I really appreciate the awesome programming
Last time I emailed you, you recommended that I roll into Humility (V3). I just finished it and wanted to re-iterate what an awesome program it was. For reference, my fitness background going into this was about a year of laziness, followed by Bodyweight Foundations, and then the first  4 weeks of Bodyweight Build. Here were my results:
Weighted 1-mile: 7:58, 7:31, 6:53
HRPU: 37, 39, 41
EOS: 40, 35, 42
Squats: 80, 90, 90
Burpee Beep ladder: Level 3 + 13 (49), Level 5 + 11 (81), Level 5 + 15 (85)
Pull-ups: 17, 18, 19
5-mile: 40:14, 41:06, 38:33
I’m really pleased with Humility and the results I got. Not going to lie, I was intimidated by how intense this looked. Now that I’m on the other side of it, I feel much more confident about what I can accomplish and more in-tune with what it means to push myself physically. Thanks for the awesome program!
Feedback: I strayed from the prescribed plan on a few things. On a couple of the results above, you’ll see that the second assessment was lower than the first. I honestly think this was just from being fatigued. Because of this, I took the last two non-assessment days of week 4 off, effectively making it structured like week 7. The other thing I strayed from was the prescribed burpees following the second assessment. I had such a large increase between week 1 and 4 that I could no longer keep up during the workout. For example, my 25% went from 12 (week 2) to 20 (week 5) every 90 seconds. For week 5, I did 8 rounds of 15 (~18%). For week 6, I did 4 rounds of 18(~22%) then 4 rounds of 15 (~18%). Just to be clear, I don’t think the programming is flawed here; I just think that I may have been right on the cusp of being fit enough going into Humility. Definitely had some “beginner gains.”
Maybe you have already considered this, but thought I’d ask: have you considered adding more than one day of pull-ups per week? HRPUs are benefiting from burpees and squats are benefiting from leg blasters, but pull-ups aren’t really getting hit other than Tuesdays. Along with this, I think it would be helpful to do some more EOs aside from just the assessments. I only say this because they require some practice to get fast at them.
Anyways, I got a lot out of Humility and really appreciate the awesome programming. Thanks again.
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The ruck runs are a killer workout and definitely something I hadn’t done before that makes a huge difference

Prior to starting this program I finished the 8 week train up found on the go army SOF website.  This made me think I would be able to skip the military on boarding plan, but I decided against it and started the program from day 1.  I’m super thankful I did I already feel like I have gotten both faster and stronger in the four weeks I’ve done this program.  The ruck runs are a killer workout and definitely something I hadn’t done before that makes a huge difference.  Keep up the good work and thank you for producing an amazing product.

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I’ve found that I can now run a 10k on the trail with little pain

Dear Rob and MTI Team:
It’s been about one year since I signed up for the Athlete’s subscription with Mountain Tactical. I’ve now finished BDFG 1 and 2, Mountain Base Helen and Artemis, SF45, and currently in the last week of Body Weight foundation. I’ve also fixed my diet, lost 30 pounds, and have started climbing again. With all the running work in these programs, I’ve found that I can now run a 10k on the trail with little pain. So I’ve signed up for a trail 10k in February (something I’ve never done before).  I’ve seen a lot of success with this program and I appreciate all the hard work you and others have put into this. Thanks for all you do and I wish you and your team all success in the coming year.

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I was selected

I wanted to reach out and thank you all for the exceptional training plans. I recently completed SFAS and am thankful to say I was selected. I followed a handful of training plans with the lead up time I had, including Humility, Fortitude, Valor and the Ruck-based plan. I think they all prepared me well with a base of strength and thought the Ruck-based plan did a tremendous job. I finished in the top 10 in all of our rucks and felt very comfortable under the weight for land nav week as well. Also, I found the sandbag work to be very beneficial and had direct correlation to success within a couple events throughout SFAS.

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MTI got me through Ranger School

“Really love the website and training plans. I used the Ranger School prep plan and it got me through RAP week and the school straight through. I was very impressed how physically prepared I was by just following your plan and eating well. I use a combination of your plans now to make the PT plan for my platoon.  Last week my platoon scored a 276 average on the APFT… the BEST in the entire battalion.  So thank you all for your hard work in putting all these plans together.”

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MTI has deployed with me to Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, on ships and across the world! 

“I’ve been following your site and methodology since 2008, when I discovered Military Athlete.Its deployed with me to Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, on ships and across the world!  I’m a USMC Infantry Officer and love how much your program and site has developed over time. I cancelled my subscription because I tore my ACL skiing this season; I’ll renew my subscription in a couple months once I’m cleared from the PT.  I had my surgery a couple days ago. In the mean time I’m catching up with essays on MTI. Thanks for your diligence, passion, and care you have put into MTI. It’s truly a benefit to so many.”

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I’ve been using MTI since I was a cadet at West Point

Thanks for all your work with MTI. I’ve been using it for years since I was a cadet at West Point, in preparation for Ranger School in 2015, and for RASP II in 2018. Also used it to run multiple 50k races and a couple marathons. Also used parts of your plan inconsistently while forward deployed to Iraq and Syria in 2019. I’m out of the Army now, but I was consistently fit in the right ways while I was in. Not a better, more straightforward workout system.

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We were on an operation when one of our two MH-47’s went down.

“As I told you before, I am with a Marine Special Operations Team. We were on an operation when one of our two MH-47’s went down. The 47 I was on went back in, and we started carrying guys to the medevac bird. My workout buddy, who is my corpsman, started working on guys and I started getting guys to the bird that was about 400 meters away. Soon we were both working together. Today we were talking about how we were in MUCH better shape then everyone else. Guys would be taking breaks and we would be standing there waiting for them. One guy looked at us and asked if we were smoked too, we both said no. We both know that it is because of your workout program, and we both want to thank you.

A little back story, the bird went down on exfil. We had finished clearing a bazaar, I had breached close to one hundred doors and I was totally fucking smoked. I had carried my kit, weapon, breaches, backpack, a shotgun, and moved over two kilometers for over five hours. Then after we exfiled the other bird went down, so we went back in and worked the medevac. Then after that we stayed on scene until the fire burned itself out, then got the bodies out and brought them home. We both feel that we would not have performed at the level we did if this had happened before we started your program. So we both thank you very much for the work you have done, and I look forward to being smoked by your workouts for a long time to come. Thanks again coach.”

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Not a better, more straightforward workout system

Thanks for all your work with MTI. I’ve been using it for years since I was a cadet at West Point, in preparation for Ranger School in 2015, and for RASP II in 2018. Also used it to run multiple 50k races and a couple marathons. Also used parts of your plan inconsistently while forward deployed to Iraq and Syria in 2019. I’m out of the Army now, but I was consistently fit in the right ways while I was in. Not a better, more straightforward workout system.

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I swallowed my pride and told myself to try it first

I to have to admit I was extremely skeptical about following one of your programs. When I first looked at it and saw 1000 weighted step-ups a day before a 10 mile ruck I almost changed it. However, I swallowed my pride and told myself to try it first. So I did, and I feel incredibly strong on my long rucks. I have always taken pride in planning my own fitness plans. I was always good about setting a goal and working hard to achieve it. As I look back now as a fifty-six year old man achieving my physical goals hasn’t always been a positive aspect in my life. In the Marines always pushed my self to score a perfect 300 on PFT’s. In my my 30s and 40’s I was always focused on running certain time, or lifting certain amount. All these physical goals took a toll on my body and personal life. I have had more knee surgeries than I can count, and by the time I was 50 I had a full knee replacement. The feeling realizing my physical way of life had to change was very depressing at first, but now I see it as a blessing. I just focus on what I can and not what I shouldn’t do now. I want thank you for this program, it has been just what I need physically and mentally. I can’t wait to start another one after completing this one. Keep up the good work.

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It helped me to finally reach 400lbs on deadlift

Operator Sessions: I completed Pulaski recently and it helped me to finally reach 400lbs on deadlift, as well as 2 other PRs.  Thanks for the work you and your team continue to do.  Have a great Friday!

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Your stuff works. She and her team won Fit Flight

My wife used your programming for her flight at her USAF First Sergeant’s course. Your stuff works. She and her team won Fit Flight.

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Thanks for an outstanding plan that prepared me well for the course

MOUNTAIN WARFARE SCHOOL

I emailed you several months ago as I prepared to attend the USMC’s Winter Mountain Leaders Course. I ended up getting pushed to a later class for admin reasons, but I got home this past weekend after graduating and wanted to send my thanks for an outstanding plan that prepared me well for the course.

I had never skied before the course, and I did not pick it up very quickly, so once we put rucks on I fell a LOT. Having a different Marine fall every few minutes during movements dramatically slowed our pace down, and the problem was only compounded after several failed attempts to stand up in the powder resulted in the “victim” having to go through the lengthy process of wiggling out from under his ruck, sometimes removing his skis to get his legs in a better position, removing his sled harness, getting up, and re-donning all his gear. I was so grateful for all the chassis integrity work included in the plan – it allowed me to at least keep our halt time to a minimum whenever I fell because I was always able to get up quickly without removing any gear. I seriously benefited from the endless step-ups included in the plan as well – during individual movements I was able to make up the time lost from having shitty downhill technique and falling a lot by consistently taking long uphills much faster than most other students. Most importantly, I was able to cope with the mental fatigue of operating in very cold weather for extended periods of time because I was never too physically tired to maintain a clear head.

I saw you were in Hawaii right before we graduated, sorry I missed it hopefully you’ll come back to MCBH again soon. Thanks again for the work you and your team do.

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Thank y’all for putting together a simple, effective program

BUD/s TRAINING PLAN

“Just wanted to tell y’all I am loving the program. I purchased the BUD/S V2 program and have been sticking to it strictly with my training partner and we just took our week 4 assessment on Monday and both of us scored our personal bests in every event. I am now passing every part of the PST to get a SEAL contract except for the swim. But I’m confident by the end of week 8 I will be passing EVERY section. Thank y’all for putting together a simple, effective program that makes it easy to follow along and become 1% better each day. Keep up the great work, you are helping me get closer every day to my lifelong goal.

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I’m really enjoying valor and am experiencing great strength gains

BUD/s TRAINING PLAN

“Just wanted to update you on the success I’ve been having so far. Last I emailed you I was starting humility. I’ve since finished that and am on week 4 of valor + swim improvement (part of the BUD/S training packet). Humility was a great program, the biggest improvement for me was cutting my two-mile down from a 13:50 to a 12:10. I’m really enjoying valor and am experiencing great strength gains, as well as increases in work capacity.

Thank you again for all the hard work MTI does.”

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Keep pushing!

PSYOPS ASSESSMENT & SELECTION TRAINING PLAN

“I have been emailing you back and forth for about 4 years now and thanks to you I was physically ready for Army Ranger school and earned my tab. And now at 32 years old your plans and one on one advice have got me to pass Army PSYOP selection. I was SELECTED! Thank you for all your help and advice. Any chance I get I tell guys to look into MTI. Again thank you for all you do and keep pushing!”

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I have no doubt in my mind that I will crush the pipeline

USAF TACP TRAINING PLAN

“I just wanted to reach out and update you that I not only finished the 116th ASOS TAAP (TACTICAL AIR CONTROL PARTY ASSESSMENT AND ASCENSION PROGRAM) but I was selected. The group started with 6 men, 4 of us finished and after the interviews only 3 of us will move on to the pipeline for the Air Guard Unit. It was 4 days of grueling work, pain I had never experienced. It was my first military selection and it was brutal, very cold and miserable. But by following your TACP program, I was the fastest runner and fastest rucker. As a matter of fact, in the 4 mile pass/fail test, I actually lapped the entire class with a load of well above 80 pounds including helmet, rifle and LBV.  I was the only person in selection with no military experience but I was able to cope with the stress and never ending smoke sessions by following your TACP plan. It most certainly gave me an edge over the prior military ARMY/NAVY/AIR FORCE guys. I’m switching to the Big 24 plan as the cadre want me on a strength cycle prior to the pipeline to get me stronger. I have no doubt in my mind that I will crush the pipeline.”

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Just maxed my first record ACFT

ARMY PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST (APFT)

“I wanted to send my sincere thanks for putting together such amazing plans. I’ve been using your APFT and Virtue series plans in conjunction for the last few months and just maxed my first record ACFT, getting 600 total points. It wouldn’t have been possible without your plans.”

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Your friendly neighborhood Blackhawk pilot

“Hey guys and gals, I have recently seen a lot of haters commenting on your posts and workouts and kind of wanted to help out but also wanted to write a thank you for a while.  I’d like to thank you guys for what you do and prove those haters wrong by telling you how helpful you actually are.  From a military perspective all you do is great.  I read most of the overviews of all your workouts almost like it’s a book.  End state for all them is functionality which I believe is almost more important than drinking water.  I have taken part in and completed a few of your workouts.  Taking part meaning life got in the way of completing.  I have done BIG 24, RAT 6, APFT (about 4 times), Valor, been a part of you operator sessions a few times, and probably a few more but those are off the top of my head. I have also followed Crossfit a few years and have completed about a years worth of sealift workouts.  My biggest reason for continuing to follow you guys is the need to not think “what’s my workout today?”.  I have gained enough trust in your will to serve the best workouts from the best research that you do.  I have been in the military 11 years now, from combat arms going through some schools, taking many APFTs, and to now being a pilot with a family and little to no time to think about what my workouts are going to be.  Please continue to do what you do.  I still look for the questions/kudos posts you guys do, I hope you are getting them.  Wish I could send a picture of my dirty, overused military athlete hat that has been through the majority of my workouts.  God Bless.” V/R      –  Your friendly neighborhood Blackhawk pilot

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Thanks for everything you guys do to provide the best workouts

“I stumbled across mountain/military athlete in 2011 while deployed. One of my good friends was following the operator sessions and I decided to tag along. Since that time I have completed the ruck based selection work out, SFOD plan V1, APFT prep, UBRR prep, and the Afghan pre deployment workout.  No matter the challenge, I always find myself adequately prepared when using a military athlete program. From general fitness, to sport or training specific preparation, The military athlete sessions are always well designed and have never been the weak point for me!   Thanks for everything you guys do to provide the best workouts”

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I had pretty much given up trying to get back into shape at all

“Around 2012 I ended up dealing with a torn pec muscle and dislocated shoulder while I was deployed to Afghanistan.  Through some rehabilitation with the Army and a long period of time of attempting to get back into shape, I saw that I was not going anywhere.  I attempted different workout programs to no avail, I was getting in shape in other ways but my pec muscle still saw significant strength loss.  I attempted rehabilitation one more time, but to no avail.  I had pretty much given up trying to get back into shape at all.

That was until I found the awesome programs and individuals at the Mountain Tactical Institute.  I had emailed Rob with some questions, thinking I would not hear anything for quite some time, but I was pleasantly surprised to find an email with helpful answers to my questions.  I started with the Military Ramp-Up program and through hard work and a simple, yet sophisticated, program I began to see real results for the first time in years.  I am now on the Virtue program and have plans to return to the military as an officer.

I can not thank Rob and the Mountain Tactical Institute enough for their assistance with bringing a 31 year old vet another opportunity to find glory.”

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A friend of mine recommended your company

“I wanted to say thank you for all of the work you and your team have put into your programs. I just recently finished the TLU strength program and I had great results with it. I have been in EOD for 12 years with multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and I have spent most of my career researching and trying different fitness programs to find the best way to prepare my body. I wish I found out about your company sooner because so far I think your programming is the best I have tried. A large number of guys in my career field have been severely disabled by injuries from years of deployments. I think a lot of those injuries could have been avoided if we were training properly. We have finally opened our eyes to the need for effective mission focused training but unfortunately that sort of programming is not that easy to come by. A friend of mine recommended your company and when I began to research your products I realized it was exactly what I needed. I will be recommending your company to everyone that will listen to me. Hopefully the research and time you guys have put in can better prepare this new generation of military for the future.”

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I’m with first ranger battalion, 75th ranger regiment

“I just wanted to thank you for the years of knowledge I’ve been getting from you guys. I used the rasp plan with success a few years ago and then used many other plans in between and I followed the ranger school plan as much as I was able to before going to school. I went straight through with no recycles and even met some guys there that we’re talking about rob Shaul and caught my attention. They followed your programming and did the same thing. I’m with first ranger battalion, 75th ranger regiment”

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I have used almost every one of you strength programs

“I have used almost every one of you strength programs, a good number of your endurance programs and some limited equipment programs in every environment imaginable.  Aboard ship, while deployed and while back in the states.  In my 17 years as a military professional the MTI training plans and methodology are head and shoulders above anything else I have found.  They avoid repetition long enough so the individual does not get bored with the plan and most importantly they show results and are sustainable.”

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The APFT average in his platoon has increased 15 points

“Excellent programs. As a combat engineer first sergeant I look at a lot of training plans from my platoon sergeants. Some are awesome others suck. A few months ago one of my guys brought one of your plans to the training meeting and I said run with it. The APFT average in his platoon has increased 15 points. So I knew when I was looking for a change this winter MTI was the place to look.”

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Thank your for your dedication to the military

“I just want to thank you for all the help and for the quick responses. Every time I have emailed in I have gotten a quick response. I have done a couple of plans that you have put out(valor, resilience, ruck based selection) and they have all been amazing. Thank your for your dedication to the military as well. You definitely make my job easier as a Squad leader for PT.  Thanks for everything.”

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I want to personally thank you for all the hard work and dedication you and Mountain Tactical puts forth

“I am sending this email to let you know that after completing several of your training programs, I have been successful with a difficult Army course. I graduate from the Sapper Leader Course tomorrow. Your programs have changed my life when y comes to PT, and I want to personally thank you for all the hard work and dedication you and Mountain Tactical puts forth.”

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I’m 45 and an active duty Marine

“I want to thank you for what you do. I’m 45 and an active duty Marine. I took my CFT today and scored a 291. I’ve used a couple of your plans and I really appreciate your approach. I told the young guys that I may not be as fast or reliable as I was 20 years ago, but I feel a lot better every day. I also enjoy your blog posts and outlook.”

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I’ve been following your site and methodology since 2008

“I’ve been following your site and methodology since 2008, when I discovered Military Athlete.  Its deployed with me to Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, on ships and across the world!  I’m a USMC Infantry Officer and love how much your program and site has developed over time. I cancelled my subscription because I tore my ACL skiing this season; I’ll renew my subscription in a couple months once I’m cleared from the PT.  I had my surgery a couple days ago. In the mean time I’m catching up with essays on MTI. Thanks for your diligence, passion, and care you have put into MTI. It’s truly a benefit to so many.”

