Equipment Recommendations for a Home/Garage Gym

By Rob Shaul I receive this question often from athletes following MTI programming and frustrated with commercial gym choices or base gym overcrowding. They ask for equipment suggestion to outfit a home/garage gym. Below are my recommendations.   1. Moveable, but solid, Squat Stand When I first started Mountain Athlete years ago I spent thousands […]

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Arete 4.25.19

Military / National Security Hungry for change, Ukrainians tipped to elect comedian as president, Reuters Russia Has Won the Information War in Turkey, Foreign Policy Contractors are giving away America’s military edge, Stars & Stripes USAF Fleet Structured For The Wrong War, CSBA Warns, Aviation Week This two-star Marine general has turned micromanagement into an art form, Task & Purpose […]

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Tactical Agility Program Design, V2.0

By Rob Shaul MTI began thinking about, and programming for Tactical Agility 3 years ago. I’d been exposed to the agility drills being promoted/recommended from the National Strength & Conditioning Association, and realized immediately they were simply re-tread agility drills and methodologies developed for stick and ball athletes.  We could do better.   MTI’s Tactical Agility […]

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Q&A 4.18.19

QUESTION I am a Federal Probation Officer in Texas, and I noticed that you have worked with other federal LE agencies. I was wondering if you have any plan recommendations. I am particularly interested in strength and endurance training. I am a member if our agencies health and wellness team and would like to pass […]

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Arete 4.18.19

Military / National Security / International Relations Generals can’t fix what ails North Africa, Stars & Stripes Florida senator calls for military involvement in Venezuela, Stars & Stripes A former top Navy official took personal trips — including 2 vacations to Hawaii — on the taxpayers’ dime, Task & Purpose ‘We were treated like second-class citizens’: Female Marine reflects […]

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6 Significant Ways MTI Programming Differs from Conventional Wisdom

By Rob Shaul, Founder   (1) CW: Multi-Modal Training Cannot be Done Concurrently, Well       MTI: Yes it can, using Fluid Periodization Importantly, unlike team sport, or competing individual athletes, many tactical athletes can’t program their training calendar around pre-determined off-season, pre-season and in-season periods. Because of the unpredictable nature of tactical mission-sets, […]

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Q&A 4.11.19

QUESTION Can you tell me what the difference is between the sfas program and the cag program? I’m either going to sfas this summer/fall or the long walk next year so I may just hedge it by doing the cag program if it’s not vastly different. ANSWER The programming difference reflects the primary fitness demands […]

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Arete 4.11.19

Military / National Security Trump labels Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terror group, The Hill AFRICOM evacuates US forces from Libya as fighting intensifies, War is Boring Marines’ Next Commandant: ‘Unflappable’ Warrior-Scholar, Military Times NATO’s Stoltenberg Paradox, The Strategist Idaho residents file suit to stop Mountain Home from using their cities for close-air support training, Air Force Times Commander out at California […]

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Rob’s Vacation Training Kit

By Rob Shaul, Founder I just returned from Spring Break down near Sarasota, Florida. Over the years I’ve developed a simple vacation training “kit” beyond a jump rope and bodyweight exercises. The “kit” is built around a sandbag and a “sand” kettlebell. Other items include a handheld luggage scale and a pair of gymnastics hand grips. […]

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