History of the APFT

By Rob Shaul Every couple years or so we hear about US Army efforts to study and possibly replace the APFT as it’s semi-annual fitness assessment.  The following timeline following the history of Army fitness testing and development of the APFT was gleaned from “History of the United States Army Physical Fitness and Physical Readiness […]

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High Stakes LE Fitness Tests for Full Time LE Officers

By Rob Shaul In the US, I could find only two high stakes LE fitness tests for full-time officers. The first is with the Suquamish Police Department, in Suquamish, Washington, population 4,100. The second is Colorado Springs Police Department. By “High Stakes” I’m referring to required fitness assessments for full-time officers, the failure of which […]

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These Boots Were Made for Rucking…

  By Todd W.   I was reading the ruck-boot weight research from the Military Athlete Institute and thought about some lessons learned from military selections, courses and daily operations with regards to boots.  Keep in mind, this is predominately from an Army perspective. There are a LOT of great boots but there is no one boot for […]

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Officer Fitness and Use of Force

By Rob Shaul     The headline-grabbing officer use of deadly force cases in Missouri, South Carolina and Oklahoma (2015), reminded me of a conversation I had with a Law Enforcement Officer at the NTOA national conference in Alabama. This Officer referred to a legal case where an officer escalated to deadly force, crippled a […]

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Lessons Learned Programming Fitness for Mountain Guides

  By Rob Shaul Over nearly a decade of operating Mountain Athlete, I’ve worked with multiple full-time professional mountain guides, and have come to better understand their gym-based training needs. Along the way, I made several mistakes based on wrong assumptions and immature programming. Here are the lessons I learned from those mistakes: (1) Avoid […]

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5 Run/Ruck Training Thumb Rules You Can Use

by Jordan Smothermon   As we look deeper into the physiological demands and effects of rucking, questions have guided us to interesting answers. As you might imagine, when questions are answered, they lead to more questions. The second and third generations of questions further focus our attention on narrower, more novel queries. In exploring these […]

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Doctoral Fellowship

  We’re excited to announce that Dr. Kristen Ouellette will be joining us for the summer.  Dr. Kristen Ouellette will oversee multiple research efforts on both the tactical and mountain sides  as a Doctoral Fellow with Strong Swift Durable. Dr. Ouellette earned her Masters in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut and served internships at […]

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The Alpinist Project

By Rob Shaul There has been little research completed on mountain athletes in general and even less on “Alpinists.” We will work to change that over two days of testing in May or early June and are naming this effort “The Alpinist Project.” We’re starting with two studies. The first study focuses on professional and […]

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