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I just want to say the MTI program is absolutely awesome

“I just want to say the MTI program is absolutely awesome. I recently retired from Canadian Armed Forces and was looking for the same sort of high intensity programs that we would do for morning PT.  The access to workouts and the exercise video guides are great. Family and friends have noticed a positive change in my physique in the last couple months and I can attribute that to the programs. Been recommending you guys to all my buddies who are still in and to all those who are struggling with fitness goals during COVID.”

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The Operator Sessions have kept me relatively strong, fitter than my peers, and injury free for almost an entire career

“The Operator Sessions have kept me relatively strong, fitter than my peers, and injury free for almost an entire career. I’m 15+ years SOF officer. Now my work is far less physically demanding as I spend most of my time behind a desk and not in the field. Such is life, I suppose. I should probably transition over to your SF45 series, but pride won’t let me. I typically had been doing 3-4 sessions a week, but since March have the time to do 6 sessions a week. I know a little more than you recommend, but I tend to get irritable on “rest days” and find the escape to the gym helps to balance me out.”

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Please keep it up, I love the work you guys are doing

“I just wanted to say I love the operator programming. I’m from Australia, I’m no SF / Infantry soldier, however I do have command of troops and recommend all your programs to anyone that will listen. Your programs have been my consistent personal programming for the last four years and have helped keep me performing better across the board than many of my subordinates and peers.

Please keep it up, I love the work you guys are doing and would be keen to train with you one day should I be out your neck of the woods.”

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At age 62, I remain “hard to kill” because of the MTN Tactical way of life

Rob, I have followed your advice for a long time and have attempted and completed many of the programs.  I was a Force Recon Marine and Special Operator for 38 years.  I had over 65 months of combat and was wounded twice.  In my second career, I track down runaway juveniles and cold cases for law enforcement.  I have found over 300 kids all over the Northwest.

At age 62, I remain “hard to kill” because of the MTN Tactical way of life.  You have given me great advice – directly through email and in your updates and programs.  You told me to be the lightest I could be and remain strong and functional.  I dropped from 220# and 9-10% body fat to 205# and 5-7% and even with 2 hip replacements I feel as good as I ever have.  You were a MAJOR factor in that realization and result. I am heading to Africa as a Contractor to assist in an operation. I am familiar with the area.  I am very fit right now (I was getting ready for elk season) so I am good to go.  I am good to go because I follow your programs and methodology.  I just did a 10 minute SB Getup test and got a PR of 65.  I was ready to hunt and – though heading to a different place and hunting something different – I am ready for the mission. Rob, you remain a big part of my workout ethos.  Keep doing what you are doing.  Good luck in bow season as well.  This old leatherneck goes forward MTN Tactical fit into the fray.  Semper Fidelis

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I appreciate the extremely direct, clear and concise communication from the start

This off-season, I finished three programs:

1. Hypertrophy For Skinny Guys (to gain some weight back after a long season). 2. Ultimate Work Capacity. 3. Hotshot Pre-season This is my second off-season with MTI and I have loved it.

At 29, I and confident in saying its the fittest I have ever been. I set new personal records in all of my lifts, runs, and rucks.  I will absolutely be coming back once the season is over to rebuild and get fitter.

Thank you to Rob and your team for what you do, it works and we all benefit from it.  I just wanted to say thank you. I had been looking for something like this for a while and simultaneously forgot everything about “militaryathlete” which I used before in the military. I’m a veteran and was in Group but now living in Montana staying recreationally and athletically competitive while finishing my Econ. degree.

I have to say I was feeling really shorthanded using SEALFit which I was more familiar with in the past. But it’s always needed more and at the risk of flak from its supporters, it is nowhere near the full package for being a complete functional military athlete – on a conventional or SOF level.

More importantly though, I appreciate the extremely direct, clear and concise communication from the start. This is a problem with your competitors and something that your company prevails in. I don’t have to find myself going between different pages or platforms trying to figure things out. It’s simple and effective.

Please keep up the great work and I will continue to proudly subscribe!

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Fitter, tougher soldiers due to your programs

Really appreciate what you do and the mindset & fitness you arm athletes with.

I served 22 years with Ranger Regiment, 1st SFG and the SMU at Ft. Bragg. I followed your programs on and off since 2009 and working out with a MARSOC Buddy who was a mil athlete fan.

I ran several of the programs you train guys for and respect the mental & physical resilience your programs arm candidates with. Even if they don’t make selection, they are fitter, tougher soldiers due to your programs.

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Great for ‘hazing new lieutenants’!

Thanks for all the hard work and service to the fitness community.  I recommend your programs and subscriptions to every Soldier, NCO, and Officer I come by.  Great for ‘hazing new lieutenants’!

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Kudos and thank you

I wanted to say kudos and thank you for the work you do putting together all the plans/sessions.  I’ve used your programming on and off since being introduced while on deployment to Afghanistan ~2011 (operator sessions, Rat 6, APFT improvement, bodyweight foundation, etc.) and it’s been great.

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Your training programs got me in shape

Wanted to say thanks for the help over the last few years. Just began pipeline training for Air Force special warfare after your training programs got me in shape and ready enough to pass AFSPECWAR Assessment and Selection. I’ll be at tech schools for the next several months, but look forward to coming back to MTI in the future. You can count on me to spread the good word.

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Thank you all for the exceptional training plans

I wanted to reach out and thank you all for the exceptional training plans. I recently completed SFAS and am thankful to say I was selected. I followed a handful of training plans with the lead up time I had, including Humility, Fortitude, Valor and the Ruck-based plan. I think they all prepared me well with a base of strength and thought the Ruck-based plan did a tremendous job. I finished in the top 10 in all of our rucks and felt very comfortable under the weight for land nav week as well. Also, I found the sandbag work to be very beneficial and had direct correlation to success within a couple events throughout SFAS.

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Tried my best to keep it up

I started MTI programming a little over a year ago to supplement my training throughout Army BCT -> OCS -> IBOLC -> Ranger. I began your programming just as I was starting OCS, and tried my best to keep it up throughout the rest of my Army training. Where it paid dividends was the lead up to IBOLC. I completed Humility just as IBOLC was getting started, and it put me at the front of my class for our RPAs (Ranger Physical Assessment). Humility took my 5 mile from low 34s down to 30:15, finishing consistently top 3 in my class. All of my peers throughout OCS and IBOLC would hear me rave about MTI programming, and a few said they hopped on board as well.

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A perfect 300 on PFT

I to have to admit I was extremely skeptical about following one of your programs. When I first looked at it and saw 1000 weighted step-ups a day before a 10 mile ruck I almost changed it. However, I swallowed my pride and told myself to try it first. So I did, and I feel incredibly strong on my long rucks. I have always taken pride in planning my own fitness plans. I was always good about setting a goal and working hard to achieve it. As I look back now as a fifty-six year old man achieving my physical goals hasn’t always been a positive aspect in my life. In the Marines always pushed my self to score a perfect 300 on PFT’s. In my my 30s and 40’s I was always focused on running certain time, or lifting certain amount. All these physical goals took a toll on my body and personal life. I have had more knee surgeries than I can count, and by the time I was 50 I had a full knee replacement. The feeling realizing my physical way of life had to change was very depressing at first, but now I see it as a blessing. I just focus on what I can and not what I shouldn’t do now. I want thank you for this program, it has been just what I need physically and mentally. I can’t wait to start another one after completing this one. Keep up the good work.

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You gentleman have a good day and keep up the good work

UBBR

“Just wanted to give my thoughts and opinions on your UBRR prep.

First test scores:

Age 30 BW 220

Bench 175 20

Pushups 53

Situps 40

Pullups 17

Dips 27

Rope pass

Kipp up 10 (grip)

4×25m sprint 21sec

5mile ruck 62min

Score 1,215

 

Finale score:

Age 30 BW 222

Bench 225 25

Pushup 63

Situps 43

Pullups 22

Dips 33

Rope pass

Kipp up 13

4x25m 18sec

5min ruck 55 min easy (very hot 90°)

Score 1,408

I made some modifications (dread of any program author.) I increased the bench to BW in training and in testing (225.) Also dropped the shuttle sprint training to 50m or 2x25m I found that I was pacing myself with the full 100m and that my time decreased in my second test (week 3) by going shorter I stayed very explosive and pushed harder. I feel it helped.

Limiting factor of my situps was speed of movement I can do high 70’s in 2min. I tried moving fast in training but little change on test day. Grip was my limiting factor on the Kipp ups I started incorporating dead hangs for 10sec after my work sets during the rounds, but only for the last two weeks of the program. I feel if I had done this early it may have helped much more.

The ruck was easy and I paced do to the temperature. Body felt fine and I recovered well from day to day. Obviously I made improvements overall to my score. You gentleman have a good day and keep up the good work.”

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Thanks again and Kudos on the good work

HUMILITY

“Wicked kudos on the Humility program. I just finished it (okay, I finished it over a month ago and I’m mostly through Big 24 now, but still), and I gotta say you couldn’t have picked a better name for it.

Some background – I’m a 27 year old male, 6’0” 195 lbs, never been more than an average athlete, but with a decent amount of hands-on experience with fitness in and out of the gym. Prior to Humility I’d been doing a lot of traditional heavy lifting exercises in the gym, and I hadn’t done any serious cardio since finishing a GORUCK Heavy in May 2015. I looked at the Humility plan and figured, “Hey, what’s the worst it could be. Just body weight stuff and light dumbbells and maybe some running.”

I’m an idiot. The program didn’t make me any less of an idiot, but it did harden me up and grant me a little, er, humility. The running was a little rough at the start, but Tuesdays were my worst days b far. Usually I’d be totally burned up before I finished the quadzilla-Scotty Bob-pullups sets, thanks to the burpee sets that preceded them. The other days weren’t much better – seven miles was the most I’d run all at once in a long, long time, for instance, and it only went up from there. But I’ll be damned if I’m a quitter.

Overall, I ended up seeing substantial improvement on just about everything, with the exception of the pullups (max: 20 to max: 21 after 7 weeks, a whopping 5% increase), which I admittedly kind of slacked off on. Won’t do that again, I promise. The biggest benefit was the hardening that came from punishing my body, and I mean really challenging it, outside the sterile air-conditioned increasingly soccer-mom-populated environment of the gym. Humility did to me what I haven’t been able to do to myself for some time now, and for that I thank you fine people at MTI.

Big 24 is no joke, either, but I’m missing the daily ass-kicking that Humility gave me so I’m moving on to Fortitude after I’m done here in a week or so. Thanks again and Kudos on the good work.”

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Awesome plans and insight

RANGER SCHOOL

“Just graduated from Ranger school today. I just want to tell you that following your planning was something that settled me up for success.

I just med recicle Darby because one level 2 ankle sprain but I was able to recover in 2 weeks and be back on the game going straight through the end.

Awesome plans and insight.

RLTW”

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Thanks for everything you guys rock!

RUCK BASED SELECTION TRAINING PLAN

“Just finished SFAS, and I can’t thank MTI enough for the prep plan and all of your hard work (lab rats included!) I was selected and can confidently say your ruck based selection prep was a HUGE part of that.  Now that selection is finished, I still have airborne and waiting on Q course dates. I’m looking at 6-8 month window until the Q.  Thanks for everything you guys rock!”

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I completed the long biathlon and used Gratitude as my training base

GRATITUDE

“As a follow up, I completed the long biathlon and used Gratitude as my training base.  A few deviations to tailor it more towards this event and my weaknesses:  1)  All runs were done with 27 # (plate carrier and hydration pack) 2)  My Long runs were longer than prescribed, longest being 14 miles (I’m accustomed to running with weight so wasn’t concerned about the extra stress)  3) During the last 2-3 weeks I integrated rifle/pistol dry practice into the grinds since that mimicks shooting done in a biathlon.

Loved the program, less physically intense than Humility but perhaps mentally harder, i.e., knowing you have to do 45 minutes of KB swings and 75m shuttles can wear on your mind.

Little scared going into this event because I won it last year but trained heavily on running.  This time I didn’t run near as much.  No problem on race day, felt strong throughout and shot very consistent, 1 of only a few competitors that cleared all 14 stages.  Did a negative split on the 2nd ½ and outran the 2nd place competitor by 21 minutes and took 1st place again.

Next up is a Kentucky 10k biathlon, I’ve chosen SWAT H&K to prepare for it.  Will keep you posted.

Thanks for all you do.”

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I’d recommend it to anyone fit enough to make it through the first week

HUMILITY

“I finished up Humility recently and I have to say it was a pretty spectacular program. Other than wearing the vest for the hand-release push ups and the pull ups as you recommended, the only change I made was that I started doing the long runs at the end of the week at a moderate pace instead of an easy one. It felt better.

I went from a 14:05 2-mile to a (hilly) 12:39. The final 10-mile run I averaged 7:29min/mi. The fall weather helped. I saw improvement across the board on my bodyweight exercises, to include increasing the 25lb pull ups from 13 to 15 reps by the end of the program. I now understand the hardening effect described in the overview, too. Reading through many of the MTI programs could be intimidating at first, now virtually everything seems very doable or like something I could adapt to.

While I still think Military On-Ramp was a good build up into it, I think Humility is the program to really get people rolling. I’d recommend it to anyone fit enough to make it through the first week.”

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Thanks to you and the MTI crew for pointing us in the right direction

RUCK BASED SELECTION TRAINING PLAN

“I just recently returned from SFAS this weekend and wanted to reach back out to MTI to say thanks for the quality training program and for making the coaches so accessible throughout the process. I’m happy to report that I was selected and felt great throughout the course. I was able to continue performing long into the course when so many of my peers began to deteriorate. I’m taking a week off and then getting right back after it in preparation for the Q Course. The grip training, heavy rucks, and run/ruck intervals were the key pieces that I believe made me overall successful. Again, thanks to you and the MTI crew for pointing us in the right direction and making our goals obtainable.”

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I love your programming

PIRATE PACKET

“I’m an Army EOD tech. I first encountered your training programs when a Navy Chief, one of my instructors in EOD school decided to take over or PT program. He put us through some hellish PT sessions but at the end of it he had whipped us into pretty great shape. I asked him where he got his inspiration for the sessions he bestowed on us and he directed me to you fine gentlemen. I love your programming, I use it prescribed and as inspiration for my own programming new ways to approach exercises and fitness as a whole. Bottom line, the point of this email is to just say thanks for the great resources! “

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Without them I don’t know how well I would have done

RUCK BASED SELECTION TRAINING PLAN

“Completed your Ruck Based Selection Program in the weeks leading up to my SFAS date earlier this month. I definitely felt prepared for everything that was thrown at me during the course and was luckily ‘Selected’ to top it off. Just wanted to say thanks for the knowledge and work that is poured into your programs. Without them I don’t know how well I would have done.”

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I just completed the Best Warrior for the state of Arkansas

SFRE TRAINING PLAN

“I just completed the Best Warrior for the state of Arkansas utilizing your SFRE program. I won the competition and after the last event within 10mins felt like I could complete another event if I had to! Thanks to you guys for the program!”

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I just graduated Ranger School after 62 days

RANGER SCHOOL TRAINING PLAN

“I just graduated Ranger School after 62 days and I would like to take a moment to thank both you and your team for helping to make that happen. I have been using your programs since December, 2016. Following a knee surgery in May, I used the post rehab leg injury training, Valor, Resilience, Gratitude, and finally the Ranger School plan to get me in the physical shape necessary to finish at the top of my class in IBOLC and spend the least amount of time in Ranger School. Specifically, I felt that the heavy focus on Chassis Integrity and durability work helped me move through without issue while many of my peers complained about their knees and backs. I look forward to starting your Afghanistan pre-deployment plan in preparation for my unit’s upcoming rotation overseas, as well as more of the school-specific plans as I progress in my career. Thank you again!”

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Your Ruck Based Selection Program is an excellent training regimen

RUCK BASED SELECTION TRAINING PLAN

“I want to start off by saying thank you. Your Ruck Based Selection Program is an excellent training regimen. I attended SFAS last month and was selected! Your Ruck Based Selection Program helped immensely. I felt more than adequately prepared for the rigors of SFAS.

I know the MTI team is always modifying their training programs and looking for ways to improve. I am by no means an expert in physical fitness but I do have a few layman’s comments that may help out in future versions of the Ruck Based Selection Program.

1. After the first two weeks of the program I cut out the IBA runs altogether. I personally felt that I needed more recovery time during the program and to my knowledge there are no IBA runs during selection itself. I am sure you have good reasons for including loaded runs during the program, but I felt better prepared to conduct the rucks and unloaded runs after cutting out the IBA runs. After going through selection I feel like this was the right call in my case.

2. Prior to SFAS I felt like I was not getting enough APFT and distance running work. This fear turned out to be unfounded as I ended up scoring 300 on the SFAS APFT and ran the fastest 2-mile of my career!

3. The sandbag-based work capacity events were absolutely perfect training for Team Week at SFAS. In hindsight I would even consider progressively ramping up the weight of the sandbag from 60 to 100ish pounds. Candidates carry enormous amounts of weight on their backs during team week and I feel that the sandbag-based strength workouts correspond very well to those events.

4. The long rucks on Saturdays can seem extreme during the program but they are the most critical events to prepare for SFAS. I would encourage anyone preparing for SFAS to not cut these rucks short, because they will be rucking even further during selection.

Thanks again for developing this program. I hope the comments help out!”

