Four Lessons From The NTOA Conference

Adam Scott, MS, CSCS This past week we spent two days at the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The NTOA Conference is one of the largest gatherings of tactical law enforcement professionals in the country and was a great opportunity for us to engage with our LE Athletes one-on-one concerning […]

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LE Athlete Assessment: Where Do You Rank?

Adam Scott, MS, CSCS A little over a year ago we published our basic fitness assessment for Law Enforcement Athletes.  Since then hundreds of athletes have completed the assessment.  Some athletes have done so during our daily online sessions, while others were part of cadet classes who have adopted the assessment.     Eight weeks […]

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Pull-Up Training Partnerships

The Mountain Tactical Institute (MTI) is happy to announce two new research partnerships. Both partners will be conducting research projects based on the pull-up study we completed earlier this summer. The first project, which started this week, is a 6-week study at GRIT Strength and Conditioning in Austin, TX. GRIT Head coach, Stephanie Twohey and […]

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Help Needed Developing a Tactical Athlete Work Capacity Standard

Adam Scott, MS, CSCS Work capacity is a major component of a tactical athlete’s fitness.  The ability to perform during short/intense events is vital to a tactical athlete’s operational effectiveness and battlefield security. Our tactical athlete Base Fitness programming builds 5 areas of fitness: Strength, Work Capacity, Endurance, Stamina and Durability. On the strength side, […]

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The First Responder Project

By Rob Shaul Today we’re announcing the “First Responder Project.” The mission of the First Responder Project is to be a resource, beacon of inspiration and a like-minded community for First Responders who want to train professionally for their jobs as tactical athletes, and improve the fitness cultures at their units. The First Responder Project […]

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Wanted: Tactical Units with Strong Fitness Cultures

Adam Scott, MS, CSCS This week we released our Assessment of a Midsize, Urban, Midwestern Fire Department.  This report applied the Fitness Culture Assessment we developed for tactical units to a Midwestern, urban/suburban fire department. The assessment included: An online survey, 3-days of on-site observations, and personal interviews with firefighters and leadership. The department we […]

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10 Things We Learned About Fire/Rescue Fitness Culture

  Adam Scott, MS, CSCS This week we released our Assessment of a Midsize, Urban, Midwestern Fire Department. This report applied the Fitness Culture Assessment we developed for tactical units to a Midwestern, urban/suburban fire department. The assessment included: An online survey, 3-days of on-site observations, and personal interviews with firefighters and leadership. We also […]

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Quantifying Backcountry Hunting Physical Demands

Adam Scott, MS, CSCS   We have updated our Backcountry Hunting Training Plan three times over the last few years.   Informed by our personal experiences, work with mountaineers and involvement with soldiers, this program has evolved away from typical gym-based training into a sport specific behemoth which includes some of the best exercises and […]

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