SWAT/SRT “Gun Maker” Training Packet


  • 4 Training Plans designed specifically for full-time SWAT/SRT athletes
  • 28 weeks of mission direct fitness programming for SWAT/SRT team members – most cycles are 5 days/week, and each includes an unload week between cycles.
  • The price for this packet represents about 30% savings over purchasing the plans individually and saves you $67!
  • The training plans within this packet are one of the 200+ plans included with an Athlete’s Subscription


The MTI “Gun Maker” Training Packet is composed of our 4 “Gun Maker” training plans developed for full-time Law Enforcement SWAT/SRT  athletes.

The “Gun Maker” plans represent deploy the most recent iteration of our Fluid Periodization model where we train the 5 fitness attributes of a SWAT/SRT Athletes:

  • Relative Strength
  • Work Capacity
  • Tactical Speed, Explosive Power, and Agility (TAC SEPA)
  • Endurance (running)
  • Chassis Integrity

The price for this packet represents about 30% savings over purchasing the plans individually and saves you $67!

4 Plans included in this packet:


A 6 week, 4 days/week training cycle, Ruger has a slight emphasis on Strength and Work Capacity. Chassis Integrity, TAC SEPA, Endurance, and Stamina are also trained, but the emphasis on Ruger is strength and work capacity. Ruger is the only 4 days/week plan in the series.

  • Strength – Ruger’s strength work is focused on 4 classic barbell exercises: Push Press, Box Squat, Front Squat and Weighted Pull Up. The plan deploys our proven “Rat 6” strength training methodology which is a percentage based progression based on 1RM (1 rep max).
  • Work Capacity – Ruger’s work capacity effort is focused on a weekly, intense, 15-minute total density effort combining two gym-based exercises. You’ll also complete one other work capacity event weekly  – a longer 20-minute effort or a shorter 10 minute hit.
  • Endurance – Unloaded, moderately-paced runs to 6 miles
  • TAC SEPA – One time weekly, agility or speed work.
  • Chassis Integrity – One time weekly, rotation, total and anti-rotation exercises.

Ruger weekly training schedule:

  • Day 1: Strength, Work Capacity
  • Day 2: TAC SEPA, Chassis Integrity
  • Day 3: Strength, Work Capacity
  • Day 4: Endurance, Chassis Integrity



A “balanced cycle,” Glock trains the 5 fitness attributes in generally equal proportions.

  • Strength – Glock deploys our “TLU” strength session design. TLU design is MTI’s most proven strength session design and trains a total body, lower body and upper body strength exercise each session in modulating intensities.
  • Work Capacity – You’ll train work capacity two times per week during Glock, Mondays, and Fridays. Mondays your work capacity effort is a long, 20-30 minute multi-modal effort in a 25# weight vest or IBA. Friday’s effort is split into 2 two 10 minutes events – 40-foot shuttle sprints, and an intense power clean/box jump/burpee density effort.
  • Endurance – Glock’s endurance work is focused on improving your speed over ground. The work is built around a 4-mile run assessment and follow-on intervals based on your assessment time.
  • TAC SEPA – Split between two types of events – multi-level agility and sprints/shuttles. You’ll complete drills unloaded fi t, and then loaded in your IBA or 25# weight vest.
  • Chassis Integrity – Friday’s you’ll train total, rotation and anti-rotation mid-section strength and strength endurance. Wednesdays you’ll focus on low back/extension strength and strength endurance.
  • Glock weekly schedule:
  • Monday: TAC SEPA, Work Capacity
  • Tuesday: Strength
  • Wednesday: TAC SEPA, Chassis Integrity
  • Thursday: Endurance
  • Friday: Work Capacity, Chassis Integrity



Beretta is a 6 week, 5 session/week (30 Total Training Sessions) plan with an emphasis on Endurance and Chassis Integrity. Strength, Work Capacity, TAC SEPA, and Stamina are also trained, but the emphasis for Beretta is endurance and chassis Integrity