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I can sweep up the rope now like a 90lbs Pacific Islander

GREEK HERO PACKET

“I have been dabbling in the Greek Hero Fitness Plans for about a year now. I completed Hector, Perseus, and Achilles and then randomly gave myself an APFT plus an UBRR and an 18 mile Ruck in the course of about a week. I scored a 296, crushed the minimums of UBRR, and a 4:51:00 on 18 mile with @ 60lbs (Finish not Win pace). It should be noted that I suffered a Grade 3 ACJ in 2013 non surgical and that when I found out about you guys. I started with your bodyweight plan to get back on my feet. I know all of your plans work. Diet has been key. No Alcohol. I am 34. Thanks for what you do and I will be buying the rest of the Greek Hero plans. I just have to go do this “thing” first. They are the best blend of running, rucking, lifting, and explosive bodyweight exercises I have ever done. My friends that suffer through Thor 3 watch in envy. Some of the exercises go easy and I was able to add to them. For example, 6 rounds power clean followed by rope climbs is an awesome concept. It crushed me at first. Then I started doing 3rounds with a 25#vest 3 rounds bodyweight. Then that turned into the whole thing with vest. Then that turned into sliding 2x 5 lbs plated in my vest with plates in already. Then that turned into adding 6 pull-ups with vest after the rope before rest(which I would extend by 30sec) and then the next power clean. I learned that I was pushing it as I started to get major fatigue in my forearms so I backed off for a while and then move on to different plan. That plan also had power clean rope climbs (Yes!) I went back to splitting reps half vest half bodyweight and I highly recommend adding the change no pullups… I can sweep up the rope now like a 90lbs Pacific Islander and I am around 200 with an X frame and can’t dance. I say all this to give feedback. Help the plans evolve. Help you guys stay competitive. The Greek Hero plans have it all. Everyone comments on what I do. I don’t do it because of that. I do it because it’s not standing in front of a mirror curling or working cable tri’s meanwhile having a gut. Far too much of the warrior community are peacocks. They take the easy road by shaping muscle, by looking strong, not performing, hoping to deter aggressors. That is sheepdog mentality. They want to make a big display on the perimeter of their courage. That’s not for me anymore. I desire to live out past the perimeter now. I digress. If you asked what could be added I would say I am at a point where I need more emphasis on stretching rolling soft tissue stuff and your programming will knot you up fast. I have blended Thor 3, Some Squat University stuff, and your warmups and cools downs and it seems to be helping prevent injury. Over the last year the most common tight spots or pain areas were the arch of the foot tightness, calf’s, hamstring lower back. Thanks for what you do. Hope this helps.”

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I wasn’t the strongest or the fastest but I was overall one of the most rounded

SAPPER LEADERS COURSE TRAINING PLAN

“Back at the end of 2016 I reached out to you asking for program advise prior to attending Sapper school. At the time I was deployed in Iraq and you recommended Big24 followed by the Greeks prior to the 8 week Sapper specific program. Let me tell you, that Sapper program was no joke and the Saturday mini events kicked my ass. I was in the best endurance shape of my life.

Ultimately the work paid off and I received my tab as a first time go. I wasn’t the strongest or the fastest but I was overall one of the most rounded. One piece of feedback would be to adjust the end of the programming. Sapper always has a report date that falls on a Thursday with the initial PT test hitting at 0500 on Friday and the Ruck march Saturday at 0200. Both of these events are prereqs to classing up. Adjusting the rest days to account for this schedule would help.

Hope this is helpful and thanks again for being so receptive to user questions.”

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Thanks for everything!

RANGER SCHOOL TRAINING PLAN

“First and foremost, I’m in the National Guard so I required RTAC before Ranger school. So, my experience is a bit different than most (IBOLC, Ranger Regiment, MCCC, etc). Prior to the Ranger training program, I already had completed the Valor program which gave me a nice base of fitness due to the 3 mile interval rucks and added running. I started the Ranger School training program 9 weeks before the start of the school (this was when the program was only 7 weeks). I doubled up on Week 4 and Week 5 since I had a little extra time. During Week 7, I did a lot of “active recovery” with walking and swimming. I believe this week was the most important..I also upped my diet so I could gain some “healthy” fat.

I initially tested at the following numbers:

PU: 57 (these are to “Ranger standard”…arms completely locked out, chest tapping the ground, back up at the pace of a metronome. Slow and methodical.)

SU: 64 (also performed at perfect standard)

2 mile: 31:20

Pull-Ups: 10 (perfect, all the way down…even disengaging my lats so I knew they were to standard)

12 mile: 2:25

After the assessment I was pretty wiped out due to the 12 mile ruck. It’s definitely normal because rucking sucks ass anyway.

I finished the program at the following numbers:

PU: 72 (this is without stopping during the 2 minutes, slow and steady)

SU: 80

2 mile: 30:15

Pull-Ups: 18

12 mile: 1:55 (I was at an airborne shuffle the entire time)

I reported to RTAC in January 2018 and graduated Ranger school in April. There were a couple of things that the RTAC cadre loved that wasn’t in the Ranger programming:

1. Mountain Climbers

– We did these more than push-ups

2. Hill Sprints

– The infamous “tab runs” in RTAC were you run down a large hill, touch a Ranger tab and spring back up the hill.

3. Flutter Kicks

– You do have these in the programming but I strongly suggest if you can go over the prescribed # in the Ranger program do it because you do a shit load of them.

I had 2 days between RTAC and Ranger.  Not much time recover but I definitely lived it up with food and some active recovery. As for RAP week I had no issues. I completed the ruck march in 2:28 and received a Major Plus for finishing before 2:30. A tip is to have 1 duffel bag filled with all of your clothes and use it to prop up your feet with the 1-2 hours of sleep you get each night prior to the ruck. It’ll help a lot.

 

I want to touch on a few things that I loved during the programming and a couple of things that I changed:

1. Mountain climbers during the Work Capacity

– RTAC and Darby cadre preferred these

2. 2 mile intervals

– After about 4 weeks of the interval training, I started to remove them and used that time for rucking.

3. Mobility work

– The program does a wonderful job of hitting this. But, it’s definitely worth stressing.

Other than that, I suggest the program to any and every one. Just a reminder, I did the v1, not v2, so I’m not sure what has changed.

Thanks for everything!”

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Yesterday I did a 12 mile ruck for the OML to go to Ranger

RANGER SCHOOL TRAINING PACKET

“Just a quick note to tell you that I have been doing the Ranger Packet starting with Fortitude and am now in Valor. Yesterday I did a 12 mile ruck for the OML to go to Ranger. My time was 2:32 with the standard 45 pounds over a hilly course here at Ft. Carson, with less than 12 hours notice prior to the event. Just another testament to your programming, to have an athlete able to complete such a taxing event on a moments notice and able to come in at the top of the pack.”

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This is one that I will come back to multiple times

HUMILITY

“I found this program to be fantastic! I thought I had a decent work capacity but this program definitely showed me some humility. I dropped about 4 pounds over the course of the 7 weeks. I felt great after each of the training sessions and had many looks of awe in the gym. I have recommended MTI to several people that asked what I was doing. The only thing that I didn’t like was 30% Burpees but I think that had more to do with me than the program. I was diagnosed with a lung disorder while deployed and it can make it hard to breath and recover during HIIT training. This is one that I will come back to multiple times. Keep up the good work!”

 

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It’s comforting to know that I won’t have to go digging for fitness plans for the rest of my career

RUCK BASED SELECTION PACKET

“Just wanted to thank you for your ruck based selection packet. I followed it from humility to the actual selection training plan (Was only able to complete 5 weeks of the selection plan due to timing issues). I recently returned from SFAS and was selected and a large part of that was due to your programming. I was prepared physically and mentally for all events.  I’ll spend a week or so recovering then I’ll start your airborne school training plan followed by your q course plan.  It’s comforting to know that I won’t have to go digging for fitness plans for the rest of my career as long as you guys keep pumping out solid results.  Thanks again!”

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They were all effective and easy to learn

Military On-Ramp Plan

“I completed the on ramp program last week.  It covered all aspects of fitness and I found it very balanced.  The progression was excellent as was the testing and the calculators. Every workout felt like it was right at the edge of my physical limit. 10/10.  The exercise library was a big help, also.  I could tell that a lot of thought was put into the exercise choice – they were all effective and easy to learn.”

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Last week my platoon scored a 276 average on the APFT… the BEST in the entire battalion

RANGER SCHOOL TRAINING PLAN

“Really love the website and training plans. I used the Ranger School prep plan and it got me through RAP week and the school straight through. I was very impressed how physically prepared I was by just following your plan and eating well. I use a combination of your plans now to make the PT plan for my platoon.  Last week my platoon scored a 276 average on the APFT… the BEST in the entire battalion.  So thank you all for your hard work in putting all these plans together.”

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I made it straight through with no injury

RANGER SCHOOL TRAINING PLAN

“I want to note that I followed your Ranger program leading up to the course. I made it straight through with no injury. I owe this to MTIs programming. So thank you again.”

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We now have 2(!) Ranger-qualified soldiers with your help

RANGER SCHOOL TRAINING PLAN

“I just spoke with a soldier that completed the v3 training and recently graduated Ranger school. He is in the process of mobilizing so I wanted to share what he told me in regards to the program:

The rucking was paramount to the training. He went straight-through and he mentioned that he didn’t start to fall off until the beginning of the Florida FTX. While in school, you’ll notice Ranger students have to get on the ground and strap up the ruck in order to even get the ruck on. His strength wasn’t sapped, so he was able to pick the ruck off the ground and get up get ready to move. This may not seem like a big deal, but if you’re the last one up before a movement or slower than everyone else, it does get noticed and will affect your peer ratings. The less tired you are, the more you can contribute. HUGE FACTOR!

He added mountain climbers to the work capacity based off of what I told him. Before you move into Darby, you do these in these in gravel in the company training areas. It is absolute murder on your hands.

You also do something called “Y Squats”. They are a smoker but he said it wasn’t an issue because of your programming.

Last thing he mentioned was how most of his squad asked him how he prepared, and mentioned the programming from your team. They all went off of the RTB’s programming which got them through Darby and then most of them were sucking starting out in Mountains. He definitely believed that your programming is what got him through the school in a first time go.

So, thank you so much for everything Rob. He’s a stud but that will only get you so far. We now have 2(!) Ranger-qualified soldiers with your help.”

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It allowed me to remain injury free while so many others got hurt

USMC TBS/IOC TRAINING PACKET

“I wanted to let you know that I graduated from IOC this past Saturday and I owe you and your staff a huge thank you for your IOC and CET plans. I was the smallest guy to graduate (5’7”, 150-160 lbs throughout the course) but I felt physically and mentally prepared every day, and I contribute that to simply being used to having to push way past my comfort zone during your workouts. The day of the CET I kept thinking to myself “my body has been here before a dozen times,” especially when we were around the O-Course, and that enabled me to stay focused mentally – a pattern that would repeat itself throughout the rest of the course as well. Your programming’s focus on chassis integrity and lower body strength were invaluable for the many miles of heavy hiking, and more important than allowing me to perform, it allowed me to remain injury free while so many others got hurt. Y’all do great work and make a great product, thanks again.”

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Your training is always solid

USAF PFT TRAINING PLAN

“Hope this message finds you well. Big time kudos to you and the Mountain Tactical staff on the USAF PFT training plan. Tested out last week and scored a 99.5 out of 100. My last three scores have all been 99 or greater thanks to your training. Running in the TX heat this time of year can be humbling and the intervals were the perfect form of preparation. I was able to crank out the 1.5 mile run in the 9’s…the running prep was of particular help when it came to the final 1/4 mile push. Your training is always solid. Thanks for all you do to support the tactical athlete. You guys are always at the top of the list when recommending a training resource.”

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I used your ruck based selection plan v5 and reached all of my goals

RUCK BASED SELECTION TRAINING PLAN

“I used your ruck based selection plan v5 and reached all of my goals. Thanks for the great training plan. You are the man!”

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Your PAST prep program was effective and sensibly laid out

USAF PAST TRAINING PLAN

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. I am currently in a Battlefield Airman Development program with the goal of becoming a SERE specialist. Brett McKay’s site made me aware of you and I decided to give your program a try, because the one my recruiter had prescribed quickly became too much volume to make recovery feasible. Although I only had three weeks between beginning your program and taking my first official PAST test, my results were solid. Your PAST prep program was effective and sensibly laid out. Now I am following the programming of our coach, a former Air Force Special Operator and will be shipping off to basic in 3 weeks. MTI will certainly receive my business in the future.

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Big thanks on your ruck based selection packet

RUCK BASED SELECTION TRAINING PLAN

“Big thanks on your ruck based selection packet. Myself and two buddies used it to train up for SFAS, and all of us were selected. We all concurred that we were very prepared for the time under load as a result of your training plan. The only thing we noticed was that our pushups seemed to suffer during the actual Ruck Based Selection Plan, we did identify this 4 weeks out and supplemented additional pushups as a result.”

 

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Really looking forward to the ruck run tomorrow morning!

HUMILITY

“I’m an engineering student here at the University of Arkansas. I was just wanting to tell you that I just finished the Humility program last week and saw great success in it. I lost about 12 pounds in the process and I’m able to run more now than I ever have in my life. I’ve always been a big advocate for more body building style workouts but I decided to switch it up and try out your program. I have been nothing but thrilled. Everyday I get to wake up early and go get after it I am grateful for. This week I started sample training for the Fortitude program as it was listed as a good successor to the Humility program. I am really excited about starting this plan because I love the tactical/functional aspect to it, especially since I do a lot of hiking and backpacking around in this area. Really looking forward to the ruck run tomorrow morning! But being a college student, the price of the program is of some concern for me as I am on a pretty tight budget. I was just wondering If you could allow me to use some sort of discount code for this program, so that I can continue to partake in the program. I would really appreciate it. I am extremely grateful that I found you all, as I find myself enjoying every day I get to do these awesome workouts. Keep up the great work!”

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Thank you for the Operator Ugly Train Up

OPERATOR UGLY TRAIN UP

“Just wanted to thank you for the Operator Ugly Train Up. Had my tryout this past week and all my numbers went up over the course of 3 weeks. +2 Front Squats, +1 Bench, +3 Deadlifts, +5 Pull Ups, and most of all went from 34 sand bag get ups to 72. Additionally, I got my mile and a half done in under 10 minutes. Looking forward to starting your gun maker series next. Thanks again.”

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Your programs have been just awesome

GREEK HERO PACKET

“First and foremost I believe the program is working. I’m currently deployed right now with the Army National Guard and a cop back home. I feel like this program (Operator Hector) has gotten me into the shape I need to be in to continue to be successful here and back at home. Prior to finding your workout programs, I developed one for myself. It was good, I was able to stay in pretty good shape but it was starting to get old and harder to find new things to integrate. Your programs have been just awesome. The workup and building up to the next program has been reasonable. There haven’t been a lot of workouts I haven’t felt like I could complete. For me the only improvement I could see is maybe in the military on-ramp program you could have introductions to the Olympic lifts. Prior to your programs I only had experience with back/front squats and RDL’s. It took a minute to grasp the power cleans. Most importantly the proper form. For that reason there were times were I couldn’t meet the suggested weight for the lifts. The Greek hero program can be pretty long and luckily I have time over here to be at the gym for 2 hours. At home, I won’t have that luxury so I bought the busy operator programs which I’m really excited to try.”

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Added nearly 20 reps to both my max push-ups and max sit-ups

APFT TRAINING PLAN

“Mountain Tactical’s APFT training plan has been incredibly rewarding so far. In 3 weeks I shaved over a minute off of my 2 mile run time and added nearly 20 reps to both my max push-ups and max sit-ups. The results speak for themselves. The app is easy to navigate and all of the workouts are laid out in a very simple, easy to understand format. I went from feeling really down on myself for my APFT score to confident that I will max it out. I will be using the “Hector” program next to work on my overall physique and performance. The fact that I can reach out at any time and get a quick response from the program coach is also a huge part of why I am so impressed with Mountain Tactical. Thank you for the awesome programs and I will be recommending you to any/all of my family or friends looking to better themselves and improve their performance.”

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I just finished Fortitude… awesome stuff

FORTITUDE PLAN

“I just finished Fortitude… awesome stuff.  I was doing some swimming concurrently (only time I could get coaching) which when coupled with the Big24 progressions of bench and push press, was just murder on my shoulders (impingement).  I found the speed of my runs and rucks didn’t increase much throughout the program, but I definitely feel that it built a solid base ready for some future speed work.  I just did my assessments for Valor and my run and ruck times per mile at max effort have dropped considerably.”

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Thanks for great training plans!

HUMILITY”I need to take a moment to say thank you. I recently completed Humility. It took 11 weeks to finish your 7 week plan. At the time I finished I had dropped three minutes from my three mile time, I chalked that up to the possibility of it being significantly warmer than my last four time trials (from the plan and PT tests). Today I was given a short notice APFT and dropped 1 full minute off my 2 miler (I’m now 45s from maxing) and took my sit-ups from 66 to 76 (maxed out). I found this progress incredible considering the program was just building general fitness and not sport specific training for the APFT. I’ll be finishing big 24 soon and rolling into Fortitude; even with the change in run volume I hope I can continue to see progress on my run. Thanks for great training plans!”

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I could not have trained or prepared any better for this

GENERAL

“Not only did I never fail a physical evolution throughout this past year and a half, I was able to excel in them and experienced no injuries. It’s true that BUD/S is a mental game, but I can remember several times thinking to myself, “I could not have trained or prepared any better for this”. In any event, thank you for your program.“

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Keep doing what you are doing, the benefit cannot be understated

OPERATOR SESSIONS – “I just wanted to drop you a line and say thank you for the awesome programming. I just brought my company back from a very challenging 6 months in eastern Afghanistan. The bottom line is that without your program we would not have been able to accomplish half of what we did and we would not have brought home as many guys as we did. My Soldiers hated me when I first instituted mind numbing amounts of leg blasters, step-ups, and sandbag get ups, and training that was like nothing they had ever done before, but all these things became a rallying cry as the Soldiers realized how far ahead of their sister companies they were in their physical and mental fitness. Keep doing what you are doing, the benefit cannot be understated.” – B

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Just got home from SFAS, successfully selected

RUCK BASED SELECTION, BEST RANGER COMPETITION PLAN

“Just got home from SFAS, successfully selected. I know you’ve got tons of athletes, but I’m going to run down a quick laundry list on how your program has had a direct and significant impact in my life:

In 2009, I was first introduced to your program as my USMA Sandhurst team used it to get ready for the 2010 competition. The training helped us place first in the nation that year. At the end of 2010, after working through operator sessions over the summer, I used your ruck based selection program to get ready for Ranger School. Day 4 of Ranger School, I blew my knee out on the Darby Queen.

Not knowing the extent of the injury, I got up, dusted myself off, and completed the next 59 days of Ranger School. I would later learn I had torn three ligaments and my meniscus. In November 2011, I had surgery on that injury and used your single leg program to get back in shape while my knee healed. With the help of the single-leg program, I recovered a month ahead of schedule and was able to assist in the rehabilitation of over twenty other soldiers in my unit dealing with leg injuries.

My unit used your programming to prepare for our 2013 Afghan deployment, to much success. In February 2014, I coached a Best Ranger Competition team from Fort Campbell- we used your BRC prep. The team, first time competitors, finished 21st out of 50 teams with zero training or competition injuries. Finally, I used your Ruck Based Selection Program to get ready for SFAS this past May- I placed in the top 10% for the course with zero recovery issues and zero injuries.

