Hiking Up and Riding Down with Local 1009
Fitness is my passion but I never really thought of outdoor options to theÂ traditional gym workout until I started working and playing with my friends Â at EMS. Â This is where Luke Foley, EMS Product Training Manager and PeterÂ Casson, General Manager of EMS Schools, introduced me to their winterÂ workout program called â€œHike and Rideâ€ - hike up a mountain and then ski orÂ snowboard down.
After my first trip out with them, I was hooked. It was hard but soÂ rewarding. I was not stuck inside a crowded gym but outside with sun andÂ fresh air. I knew if I liked it this much others would too so I decided toÂ pitch the Hike and Ride idea to my friend and fellow fitness enthusiastÂ Seamus Shanley. Seamus is a Worcester firefighter from the Local 1009. IÂ asked him if the guys from Local 1009 might be interested in trying a bitÂ of an outdoor adventure workout. With great enthusiasm Seamus said, â€œheckÂ yeah!”
Â On March 1st, a sunny Friday, 12 firefighters, Peter Casson, Luke Foley,Â our Camera women Andrea Flarety, and I set off on a Hike and Ride fitnessÂ challenge. Â The trip was a two hour hike up the backside of WachusettÂ Mountain Ski Resort followed by the ski or ride down. EMS provided specialÂ packs for their board or ski gear, microspikes snowshoes and poles.
IÂ think the guys thought it was going to be an easy hike in the woods butÂ after 55 minutes into our hike we hit our halfway mark and we informed themÂ the hardest part was yet to come – the climb over the rocky and steepÂ mountainside. I donâ€™t think they were expecting that.
The 30 pound pack onÂ their backs Â proved to be an awkward challenge as they climbed up and overÂ rock and maneuvered icey snow. When we finally reached the top, sweatÂ soaked, tired and relieved, many of the guys commented that it was wayÂ harder than they expected but they would do it again in a heartbeat. Here’s a video recap of the entire day:
I believe weâ€™ve done it again and converted a few more gym goers toÂ exploring fitness outdoors. Â I told the Worcester Firefighters from LocalÂ 1009 to be prepared this summer for another fitness challenge when we takeÂ them out again for a little fitness adventure on an SUP. When that happens, I’ll be sure to share some photos and video!