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Monarch Human Performance Podcast: Annette Zapp.

A 16-year veteran of the fire service,  Annette Zapp holds the rank of Lieutenant and owns FireSQFitness, a coaching business dedicated to the physical and mental health and wellness of fire fighters worldwide.  She earned a master’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and is also credentialed as a NSCA CSCS and TSAC-F, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach, a CSNS through the Society of Neurosports and a CISSN through the International Society of Sports Nutrition. She was recently named to an Illinois Senate task force focused on mitigating first responder suicide.

Annette is an adjunct faculty at the University of Denver in the graduate program for Sport Coaching and is a proud member of the panel of experts that recently reviewed and revised the TSAC Practitioner Course for the NSCA.   She is also a highly sought-after public speaker and has appeared on a dozen podcasts in the last year.

In this episode Annette talks about:

  • Her transition from the fitness industry to the fire service.

  • The current state of mental health in firefighters and shares her own story with us.

  • How to build resilience in firefighters.

  • The biggest obstacles to implementing wellness programmes in to fire departments.

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You can contact Annette via her Website at and E-mail:

Stay up to date with Annette via her social media channels at:

Instagram: @firesqfitness

Facebook: @firesqfitness

Make sure to check out Devote December on Instagram @devotedecember, a collaboration between Annette and Chris Marella of 4thshiftfitness to bring awareness to Fire and EMS suicide and mental health.

Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.

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