Thanks for what you do, from the programs to operator sessions to the forums and gear. Your work has helped me reach so many goals in this profession. Look forward to more.” –

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This is THE best workout program out there

OPERATOR SESSIONS

“Thank you for putting together the training programs and Operator Sessions. Everyday is a challenge and a felt sense of accomplishment once completed. This is THE best workout program out there for those of us burdened with maintaining a constant level of fitness.”

 

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I credit your plans for giving me the physical ability, durability, and mental toughness to make it through

HUMILITY

“Wanted to send you another quick note and thank you for the recommendations and advice over the past year.  As you know, I have completed several of your operator plans (Humility, Sandbag/Weightvest/Dumbbell) and recently used the Pre-Deployment plan to prepare for a week-long backpack-style archery elk hunt in the Rockies.  Long story short, I was able to connect on a 5×5 bull on the last day of the hunt, with an hour of daylight left.  As you know, just covering ground in Rocky Mountain “elk country” is hard work — but doing that for 6 days straight and then spending the 7th day packing out and elk?  That is quite a bit of demand.  I credit your plans for giving me the physical ability, durability, and mental toughness to make it through a long week, hunt hard right up until the end, and then still have something left in the tank to get an elk out of the backcountry.  I killed the bull about 5 miles and 2,500 vertical feet up from the truck, so doing two round trips of that with a weighted pack made for a long day.  (Thankfully I had a great hunting partner and a few pack goats to share the load with!)  The Pre-Deployment plan prepared me for the climbing, as well as the weighted descent, and improved my core stability to bear the heavy pack.” – M

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Not only did I feel confident but I was selected out of a large pool of candidates

USAF TACP PLAN

“Just wanted to let you know I followed your USAF TACP plan and supplemented some weight training prior to the ALO assessment.

Not only did I feel confident in my training during the extended training sessions, but I was selected out of a large pool of candidates.” – D

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Your programming really is the shit

GENERAL, VALOR

„I will be working through Valor before then doing the USAF PFT programming (this suits Australian Army BFA training) before taking a test in March.  Not too sure after that but I’m thinking a gym based work-capacity program would be ideal.

I’ve gone from a complete functional fitness beginner to nearing your strength standards and nearing my own endurance goals (12km in 60 minutes) in only 10 months.  I cannot wait to see where I’ll be at in another 10 months.

Your programming really is the shit.  Quite often when looking at the next days programming it looks easy.  Then you start the workout and the lightbulb soon goes off that Rob Shaul won’t let you off that easily.  What I like the most about your stuff is that it is programmed, progressed and it works.  I trust it.  I don’t waste emotional energy worrying if the work I’m doing is what I really should be doing.  It’s not “working out” it’s “training” and that’s also one of the things that keeps the motivation so high. Keep up the good work.“

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Me and a buddy were consistently top performers

DEVGRU SELECTION PLAN

“Based on your recommendation I completed the DEVGRU program  (with a cut back in some ruck/run volume and adding in more bodyweight PT circuits) and it was definitely the right call for the SEAL screener.  It was 28 hours, 50% got medically dropped or quit, and even several that finished came out of it with stress fractures and joint problems.  Me and a buddy, who have been on your programming for a while, only experienced the muscle soreness of a really tough lift, and were consistently top performers.  We credit your programming with that, so thank you!” – K

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I’m a huge fan of your work

RUCK BASED SELECTION TRAINING PLAN

“I’m a huge fan of your work. I appreciate the scientific rigor you use to create truly inspired workout programs for military guys like me. I just (mostly) finished the Ruck-based Selection train-up and it helped me finish in the top 10 of a support company of over 100 Soldiers during a week of physical events that included the APFT, pull-ups, rope climb, CWST, 5-mile run, and 12-mile ruck.” – N

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I recently came back from SFAS and was completely prepared physically for what we faced

RUCK BASED SELECTION PLAN

“Sincere appreciation for y’alls work. I recently came back from SFAS and was completely prepared physically for what we faced. I appreciate the support!” – T

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I attended SFAS in November of this past year and was Selected

RUCK BASED SELECTION PLAN

“Just wanted to say thanks for all the work you’ve been doing in the functional fitness field. I’ve used your plans a few times in my military career. Most recently your Ruck Based Selection Plan. I attended SFAS in November of this past year and was Selected. I was definitely prepared for the physical aspect thanks to your programming.”

Keep it up! – A

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Thank you for your passion and ability in programming effective workout regimens

RUCK BASED SELECTION TRAINING PLAN”I recently was selected through SFAS to continue in the SF Q-Course as a hand amputee. The difference between success and failure in many aspects was your Ruck Based Selection Training Plan. Thank you for your passion and ability in programming effective workout regimens.”

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I appreciate what you do for our community

RUCK BASED SELECTION TRAINING PLAN

“I am a little late to sending this, however, I wanted to take a moment and let you know that I appreciate what you do for our community. I recently successfully completed SFAS at the end of January and was selected to start the SFQC.

A little background on me and your training program. I first found your Mountain Athlete in 2009, when I was a Sophomore at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. I stumbled upon your programming by doing some of my own research. I was initially extremely disheartened when the only programming I could ever find for Military (or sport specific) training was all body weight and running that included thousands of reps. I quickly became pretty burnt out conducting “Army” PT in the morning and my own lifting regiment that I picked up from high school sports in the afternoon. Anyway, I quickly began to follow some crossfit workouts, but I did not believe in the “random” training aspect. I wanted to get more sport specific. So I compared all different athletes and tried to figure out what sport is most closely related to “Military Fitness” needs. So I researched professional climbing workouts and coaches. I finally stumbled upon your website as well as Gym Jones. Since then, I have been following your Military Athlete programs to help me complete and exceed at IBOLC, Ranger, and most recently SFAS. I can tell you up front that I could not have been so successful without the training you and your team develops at Mountain Tactical Institute.

I utilized your Ruck Based V5 Selection program to prepare for SFAS. I will say, the programming was definitely pretty difficult and required some dedication at times (but anything worth doing does). At selection, I was able to finish in the top 1% for the rucks, including the trek. However, the runs I was finishing more in the top 20%-30%. I would like to believe that is because the younger 18Xs are just ridiculously fast runners. I would like to offer some feedback to you from my thoughts on your training plan and its effectiveness in preparing for SFAS.

– APFT – I maxed the APFT and ran a 12:25 2-Mile. Only thing I would recommend here is addition of some extra push up training during the week, maybe included in the 6 mile run workouts.

– 6 mile running workouts – the 2 mile repeats were probably the thing I dreaded the most each week. I definitely got use to the mileage and suck factor, however, I was just curious on the effectiveness v. the recovery factor every week doing those repeats at a 13:30 pace after an AM workout.

– Strength – I believe your sandbag focused strength training effectively helped with the “awkward” lifting of heavy shit that occurs quite often at SFAS. Only suggestion I would make is possible addition of some extra low carry training.

– Rucking – obviously your ruck training was on point. It helped me finish consistently in the top  of the class. I don’t really have a recommendation here just kind of curious to the need of 16 Mile and 18 Mile rucks. Of course, I completed them because they were on my training calendar and for some reason I just can’t skip something that’s written down, possibly my stubbornness. However, I just thought maybe it was a little excessive to go over 12 Miles when we are focusing on a training effectiveness v. durability for Selection aspect. These are just me thoughts here, and like I said, I still completed the 16 and 18 miles.

I just wanted to provide you and your coaches with some feedback. I logged every single one of my workouts on paper and I would like to send my data to you if you believe it could be useful for improvement in the future. It astonishes me that the Military and its personnel are not treated more like athletes when it comes to fitness, nutrition, and recovery. All the Army programs that are out there seem to me to be half assed and behind the power curve. Your programming is the closest I can get to having an individual trainer who knows what I need ( and I would not be against paying you for personal training). Again Rob, Thank you for everything you and your team does at MTI, keep up the good work because there are a lot of us out here that rely on programming like yours.”

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Up next is Big 24 and I can’t wait

HUMILITY

“I just finished Humility. I had previously been doing a mix of different workouts from your Ruck Based Selection Packet that I bought a couple years back. I’m finally starting to prep for SFAS and your new philosophy on prepping for it caught my eye, especially with all the research you put in to back up your change of programming. I decided to get Humility and see how the new programming method was. I loved it.

The Quadzilla and Gorilla complexes thrashed me, as did the Devil Dog Circuits. Now that I’ve finished the program my “combat chassis” feels better than ever. The 7 mile IBA run and 12 mile unloaded run were once far off goals and are now a reality. Here are all my assessment numbers for Weeks 1 and 7. The program took me about 9 weeks to complete due to field ops etc.

Burpees 66  81

EOs 60  72

Box Jumps 38  40 (Week 1 done with 16″ box, Week 7 done with 20″ box. My bad.)

Hand Release Pushups 31  36

Jump Lunges 24  30.5

Pullups 23  24

3 Mi Run 22:14  21:29  20:49

Thanks for the great program. I really enjoyed it and made some great progress, especially on my lower body. Up next is Big 24 and I can’t wait.” Thanks – P

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I just wanted to drop you a line and thank you for the SFOD Selection Course Training Plan

SFOD-D(DELTA) SELECTION COURSE PLAN

“I just wanted to drop you a line and thank you for the SFOD Selection Course Training Plan I purchased on your site. I did the program twice in preparation for A&S and it proved to be quite beneficial and I know it contributed to my success there. I would have to say the only thing I would change is that I would have increased the frequency of step-ups throughout the program. Other than that, I felt I was more than prepared for selection. I will definitely recommend your site and training plans in the future.”

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Thank you for all you all do, and the support you give to the military and law enforcement communities

RANGER SCHOOL TRAINING PLAN

“I would also like to give you all some kudos. I graduated Ranger School on Friday (17OCT) and was able to make it through without any recycles. A large part of that I think is due to my training leading up to Ranger using your Ranger School Prep program. The program did an excellent job of preparing my physically and mentally for the rigors of Ranger School. I cycled through it once before our Brigade level Ranger Assessment Program, then cycled through it again before going to RTAC at the WTC in Fort Benning. I would recommend that you somehow incorporate more flutter kicks into the workouts as they seemed particularly fond of them in Darby Phase. Also, for those of us who are time-constrained, if push comes to shove between a workout and a ruck march on the plan, always pick the ruck march. During Ranger School you spend so much time under a ruck that rucking will serve you best instead of lifting weights. For the rucks in the plan, since you have two per week, I would recommend having one be for time (i.e. to prep for the 12 miler that weighs about 50lbs) and then one that is for distance and at a heavier weight (i.e. 60-80lbs). After RAP week, I can’t think of a time when we rucked with anything less than 60lbs (maybe through Darby if you didn’t carry any squad equipment).

Just some thoughts and comments. All in all, I thought it was a great plan, and am still an avid fan of Military Athlete. Thank you for all you all do, and the support you give to the military and law enforcement communities.” – J

 

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You took the guess work out of it, and it paid off in the end

RUCK BASED SELECTION TRAINING PLAN

“I just wanted to send my thanks for your Ruck Based Selection Program. Just got back from SFAS and was selected! I was in the top 10% for all events and rucks. Was able to beast through Team Week even after the long days and nights of the STAR Course. I couldn’t have made it through without your program. Amazing job in what you and your team do. As a guy who isn’t infantry, it was difficult in figuring out where to start with my training. You took the guess work out of it, and it paid off in the end. Thank you so much.” – A

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Keep up the incredible work!

AFGHANISTAN PRE-DEPLOYMENT PLAN

“I’ve had great success with all of your programming I’ve tried, starting back more than handful of years ago with your Afghanistan prep plan before my first deployment. I ran the Virtue Series Packet throughout my most recent deployment last year, and left in some of the best shape I’ve been in a long while. I’ve got an older version of the APFT plan and have used it several times over the years with solid success, and I always recommend it to soldiers in my unit struggling with their scores- I’ve seen it turn a couple guys careers around at the last minute. It’s amazing what working up to a decent PT score can do for a soldiers morale. I’m a big fan of your programming and the methodology/mindset behind it. Keep up the incredible work!”

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Jealous at how fun your job must be

GREEK HERO HECTOR

“Just finished Greek Hero Plan Hector based on Rob and team’s recommendations and I am once again hooked on another MTI /MilAth plan. I asked for a plan that would focus on explosive strength in short spaces and they nailed it. I will be continuing the Greek Hero series. MTI God bless you guys. I think it’s apparent our military needs help in physical fitness training based on your Q and A posts. I hope you guys get broad recognition for this. Jealous at how fun your job must be.”

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Thanks for all the R&D

HUMILITY

“Hey Rob, just thought I’d share an update. About 5 weeks into humility. Needless to say, this is the best training plan I have ever done this far. It’s challenging, but I am seeing results. Can’t wait to continue with the other ones. Thanks for all the R&D to help guys like me prepare for the future.”

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Thank you for recommending the Afghanistan pre deployment plan for me

AFGHANISTAN PRE-DEPLOYMENT PLAN

“Wanted to reach out to you just to say thank you for recommending the Afghanistan pre deployment plan for me in preparation for Army Mountain Warfare School. I crushed it. Graduated at the top of my class. Other trainees were asking me how I trained for the school even. I only have good things to say about MTI and I look forward to the next program. I’m also looking forward to the big Idaho hiking trip in a couple weeks more than ever after seeing the results from your program. All the best!”

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Boy this stuff is amazing

MILITARY ON-RAMP

“I am in the Active Army, Special Operations and currently am deployed with my team to the mid-east. My team mates have been doing the military on-ramp program to start off the deployment and have since moved on to other programs. I have recently attended a female SOF course and wish I had known about these in depth, incredibly  researched, programs offered here. I had a coach through my sof Thor3 center, and he trained me through fear of not knowing what to expect. That contributed to me going into selection past peak and over reaching. I was not physically consistent throughout the selection. Although I made it to the very end through pure relentless tenacity, it was extremely difficult and I have some sustained injuries resulting.

I am in day two of the first week of mil on-ramp, and love it. This is what I was missing. What wonderful structure this program has and I assume all of the others do as well. Also, I appreciate that this program teaches patience. Through anxiousness and fear of the unknown of some of these schools and selections, its easy to go overboard and think its the right thing if you are not careful. Again, hindsight is 20/20 and boy this stuff is amazing.”

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I followed your Ruck Based Selection Plan and never had a problem

RUCK BASED SELECTION TRAINING PLAN

“Morning Rob,

I hope you are well.

Also I went to SFAS in May and got selected. I followed your Ruck Based Selection Plan and never had a problem – was told by the cadre I was a top 5 performer.It worked extremely well and I felt strong throughout. I know some guys have been saying there isn’t a need for the longer rucks (12+ mile), but I felt that they made the difference on the land nav phase, where just being on your feet under a ruck for days on end started to break down the other lads. Because I had the extra milage in the legs and back, I felt my ability to recover was much better.

The only thing I did change was on some of the 2 mile intervals, I carried a 50lbs KB in one hand to work on grip strength and replicate events on Team week, that really gave me the edge. I watched people quit because of that.”

 

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I was by far one of the most physically prepared individuals throughout basic and AIT because of your programs

HUMILITY

“Last time I emailed you I was preparing to ship for Army BCT. I just got back from training a week ago. I just wanted to let you know I was by far one of the most physically prepared individuals throughout basic and AIT because of your programs.”

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That means so much to those of us who want to qualify to be the best in the world

RUCK BASED SELECTION TRAINING PLAN

“Good afternoon. I am following your program and its amazing. I am thankful I found such a comprehensive and effective routine. I go for selection soon. We did a 5 mile ruck/run so I took today off. Today was suppose to be a 10 mile ruck on week 7. I think pretty soon my body will adapt. Thank you for the amazing info. My LT was amazed, he said this was the most comprehensive plan he had ever seen. You guys really take pride in your work. That means so much to those of us who want to qualify to be the best in the world. Thank you again.”

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After four weeks I went from 60 to 80 pushups, and 65 to 84 sit-ups

APFT PLAN

“I used the APFT programme. After four weeks I went from 60 to 80 pushups, and 65 to 84 situps. Super pleased. 300 points after just a month. My run didn’t improve (12:53) but I played sports all day the day before and that took a lot out of legs on test day.”

 

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I’m finishing up Humility and it’s been a complete smoker. I loved it

HUMILITY

“I’m finishing up Humility and it’s been a complete smoker. I loved it! My overall fitness is the best it has ever been and I can definitely feel that “hardening” effect that you’ve mentioned a couple of times. This is my first real taste of your more difficult (but kick-ass) programming and I’m definitely hooked. Thanks for the work that you and the other coaches do!”

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Thank you for the excellent, specific, and well designed program

HUMILITY

“I’ve been following  the Humility V2 program to T.

Currently, I’m working through week 4 of the program (the week in which you reassess your fitness), and I’ve never had such large improvements to my fitness in such a short period of time.

Thank you for the excellent, specific, and well designed program.”

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I just took my APFT after running the 6 week program

APFT

“I just took my APFT after running the 6 week program. It might not sound like much, but I broke 80 points in each event. I haven’t done that in almost 8 years since I’ve been in the national guard. I just wanted to thank you for putting together the program. This is huge for me. I can’t wait to try Humility next.”

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I have been runnin’ and gunnin’ nonstop since 2003

Rob, Thanks!! I have been doing your program since 2009. Won’t deviate too much from it. I know that you came to work with C Co. at 1-10 in Germany. I was and now am in the other companies. Outside of an instructor gig at Fort Bragg, I have been runnin’ and gunnin’ nonstop since 2003. This program has been the one that has fit me the best. I am now currently pulling some duty here in Afghanistan at a higher HQ.  Btw, the last stamina cycle-brutal, especially at 6000 ft in one of the dirtiest cities in the world.

Thanks again.

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Not only did I never fail, experienced no injuries

Rob: First off, I want to pay it forward to what you are due. I myself utilized your training methods to prepare myself for BUD/S. Your dynamic training sessions mixed in with extra running and swimming that followed closely to the training periodization that your program follows, (varying the intensity in which I executed the extra running, swimming, lifting, rehab exercises, etc. rather than attacking by body group) assisted me in achieving great results. Not only did I never fail a physical evolution throughout this past year and a half, I was able to excel in them and experienced no injuries. It’s true that BUD/S is a mental game, but I can remember several times thinking to myself, “I could not have trained or prepared any better for this”. In any event, thank you for your program. Now I am in SQT, the PT portion is mostly on your own, and I find myself utilizing your program again. Respectfully

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Light Infantry and Ranger communities

Rob,

My name is Owen. I am an Airborne and Ranger qualified Army Medic currently stationed at Fort Benning, GA. I started doing your Mountain Athlete and Military Athlete workouts about 2-3 months ago after doing Crossfit for about 2 years, and I can say without any doubt that I am in the best shape of my life. Since starting your programs and adding some Gym Jones and Crossfit I have lost 15lbs and my Strength and Endurance have both improved as well as my Cardio. I can easily run my 2 Mile in under 13 minutes and run 5 miles over a hilly course in around 37 minutes. I routinely jump from Airplanes and while others get hurt, I walk away and I know its a reflection of the tough and austere style of training.

