
ACE Partner Account »
Need Help? Call Us » (888) 825?3636
Follow ACE on

Cardiovascular Fitness for Fire Fighters - IAFF

Provider: ACE - American Council On Exercise Type: Self-Paced / Home Study Approved By: ACE 0.1 CECs , ACSM 1.00 CECs Included in Course:Online Content Online Quiz $15 Add To Cart

Cardiovascular Fitness for Fire Fighters - IAFF

0.1 Customer Reviews
  • 50 Reviews
  • Cardiovascular Fitness for Firefighters - IAFF was developed by Bob Karwasky, MS and George Cruz on behalf of the International Association of Fire Fighters. In this course, you will learn principles of testing and training for cardiovascular fitness and how this component of physical fitness relates directly to the profession of firefighting. You'll learn what factors influence maximal oxygen uptake, the energy costs of various fire-fighting tasks and how to conduct different tests to determine aerobic fitness. Understand the elements of program design to increase cardiovascular fitness and ultimately improve job performance.

    Course Objectives:

    1. Understand the relevance of VO2max to aerobic endurance and firefighter job performance.
    2. Explain the premise behind selecting the Gerkin and Bruce protocols for aerobic testing.
    3. Design a program for the development of cardiovascular fitness incorporating the variables of frequency, duration, intensity and progression.


    Recommended System Specifications
    The ACE Online Learning courses are designed for the best experience using a system that meets the following specifications:
    PC MAC
    *All pop up blockers should be disabled (includes Yahoo! and Google toolbars)

    Customer Reviews


    2/10/17 9:08 AM

    it was a fun certification to take

    JORDAN (ACE Certified Professional)

    1/14/16 8:55 AM

    Good content with relative research supporting the information presented. Interesting information relating to the MET's and max VO2 requirements for different tasks.


    8/18/15 6:19 AM

    Great course! Good info, but quick to get through.


    ACE RESPONSE:  Thank you for your feedback Chelsea! We are happy you enjoyed the course.

    Joel (ACE Certified Professional)

    5/19/15 12:41 PM

    A lot of good information in this course. Was quick reading and very informative.


    ACE RESPONSE:  Thank you for your feedback Joel!  We are happy to hear you found the course useful!


    James (ACE Certified Professional)

    10/28/14 11:18 AM

    Tough little course but very informative. As a Combat Challenge veteran, I found this to be very thought provoking while at the same time, justifying the intensity at which we need to work. I will use this material to build fitness assessments within my organization.


    ACE RESPONSE: Thank you for this feedback. So glad you enjoyed this course and are applying it directly to your career!

    Carl (ACE Certified Professional)

    6/24/13 6:32 AM

    Quick down and dirty overview of VO2 Max. Provides some research summary and gave me some more tid bits to give to FF while completing annual fitness assessments.

    Andrea (ACE Certified Professional)

    4/18/13 11:29 AM

    Very practical information for setting target zones, stress testing, and lots of charts for resoures. Highly recommended.


    10/29/12 11:19 AM

    This is an excellent class for PFTs. It has assisted me in answering questions raised by FF's during our fitness assessments, about VO2 Max and how to improve it. I have also adjusted my program development focus for those who want to improve their VO2 Max for Firefighting.

    Tim (ACE Certified Professional)

    9/19/12 1:02 PM


    11/9/11 1:12 PM

    It is an interesting topic, but lacks in application.

    Doug (ACE Certified Professional)

    5/29/11 2:52 PM

    This course was very informational. Thank you!


    4/28/11 9:35 PM

    This class, while designed by and for firefighters, certainly has applications in any realm where the athlete is encumbered by equipment, which includes other tactical athletes like military and law enforcement. Really, however, the course should be called "VO2 Max, and YOU" because that is really the Lion's Share of the class, though it was interesting to learn how to model VO2 max testing without expensive CO2 measuring masks, that was the only thing that was taught. For a .1 CEC class though, it was very interesting.


    6/30/10 4:57 PM

    It did not get into training for Fire Fighters as much as I thought it would.


    1/20/10 1:37 PM

    Great information, very relivant to my career. Easy to read with useful charts and table for later reference.


    7/7/09 3:26 PM

    This was an excellent course.


    The American Council on Exercise reserves the right to discontinue the sale and/or support of any continuing education course at any time, in order to cancel, correct, or update content based on current industry standards, guidelines, and/or technological advances. Notification will be given 6 months prior to expiration to allow for course completion and no refund will be given for expiring courses.