Roughly 18 months ago, Lieutenant/Paramedic Kevin Gifford began pursuing CrossFit. CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program with the aim of improving, among other things, muscular strength, cardio-respiratory endurance, and flexibility through constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity across broad modal and time domains. Since Kevin's new passion for CrossFit, and the lifestyle that comes with it, he has been molded into the the best physical and mental shape he has ever been in.
In the end of 2013, his hard work and dedication to Crossfit paid off, Kevin learned that he qualified in the top 100 CrossFit athletes in the fire service throughout the United States and Canada and secured a spot in the 2014 Firefighter Throwdown to be held in San Diego, Ca during the Firehouse World Expo.
On February 19, 2014, the Firefighter Throwdown began where 4 events were to be completed throughout the day. These events included workouts such as a 2 rep max thruster ladder, double unders, sprints, overhead walking lung, kettle bell snatches, chest to bar pull-ups and a 7 calorie bike just to name a few. At the end of day one, Kevin placed a very impressive 15th out of 65 contestants but would not meet the point requirement to move on to the finals.
|Kevin performing a kettle bell snatch|
|Kevin putting up 215 lbs on the 2 rep max thruster ladder|
|Kevin finishing event 3 with chest to bar pull-ups|
We congratulate both Kevin and Ty for an amazing performance and in representing Kingman, Az with some of the finest athletes.
Article by Lieutenant Ron Hood, Pinion Pine Fire District
Photos by Firefighter Throwdown