I will be deploying to SW Asia in the Spring and will continue using your programs and passing the knowledge to my platoon. Thanks for what you do for the Military, it is very much appreciated in the Light Infantry and Ranger communities.

V/R,

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M/A really helped me bounce back

Rob, I just wanted you to know its been almost a year since you gave our team the membership, since then M/A has really caught on in 3rd group. The guys still following the program are all extremely happy with the results. I personally have never been stronger. I really have reaped huge benefits from the program. When I started I was physically broken down (bad) from Lyme disease that went undiagnosed for about a year. M/A really helped me bounce back

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They are balanced athletes, not just meatheads who can lift a lot of weight

Rob,

Last night Ryan (my XO) and John (one of my PSGs) competed in a Push/Pull
competition on our COB.

John’s BW: 203#, Ryan’s: 207.

Ryan benched 335 (PR for over here) and dead-lifted 495 (a PR by 80#!)…his
1RM for DL when he started training with me 5 months ago was 335#…an
increase of 160#!

John benched 295# (tied PR), and dead-lifted 455# (a PR by 40#).

Both of their performances show the benefits of your programming as neither
had ever trained seriously as an athlete (besides the standard beach muscle
workouts) before this deployment.

Attached is a photo of them locking out their max dead-lifts.

It was also interesting to note amongst the competitors here on Taji that
while John and Ryan did not ‘look’ the biggest in their respective weight
classes (Ryan missed the lower weight class by #2), their performances and
relative strength to BW is incredible.

Also, after having trained with these guys and understanding there’s more to
fitness that just strength, I knew looking at the other competitors, that
while they may have all been strong, none of them possess the lung capacity,
endurance, or stamina as John or Ryan.

They are balanced athletes, not just meatheads who can lift a lot of weight.

Ryan recently ran a sub-35 5-miler and John will likely run in the low 34s or
mid 33s on his 5-miler next week.

Take care and thanks for what you and your team do.

-E

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Keep up the great work and thanks to the Labs rats as well

Dear Rob,

Just wanted to say thanks for all the effort into a functional and rigorous program. I used to be a heavy crossfiter, but as an operator I need to be strong and maintain a high endurance. I was introduced to your site by a fellow operator and good friend this past year while I was in Afghanistan. I must say that it has everything that I need and want. I recently did OP Ugly for the first time after doing MA exclusively for four months ,with one of my team mates and as 155lb guy I scored a 170. Just a testament to how well the program works keep up the great work and thanks to the Labs rats as well.

KC

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You’ve done some outstanding work

On a side note, I have been following your website ever since you had the Military Athlete tab on the Mountain Athlete website. Your workouts are great. The coolest thing has been seeing how fast the word has spread across all of special operations. I am a Green Beret and I was introduced to it by a friend during the Q-course. I am deployed right now, a few years later, and it seems that everyone I meet, Navy Seal, Green Beret, Combat Controller, even support troops have been choosing Military Athlete as there workout of choice to prepare for combat. Not just that, but it has been working for all of us. Anyway, thanks for helping us out. You’ve done some outstanding work.

V/RJ

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I’m driven to write this email

Rob, I’m driven to write this email for two reasons. The first one is purely selfish. I’m 45 years old, 6′ tall and weight 212 lbs. as of this morning. But, on January 1, 2009, I was 44 years old still 6′ tall but weighted 278 lbs. I can confidently say I feel i’m in the best shape of my life. This brings me too the second reason for this post. I wanted to thank publicly the people in my life that have helped to bring me to today. First of course my spouse, telling me I had to get off of the couch and do something, and then the couches that I found to help me on my way. I started Crossfit last March after losing 30 or so pounds the traditional way, Globogym style. Crossfit has taken me further than I thought I could achieve at my stage in life and overall physical condition. The couches at Crossfit Asheville (if you will allow the plug), Shanna & Corey Duvall, are truly wonderful people and true inspirations. This brings me to the “Heart” of this letter. The third coach is a man named Randy Kite. Randy is 41 years old in fantastic shape and also getting ready to deploy to either Afghanistan or Iraq. Randy’s a member of the North Carolina National Guard, but not a long time one. Randy was in the service before, had served his country, returned to civilian life started a business with his wife and started a family. What inspires me is his need to re-enlist even when this will bring tremendous hardship into the rest of his life. Randy’s continuing drive to serve his country in a time of war is the greatest inspiration that I have. Randy turned me on to Military Athlete, and I have been hooked since, sometimes to the consternation of the two other wonderful coaches at our gym. I’m not ready yet to begin the prescribed program, but I’m working towards it. My goal is to be ready when Randy deploys in the spring and for the year that he’s away serving our country, I want to honor him by following the Militaryathlete.com training program. Yesterday I completed “gym rat nirvana”, and it was truly an experience, Rx’d weight, with no unbroken sets. This next weekend I’m going to do Operator Ugly. I’ll let you know how it goes. I’ve attached two photo’s one is of my last rep of the fuckin 400, and the other is Randy Kite. Sorry about the length of this email, if you see fit to add it to your site feel free to edit it as you see fit. Sincerely D

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I have been a faithful Military Athlete for a few months now

I have been a faithful Military Athlete for a few months now. I just wanted to thank you for everything you have done here. I am addicted to the sessions. Every night I wait for the next one to be posted, so I can see what kind of hell I’ll put myself through tomorrow. I have become so hooked on it that I even get angry when I see people in the gym doing all their bullshit vanity lifting. I have been working to put my own gym together just to avoid the headache of working around the others guys. Your sessions have made me functionally stronger than I have ever been. I barely even have the extra $25 a month for gym dues but I will make it work. Its a small price to pay for the gains I have made and plan on gaining. Thank you for all of your work. i look forward to one day making to a MA seminar.

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Just wanted to say thanks and reaffirm the effectiveness of your training

I graduated from the sapper leader course yesterday. I began your program last september while deployed and I definitely was able to “use fitness” over the last month at sapper school. I’m looking forward to getting back to training after some recovery time. I feel like I will recover fast and hopefully be ready to attend ranger school later this month. Just wanted to say thanks and reaffirm the effectiveness of your training. Take care, God bless, and stay hungry.

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I simply just want to convey I appreciate the work you produce

Rob, I would like to take this opportunity to say that I love your program and I can honestly say that thanks to the conditioning I have undergone by being a member of your “operator sessions,” I am still here today. There have been multiple engagements I have been in where I have had to run across open riverbeds or run up the side of a mountain searching for cover. Being a JTAC embedded with the infantry I have to be able to move and communicate to the CAS platforms overhead enable to get bombs on target. If I’m breathing too hard the CAS overhead cant understand me. I simply just want to convey I appreciate the work you produce.

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We all just wanted to send you our thanks for the awesome PT session!

Wanted to share some kudos and pictures with you. Last week my unit did a Competition for the TACPs currently deployed in Kuwait. I had the fortunate opportunity to run the 3 day event. I wanted to pass along our PT testing we did. Day one I started everyone with Operator Ugly, slightly modified due to equipment and time constraints (details below), the next morning they had to do a 6 mile ruck @ 55#, the final morning they had to conduct the Air Force PT test and pass. Everyone enjoyed Operator Ugly. Like I said before I had to slightly modify it for a couple of reasons: (1) we didn’t have Sand Bags so I substituted with 62# kettlebells, which I found to be equally difficult on the core and legs but some added upper body while holding the KB to the chest. (2) due to time constraints, space available and heat I removed the 3 mile run. (3) each event had to be worth a total maximum of 100 points. So I put caps on the exercises: Bench, Squat and Deadlift were worth 1pt/rep max of 15pts; Sprints were worth 1/2pt/length max of 20pts; pull ups were worth 1pt/rep max of 15; Kettlebell Get Ups were worth 1/2pt/rep max of 20pts. Nobody was able to get 100% on the test, there was a 97 & 96 though. My operators averaged a 79%.

We all just wanted to send you our thanks for the awesome PT session! There is a group of us here that have been doing the operator sessions for the past 5 months of our 9 month deployment. We plan to conduct the full Op Ugly before we depart back home. Please find some attached pictures of the 82 EASOS TACPs doing Operator Ugly last week Wednesday 31 July 2013 (pictures will be broken up over several e-mails do to size)

Thanks for the sessions!

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I find your methods and programs to be top notch

A few months ago I acquired your scalable APFT plan for and used it to prepare for a similar pt test here in Canada.  I added the pullup and bench training as per your advice and it worked like a charm and kept my body weight down.  I just wanted to say thanks and let you know that I find your methods and programs to be top notch, especially for those who train for results outside the gym and more specifically for combat.  So thanks again, keep up the good work.

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Let me thank you for all that you and your lab rats do

Firstly let me thank you for all that you and your lab rats do, I love your programming and your methodology has inspired me to become more professional in my training. I have successfully used your lower back and body weight training plans with great results and attempted to make it through the hypertrophy program, but the rep/set scheme was a little much for me at the time, planning on knocking it out in the near future.

 

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Your ability to recognize the burden of constant fitness is much appreciated

Rob,

Wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for all you do for our community. I’ve been following your stuff off and on since 2010 and in my humble opinion it is the best stuff out there as far as special operations physical training goes. A couple of reflections I wanted to share with you and your team to let you know we appreciate what you do.

One of the things I love most about your training is the stoic, quiet professional, blue collar way you and the lab rats go about your business. I love the photos. Things I notice as a professional: No shirtless poster boy show boats with cool, high socks or head bands with their Fran time plastered on it. When I came back into the fold this past time to your programming, it involved me parting ways with my old Crossfit gym on less than great terms. All over a damn double under. The conversation went something like this, coach: “You know you are really going to have to concentrate on some of the Crossfit skills like the Double Under if you ever want to graduate to being an elite level athlete.” My reply to the walking advertisement of a coach covered in Crossfit merchandised flair, “I have never done a Double Under in a tactical situation, not once…….When is the last time you did a 10K offset with 100 LBS of gear on your back, with no sleep, and less than ideal food?” My point is this, I firmly believe you deliver on your advertisement of tailored operator sport specific training. And you do it in a humble, workman-like way. No flash, no flair, just ordinary guys training in extraordinary ways and doing extraordinary things.

Your ability to recognize the burden of constant fitness is much appreciated. You acknowledge that the guys using your training are usually working extremely hard on the other finer points of killing. I don’t have time to get 12 hours of sleep a night, eat strict paleo zone 100% of the time, or get 3 WODs in a day. There are weeks where this job in and of itself is PT and a break is needed. The key is peaking at the right time for the right events and your specific trainups allow guys to do that while maintaining their base using your operator sessions.

You and the lab rats’ humble honesty is much appreciated. You put yourselves out there, post your times, stats and numbers, and reflect on the pains and pleasures of training. For type A personalities, striving to beat the experts is always an incentive and you post the numbers for guys to gauge where they are and it serves as a means of shared hardship over digital means. We appreciate it.

Really loving the new endurance cycles. As a meat head ex football player, the gym has always been my first love. Endurance is something I needed to work on and you have made me do it. I am anxious to see how it will transition to the strength and work capacity efforts and anticipate it helping both while still improving endurance over the long term.

I’ve went too long already, thanks again Coach.

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So thank you for what you do and please continue evolving your training!

Rob, Just wanted to take some time to say thank you for all you have done.  I started following your programming in 2008 while deployed.  Since that time I have used your APFT plan to more then max the APFT on multiple occasions, I used your Ruckselection plan to get selected, while in the q course I got a stress fracture and used your one leg program to come off the injury stronger and faster, and I have recently used your run improvement plan to help me get better.  During all this I continued to follow the operator sessions and they have made me into a more stronger and more durable athlete.  So thank you for what you do and please continue evolving your training!

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Thanks for the sessions!

Wanted to share some kudos and pictures with you. Last week my unit did a Competition for the TACPs currently deployed in Kuwait. I had the fortunate opportunity to run the 3 day event. I wanted to pass along our PT testing we did. Day one I started everyone with Operator Ugly, slightly modified due to equipment and time constraints (details below), the next morning they had to do a 6 mile ruck @ 55#, the final morning they had to conduct the Air Force PT test and pass. Everyone enjoyed Operator Ugly. Like I said before I had to slightly modify it for a couple of reasons: (1) we didn’t have Sand Bags so I substituted with 62# kettlebells, which I found to be equally difficult on the core and legs but some added upper body while holding the KB to the chest. (2) due to time constraints, space available and heat I removed the 3 mile run. (3) each event had to be worth a total maximum of 100 points. So I put caps on the exercises: Bench, Squat and Deadlift were worth 1pt/rep max of 15pts; Sprints were worth 1/2pt/length max of 20pts; pull ups were worth 1pt/rep max of 15; Kettlebell Get Ups were worth 1/2pt/rep max of 20pts. Nobody was able to get 100% on the test, there was a 97 & 96 though. My operators averaged a 79%.

We all just wanted to send you our thanks for the awesome PT session! There is a group of us here that have been doing the operator sessions for the past 5 months of our 9 month deployment. We plan to conduct the full Op Ugly before we depart back home. Please find some attached pictures of the 82 EASOS TACPs doing Operator Ugly last week Wednesday 31 July 2013 (pictures will be broken up over several e-mails do to size)

Thanks for the sessions!

 

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I took my pt test this morning and scored a 98.3 maxing out everything

Sir I just wanted to give you some feedback/testimonial to your USAF pt program. I took my pt test this morning and scored a 98.3 maxing out everything portion of the test except for pushups. Here are my scores from 5 weeks ago and today: May 20th June 24th 1 min pushups: 41 1 min pushups: 49 1 min sit-ups: 44 1 min sit-ups: 59 1.5 mile run: 10:05 1.5 mile run: 8:59 Again I was only able to complete 5 weeks of the program but for the most part followed the program to the T with only a few minor adjustments. Also note the version I had was not the most recent updated one but last years version. Leading up to starting the program I was following Atomic Athlete programming. Thank you sir for the program I will definitely be purchasing the most recent version for next years pt test.

 

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I couldn’t wait to write this email this morning

Rob, I couldn’t wait to write this email this morning.  A bit of a background on me,  I’m currently in the Army PSYOP-Q and earlier this year I suffered a lumbar muscle strain from crossfit so bad I was in pain getting out of bed, although I have used your rucking selection plan in order to get ready for selection, I regrettably stopped the operator sessions and moved to crossfit.  Now 4 months later after completing your operator sessions, I’m better than I was before my injury. Now two of my buddies in the Q (both are former infantry officers) have been kicking my ass on our weekly rucks, now I’m proud to say I was able to leave them in the dust this morning and beat them by over 8 minutes.  This is an attest to the operator sessions, and I don’t plan on stopping.
Keep up the great work.
– R

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If anyone doubts the effectiveness or difficulty of this program, please feel free to refer them to me!

Coach,

I took your advice I jumped feet first into the Bodyweight Training Program and one week in I have been completely humbled.

Honestly, I was worried about losing the strength gains I had made through Starting Strength, halfway through my first mini leg blaster I could care less and I realized how out of shape I really was.

If anyone doubts the effectiveness or difficulty of this program, please feel free to refer them to me!

Thank you again!

Very Respectfully,

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Thanks so much for having an innovative program

Coach Shaul, Thanks so much for having an innovative program. I am an Airborne Infantry officer in an OPFOR battalion that spends 2-3 weeks straight a month in the field for 10-11 months a year. Using your Operator Sessions in conjunction with the Ultimate Meathead Cycle I’ve been able to maintain my fitness and actually make gains. With the focus on strength, mixing in work capacity,  I’ve been able to stay in shape for those long field rotations while being able to avoid injury (especially being on airborne status). The shoulder durability exercises are especially helpful, being that after separating my shoulder before and during Ranger School I had issues carrying a ruck for long movements and day after day. But after the Operator Sessions I no longer have such a rough time. Again thanks.-

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Your programming has kept me ahead of the curve

First off, I want to thank you for such awesome and innovative programing. It has throttled me into a whole other world of fitness that I never thought I could attain. From being an airborne infantryman to my current status as an Officer Candidate and full time Criminal Analyst in the Massachusetts Arm National Guard tasked out to the US Marshals Service, your programming has kept me ahead of the curve. Let’s just say my TACs’ smoke sessions are a piece of cake thanks to you.

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Thanks Rob, couldn’t have done it without the great programming!

I wanted to thank you for all the great programming and advice.  I recently attended my unit’s SFRE (a mini-SFAS based event that screens and selects candidates to go onto SFAS) and was one of several selected.  I owe a large portion of the success to your insights and training programs, specifically the ruck based selection packet and daily operator sessions.  We did multiple events virtually back to back over the four day period such as timed 2 mile and 4 mile runs, timed 6 mile and 12 mile rucks and also many team events.  Everything we did involved rucking over long distances as well.  Being able to perform to the standard was difficult given the short breaks between timed events and overall sheer volume placed on our bodies from the rucking. Thanks Rob, couldn’t have done it without the great programming! –E

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I am really benefiting off your programming

Today’s Operator sesh (12/30) was awesome! I hope to see more like these with a few tough strength circuits followed by a mini WOD to leave you smoked.

I am really benefiting off your programming. I’m seeing and feeling results in the gym and in the field.

The last few years I’ve struggled to find programming that directly correlates to my line of work (Border Patrol Agent). After years of following different CF programs I wasn’t seeing the results in the field that I should have. Decided to give this program a shot.

Since I jumped on Military Athlete I have more energy on a daily basis and I’m pretty sure I am more effective at my job. I feel good ending this year after only being on this program for a few months now.

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Hands down best program I have seen for fitness

GREEK HERO PACKET

“Hands down best program I have seen for fitness. Especially for those of us serving in the military with physically high demanding jobs. It gives a great knowledge base on how to achieve your goal. Would recommend to everyone.”

