Chassis Integrity

By Rob Shaul Both mountain and military athletes commonly report the two areas of our programming which transfer best to the field are: (1) core strength and; (2) mental fitness. Recently, I’ve had cause to rethink the way we train core strength, and, more broadly, overall strength. Where We’ve Been Until now, my general strength […]

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Smokejumper Training Kudos

KUDOS Coach Shaul- I moved to Jackson Wyoming for one reason; to train with a purpose. After becoming a Lab Rat at Mountain Athlete I was able to train hard for my upcoming Smokejumper Rookie Training. Not only did your team help guide me in the right direction, the knowledge and skill level that was […]

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5 Great Sandbag Exercises

We think the sandbag is an excellent training tool. Here are 5 of our favorite sandbag exercises:  Sandbag Get Up Technique Tips: Start with the bag on your shoulder. Lie down on your back. Get up however you want. Switch shoulders to keep reps balanced. Why We Love It: Few movements are more functional than learning to get […]

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Plan Focus: Big Mountain Training Plan

By Rob Shaul Under the “Climb” category of our website store there are several individual training plans. To an outsider, climbing mountains is all the same. But outdoor enthusiasts know there are many different methods for reaching the summit. As a strength and conditioning coach, it’s my job to identify the fitness demands for each method, and design […]

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Culture of Fitness Survey – Final Results

By Dr. Kristen Ouellette Responses to our Tactical Culture of Fitness Survey continued to trickle in over the past couple weeks and in all, we received over 200 responses. (military = 68, law enforcement = 73 and fire rescue = 59). Survey Result Take-Aways: 95% of military, 65% of law enforcement and 45% of fire […]

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The Mountain Tactical Institute

By Rob Shaul We are pleased to officially announce the development of the Mountain Tactical Institute. The Mountain Tactical Institute (MTI) is the research and development arm of Strong Swift Durable, and represents our continued effort to provide innovative, thought leading solutions to mountain and tactical professionals. MTI’s research initiatives will include human performance but also expand […]

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Firefighter Spotlight Q&A

  We asked our community to weigh in on the fitness standards for firefighters. We received some great feedback, including this insightful response. We felt that this information was so valuable that we decided to share it with its own post.   Rob, I just finished reading your most recent Q/A and also recently responded […]

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Up Close: Pro Snowmobile Hill Climb Racer Jess Turtur

By Hannah Follender   Despite the growing popularity of Snowmobiling, evidenced by its inclusion in the X-Games, snowmobilers, or “sledders,” constantly find themselves defending their sport, specifically challenges to its merit of athleticism. Female sledders find themselves on the double offensive having to argue for the former, that snowmobiling is in fact an athletic challenge, […]

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