MINI STUDY RESULTS: Hybrid Strength Training Emphasis vs. Running Emphasis to Improve 2-Mile Run Performance Proves Indecisive

By Jeff Sonderegger   BLUF This 3-week mini-study compared the improvements in 2-mile run times between individuals training with a run-emphasis and those training with a strength-emphasis program. Lab rats, all of whom are currently serving in the United States Army, were broken into two groups, with Group A performing a plan focused on running […]

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MINI STUDY RESULTS: Fewer and shorter (45-minute) training sessions achieved similar results for strength, work capacity, and endurance improvement as more and longer (60-minute) training sessions

By Rob Shaul, Founder BLUF Fewer and shorter (45-minute) training sessions achieved similar results for strength, work capacity, and endurance improvement as more and longer (60-minute) training sessions. We conducted a 4-week Mini-Study using remote lab rats to test the effect of training volume across three training measurables: Strength (barbell and bodyweight), Sprint-Based Work Capacity, […]

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Mini Study: Strength Emphasis and Hybrid Programming Beat Endurance Emphasis to Improve Ruck Performance

By Rob Shaul BLUF This 5-week Mini-Study compared three programming methodologies to increase rucking speed. Lab Rats were be broken into three groups. All groups performed a Strength Assessment, 6-Mile Ruck for Time @ 45 pounds, and 6-Mile Run Assessment during Week 1 of the mini-study, and repeated these assessments on Week 5 of the […]

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Mini Study: Biking Has Little Transfer to Uphill Movement Under Load

By Rob Shaul   BLUF This 3.5-week Mini-Study investigated the transfer of biking/cycling/spinning to uphill movement under load. Anecdotally we have heard that biking/spinning improved uphill movement, and designed this mini-study to test this theory. Remote, volunteer athletes were divided into two groups, A and B. At the beginning of the cycle, both groups completed […]

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Mini Study: Mixed Pacing Equals Intervals Only for 6-Mile Run Improvement

By Rob Shaul BLUF This 4-week Mini-Study compared the programming effectiveness of (1) threshold-only running and (2)  multi-paced running (threshold, moderate, easy) to improve 6-mile running times. The results found both programming approaches improved average 6-mile run times 7-8%, with no significant difference between the programming approaches.   BACKGROUND & STUDY DESIGN For years, MTI […]

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Mini Study Results: Rat 6 Narrowly Beats Big 24 and Grizzly Pyramid in Bench Press Progression Mini-Study

By Rob Shaul, Founder BLUF We conducted a 3.5-week Mini-Study using remote lab rats to compare the effectiveness of three MTI strength progressions to increase 1RM (1 Repetition Max) Bench Press Strength. Specifically, we compared MTI’s Rat 6, Big 24 and Grizzly Pyramid strength progressions. RESULTS All three groups saw an average increase in Bench […]

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