Mini Study Results: Back Squats defeat Dead Lifts and Thrusters to be crowned the “King of Strength Exercises”

By Rob Shaul, Founder BLUF This Mini Study compared the total body strength building capacity of three classic strength exercises: Back Squat, Dead Lift and Thruster. The results found that the Back Squat dominated the contest. The Back Squat Group not only increased strength more across the board, but they also increased strength on the […]

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Minimizing Injury Risk with Load Carriage in Tactical Athletes through Strength and Conditioning: A Critical Review of the Literature

By Tammy Kovaluk, MTI Contributor   Tactical athletes need to perform high level tasks while carrying additional load. Law enforcement personnel, search and rescue, and firefighters all carry loads that are typically 20kg, typically as high as 40kg (5). Military soldiers bear the highest loads, well over 45kg (100+ pounds), a likely cause of the […]

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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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