Robert Piparo and Ewa Hlebowicz of 555Fitness were on Harry Connick Jr’s show this morning and Harry went through a firefighter workout with them. 555 Fitness has 2 websites 555Fitness.com and 555Fitness.org. Check them both out!
Robert Piparo is a Lt. for a fire department in New Jersey.
Ewa Hlebowicz is the 555 Fitness grant coordinator and a firefighter paramedic in NY.
The goal at 5-5-5 Firefighter Fitness, Inc. is to help reduce line of duty deaths in the fire service. Historically, over 50% of firefighter fatalities can be attributed to cardiac related events. One simple way to lower this number is to have firefighter participate in some type of regular physical activity . Therefore, workouts are provided, for free, that are geared toward the rigors of the firefighting profession, but can be done by anyone. When easy to follow information is provided, the likelihood that more firefighters will participate increases dramatically.
What started as a small Facebook page, putting our free work outs 6 days a week, has morphed into an national recognized Not For Profit Organization with international reach. As our Facebook community grew, we realized that we could do so much more. Without an formal schooling or training, the motivated firefighters behind 555 Fitness have given away over $20,000 in functional fitness equipment nationwide, and provided free workouts on multiple platforms each day, for over 2 years. We have been able to accomplish our goals thru the success of our apparel brand and the generous donations from this who support our mission, to reduce Line Of Duty Deaths attributed to cardiac related events. Most people don’t even know that cardiac related events are the leading killer of firefighters annually. However we do. The fire service knows, yet will not take any proactive steps to remedy that number. Of course there are programs, and classes and studies, but nothing that finally says enough is enough. That’s where 555 Fitness comes in.
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