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Pasadena Firefighter wins Fitness Challenge

PASADENA – Both on and off duty for three months, five Pasadena firefighters followed a rigorous weight-lifting and cardiovascular exercise regimen and a strict lean-protein diet to get toned up and in shape.

Their motivation wasn’t a body building show.

“It was for charity and setting an example for the firefighters in our department,” said Pasadena Fire Department Capt. Josh Ward, who led the team of firefighters, the Westside Anchors, to their third straight victory at the recent 9-1-1 Fitness Challenge.

The nationwide competition challenges active and retired firefighters, police, paramedics and other public safety officials and their spouses to lose fat and gain muscle. The officials work as a team, totaling up pounds lost, collectively.

Participates were weighed in and measured for their ratio of body fat to muscle at the start of the competition in January, then again at the end in April. The body composition of each team member was averaged, and the team with the greatest overall percentage of body fat lost won.

During this year’s 12-week competition, the Westside Anchors, firefighters ranging in age from 31 to 50, dropped their body fat from the mid-20 percent range to the low teens. Some even reached the single digits, according to Ward, who went from 250 to 211 pounds and 26 percent to 9 percent body fat.
Story by Pasadena Star News