Warbonnet Rock Climb Training Cycle


• 6 week plan
• Trains climbing strength and power
• Requires rock gym or home climbing gym with basic equipment
• This training plan is one of the 182+ Plans included with an Athlete’s Subscription.


The following is a 6-week climb cycle dedicated to increasing strength and power for rock climbers. This program can be used at a rock gym or home climbing gym with basic equipment. It combines the use of four training apparatus: technical/system board, boulder problems, campus boards and HIT strips alone and in combination. Almost every aspect of the plan is individualized based on an assessment you’ll do during the first session.

This write-up is detailed. It’s conveying to you how a system of training works. Take time to learn the system. Once you do, understanding the daily sessions will be a breeze. Plus, more importantly, you’ll be able to do this program again and again, and it will still be as hard as it was the first time. The system allows the plan to always meet you where you’re at so that it will never become easier, you’ll just become stronger.

Let’s say you train through this plan this year, and go and climb for most of the season, but then suffer some injury along the way that prevents you from training and climbing. When you finally heal up enough to train again, you may be weaker than before, but that’s ok. This plan will still work for you considering the system always scales it to your current ability. On the other hand, you may climb all season and come into the off-season stronger. In that case, the system will still scale to you. It works whether you’re a 5.7 climber or 5.12 climber.

Perform this program when you have 6 weeks to dedicate to training without worrying about performance. It’s very intense, and even at about an hour a session, it’ll most likely be all you need to do for training.

To help you along with any questions you may have and to give you and overview of the program and system, see the Warbonnet Overview below:


Required Equipment


You’ll need the required equipment (below) as well as proper landing mats to catch falls. This program can be done at most rock climbing gyms (with provided substitutions) or on personal climbing equipment (Moon board, homemade technical/system board). You’ll need a variety of holds or differing difficulty so that you can classify them according to the table below. You’ll need sloping holds of some sort in close vertical proximity. We use 4” PVC pipe with non-skid tape for grip. It’s cheap, easy, and effective.

Required Equipment

  • Nicros HIT Strips with pinches (how to build)

  • Technique, System, or Moon climbing board with various holds of different difficulty.

  • Boulder problems made either on your climbing board or on an actual bouldering wall.

  • Campus Board

  • Sloping holds like ribs, bolle, woody or composite slopers, or PVC pipe with non-skid tape (12” long).

  • Sandbag (40# for women, 60# for men)

  • Pull-up Bar

  • Dumbbells (15 for women, 25# for men for work capacity circuits, and a lighter one 5-15# for wrist eccentric work during durabilitycircuits.)

Fitness Programming Focused on
Mission-Direct Performance

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.

Email: rob@mtntactical.com

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