Top 5 Exercises for Mountain Athletes

By Rob Shaul 1) Loaded Step Ups Loaded step ups are a functional, transferable, and no-excuse way to directly train hiking uphill under load – a foundational fitness demand for all mountain sports. Loaded step ups can be completed anywhere. Mountain athletes living in flatlands or away from any vertical terrain can train uphill movement […]

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Jordan’s Top 5 Exercises for Mountain Athletes

1. Pull-ups Where there’s a strong back, there’s a strong athlete, and no other exercise fully works the back like pull-ups. Studies find correlations between pull-up ability and overall fitness, Eric Cressy cites a link between pulling ability and sprint speed (based on the fact that your legs follow your arms, so the faster and […]

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KUDOS 2014-06-23

Rob, Just got home from SFAS, successfully selected.  I know you’ve got tons of athletes, but I’m going to run down a quick laundry list on how your program has had a direct and significant impact in my life: In 2009, I was first introduced to your program as my USMA Sandhurst team used it […]

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STRONG. SWIFT. DURABLE.

By Rob Shaul 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 […]

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STRONG. SWIFT. DURABLE.

STRONG. SWIFT. DURABLE. By Rob Shaul 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 […]

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Common Mistakes: Push-Ups

It’s fairly common for athletes to do push-ups incorrectly. This can leave athletes susceptible to injury as well as not getting the benefit of strengthening the muscles a push-up is intended to. In the video below, Coach Jordan Smothermon demonstrates the common mistakes athletes make, and how to correct your form.

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KUDOS 2014-06-12

Rob,   I wanted to thank you for the Goruck Challenge Plan.  I completed the Challenge and absolutely thrived!  If there was one thing I would suggest adding – it would be push ups with the pack, push ups with the pack and elevated feet (inchworm), and more flutter kicks.  Those were the three things […]

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