  • Strength – eccentric training for strength work in this cycle and focus on two lifts: Back Squat and Bench Press. Eccentric training = slow on the way down. For this cycle we use 5 second drops. Here’s a Eccentric Back Squat example: http://mtntactical.com/exercises/eccentric-squat/ Eccentric work generally requires a spotter. No spotter, do the lifts as normal, using the prescribed percentages.
  • Work capacity efforts in this cycle all deploy the same event – power cleans to shuttle sprints – but the overall event duration increases. This is perhaps my favorite work capacity event for tactical athletes.
  • Chassis Integrity – Beretta deploys three types of Chassis Integrity circuits, all are long grinds (15-20 minutes). ART Circuits (3 core exercises – anti-rotation, rotation and total); Low Back (4 low back exercises) and; Combo (mix of low back and other core exercises).
  • TAC SEPA – Both speed and multi-level agility drills.
  • Work Capacity – One time/week, and built around a combination of light power cleans and 75m shuttle sprints (down 25m, back, down). This specific event is one of our favorite work capacity events for tactical athletes.

Beretta weekly training schedule:

  • Day 1: Chassis Integrity, Endurance (IBA 800m intervals)
  • Day 2: Strength, Chassis Integrity
  • Day 3: Endurance – Long, easy run
  • Day 4: TAC SEPA, Chassis Integrity
  • Day 5: Strength, Work Capacity



H&K is a “balanced cycle” and trains these 5 fitness attributes in generally equal proportions.

  • Strength – H&K steps away from heavy strength work to focus to train bodyweight strength. Monday’s bodyweight work deploys assessments in weeks 1 and 4, on body armor dips (men)/hand release push ups (women) and body armor pull ups (men)/chin ups (women). Monday’s lower body work deploys unloaded full and mini leg blasters.
  • Wednesday’s bodyweight strength work deploys our “bodyweight” complex methodology where we group three bodyweight exercises in the same circuit. Often two or more of the exercises have an explosive component and we want athletes to move immediately from exercise to exercise.
  • Work Capacity – You’ll train work capacity two times per week during H&K, – back to back on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Wednesday’s efforts will be 20 minutes loaded, “strength cardio” interval work including 20 rounds of 30 second 1-arm dumbbell/kettlebell clean and press, and 30 seconds rest. Wednesday’s you’ll complete the same AMRAP circuit each week …. sandbag getups + a 50m shuttle with the sandbag … but each week’s effort will increase in duration. You’ll begin at 10 minutes, and finish at 15 minutes.
  • Endurance – H&K’s endurance work is focused on improving your aerobic base. We use unloaded runs, unloaded step ups and a combo of runs and step ups, at an easy pace, to train endurance.
  • TAC SEPA – Split between two types of events – multi-level agility and sprints/shuttles. You’ll complete drills unloaded first, and then loaded in your IBA or 25# weight vest.
  • Chassis Integrity – Both Wednesdays’ and Friday’s you’ll complete long grinds of a total body, rotation, anti rotation and extension (low back) midsection exercise.

H&K weekly schedule:

  • Monday: TAC SEPA, Strength
  • Tuesday: Chassis Integrity, Endurance
  • Wednesday: TAC SEPA, Work Capacity
  • Thursday: Strength, Work Capacity
  • Friday: Chassis Integrity, Endurance




What order should the plans be completed it? 
We recommend the order listed above:

  • Ruger
  • Glock
  • Beretta
  • H&K

Required Equipment?

  • Fully-equipped functional fitness gym including racks, barbells, bumper plates, plyo boxes, dumbbells or kettlebells, sandbags (40/60/80#).
  • Sprinting area for sprints/shuttles  up to 25m. These can be outside.
  • 25# Weight Vest or Individual Body Armor (IBA)
  • Stop watch with countdown interval timer.

Can I see sample training?
Yes. Click the individual plans above, then go to the “Sample Training” tab to see the entire first week of programming.

How do I access the plan? Pdf? Online?
Plan access is online, via username and password.

Can I print out sessions to take to the gym?
Yes – you can print a week of programming at a time




1)  Mission Direct

Gym numbers mean nothing. All that matters is mission performance. 

