I'm 34 yrs old, been mostly primal(holidays were killer) for about 6 months now since getting laid off from the IT world. I lost about 25lbs and am much stronger and more fit than I've been in a long time. After being unemployed and primal for a few months I decided I needed a change. The idea of sitting in a cubicle for the rest of my life made me sick so I decided to register for the Fire Academy classes and pursue a job as a firefighter.
As you may guess, I'm a bit older and still not in as good of shape as many of the other students but that has only fueled my determination. I'm trying to find a good workout that will help me in the academy and my career. I live in Colorado and right now the weather is very up and down. I will run to the gym and back if the weather is over 40 and the sun is out but when I have to drive to the gym, i dread the treadmill. I can stomach the 10 minute warmup on the stairmaster but would much rather run stairs outside. I have a stationary bike at home which I use for my low and slow type workouts since I can read or watch a video on it. I typically do one day a week at the actual gym doing a BBS Big 5 workout which I love and have been increasing my weights each week. It also leaves the rest of the week to do job specific exercises and work on my areas of weakness. I use P90X videos for the core synergistics, yoga, stretching and abs and also have been on the hundredpushups.com workout (I can do about 60 now). The things I think I need to work on the most are my grip/forearm strength, sprinting (suicide sprints during training are killing me) and core strength. I would like to be able to condense my workouts as much as possible as my schedule can vary from week to week depending on how much side work I'm able to pull in, my parental responsibilities, and of course attending 17 hrs of classes + studying each week.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I really need to find a good solid workout thats going to maximize my overall strength and help me to better compete with the youts. Thanks in advance!