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Well.  I am hooked

RUCK BASED SELECTION TRAINING PLAN

“Well.  I am hooked.  My friend pointed me in the direction of MTI because he knew how excited I am about being athletic and outdoors.  I shopped around, I liked the smell, and I settled on a package deal.  I am so glad I did.  I am seven weeks into my Ruck based Selection Plan.  I am very pleased with my progress.  I really appreciate the scientific approach to measuring and analyzing of every effort.  I like the blog posts and Youtube content for when I am unfamiliar with a movement or need a little motivation.  I feel like the focus on standard military movements and ruck fundamentals really set me apart from my peers during a competition last weekend and I would like to very humbly report that I have won the honor of being 2018’s NCO of the year for the Oklahoma Army National Guard.  I am moving on to the Region 5 competition in May and will definitely remain engaged with my MTI Ruck Based Selection Plan.”

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I wanted to send along my gratitude for the programming

CCT/PJ/CRO SELECTION PLAN

“I wanted to send along my gratitude for the programming and assistance you provided over the past few months. Last week I went through a USAF Special Tactics Officer Selection. The week was full of grueling workouts and leadership challenges. Your CCT/PJ/CRO Selection plan left me more than prepared to handle it all.

Each of the focus areas (ruck run, heavy ruck, swim work cap, PAST, etc.) was spot on for what we saw at selection. The workouts provided a meaningful and objective challenge each day, with logical progression towards improvement. I’ve used other selection workouts with success, but none of them matched the logical layout and sensible progressions for your workouts. All of this is to say that I was extremely successful at selection and was picked up. I couldn’t be happier with my Mountain Tactical Institute experience and will be returning to the site for tune up training as I get ready to hit the pipeline.

Can recommend some changes as someone who followed your program exactly and then went to selection? First, put STO in the title! It works perfectly for those of us trying to become STO’s as I’m sure it works for CRO hopefuls too. Personally, I was weak in my sit ups to begin with. Overall the PAST preparation was great, but I wish there was more of it. The once a week focus on calisthenics might not be enough for people needing work on their muscular endurance. I might suggest throwing in an extra day or workout for calisthenics. Overall the plan is great. These were minor things that I altered or fixed on my own, but might help another hopeful in the future.”

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I’m a firm believer in your methodology

“First I wanna say your programs have dramatically improved my fitness over the past 6 years or so. I’ve been following your programs from back when I was preparing for ROTC until now as an Engineer Officer getting ready to start BOLC. So, thank you for all the hard work and dedication to building quality programs. I’m a firm believer in your methodology.”

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My estimated VO2 has gone from low 40s to 52

OPERATOR SESSIONS

“I’m a long time follower of your gym and Military Athlete training ideals from Australia – I’ve touched base with you a couple of times before. Just wanted to give you some feedback from my recent personal experience.  I had after a few years of relatively successful Olympic Lifting seasons here in Perth (couple of years as state champ at 94kg) followed by probably a year of general inactivity – I had no real training focus. The last few months I have jumped back into you Operator Sessions starting with John and am now half way through Luke. What a change it’s been! I’ve been strict with following your sessions in order – I don’t necessarily train monday to friday because of work but I have maintained the order to your sessions. I’ve dropped 11kg of body weight and my running went from struggling to break the 5 minute barrier on a 1km sprint to last night running (as part of my 6 mile/9.2km run Luke session 16) consistent sub 5-minute kms for 10km and feeling great afterwards. My estimated VO2 has gone from low 40s to 52.

I know my pacing is a little quick (quick for me!) compared to what you have prescribed on the run chart, based off my initial 3 mile test in session 2, but I’m generally pressed for time so if I can run it quicker I will. The run times aren’t super quick by comparison to a lot of people but they are for me! The gym-based endurance stuff is also a fresh experience and a good mental workout for me. Your Operator Sessions are putting me in a good place for an upcoming exercise in a few months and deployment at the end of the year, especially after being a lazy POS for so long haha. I am also gearing up for an attempt at SASR selection in 2019 if everything goes to plan and I feel like your training is absolutely right direction for me.”

Thanks for the awesome work you are doing.

 

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I did your 8 Week Ruck Based SFAS prep program and just got selected

RUCK BASED SELECTION TRAINING PLAN

“First of all, i just wanted to say thanks.  I did your 8 Week Ruck Based SFAS prep program and just got selected.  Physically i was well prepared for the events, and afterwards am recovering much faster than some others.  A few days after the last event i actually felt completely fine. Thanks again!”

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We were on an operation when one of our two MH-47’s went down

As I told you before, I am with a Marine Special Operations Team. We were on an operation when one of our two MH-47’s went down. The 47 I was on went back in, and we started carrying guys to the medevac bird. My workout buddy, who is my corpsman, started working on guys and I started getting guys to the bird that was about 400 meters away. Soon we were both working together. Today we were talking about how we were in MUCH better shape then everyone else. Guys would be taking breaks and we would be standing there waiting for them. One guy looked at us and asked if we were smoked too, we both said no. We both know that it is because of your workout program, and we both want to thank you.

A little back story, the bird went down on exfil. We had finished clearing a bazaar, I had breached close to one hundred doors and I was totally fucking smoked. I had carried my kit, weapon, breaches, backpack, a shotgun, and moved over two kilometers for over five hours. Then after we exfiled the other bird went down, so we went back in and worked the medevac. Then after that we stayed on scene until the fire burned itself out, then got the bodies out and brought them home. We both feel that we would not have performed at the level we did if this had happened before we started your program. So we both thank you very much for the work you have done, and I look forward to being smoked by your workouts for a long time to come. Thanks again coach.

E

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I am now stationed in Korea where the new fitness mentality has yet to be established

Rob,

I did your MA program throughout 2009 and the translation to functional fitness was phenomenal! I am now stationed in Korea where the new fitness mentality has yet to be established. Hopefully I can establish a foothold of your physical fitness common sense here.

I’m taking a company command in the last week of April. I would really like to implement your range fitness ideas as well as your Afghanistan program due to Korea’s terrain (mountainous but not as bad as the ‘stan). I also plan on using your squad PT as our foundation for physical training.

Thanks!

-D

 

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Fuck Starbucks, I never liked their marked up coffee anyways

So I am laying briefly collapsed on the floor of our small gym in full kit. What brought me here… well 1 minute ab bridge in kit for starters. As I am laying there and I see people staring at me.. I realize something. Why its worth it. My mate is about 12 meters away laying on the floor too. And I think to myself. How many people do you see in such a state at any time
during their work out? Sure, they are muscular, or strong, but I cant recall anyone ever laying on the floor for a moment to recover for the next iteration. And judging by the looks i get they haven’t either.

In the old days, students of the martial arts would travel hundreds of miles by foot to find a suitable sifu(or master). And I realize at that moment on the floor how valuable great instruction is. There are multiple elements necessary to mastery of anything, however the path to it almost always begins with solid instruction. In this day and age, there is so much information out there(both good and bad) that we may lose sight of the value of quality instruction.

Thank you for the quality level of instruction you provide. A few cups of coffee from star bucks costs me 25 dollars a month.. Fuck starbucks, i never liked their marked up coffee anyways.

-j

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I maxed the event with time to spare

Rob, This morning I ran the Marine Corps’ CFT to assess my performance and determine where I needed to focus training. Work Capacity & Strength training with your program proved tremendously effective. I wanted to find my worst case scenario – No warm-up & No stretching. While driving through the movement under fire portion, I remembered training days with jingle jangles, repping at 80% max front squats, and/or sled drags. I maxed the event with time to spare.

The Military Athlete Training Program no only give us the ability to perform, but the tenacity to grit and drive through. Keep it up! Thanks!

SF, – K.

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The guys love it

Rob,

I’ve been using your squad pt plan the last few months for my sniper section and it’s been working great! There’s been dramatic increases in endurance and strength plus, the guys love it.

Thanks,

– E.

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I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with your program

Rob,

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with your program, in that I love to hate the intensity. A month ago I started operator sessions, having completed the pre-Afghan training program and Big 24 prior to deployment. I’m telling you now I was weighing more on the hate side today with the stamina session. That was one of the most intense workouts I’ve ever done, and I wanted to thank you again for what you do. I actually made it to 12 sets of the back squats/getups when my sandbag broke and dumped into my face. With that said, I just ordered a sandbag and some collars for our gym so I can continue to punish myself at altitude.

I promised you a picture a while back, and I’ve attached it. Sadly, we don’t scale mountains in my AO (although we do sit at 7,500 feet), but this is the best I’ve got for now. This picture of my Squadron Commander (left) and myself was taken shortly before my platoon’s first direct fire incident.

Thank you again for everything. I was physically prepared for the deployment because of your programs, and I can’t begin to thank you enough.

– Z.

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Best level of functional fitness of my life

Rob,

First off- let me give thanks for your programming. I followed for your Operator Sessions for 8 months during my senior year of college and enjoyed the best level of functional fitness of my life. I later suffered a knee injury, prompted by the Bataan Memorial Death March in Mar 2011 and underwent surgery in Aug 2011. I followed your “One Leg Injury” programming following surgery which helped me maintain a respectable level of fitness. After I recovered from the surgery I had a few months before I shipped off to ranger school, so I began your “Ruck Selection” programming. I crushed Ranger School and was fortunate enough to make it through as a first-time “Go”.

– W.

 

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Keep doing what you are doing, the benefit cannot be understated

Coach,

I just wanted to drop you a line and say thank you for the awesome programming. I just brought my company back from a very challenging 6 months in eastern Afghanistan. The bottom line is that without your program we would not have been able to accomplish half of what we did and we would not have brought home as many guys as we did. My Soldiers hated me when I first instituted mind numbing amounts of leg blasters, step-ups, and sandbag get ups, and training that was like nothing they had ever done before, but all these things became a rallying cry as the Soldiers realized how far ahead of their sister companies they were in their physical and mental fitness. Keep doing what you are doing, the benefit cannot be understated.

– B.

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Thanks again for your awesome workouts!

Rob,

Just wanted to say how great your operator workouts are. We are
currently deployed to Eastern Afghanistan been here since beginning of
July.

I had always been a fan of your workouts squad PT, SFAS ruck
program and the pre Afghan workout. I started the operator sessions once
we got in country, guys were looking at me weird I guess because I
wasn’t doing the “normal” gym/body building workouts.

But now I have 4 guys training with me at 5am 5 days a week. They curse at me every
workout but I try and remind them that it’s a guy named Rob Shaul who
comes up with these insane workouts not me. But in the end they love it,
they also see the results and benefits from the workouts.

To give you an example we were taking motor rounds to our COP, then over the radio they
called out for the medics because some guy had gone down and was in
another bunker across the cop so me and another medic took off
sprinting.

I had my full kit on and the other medic didn’t and I probably weigh about 30lbs more than him needless to say I left him in the dust and got to the casualty first and began assessing. By the time the other medic got there he was about to pass out and hyperventilating.

Oh and did I mention that in that same mornings workout had us doing
jingle jangles with our body armor?

I believe in your workouts and it’s benefit in helping us not only become better military athletes but to also help us to save lives. Here is a photo from the morning workout.

Thanks again for your awesome workouts!

v/r,

SGT A-G

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I’m looking forward to a long love/hate relationship of slayfests with you and your lab rats

Rob,

I’ve been lifting for about six years (boot, I know) and about two years ago a workout buddy of mine got me started on your operator sessions. In six months of doing your workouts, I was the biggest, strongest, and most physically fit I had ever been… and injury free (12 mile ruck under 2:10:00 @ 70#, ME DH pullups to 42) . My buddy PCS’d about a year ago, and I went back to my old ways, dabbling in various free functional fitness regimens online. After tearing my rotator cuff twice, tearing up both knees (a combination of operational hazards and my workout program), and not being remotely close to as strong as I was a year ago, I’ve returned to MilitaryAthlete. After just reviewing the current cycle I must say, it’s like coming home after a long deployment. I’m looking forward to a long love/hate relationship of slayfests with you and your lab rats.

Semper Fi,

John H.

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I just wanted to say thanks for the Military Athlete program

Rob –

I’m a senior Marine ROTC student at CU-Boulder commissioning active duty in May.

I ran my final official Combat Fitness Test today (sprints, ammo can presses, buddy carries/drags, etc…. sorry if you already know what it is) and got my best time ever by a LONG shot. Perfect 300 and I feel like I had a lot left in me.

I just wanted to say thanks for the Military Athlete program. I’ve been doing “Crossfit-type” programs since the beginning of high school but your program is the only one that has truly yielded extraordinary results. The strength-bias programming is EXACTLY what I was looking for and EXACTLY what I need (as well as many of my active duty infantry friends here who do your program also and swear by it).

Thank you for all that you do.

Respectfully,

– T.

 

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I had the foundation and confidence to know that I could take the next step and keep moving

Rob –

Just graduated Ranger School last week and I’m emailing you to send big time KUDOS to you for developing the Ranger School train up program. All I can say is that I’m 28 years old and followed your program to the letter (I completed the 6 week cycle about 3 times before I actually went to school…) and I went straight through the course without issue. The mountain phase in particular was not even close to as bad for me as it was for 90% of the other dudes out there and I have to credit your program for really helping me get my legs ready for the exceptional challenges. I really do believe that I had the endurance to go the distance… And even as I was losing pounds of body mass and muscle each week, I had the foundation and confidence to know that I could take the next step and keep moving.

– J.

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I completed the first Goruck Heavy event at Ft Bragg

Rob,

I wanted to write and thank you for another successful training program. This weekend I completed the first Goruck Heavy event at Ft Bragg. It was setup and ran by Sgt 1st Class Dan Plants of 3rd SFG(A) (whom I think you know). 73 showed-up and 37 finished 24+ hours later. I was in the finishers group – not bad for a 44yo dude. We went 30-40mi with 40# rucks minimum, carrying water cans, stretchers, slosh pipes, and other crazy shit. We hit sidewalks, fields, tank tracks – and whatever the sand/clay/misery mix that composes the trails at Bragg. We did log PT, stairs laps, lunges, etc… Weather was raining 34-45 degrees the whole time with no sun. I used the Ruck-Based Selection program, as you suggested, and that definitely helped carry me through. The rucking NO DOUBT prepared me for the long movements and general abuse we received. The sandbag getups and long work cap sessions especially helped prepare my mind for this event, and fighting off the word that starts with a Q and sounds like quit. If anything ‘gave-out’ on me, I would say my overhead pressing was nonexistent by the end – legs and back were still in the fight to the end.

I’m not sure what is next on the event list, but whatever it is, Military Athlete will be used for training.

Thanks again,

– S.

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This is how the Military should train hands down!

Rob,

I would like to thank you and your staff for all that you guys do and your support of the military.

I was a pretty avid crossfitter until I was turned on to your website through a platoon commander in my company. Needless to say I have been hooked ever since. I am without a doubt stonger and more durable than I have ever been in my life thanks to your workouts.

I am currently on my 2nd deployment to Afghanistan and have done your workouts religously and to the “t” day in and day out for seven months. Only taking a week off between programs for recovery and obviously on days we are outside the wire.

Since being out here myself and few other Marine Advisors have completed the 357 strength, Work Capacity, and Ultimate Meathead Cycle. Now we are currently doing the “Operator Sessions” until redeployment to the states. All of our lifts have gone through the roof! Every 1RM is over 200lbs with squats over 300 and deadlifts over 400.

We can’t thank you guys enough for what you have provided us to keep us in the best shape possible to do our jobs. We all have excellent training and know our jobs but just knowing that the man next to is capable of dragging your ass to safety if something goes wrong and can last in a fight for hours if need be puts you just a little more at ease.

This is how the Military should train hands down!

Thanks again for all you do and keep up the great work!

– J

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We cuss your name out on some of the workouts

Rob,
aI just wanted to thank you for all your hard work in programming your operator sessions. Myself and a few other guys have been following your operator sessions now since the beginning of our deployment back on July 2012 and now we are coming to a close of this deployment (10 days left). Your program has really changed us, one guy couldn’t understand why we were doing the things we were doing because it didn’t relate to anything the magazines say, so I had to constantly remind him to just follow the program. He did and now he is preaching Military Athletes to others. As for me I believed in the program since I was introduced to it from an old platoon sergeant, but never really stayed focused on it day in day out. So during this deployment I followed the program to the “T”. At the age of 35 I must say I much stronger than I was when I was in my 20’s and I have also lost 30 lbs!! Again me and the guys are grateful for you, even if we may cuss your name out on some of the workouts.

– R.

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Thank you very, very much

Rob,

The Bataan Death March plan you gave me was fucking awesome. About half of
my team did the plan, but we had a CSM who didn’t think he could learn
anything from a captain so he didn’t want to play. He took a few of my
guys, did their own thing, and they all finished like shit. Included among
the guys that did your plan is an SSG, who won third place in the
female military heavy division, and 2nd in her age group. I will send
pictures soon. Thank you very, very much.

– T.

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My background is Infantry so I believe it is important to be physical fit

Rob, I just wanted to say thanks again for such an awesome program. My detachment took a record APFT this morning and the results amazed me. My detachments average during the initial diagnostic was a very weak 242 and after doing your APFT 6-Week Training Program our average was raised to a 273. My background is Infantry so I believe it is important to be physical fit but my Soldiers are Public Affairs and they do not hold the same belief in physical fitness Infantry Soldiers do. I had two Soldiers raise their average over 50 points and I made a believer out of them and the other companies and detachments in my unit. Out of 10 companies and detachments we had the second worst average and after six weeks we know have the highest. Thanks again and keep up the amazing programming.

v/r – C.

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I carried backpack and/or 4-yr old all four days and still set the pace

I love the input you all got from the Canadian you posted on the front page.

Mine is not as sexy, but a few times in the past you have asked for input from us out here on how we are doing. If you are still interested, here goes:

1) Unloaded step-ups I went from 893 on 24 NOV to 985 today.

2) Last 1RM Bench Press was 210# which is most ever and is over my body-weight for first time in life. 8xBP get to 155#, which again is most ever.

3) Last front squat (which I used to HATE) is up to 130#. Again most ever for me.

Last weekend in Rome, Italy we walked MILES doing the tourist thing. I carried backpack and/or 4-yr old all four days and still set the pace.

Overall, I am in the best shape of my life, I am losing weight while gaining muscle, and I look better than ever.

Thank you both. Let me know if this is good stuff or not. I can send something every quarter or so if you like it.

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Now, less than a year from the surgery, I’m in the best shape of my life

I wanted to thank you for the workouts. I’ve been a Marine for over ten years and spent the last six as a Recon Marine. This past year I had 4 surgeries on my spine, resulting in a fusion of the lower spine (basically metal rods and cage). I felt ruined after all was said and done, as the recovery process was brutal. I came across your site towards the later part of my recovery (6 months after surgery). I was told to stay away from anything heavy on the spine and try not to run anymore. This of course was not an option for me as I wish to continue my career in the Corps. Now, less than a year from the surgery, I’m in the best shape of my life, thanks to your work. I took everything in small doses and it took me over a month to finish a whole week’s worth of workouts. Most days I came home and rested on the floor in the fetal position. Months later my back pain is mostly gone, I can run with the heavy packs, and finally I have no limits to what I can do. I’m now awaiting officer training and have passed on your site to all the Marines I work with (I also leave printouts every so often in the gym to let others know). I feel passionate about what you have brought to us in the combat arms. This is one of the many tools we can place in our packs to carry out our mission and will probably be the one that saves it. Thanks and keep it up!

