“Curly” is the third plan of the “Three Stooges” Dumbbell Training Packet. “Curly” is a 6 Week, 5x day/week program with a emphasis on Endurance. You will train Endurance 4x/week, and Strength/TAC SEPA 1x day/week. The endurance training alternates between running and multi-mode, gym based endurance. This is our latest theory in training endurance after testing with our Lab Rats… it’s brutal!
- Full Dumbbell or Kettlebell Set
- 15-20” Box or Bench
- Open space for Running and Shuttle Runs
You will train Endurance on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Each day alternates between multi-mode endurance in the gym, and running. You will run a 4-mile assessment to find your “Easy Pace” with the MTI Running Calculator, and reassess on Week 3 and Week 4, working up to 6 miles.
The multi-mode gym based endurance uses a variety of rounds and times to progress from 60 minutes of total work at the beginning of the cycle, to 90 minutes in the final week.
|(1) 60 Minutes total work on a running clock
|(A) 20 Minutes
8x 1-Arm Dumbbell Clean and Press @ 25/35#
10m Dumbbell Crawl @ 25/35#
After 20 minutes, transition to Part (B)
|(B) 20 Minutes
8x 1-Arm Dumbbell Snatch @ 25/35#
5x Dumbbell Burpee @ 25/35#
300m Shuttle Run
After 20 minutes (40 min of total work),transition to Part (C)
|(C) 20 Minutes
8x Mr. Spectacular @ 25/35#
6x Scotty Bob @ 15/25#
Repeat the circuit in Part (A) for 20 minutes. At the 20 minute mark, transition to the circuit in Part (B). Repeat this circuit for 20 minutes, and then transition to Part (C). This will finish your 60 minutes of total work.
You’ll train Strength on Wednesday’s during the cycle. These sessions are shorter at approximately 40-45 minutes, progressing upper and lower body strength with Pull Ups, Quadzilla Complex’s, and Scotty Bobs..
1-Arm Exercises vs Traditional Exercises
If a movement does not specify it as a 1-Arm movement, you will utilize dumbbells/kettlebells in each hand. For movements specified as 1-Arm, you will do the prescribed reps on each arm/leg.
6x Dumbbell Mr.Spectacular: Complete 6 repetitions of Mr. Spectacular at the prescribed weight with a Dumbbell/Kettlebell in each hand.
6x 1-Arm Dumbbell Snatch: Complete 6x 1-Arm Dumbbell Snatch’s at the prescribed weight with each arm (12x Total).
Converting Dumbbells to Kettlebells
This plan uses dumbbell weights, as they are simpler to scale for loading. You can use kettlebells, you will just need to convert the weight. See the chart below for converting dumbbell weight to kettlebell weight.
- Monday – Running Endurance
- Tuesday – Multi-Mode Gym Based Endurance
- Wednesday – Strength
- Thursday – Running Endurance
- Friday – Multi-Mode Gym Based Endurance
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MTI begins program design with extensive research of the fitness demands of the mission, sport or event, identifies the exercises and progressions which sport-specifically meet those demands, chose end-of-cycle goals, and program backward to design the training plan.
We deploy the training plan "Lab Rats" at our Wyoming facility. Training session and cycle issues are identified and fixed as we work through the training plan. Post cycle we assess the programming's effectiveness and efficiency. We keep the stuff that works, and fix or toss the stuff that doesn't.
Plan is published for purchase as an individual training plan and made available to our subscribers.
It doesn't stop there. We take what we learn by deploying our mountain and tactical programming with our Lab Rats, go back, re-visit, update and improve already published training plans. Several of our individual training plans are on their 4th or 5th version.
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By Rob Shaul
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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.
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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.
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