Fire hydrant exercises are simple yet effective ways to improve your physical fitness level. They are also very easy to perform. You don’t need any special equipment or anything else except some water and time. If you want to get into the best shape of your life, then these exercises will help you achieve it!
The first thing you have to do is determine if there is one near where you live or work. There might be one around the corner or even right next door.
If there isn’t, you can always go out and buy some fire extinguishers from your local hardware store. These things are cheap and they will definitely come in handy when you need them.
Once you’ve got the necessary items, you’re ready to start doing fire hydrant exercises. Here’s how:
1) Find a place where there is a large number of fire hydrants.
A parking garage, office building lobby, shopping mall entrance, etc… Just make sure that there aren’t too many places where you could potentially fall off the edge and break your neck. (And no falling on your face! That would be very bad.)
2) Once you’ve found your spot, start warming up by walking in a small circle around your first hydrant.
Make sure to keep an eye out for oncoming traffic. If someone is walking their dog, you might want to skip that hydrant and move on to another one.
3) After you’ve warmed up, start spraying the fire hydrant as high as you can reach.
Make sure you hit every section of it, including the top. You can also try to hit other fire hydrants if there are any nearby. If not, a parked car will do just fine.
4) Once you feel like you’ve gotten your heart rate up, start jumping as high as you can, while pushing the water as far up into the air as possible.
5) Next, grab the fire hydrant with both hands and start turning it as quickly as you can.
Try this with one hand first, and then with both hands. Remember to stay aware of your surroundings at all times! This is not the time to get sloppy.
6) After you’ve had enough fun playing with the fire hydrant, it’s time to get serious.
Start pushing the water as far as you can in front of you. Try to cover as much ground as you possibly can. Make sure to keep your back straight and your arms, legs, and feet working together in perfect unison.
This is very important!
7) Once you’re done with that, you’ll need something more to practice on.
Behold, the public drinking fountain! It’s just like a regular hydrant except it doesn’t spray nearly as high into the air.
You can find these in parks, outside convenience stores, malls, and just about anywhere else where there are lots of people.
8) Now you’re ready to start practicing the real thing.
Find a hydrant that doesn’t have any poles or signs right next to it. This will give you the most open space to move around in. Also, find a hydrant that isn’t in the middle of the road.
You don’t want to get run over by a car while you’re practicing.
9) When you’ve found yourself a hydrant, start by approaching it just like you were approaching a strange dog.
Slowly. If you feel nervous or if your heart starts acting up, then turn around and walk away. Trust me, you’ll know when it’s not the right time to practice hydrant skills.
Step 10) Now, it’s time to start practicing. This is what you’ve been waiting for! Start off by standing directly in front of the hydrant and start moving around it in a clockwise direction.
This way the water will spray to your left side, which is your dominate side.
Step 11) Try to keep your butt down and your legs as straight as an arrow when you are pushing the water.
Step 12) When you’re starting to get good at this, you can try to move around the hydrant in a counter-clockwise direction. I’ll admit, this is much more difficult and not nearly as much fun, but it will really improve your skills.
Step 13) As you continue to get better, you may find that you tip over every once in a while. It’s important to work on your core strength if you ever want to avoid this from happening! To do this, all you have to do is keep your legs and butt as straight as possible while you are pushing the water.
This will strengthen your core and help improve your hydrant skills.
As Hydrants get more popular, you might find other people using them as well. Although this is kind of annoying, it’s important to share with others. Just make sure you go back and forth.
One person pushes while the other one gets wet and vice versa.
This will make sure that everyone gets a good chance to practice hydrant skills and have fun!
When you’re all done having fun, make sure you shut the hydrant off before you leave.
So there you have it, everything you need to know about practicing your hydrant skills. I hope this helps and remember to just have fun out there!
Good luck and stay safe!
“Hydrant Safety” is provided by the City of New York Office of Emergency Management.
As always, stay safe and be good for Mom!
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