The Burden of Constant Fitness

By Rob Shaul I was first introduced to “The Burden of Constant Fitness” by a Green Beret around 7 years ago. Ben explained that soldiers never had the opportunity to be out of shape. Their work requires that they always be fit, and this “constant” fitness can easily become a “burden” as soldiers struggle to […]

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Fear

  By Matt Annetts Standing on top of a snowy peak, I try to visualize what is below me.  I can see my first landmark ridge but after that, nothing but the valley. There is a large cliff on the right I know needs avoiding.  The questionable pocket of snow on the second pitch may […]

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KUDOS 2014-04-22

Coach, Last week I finished the APFT program and want to say, first and foremost, kudos. Having been slowly recovering from an ankle injury over the last few months (I injured my ankle last spring during our Battalion Pre-Sapper course) I did have a minor drop in performance after my first APFT I took after […]

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Pull-Up: Technique Tips

The pull-up is one of the most common fitness exercises, yet athletes struggle with it constantly. Coach Jordan Smothermon demonstrates a few ways to adjust your technique to improve your pull-ups.   You Might Also Like Our Pull Up Improvement Packet   

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Choking It Away

By Monica Purington On the 40-minute knife’s-edge ridge hike to the Day 1 starting gate, I had a decision to make between two lines. Line one had me flashing huge GS turns into an exposed area and airing back into one of the main shots, exhibiting my ability to maintain technical skiing at high speeds. […]

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SSD History

We’ve had some questions about “Strong. Swift. Durable.” as athletes have seen this programming on mountainathlete.com, and also this name at the leathlete.com website store. To explain, I need to start with some history. I founded and opened Mountain Athlete in Jackson, Wyoming in early 2007, with the clear focus of programming for mountain athletes and mountain sports. […]

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THE MOUNTAIN ATHLETE “MONSTER FACTORY”

Above: Monica Purington skis hard at Telluride **********************************   THE MOUNTAIN ATHLETE “MONSTER FACTORY”   Mountain Athlete FreeSki Team members came home with three top-ten finishes at last weekend’s Subaru Freeride Series World Qualifier event in Telluride, Colorado.   Natalie Segal announced to the world she has fully recovered from a major knee injury late […]

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LESSONS LEARNED COMPETING ON THE FREERIDE WORLD TOUR

LESSONS LEARNED COMPETING ON THE FREERIDE WORLD TOUR By Hadley Hammer There were so many highs and lows during my first two competitions on the Freeride World Tour. Even weeks later, I find it difficult to digest everything that happened. There are staggering differences between the qualifying tour and the “big show.” Some were expected […]

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