Hector represents the most recent evolution of our day to day programming for operators and military athletes.
Until Hector, our “Fluid Periodization” methodology deployed a system of cyclic emphasis to train military athlete attributes of relative strength, work capacity, stamina, endurance and durability.
Not only would training cycles have a significant cyclic emphasis, but most training sessions had a single training attribute focus.
Hector marks two significant changes to this approach.
First, it marks our commitment to our most recent thoughts of training attributes for military athletes. There are 5:
- Relative Strength
- Work Capacity
- TAC SEPA (Tactical Speed, Explosive Power and Agility)
- Chassis Integrity
TAC SEPA and Chassis Integrity represent two entirely new training attributes. TAC SEPA incorporates tactical speed and athleticism in a systematic way to our programming. Chassis Integrity represents the latest evolution of our core/midsection training approach and focuses on rotational, total and anti-rotation midsection movements, from a standing or kneeling position. It also includes long, focused low back strength and strength endurance training.
We’ve changed from thinking of durability as a training attribute, to an outcome and result of proper, mission-direct fitness program. We still do mobility and other exercises during our training sessions, but see mission-direct fitness as the greatest source of mission durability.
Second, Hector marks a change to our Fluid Periodization methodology. Instead of heavy cyclic emphasis for a specific training attribute, emphasis now is more subtle or non-existent, and the way we develop and incorporate training the different fitness attributes into our training sessions is more “fluid” and holistic. One noticeable change is frequent split sessions, where we’ll train one attribute for the first half the session, and a second attribute for the second half of the session.
“Hector” is a truly “Fluid” cycle which will combine in nearly equal parts strength, work capacity, endurance, Tactical Speed, Explosive Power and Agility (TAC SEPA), and Endurance sessions into a 6-week cycle.
- Monday: Strength, TAC SEPA
- Tuesday: Work Capacity, Chassis Integrity
- Wednesday: Strength, Endurance (Run)
- Thursday: TAC SEPA, Work Capacity
- Friday: Endurance (Run)
- Monday: Strength, Work Capacity
- Tuesday: TAC SEPA, Chassis Integrity
- Wednesday: Work Capacity, Endurance
- Thursday: Strength, TAC SEPA
- Friday: Endurance (Ruck)
What if I miss a day?
Begin where you left off when you return to training. This programmed is progressed – each session builds upon the prior session – so don’t skip a session or skip around. Follow the training sessions in order, regardless.
Where do I find unfamiliar exercises?
See our Exercise Library HERE. The Run/Ruck Calculator is listed as an exercise.
What about nutrition?
See our Nutritional Guidelines HERE.
Can I see sample training?
Click the “Sample Training” tab to see the entire first week of programming.
Fitness Programming Focused on
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.