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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Pinch Grip Correlation Investigation

Does Pinch Grip Strength Carry Over to Other Types of Grip? by Jordan Smothermon We’ve began investigating the relationship between strength and strength endurance required for different types of holds in climbing. Our questions is simple: does the strength endurance for one type of hold correlate to another type of hold? In our first investigation […]

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The Alpinist Fitness Assessment

The Alpinist Fitness Assessment By Rob Shaul Last November I began working with two groups of alpinists on pure climbing events. I designed “event-specific” training plans for each, including initial assessments, and this started me thinking about what a “Alpinist Fitness Assessment” would look like. By “Alpinist” I’m speaking here in terms of an athlete who […]

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Does Load Carriage Affect Lactate Threshold (LT) Heart Rate?

  by Jordan Smothermon and Rob Shaul Lactate Threshold heart rate, commonly known as LT, is the rate at which an athlete’s body switches from mostly relying on their aerobic energy system for fuel, to mostly relying on his/her anaerobic energy system to fuel the effort. This is a high heart rate, around 88% of […]

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