Plan Focus: Chassis Integrity

By Rob Shaul Our Chassis Integrity programming theory evolved last summer after a personal experience. I had moved away from the tactical programming to some distance running and bodyweight work. The bodyweight training included plenty of core work – sit-up variations, bridging, lower back complexes, EO’s, and some ground and equipment based work such as Russian Triangles, […]

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Plan Focus: Bodyweight Foundation Training Plan

  By Rob Shaul Don’t be fooled by “bodyweight” – this plan is no joke. Bodyweight Foundation begins with a bodyweight strength assessment and uses the assessment results for the follow-on training and progressions. This way the plan  automatically “scales” to the incoming fitness level of the individual athlete. In this way, the plan pushes […]

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Plan Focus: Ultimate Work Capacity I

  by Rob Shaul Intense bouts of cardiorespiratory and muscular stress at high, but sub-maximal levels best mirror the most dangerous tactical and mountain situations. We call this type of fitness “work capacity.” Everything comes together during an intense Work Capacity Effort: ▪ Aerobic base ▪ Sprint cardio ▪ Raw strength ▪ Strength endurance ▪ […]

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Mini Study Finds 1 Lb On Your Feet = 4 Lbs On Your Back for Slow Hiking Pace

by Kyle Bochanski Rucking Rules About a year ago, MTI posted an article reviewing previous studies to create a list of “5 Military Rucking Rules Every Backpacker Should Know”. Some of these rules we tested again as we developed our MTI Route Card. We wanted to ensure accurate predictions of rucking times based on distance, speed, […]

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Rock Climbing Exposure Mini Study: How Can We Measure Fear?

Mountain Athlete Mike Mock climbing at the Fins, Idaho. By Kyle Bochanski This March, MTI studied the effect of fear-induced stress on ice climbers (http://mtntactical.com/mountain-athlete-articles/stress-major-contributor-physiological-demands-ice-climbing/). Last week we conducted a preliminary follow-up study with a rock climber. Our ultimate goal is to develop a research methodology that allows us to determine how much fear contributes to […]

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Roles, Responsibilities and Limitations of a Unit Fitness Leader

By Rob Shaul We have a distinctly different view of the job description for a Unit Fitness Leader or “Peer Fitness Coordinator/Leader” from what has been traditionally put in place at many tactical units – military, LE and Fire/Rescue: Below we break down our vision of the role, and responsibilities of Unit Fitness Leaders, as […]

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