Mountain Guide Preseason Training Program


• 6 weeks, 5 days/week
• Focuses on the mountain chassis – legs, lungs, and core – for long days in the mountain
• Includes durability training as well as rock climbing work
• This training plan is one of the 182+ Plans included with an Athlete’s Subscription.


6-week, 30-session training program designed to prepare local Jackson Hole mountain guides for the busy Alpine guiding season in the Tetons.

Program focuses on building their “mountain chassis” – legs, core and lungs, for up and down hill hiking and climbing under load in the Tetons. Plans also builds durability, and sport-specifc fitness for rock climbing.

The plan follows a general schedule:
Monday: Interval Step-ups/Eccentric Leg Strength
Tuesday: Strength
Wedesday: Climbing
Thursday: Strength
Friday: Step-ups

The plan progresses – gets harder – as the weeks go by.

Required Equipment

To complete this training plan, you’ll need access to a commercial gym complete with racks, barbells, plates and dumbbells and/or kettlebells. You’ll also need access to a climbing gym with a bouldering area, or a bouldering gym.


Sample Training


Obj: Assessment

3 Rounds
25x Step-ups - unloaded
5x Alligator Push-ups
10x Sit-ups
Instep Stretch

(1) 500x Step-ups in a 35#
pack for time.
Calculate your step-up
Add 10%:_______________.

(2) 5 Rounds
3/5x Pull-ups
5/7x Push-ups
7/10x Dips

(3) 10 Rounds
Mini Leg Blasters
Rest 30 sec.

(4) 3 Rounds
10 sec. Calf Raises
10 sec. Hold in Up Position
10 sec. Calf Raises
10 sec. Hold in Up Position
10x Hamstring Hell
3 Rounds
Hip Flexor Stretch
3x Floor Slide
Lat + Pec Stretch

Obj: Strength

3 Rounds
8x Goblet Squat - 8/12kg
8x Swings - 8/12kg
8x Push-ups
Instep Stretch

(1) 6 Rounds
3x Mr. Spectaculars -
increase load until hard but
doable, then immediately...
1x Broad Jump
Pigeon Stretch

(2) 6 Rounds
5x Walking Lunges -
increase until hard but
2/3x Chin-ups
Lat + Pec Stretch

(3) 5 Rounds for Time
3x Mr. Spectaculars -
3x Walking Lunge - 8/12kg

(4) 3 Rounds
5x Ankle to Bar
30 sec. Front Bridge
10x EOs
10x Poor Man’s Leg Curl

3 Rounds
1x Easy Board Traverse
5x Push-ups
10x Sit-ups
Instep Stretch

Pick 4 Routes 2-3 V levels under your ability (a V-4 Climber would use V-2 and V-1 Routes).

(1) 4 Rounds
Climb each route back-toback
with no rest, then…
Rest 1 minute

Rest 5 minutes

(2) 4 Rounds
Climb each route back-toback
with no rest, then…
Rest 1 minute

Rest 5 minutes

(3) 4 Rounds
Climb each route back-toback
with no rest, then…
Rest 1 minute

Rest 5 minutes

(1) 4 Rounds
Climb each route back-toback
with no rest, then…
Rest 1 minute

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All that matters to MTI is outside performance. We are driven to continuously improve and evolve. To this end MTI is not beholden to any fitness programming methodology, equipment or exercise. We continuously research, deploy, assess and iterate our programming with an emphasis on Mission-Direct application and performance. Here is the MTI Method:

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.

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.

Here’s our guarantee:

1) Individual Training Plan Purchase:
If you purchase an individual training plan, follow it as prescribed before your season/event/pft/selection, and if you don’t feel you were physically ready for your season/event/pft/selection, and/or didn’t see dramatic improvements in your early season performance, we’ll refund your money, no questions asked.

2) Athlete’s Subscription
If you purchase an Athletes’ Subscription, follow the training sessions as prescribed, and are not satisfied with the quality of the programming, notify us within 30 days of purchase, and we’ll refund your money, no questions asked.




I dropped 9 minutes off the 500 step ups assessment in week 6. your program works. thank you.

I haven't felt this strong in a long time.

- AMGA Certified Rock Instructor, Alpine Guide/Ice Instructor Course Graduate
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