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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An Assessment of a Midsize, Urban, Midwestern Fire Department

  By Rob Shaul The Fire/Rescue profession is a physically demanding, high-risk occupation. In fire departments, many individual Fire/Rescue Athletes (F/RAs) agree fitness is important, but many fire departments also have notably weak fitness cultures which demonstrate inadequate support for fitness and poor participation in fitness training. With this project, we developed and applied a Fitness Culture Assessment for […]

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Mission-Direct Research

By Rob Shaul The Mountain Tactical Institute demonstrates our hard pivot to human and mission performance research. It’s built from a serious need for an institution which places the mission first. Our focus is “Mission-Direct Research” – practical, functional, innovative tools and techniques mountain and tactical athletes can deploy in the real world, right away. […]

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The Mountain Tactical Institute

By Rob Shaul We are pleased to officially announce the development of the Mountain Tactical Institute. The Mountain Tactical Institute (MTI) is the research and development arm of Strong Swift Durable, and represents our continued effort to provide innovative, thought leading solutions to mountain and tactical professionals. MTI’s research initiatives will include human performance but also expand […]

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Ruck Deep Dive Pilot Study Results

By Dr. Kristen Ouellette and Rob Shaul The goal of our Ruck Deep Dive is to develop the most effective, efficient, and least impactful methodology to train for rucking performance. Key to developing this methodology is identifying what fitness and other attributes have the most impact on rucking performance. Going into this pilot study, we identified […]

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Alpinist Fitness Assessment Results

By Dr. Kristen Ouellett and Rob Shaul   We developed The Alpinist Project  as a physiological and fitness testing tool for high level and professional alpinists. The tests occurred over two days, with the physiological testing day 1, and Alpinist Fitness Assessment on Day 2. Five athletes were tested; four men and one woman. Two […]

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Ruck Deep Dive Study Update

By Rob Shaul Our Ruck Deep Dive work has continued this past month. We’ve conduced VO2 Max tests unloaded, and loaded (45 pounds and 60 pounds) with five lab rats and have some very preliminary findings based on this limited, non-scientific work: Athletes with high aerobic fitness do well on short, hard event Athletes with […]

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