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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The Effect of Ruck Weight on Speed – from 0% to 70% of Body Weight

Adam Scott, MS, CSCS Last month we tested the first of our Five Rules of Rucking.  We did this in order to determine the true effect of uphill movement on speed.  That study debunked the rule that a 10% grade would decrease an athlete’s speed by 50%…it turned out to be closer to 33%. This week we tested another rule – […]

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