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Confessions of a serial climber

Sir-

i just wanted to say thanks for the workouts, been doing it about 10 months, and i won’t go to anything else. i’m reading Mark Twight’s book Kiss or Kill: confessions of a serial climber, and he talks allot about a hatred of mediocrity, pushing yourself continually to the limit. i think this explains your program – pushing yourself to excel and be the best. i look forward everyday to see how you’re going to punish us the next, it hurts so good. thanks again for your coaching and program. i truly appreciate it.

Respectfully- CPT K

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I have a feeling the soldiers/NCOs will initially be reluctant, skeptical, and pissed

Sir-

I find what you write very encouraging – a buddy and I each just wrote (not knowing the other did) a paper discussing the inadequacies of the APFT to assess a soldier’s fitness level for combat (mine) and how soldiers should be treated as athletes (my buddy). we’ve both had numerous heated discusses (agreeing with each other) about how pitiful regular unit pt is. We both cited your military athlete program and much of your commentary. The sad thing is, we’ll talk about the need to change the pt standard, etc. with other leaders and they all agree, yet seem reluctant to change. Hopefully within a few months I’ll be taking command of a reconnaissance troop in the 10th Mountain Division, and can’t wait to employ your squad PT and Afghan train up program. I have a feeling the soldiers/NCOs will initially be reluctant, skeptical, and pissed their normal routine is being changed and they are actually being challenged during pt, but they get to suck it up and deal with it. they’ll come around eventually (if not, I’m the commander), and my goal is to get your point of “hard pt makes you harder to kill” across to the younger soldiers, molding their minds about pt. who know’s if it will happen, but I’m going to do my damnedest to get it done. Thanks again for forging the change in military fitness.

Respectfully – CPT K

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Thanks to your sessions we were quite successful

Sir, I am a cadet at West Point. During the past few months a group of us has been using your operator sessions to prepare for a military competition held here every year called Sandhurst. Thanks to your sessions we were quite successful and were able to come in 1st in the Corps and 3rd overall out of 49 teams. So thank you for all the work you put in to your training program.  I would also like to request your Afghan training program to use. I think it would be very valuable to prepare for some of my summer training. Thank you very much again for all your help. I know many people here value your training program. It has really helped me and those on my team. Very Respectfully CDT SGT B

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Just wanted to say how impressed I am

Rob, I’m a member of 3rd SFG and I’ve been doing the Operator Sessions for about 4 months now, and just wanted to say how impressed I am, being a former meathead, at the gains I’ve made not only in my fitness but also in mobility/durability.

CK

 

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I know it has made me a better soldier

On a separate note, I am currently in Afghanistan and finishing up my 12-month deployment with 3 BCT, 101st ABN. It has been a long year, but thoroughly enjoyed your workout program. I know it has made me a better soldier, both physically and mentally.

Thanks again.

Z

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Thank you. That fucking hurt

“I was put on to MA while TDY to some training by a STO who went to college with me, I was doing 3-4 CF Wods a day and thought I was in shape and he invited to do one of the two a day stamina workouts…once we were done…I quietly picked my pride up off the floor and threw it in the trash and was hooked ever since. That was last August…since then I have transformed my mind and body and made HUGE gains in every category…when I am able to do a MA workout in the morning…then take my PT TEST in the evening and score a 98% with ease then I have to give all the props to Rob and his team. Thank you and God Bless!!!”

missed my mom after doing my first session. Broke my soldiers in half, I felt like my thighs had been raped … It is everything I have been looking for. I will let you guys know the end result. I plan on cycling through your skinny guy routine and operator sessions a few times and see where it takes me.

Thank you. That fucking hurt. I hope this email isn’t an auto reply.

Respectfully, SGT A

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No hype – just hard core

“Thanks for all you do. Been a customer now for 2 years or so. In that time I did the Cpat training program, smoked the Cpat and got Pro Firefighter certifications back.  I also completed police academy (whereupon at age 44 I was in the fasted run/pt group among mostly 20 year olds). I need a structured plan telling me what to do when to accomplish a specific goal. No hype just hard core.  MTI did that. I’ve looked at other programs but end up comparing everything to MTI. Thanks again. Definitely a satisfied customer.”

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Fuck you Rob, and I mean that in the best possible way.

First off, thanks for always taking the time to look for feedback and ways to improve your programming.  I became an Operator Sessions devotee a long time ago around the time I was actually ending my career as an 18B in 10th Group.  As I have aged and physical fitness and life demands have changed, I have always come back to those sessions to get my brokedown ass in shape and measure where I’m at with my mental and physical fitness.

I am 41 and currently an agent with the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service (DS), which unfortunately like most FLEs has no real enforcement of physical fitness standards.  DS runs the gamut of PT animals to fat slobs and everything in between.  We also have a unique culture where half our jobs are overseas and half domestic and we typically do one to three year rotations in these different positions.  The overseas gigs are much more highly regarded in the agency and the State Department at large.  That said, those two arenas potentially have very different physical fitness demands, as we are largely doing criminal investigations/close protection stateside or managing vast security programs/running protection overseas.  It can be difficult to sell the need for a high level of physical fitness as long as nothing goes wrong, but few agents understand that they could be dragging an unconscious protectee (i.e. Benghazi), under fire in a very bad place, and what the required level of fitness is to not only get them off the X but potentially fight back in a coherent manner.

I apologize for all the email diarrhea, but the point I’m getting to is that on a day to day basis our physical fitness requirements aren’t much beyond walking down the hall and pulverizing a computer keyboard.  On the other hand, overseas we often work alone with protectees in austere environments, small teams in failed states, or larger elements with DoD or PMCs in war zones.  Anything is possible and I am of the mindset that as an organization we should always look to be in shape for the worst case scenario.  It is simply not possible sometimes with our work schedules but myself and other colleagues have greatly appreciated your recent cycle of shortened but intensified Operator Sessions.  I can knock them out and get to my glorious 12hr day of cable and memo writing, but feel confident that when I have to take some “important person” out to bad guy country by myself, I am physically prepared if something goes wrong.

To your question, the Operator Sessions exceed the daily physical fitness needs of my agency but my belief is they are an exceptional measuring stick of performance for anyone who carries a weapon and does dangerous work.  I used to have to cut down the longer form sessions because I simply could not fit them in my day or use the “Busy Operator” programming, but the current cycles have been a perfect fit and still thrash me.  Even if you can’t continue to focus on creating shorter training sessions with the same level of impact, myself and others I work with greatly appreciate what is already on the site and would love to see more like it.

I’ll stop making your eyes bleed with one anecdote.  I have converted a lot of guys and gals from different military and LE backgrounds to MTI training and I have always passed on my training mantra, which has stuck with just about all of them.  I look at the session for the day and I say “fuck you, Rob Shaul” outloud for the pain you are about to make me endure, and I end it with the same when I’ve completed it.  I still have buddies all over the world who will text that to me after a session.

Fuck you Rob, and I mean that in the best possible way.

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This is the best training I have ever done and injury free at that

Rob,

I completed your patrol officer program and have nothing but amazing results. I am in the reserves and have a ultimate soldier type competition coming up in September. Through the patrol program I was able to identify some of my weaknesses for the upcoming competition. Which is why I got the work capacity program this time. I will be back for more.

This is the best training I have ever done and injury free at that. The website with all the lifts and stretches is invaluable. Thanks again for the information and motivation.

– S.

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I’ve been using your LE programming since April and have seen significant gains

SPIRITS SERIES, SWAT GUN MAKER

“I’ve been using your LE programming since April and have seen significant gains in strength, speed, and endurance – all while being pain free and without significant injury.  I’m on a Federal SWAT team and the workouts are definitely applicable to the type of fitness required to do my job.  I’ve done LE Whiskey, Tequila, SWAT Rugar and SWAT Beretta. I’m hoping to see you continue with the SWAT series as I feel its been the best programming for SWAT Athletes.” – K

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Love the programs you’re putting out

VODKA

“Just wanted to pass along that I had my 3rd degree hapkido/jiu-jitsu test on the 21st.  I’m 42, will be 43 in April, 5’9 and 183lbs.  A lot of our guys are former military and current Law Enforcement officers and they let me have it for over an hour.  I was one week short of finishing “Vodka” prior to the test.  And while I didn’t move quite as fluidly as I wanted to (not because of fitness, probably more adrenaline dump related and nerves from being the only one on the mat for all the spectators), I was able to work at a very high threshold (higher than even I thought I could!) for the entire test.  I was to the point that it was pretty difficult to get me fatigued in training to simulate that dynamic.  But of course I’m much more comfortable there, where I can just focus on training and teaching our lower rank members.  I think that was why I wasn’t as fluid as I wanted, just because nerves and adrenaline and I just couldn’t seem to calm down.  Anyway, love the programs you’re putting out, and even though I’m not your “target” market, hoped the feedback would be useful.  And if you do get out to Des Moines anytime soon, please, let me know.”

 

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Your SWAT selection plan worked incredibly well for me

SWAT SELECTION TRAINING PLAN

“I want to say thanks.  Your SWAT selection plan worked incredibly well for me and I had no physical limitations during my selection process.”

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I’m on my 4th plan and I’m loving every one I’ve tried

LE “SPIRITS” PLAN TRAINING PACKET

“I’m on my 4th plan and I’m loving every one I’ve tried.  I’m a Connecticut state trooper currently working out of our training academy and the exercise plans are awesome.  One of my coworkers who is our pt instructor and a member of our tac team turned me on to your website and I’m hooked.  Thanks for all the great information.”

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I’m a believer in your methodology

LE “COP MOVIE” PLAN TRAINING PACKET

“I’ve being following you since 2007’ish when I joined the military, I did 6 years in the infantry and now am a cop in Canada. I’ve done all sorts of programming over the last ten years and (most recently Gym Jones) though believe I have finally found the closest thing to perfect. I’m a believer in your methodology of it better be useful in the field and of a commitment to fitness over time and not just lip service. Ironically enough I hate working out though believe in being the best I can be for my team and the people I serve… So I get after it day after day, week after week. I’ve been using your patrol officer programs and I find them to be well designed for not only for police but anyone with a physical job.”

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Can’t thank you enough!

LE “GUN MAKER” TRAINING PACKET

“Just wanted to pass along my thanks for your programming. I wasn’t selected for my agency SWAT team last year. Since that date, I used all of the Gun Maker Plans and finished up with the SWAT Selection plan to help prepare for this year. I finished first in almost every physical event at Selection and just found out I made the cut. Can’t thank you enough!”

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I think your program has helped me tremendously

TEQUILA

“Just wanted to let you know how your program has impacted me. I’m only on week 4 of the Tequila program but have already seen drastic changes. I used to only weight lift and didn’t incorporate anything else. I have seen my cardio get better and I even feel better. I am State Trooper assigned to help the New Orleans Police Department in the French Quarter.  Today I was involved in an incident dealing with a subject on “mojo” and had to wrestle with him for about 10 minutes until backup arrived. I think your program has helped me tremendously for situations just like that. Thanks for what y’all do, I’m looking forward to using some of the other plans.”

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Take the test seriously, have a game plan, and put in the work

DEA PTT TRAINING

“A month ago I took DEA PTT and used my tried and true Army technique and just tried to gut through (I am a 280-290 guy so fairly confident). That test was a beast, and I failed miserably. After, I dropped out of 357 and into the MTI DEA Program in the month before my next text. (The plan is 6 weeks and I was only able to do 4, while on leave). The first test I got 6 total points with 43 S/U, 52 sec 300M, 34 P/U, 12:29 Run. A month later in 90+ degree heat 53 S/U, 45 sec 300m, 40 P/U, 10:59 Run with 19 points. Advice for other applicants: take the test seriously, have a game plan, and put in the work.”

 

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Rob!!! I went from an 18 on my FBI PFT self test to a 26 on my official test day!

FBI SA PFT TRAINING PLAN

“Rob!!! I went from an 18 on my FBI PFT self test to a 26 on my official test day! I went from 43 sit-ups to 49, and out of nowhere got a perfect 10 on my 300 sprint clocking in at 40 seconds!  I followed the program to T, and while I had my moments I completely trusted the program and it paid off. Thank you thank you!!!”

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I see myself using MTI for years to come

LE SPIRITS PACKET

“I worked through LE patrol/ detective bourbon and am currently working tequila. I find the workouts build upon each other in a well thought out manner. Unfamiliar exercises are well demonstrated in the exercise database videos. I mixed in exercises from the low back training plan when my back was tight with positive results. I feel more functional strong and conditioned due to this program. I opening speak about the program to people and have found several co-workers had been using it, but the program just wasn’t well known out here in the northeast. We’re spreading the word. I see myself using MTI for years to come.”

 

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In addition to the great improvement on the numbers here, I feel stronger and more durable!

BORDER PATROL ACADEMY PLAN

The plan has been great! I’ve made tremendous progress. When I began the program:

– Push Ups: 25

– Sit Ups: 36

– 1.5 mile run 12:12

– I also added Pull Ups following the same loading percentages as the Push Ups and Sit Ups: 6

 

Finishing the program

– Push Ups: 46

– Sit Ups: 52

– 1.5 mile run  10:06

– Pull ups: 10

In addition to the great improvement on the numbers here, I feel stronger and more durable! Incredible work Rob, I really appreciate the time and effort you put into designing these programs!

 

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My progress was mind-blowing!

“My name’s Richard. I’m a former soldier from the Canadian Armed Forces standing at 5’9” and 170lbs soaking wet. I spent many years refusing to pay for training plans or trainers. I learned to work out on my own, with friends, the military and followed copy-pasted plans that I would find in a google search. When I fell on Mountain Tactical Institute’s website some years ago, I told myself..”No way in hell that I would pay a monthly fee for this”. Boy was I wrong! I gave it a shot, thinking: If I can spend money on my Netflix and Amazon Prime account, I could do it for this. I’m now going into law enforcement and chose to follow the SWAT/SRT Ruger training plan. I’ll let the numbers speak for themselves.

Week 1  /  Week 7 / Progress

Front Squat 1RM 135 / Front Squat 1RM 200  / 48.15%

Bench Press 1RM 175 / Bench Press 1RM 225 / 28.57%

Hinge lift 1RM 265 / Hinge lift 1RM 340 / 28.30%

Max rep pull-ups 25 / Max rep pull-ups 26 / 4.00%

My progress was mind-blowing! I now look back, regretting that I didn’t sign up years ago. Do yourself a favor, whatever your fitness goal is, follow their plans to the T and you’ll walk out a better athlete both physically and mentally.”

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I’d like to thank you for all you do and the knowledge and advice you share!

HUMILITY, DEA FAST SELECTION PLAN

“I’d like to thank you for all you do and the knowledge and advice you share!  I had the privilege of competing in the OCR World Championships this past weekend in Ontario and couldn’t be more pleased.. I finished in the top 20% for my age group (40-44) in both races and more importantly completed every single obstacle and kept both my wrists bands! If you fail an obstacle they cut your band off and your considered disqualified for any prizes etc.  I’ve been following your programs for over a year now and felt lean, durable and prepared coming into this event.  I did a mixture of Humility which I’ve done in the past along with the mini events from the DEA FAST program with the running improvement program thrown in there towards the end of my training leading up to races.  I followed your new thoughts on chassis integrity and my lower back and all around core performed great!  I can’t thank you and your hardworking lab rats enough for the guidance I’ve found in your emails, Q & A section and the tried and true real world programs that you guys put out!  I look forward to branching out into more adventures of different types and will continue training and staying  prepared for whatever may come thru your great programs and the strong mind that ensues as a result!” – J

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Just wanted to pass on how great I think the programming is

Wanted to make a quick comment on your programs. To preface, they are awesome.

I am a Tactical Paramedic in Canada and Provide Direct Medical Support to Tactical Teams. Fitness wise it’s lots of crazy hours, call ins, rucking weight, stair climbs with weight and then being able to perform sometimes complex medical tasks and utilize psychomotor skills following a duration of physical work. I have been on and completed the MTI FBI HRT and SWAT selection programs and I am doing the SWAT/SRT Ruger for the 2nd time. The results are great, from a functional fitness point of view. I am almost 48 y/o and have no problem completing these tasks and sometimes completing them seemingly easier than some much younger than me. I have found that doing them outside during the year in all temps has been beneficial. As an example I did the Tac Sepa outside today and it’s pretty cold and snowy but I think this has been to my advantage as this is the same environment and temp that I operate in.  Just wanted to pass on how great I think the programming is.

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I tested for K9 in my department and almost maxed

I used workout plans from you when I was active duty Army from 2011-2015. When I transitioned out I got fat and out of shape. I got back in shape by doing random weightlifting and running a ton. In 2017 I joined a local police department. Earlier this year I tested for a SWAT reserve and realized I need much more job specific training.

This year I have done two of your SWAT programs with significant results. I even suffered from a severe hip sprain and strain that left me bed ridden for almost a week. I was afraid I would not be able to test for a position I wanted.

Today, 10/18, I tested for K9 in my department and almost maxed. I credit your training programs for my success, resilience, and for me performing exceptionally on the range during my test. Thank you so much for you programs and I hope that you continue to produce other SWAT programs.

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I’m a Tactical Paramedic …

I am a Tactical Paramedic in Canada and Provide Direct Medical Support to Tactical Teams. Fitness wise it’s lots of crazy hours, call ins, rucking weight, stair climbs with weight and then being able to perform sometimes complex medical tasks and utilize psychomotor skills following a duration of physical work.

I have been on and completed the MTI FBI HRT and SWAT selection programs and I am doing the SWAT/SRT Ruger for the 2nd time.

The results are great, from a functional fitness point of view. I am almost 48 y/o and have no problem completing these tasks and sometimes completing them seemingly easier than some much younger than me. I have found that doing them outside during the year in all temps has been beneficial. As an example I did the Tac Sepa outside today and it’s pretty cold and snowy but I think this has been to my advantage as this is the same environment and temp that I operate in.

Just wanted to pass on how great I think the programming is.

