Mini Study: Dumbbell Strength Training Maintains to Slightly Increases, 1RM Barbell Strength

  By Rob Shaul BLUF Five experienced, veteran MTI Lab Rats tested the ability of Dumbbell Strength Training to increase 1RM (1 repetition max), max effort barbell strength. Results found that dumbbell strength training maintained to slightly increasing max effort barbell strength, but did a much better job at increasing dumbbell-based strength. Average Overall Barbel […]

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Mini Study: Backwards Sled Drags Match Forward Sled Drags in Strength and Work Capacity Improvement

  By Rob Shaul   BLUF The strength and work capacity improvement difference between Forward Sled Pull Intervals and Backward Sled Pull Intervals is negligible. In two separate mini studies, remote lab rats saw 1 Repetition Max (1RM) strength and sprint-based improvements after following a 3-week training program which featured forward or backward sled pull […]

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Mini Study: Wildland Firefighters Improve MTI Fitness Assessment Scores An Average of 19% Over 3 Weeks

By Rob Shaul   BLUF Five remote Wildland Firefighters following the first 3 weeks of the MTI Wildland Fire Fitness Assessment Training Plan improved their scores an average of 19 percent. The MTI Wildland Fire Fitness Assessment is a multi-battery, mission-direct fitness assessment designed to assess upper body strength, functional core strength, loaded spring-based work […]

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Mini Study: 3 Weeks of Extended, Multi-Modal “Grind” Training Sessions Maintain Strength, Work Capacity, Increase Endurance

By Rob Shaul   BLUF Six remote MTI Lab Rats following a 3-week, 5-day/week training cycle exclusively of extended (20-40 minute), multi-modal “grinds” maintained max effort strength and sprint-based work capacity, while increasing endurance. Below are the average changes in the assessed performance metrics. Back Squat 1RM: +3.56% Bench Press 1RM: +1.04% Max Rep Pull […]

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