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.

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Required Equipment

You’ll need a rock gym membership for this program, as well as:

  • 15/25# Dumbbells (female/male)

  • 40/60# Sandbag (female/male)

  • Pack you can load to 35#

  • Ice tools

  • Ice Tool Hinge Board


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