To this end, MTI's fitness solutions and programming are not boxed in by convention, tradition, orthodoxy, public opinion or any other artificial constraint driven by inside or outside forces.

We begin with the raw fitness demands of the mission and build a fitness solution which directly prepares the athlete for those demands.


2) Fitness Solutions Built from the Ground Up

MTI's programming is not "re-tread" bodybuilding, football, CrossFit, kettlebell, strength or general fitness programming. We've built our fitness programming for mountain and tactical athletes from the ground up.

The Fluid Periodization methodology we deploy to concurrently train multiple fitness attributes is completely original and has continued to evolve and improve over the years.

Our mid-section training methodology, Chassis Integrity, is also original, as is our endurance programming, 7 strength training progressions, tactical agility, and work capacity programming.

Our mountain sports pre-season training plans, tactical PFT, selection, school, course, and fitness improvement training plans across military, LE and Fire Rescue are MTI-developed, tested and athlete-proven.

Over the years hundreds of athletes and coaches have taken our advanced programming and unit fitness leader programming courses and MTI is widely recognized within the mountain and tactical professions and fitness media as a thought leader in fitness programming for military and tactical athletes.


3) The MTI Method

→ Research: 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.

→ Deploy & Assess: 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.

→ Publish & Assess Again: Plan is published for purchase as an individual training plan and made available to our subscribers. Feedback/results are assessed.

→ Iterate: We take what we learn from lab rats and athletes, re-visit, update and improve already published training plans. Several of our individual training plans are on their 4th or 5th version.


4) Mission-Direct Research

MTI exists to "Improve Mountain and Tactical Athletes mission performance and keep them safe." To that end, we have developed a unique research methodology aimed at identifying real world areas of improvement and identifying immediately deployable mission-direct solutions. Click HERE to learn more about MTI's Mission-Direct Research methodology, and Here to read about just few of our research efforts.

5) Field Proven

Our stuff works. Weekly we receive unsolicited reviews of our programming and testimonials to its effectiveness.


6) Programming Breadth

MTI's library of 200+ sport-specific fitness plans for mountain and tactical athletes is unmatched. Resources range from specific programming for tactical special forces selections, to specific plans for climbing Rainier and Denali, to general fitness solutions such as running improvement, to post-rehab from injury.

Over the past decade, MTI has partnered with hundreds of athletes throughout their individual mountain and tactical careers, and provided fitness solutions as they face new mountain objectives, tactical schools, selections, PFTs and deployments, and came back from injury.


7) Worldwide Influence

Our work is not limited to US Athletes.

We've developed selection-specific training plans for Canadian, UK, Australian and German Special Forces Selections and worked with individual military personnel from Scandinavia, South, and Central America.

Canadian, Australian, UK and western European law enforcement and fire/rescue athletes have used MTI programming for mission-direct fitness.

On the mountain side, Alpinists from Japan to Slovakia have consulted with MTI and used MTI's programming to prepare for mountain objectives.


8) Mission Performance beyond Fitness

MTI’s exists is to improve Mission Performance for mountain and tactical athletes and keep them safe. 

This focus on “mission direct” solutions, enhancements and improvements drives our work and research and extends beyond fitness solutions to include training, leadership, gear, team culture, and safety. 

Fitness is just one area of our work.

Our non-fitness research has included tactical cultures, combat uniforms, and gore-tex performance, and effect of stress on marksmanship.

Our work on defining what it means to be a Quiet Professional has had penetrating influence and driven healthy conversations with both mountain and tactical professionals.


9) Direct, Honest, Clear Answers

Since 2007 we've taken and answered dozens of questions weekly from mountain and tactical athletes. We've saved these individual Q&A's and now thousands are archived on our site.

We're not salesmen, and our answers are noted for their directness, honesty, and clarity. Our stuff isn't for everyone. If we can help, we'll let you know. If we can't, we'll let you know that, too.

- Rob Shaul, Founder


All of the Above is Backed Up By Our Promise: Our Stuff Works. Guaranteed.


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.

Email: rob@mtntactical.com

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