AMGA Alpine Guide Course Training Plan


• 6 week plan, 5 days/week
• AMGA Alpine Guide Course specific
• Trains strength, endurance, and climb-specific work capacity and stamina
• This training plan is one of the 182+ Plans included with an Athlete’s Subscription.

Product Description

This 6-week program is designed specifically to train athletes for the 9-day AMGA Alpine Guide Course. You’ll train 5 days per week. The program is progressed – it gets harder – so do each session in order. Don’t skip around. If you miss a day, pick up where you left off.

The weekly schedule is:

  • Monday : Step-ups/Strength
  • Tuesday : Climb Work Capacity
  • Wednesday : Ice Climbing
  • Thursday : Endurance
  • Friday : Climb Stamina OR Rest Day
  • Saturday : Technical Work

Sessions will take 60 min. except for Thursday’s Endurance session, which starts at around 45 min. and increases duration to around 1.5 hours.

Our Stuff Works. Guaranteed.

By Rob Shaul

I received notes frequently from athletes hesitant to purchase a subscription or training plans asking me to sell them on why they should make the purchase.

While I understand the question, I’m not a salesman - so I can't put a hard sale on anyone for our programming.

I can tell them the process we go through to design our programming.

We begin with extensive research on the fitness demands of the event, identify the exercises and progressions which sport specifically meet those demands, chose end-of-cycle goals, and program backward to design the plan.

Then we test the cycle on ourselves and our lab rats here in Wyoming. We document, note what works and doesn’t work, re-assess, and make changes and modifications.

Then we publish the programming in the form of one of our plans or as part of our subscription daily training sessions for tactical and mountain athletes.
We don’t stop there - our daily programming is the “tip of the spear” for our programming evolution. We use these sessions to learn and make continuous improvement.

As we learn more and improve, we go back, and update the sport-specific training plans on the website. For example, we’re currently on Version 5 of our Ruck Based Selection Training Plan and Version 3 of our Dryland Ski Training Plan and Version 4 of our Big Game Back Country Hunting Training Plan.

We understand our programing isn’t cheap, but we believe it’s a great value. The $79 for the Ruck Based Selection Training Plan, and $39 for the Dryland Ski Training Plan reflect the, research, work, innovative theory, iteration, testing and feedback we've put in and received to make these plans effective.

All that matters for us is outside performance, and we feel strongly that Our Stuff Works in the real world.


Just wanted to thank you for providing Mountain Athlete training programs to the AMGA.  I followed your advice and performed the ice climbing training as originally prescribed. After successfully completion of my Alpine Skills course this past June, it was noted by our lead instructor (Amos Whiting) in my final appraisal that “Brent came into this class extremely fit. Despite being one of the oldest students, he was one of the most fit. He had taken the time to go through a 6 week at home training program designed by Mountain Athlete to train for the “Alpine Guides Course”. If more students took fitness as seriously as Brent we would have higher caliber guides.” - B
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