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Thanks for sharing the Fire/Rescue Fitness Assessment Training Plan

Thanks for sharing the Fire/Rescue Fitness Assessment Training Plan with me.  I did the assessment last week and I really liked it. I felt that the assessment was a very accurate assessment of fire ground work load.  I started the workouts yesterday and I was surprised at how well I moved through it.  Having struggled through some of your other workouts I was surprised how much recovery time was available in each round.  My initial thought is that this workout will be very achievable for any firefighter in my community.  I look forward to today’s work.

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By far, the best job specific fitness training I’ve ever seen

I’ll keep it brief. I’ve been in the fire service for 22 years. I’ve always focused on fitness and I’ve been training professionals in my field for over a decade. Your LE/ Fire Rescue Advanced Programming Course is, by far, the best job specific fitness training I’ve ever seen. I found your approach to tactical athletic performance to to be practical, realistic and easy to follow. I am very excited to be on the ground floor of this phase in your work and I look forward to implementing what I’ve learned in my own department.

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Your LE/ Fire Rescue Advanced Programming Course is, By Far, the Best Job Specific Fitness Training I’ve Ever Seen.

Thanks for sharing the Fire/Rescue Fitness Assessment Training Plan with me.  I did the assessment last week and I really liked it.  I felt that the assessment was a very accurate assessment of fire ground work load.  I started the workouts yesterday and I was surprised at how well I moved through it.  Having struggled through some of your other workouts I was surprised how much recovery time was available in each round.  My initial thought is that this workout will be very achievable for any firefighter in my community.  I look forward to today’s work, I’ll keep it brief. I’ve been in the fire service for 22 years. I’ve always focused on fitness and I’ve been training professionals in my field for over a decade. Your LE/ Fire Rescue Advanced Programming Course is, by far, the best job specific fitness training I’ve ever seen. I found your approach to tactical athletic performance to to be practical, realistic and easy to follow. I am very excited to be on the ground floor of this phase in your work and I look forward to implementing what I’ve learned in my own department.

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That Transition from 60lb Sandbag Get-ups to 80lbs was a B**ch

I just completed Jaguar, the first plan in the Big Cat series. Just wanted to share my results with you and anyone who might be interested in purchasing the packet.

*About 182lbs Bodyweight*

3RM Front Squat:  255 –> 285
3RM Barbel Walking Lunge:  185 –> 225
3RM Push Press:  195 –> 200

10 MIN Sandbag Clean and Step-Over:  64 reps
9 MIN Sandbag Clean and Step-Over:  68 reps
8 MIN Sandbag Clean and Step-Over:  72 reps

Program Comments:

-I was training six days a week on this program. Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat was the Jaguar plan. Tuesdays and Thursdays I had group PT with 5 other officers I work with. Tuesdays were track days, 400m and 800m repeats. Thursdays were some type of upper body, bodyweight circuit.

-The additional PT did not generally interfere with the Jaguar programming, however, that will probably vary with each athlete depending on fitness level. There were a couple days I felt beat up, but overall it wasn’t a problem. Might have been able to see a bigger increase in my 3RM Push Press without the extra upper body work, but a 5lb PR is still a PR. I’ll take it.

-I think you’ve mentioned this in your videos a couple times, but that transition from 60lb sandbag get-ups to 80lbs was a b**ch. The 60lb isn’t too bad, but for some reason the 80 just feels like a small elephant sitting on your shoulders haha.

-There is definitely a hardening effect from this training. Throwing sandbags and doing farmers carries just naturally has that effect. My mid-section feels like a brick wall. It’s great.

I will likely take a de-load week, then start up Leopard. Thanks for all the great stuff Rob!

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I Just Found Your Site and am Re-energized

“I am a career fire officer. Have followed a self modified cross fit regime for 10 years. I just found your site and am re-energized. I am one of the older guys in the department but set the bar very high in the area of our fitness. The exercises you post are great for my occupational athletes. Just wanted to drop a line and tell you I totally believe what you offer will save the life of myself, my guys, & the public we serve.”

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I just Finished my First Training Plan with Mtntactical

I just finished my first training plan with mtntactical. I chose the On Ramp Fire Plan to prepare for our annual Work Capacity Test, followed by our (arduous) Pack Test for Wildland with Jackson Hole Fire/EMS. The On Ramp program was a great resource for me to work through to feel prepared. I placed the Preseason Wildland program in my cart and plan on working through it next. Now that I’m in my late 40’s, I haven’t been able to will myself through like I used to. This is a great resource for me, and I’ve learned I have to stick to a strict training regiment if I want to keep up, let alone, lead..”
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Thanks For All You Do

Thanks for all you do. Been a customer now for 2 years or so. In that time I did the Cpat training program, smoked the Cpat and got Pro Firefighter certifications back.  I also completed police academy (whereupon at age 44 I was in the fasted run/pt group among mostly 20 year olds). I need a structured plan telling me what to do when to accomplish a specific goal. No hype just hard core.  MTI did that. I’ve looked at other programs but end up comparing everything to MTI. Thanks again. Definitely a satisfied customer.

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Peak Bagger Helped Me Crush Mt. Shasta

This past Friday I reached the summit of Mt Shasta. It was my first attempt at a “14er” and to prep for it I followed your “Peak Bagger” programming. The type fitness needed to succeed on Shasta was very different than my typical work as a SWAT operator. After completing “Peak Bagger” which was physically and mentally rigorous, my body and mind were more than prepared to meet the challenges on the mountain. After two days on the mountain including a 13 + hour summit day and down hike to the car my legs still felt strong. The next day, no soreness. What you are putting out there really works! Thank you for what you do. Looking forward to my next challenge. – J

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Jared
I did the Big Mountain Training Program. Worked like a champ

Just back from the High Andes of Peru. I did the Big Mountain Training Program program before I left. Worked like a champ. Put on a ton of weight, legs were unstoppable. Great program.

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I could not imagine making that effort at that altitude without the benefit of having worked your program

Rob,

Just wanted to take a moment and tell you that I was in Jackson in late August and climbed the Grand with Exum. I thought I would be ready for an early morning workout with you on Friday, the morning after the Climb was completed, but it turned I was a little beat to say the least and then had to leave for Vermont . Mike Kirby was my Guide and said he knew you and Ben Gilmore was the instructor for me and several others in the classes and I spoke with him about this experience with your programs and I had seen him on a couple of your web site videos, so it was a nice connection.

I worked the Big Mountain Program prior to climbing and am so glad I did. I could not imagine making that effort at that altitude without the benefit of having worked your program. My fitness was especially noticeable on the early morning climb to the summit which was a most anaerobic and mammoth natural “stair climber.’’ I was fortunate not to have headaches or other complications from altitude and I think a large part was due to an increased fitness level. I felt that I could hold my own and feel inspired to start the program over again. I injured my right leg in mid-May which plagued me through-out the summer, but I was able to time things so I could summit and descend without too much leg difficulty.

In any event, I want to return and when I do, plan on getting together with you . Thanks so much for your programs and web site, both are excellent.

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Your low back training plan allowed me to get back to doing the things I love

It has been close to a year now since my injury and I wanted to say thanks for your help and programming. It was hard getting back into the groove of working out and not being afraid of re-injuring myself, but your low back training plan allowed me to get back to doing the things I love. I am happy to report that this January I was able to summit Cotopaxi, Cayambe, and Chimborazo in succession (~19k, 18k, and 20k feet respectively) with no problems whatsoever! I have also been able to begin pushing myself on sport and trad again. I am very excited for this spring climbing season.

Just thought I’d share, and wanted to say thanks once again.

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Let me tell you that your program was fantastic!

I just returned from a fantastic trip with Angela Hawse (who sings your praises!) and three other women on which we climbed and skied Mt. Elbrus in Russia. On the advice of my daughter, who lives in Jackson, I followed your backcountry ski training program to train for this adventure.  I’ve been weight training on my own for over 30 years, but have never had a trainer or followed a regimented program. Let me tell you that your program was fantastic!  I was motivated, got a feeling of accomplishment after every workout and felt great every step of the way on Elbrus.  Even with the slight modifications I made in some of the exercises to protect my aging knees, the program has brought me to a new level of fitness

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I think what you have done here is a gift, and I thank you

I have completed numerous of your programs including Bodyweight, Peak Bagger, and have been recently incorporating Core Strength into my fitness routine.  I think what you have done here for folks whom, in my case, recreate in alpine sports is a gift, and I thank you.  I have turned-on many people to your work, and will continue to do so.

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I cannot sell this program enough to my friends and co-workers

Thank you for this (Freeski) program. I used to compete in the IFSA comps, coached the Winter Park Juniors and now patrol at Vail. I use this program for injury-prevention as well as to further enhance my working ability and skiing. I cannot sell this program enough to my friends and co-workers (though most of my co-workers are old crumudgens who are stuck in their own ways). My strength has improved dramatically with each training session. My injury recovery time is almost nothing (I had an old knee injury resurface last winter and was back within the week), and my general fitness is the best it has ever been. I trail-run on my lunch breaks at work in the summer, on the hill and have never been able to run as far, as fast or enjoy myself as much as I do since starting Mountain Athlete. Gym-wise, my bench has gone from a 135# 3rep max to a 180# 4rep max (I have never been able to bench my weight, let alone more), and my squats are now up 50#, my cleans are up 30# and my sprints are faster than ever. My job requires everything from skiing hard, fast and safely, to carrying everything heavy on skis or in boots, to hiking, to running rigs in the winter and I am stronger than most of my co-workers, even at 168# of personal weight. I also lost twelve pounds this summer, after taking a break in the spring. Thank you again

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Thank you for helping me come back stronger then I was before

I’ve been climbing the past 4 days, really the first time in 5 months since I’ve sport climbed (since the injury).  Yesterday I was feeling a lot better, mentally and physically, every 5.10a I got on I climbed clean. There was this 5.11a  route that I tried it a few times this spring and couldn’t get it, went back a few weekends later tried it again and still couldn’t get it clean. I hopped on it yesterday thinking that I would probably struggle up it and I did it clean the first try, no falls, no takes! 5 months without climbing and I climb a 5.11a, everyone said “oh you’ll come back stronger” and I thought it was bullshit. I want to thank you, Matt, and Jordan for having the patience to let me come in and train with my injury and helping me come back stronger then I was before. Thanks again.

 

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Thanks in no small part to your training program, I was able to be an effective searcher

I’ve been doing the operator sessions for the past … 6-8 months. This past Thursday I participated in a large search for a missing hiker in the mountains just east of Seattle. During the search I traversed 12-13 miles of very difficult terrain, most of it off trail. Thanks in no small part to your training program, I was able to be an effective searcher throughout the day and not be limited by physical fatigue. Further I was able to recover overnight such that I was back in the gym the next day.

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After completing this I went on my mountain goat hunt, put on over 44 miles

Thank you for the Big Game Hunting program, after completing this I went on my mountain goat hunt put on over 44 miles in the most rugged terrain that Montana has to offer and didn’t even notice it, even when we packed camp and the goat out (in the same load).  I will be doing this every year before hunting season for the rest of my life.

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I’ve noticed solid gains

I like the overall gains I’ve seen both from Mountain and Strong swift durable.  I’ve noticed solid gains in ground I can cover or (particularly with a load, i.e. hunting pack, entry vest, etc.) along with stamina and core strength which comes out in cross-country MX races.  I’ve managed top 5 finishes in nearly all of the races I’ve entered in the past two years, thanks in large part to the stamina and strength gains I’ve made (I was finishing 15-20th in the year before).  While I may not be able to bench press or squat as much as some, being “pretty damn good at most everything” is worth a lot to me, especially at work. Along with that, I had great results with the lower back strengthening plan following a back injury last spring.  I got fairly sick of standing/kneeling founders and such, and as much as I hated them, I’m a fan because they worked. Thanks again and tell everyone down there to keep up the good work. –S

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At no point during the entire 2-weeks on the mountain did I feel strength was ever a limiting factor

In preparation for climbing/skiing a technical line on Aconcagua I thought I would try something new for preparation and used your Big Mountain Training Program.  While I did supplement the program with long runs (9-14 miles) 4-5 days a week and big weekend outings here in Breckenridge there is no doubt that the program had me in the best climbing shape of my life.  All of my mountaineering/skiing/climbing partners have all commented on how much stronger I am.  At no point during the entire 2-weeks on the mountain did I feel strength was ever a limiting factor.

I completely plan on continuing to utilize the workouts going forward and will use the full program again when it’s time to get ready for the next big climb.

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I’d say that almost without exception, I was the only one not physically damaged

BACKCOUNTRY BIG GAME HUNTING PLAN

“I just wanted to reach out to you about your Backcountry Big Game Hunting Program. I’m just coming off of a three week backpack trip in the Mackenzie Mountains in the Northwest Territories and I used your program to prepare for it. There’s no question in my mind that it more than paid off. I’d say that almost without exception, I was the only one not physically damaged in some way when we came out of the mountains. I think that endurance performance goes without saying, but the thing I noticed above all else was my durability. I mean we took some serious punishment and places where my body had previously failed me held up without the slightest problem. Seriously, well done on this and everything you guys do.

I love your philosophy, your simplicity and the sincerity towards your athletes.” – T

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I’ve been using your programs for years

GENERAL

“First I wanted to just say thanks for your great training plans. I’ve been using your programs for years and seen great results from both your mountain athlete programs when I was a ski patroller and in my current military career. Keep up the good work.” – O

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The training plan did a great job of focusing on every aspect of fitness

RAINIER TRAINING PLAN

“Thank you for your amazing Rainier Training Plan.  I used it leading up to an attempt on Rainier’s Liberty Ridge. While we didn’t summit because of bad weather, I felt extremely strong and fit during the climb.  The training plan did a great job of focusing on every aspect of fitness that one would need on the mountain. My 35 pound back weight didn’t even phase me.  I was especially surprised and enjoyed the sandbag getups, the first few weeks they were murder, but by the end of the program I was just cranking through them.

I did find the amount of time required to be excessive, and had to add in an extra rest day each week to catch up on my “adult” responsibilities, but I’m sure other people will be able to manage.” Thanks again!

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I found MTI and your programming has​, in all honesty,​ turned my life around.

GENERAL

“I was an outdoor ed teacher for a long time and considered myself a backcountry athlete… even did the infantry thing when I was young. I say “considered” myself a backcountry athlete because I had a rude awakening about 5 years ago my buddy got me into hunting and back into fishing.  After a few years of hunting from my truck, I decided to head back out into the backcountry.​ ​What I didn’t realize was just how out of shape I’d let myself get.  2 years ago I tried to do a hard day trip over a traverse and my legs gave out… I was in total shock. This past ​fall I found MTI and your programming has​, in all honesty,​ turned my life around.  I finished an alpine lake hike in early July​ that no way I could have done last year. I’ve been out numerous times this summer, hiking, scouting and just enjoying being in the backcountry.  I’m happier, stronger and having a much more fulfilling break from school.​”

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MTI prepared me for the mountains

This fall I spent 2.5 months in the mountains and backcountry hunting Dall Sheep, caribou, mountain goats, moose and Stone Sheep. As a hunter and camera operator, my pack would routinely weigh 60 lbs, with a day pack of 40 lbs or more. We would do 20 km days, up to 60 km with light packs (overnight sprints) and up to 4500’ (1400 m) of elevation in a single day (60 lb pack). A third of a caribou and camera gear is north of 100 lb. Hunting days could run from 5:00 am to 1 am on occasion, but we were always up before the sun.

I started the Backcountry Big Game Hunting Packet with Humility. I completed over 90% of the workouts, though sadly was unable to do all of the “mini-events” found in the Backcountry Big Game Training Plan. I began the program in good shape and had been completing weekly rucks with 60-80 lbs (two hours) since January of this year.

As the mountain hunting season comes to a close, I have some observations about the results of my training:

– I never had sore shoulders or chassis from carrying the weight.
– I never had sore legs, even after the hardest days.
– I felt 100% capable of doing what was needed.
– My upper body was sufficiently strong to meet all challenges
– My weight didn’t drop during training (I could work on my diet a bit).

My 30-minute step-up results went from 815 (July 15) to 824 (September 26). I would associate much of the modest increase to determination and technique, so it does not indicate a substantial fitness improvement. My weight would have been about five lb heavier in September.

In summary, if anyone wants to be capable in the mountains, this program will get them there.

The only aspect of my fitness I will change for next season is related to my anaerobic threshold and my ability to push into a higher gear and go harder. As long as it was a slow grind, I was capable. When the time came to push up steeper country, the wheels would more or less fall off and I would be left working at a higher than I thought I should need to (heart rate of 170, for example). The elevated heart rates compromised my ability to think and film, and in steep goat terrain, this can be a liability.

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In only 7 days I solo summited Denali

I wanted to thank you for an excellent Mountain athlete programming and your recommendations of a training plan.

I just got back form Denali. In only 7 days I solo summited Denali via West Buttress and safely solo skied off the summit. I moved from base camp to 14K camp in 3 days in single carries wearing 73 lbs backpack and no sleds (my body weight is 115lbs). I got weathered off for 2 days at 14K camp and then did a summit push from 14K camp. The next day I skied down back to BC in 3.5 hours.  I felt strong and more than adequately prepared. I can’t thank you enough.

I ended up doing some fusion between your backcountry skiing program and your Denali program. Both are fantastic and really work great. My heaviest pack for carry uphills was 55lbs.

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Huge kudos to you and your 100 Mile Training Plan

Rob – Just wanted to give out a huge kudos to you and your 100 Mile Training Plan. I just completed the Bryce Canyon 100 in 33:45 with the use of your training plan. This is the fourth 100 I’ve completed and I’ve used various other plans and expensive coaches, your plan crushes them all in my opinion.

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I am 66 years old and completed the “Peak Bagger” program

PEAK BAGGER TRAINING PLAN

“I just finished a Grand Canyon Hike (down to the river in one day and back up in two days) with a 25 lb pack.  I am 66 years old and completed the “Peak Bagger” program prior to the trip.  This is the 10th consecutive year for the trip and the Peak Bagger training was a huge success!  Usually, the trip down kills my calves & knees.  I normally had trouble walking the next day.  No such trouble this time.  The trip up was actually easy compared to the thousands of step-ups!!  As feedback to you for my age group, I was able to do all of the reps and rounds for each session in the peak bagger.  I was generally not able to achieve the intensity and in most cases the weight recommended.  I think I can get up to it, but over a longer period of time.  Do you have any suggestions for maintenance sessions in the gym through the summer?  I will likely hike 4-5 days per week, and mountain or road bike 1-2 days per week. Thanks for your great programs and I look forward to any suggestions on maintenance!!!  You helped me feel young and strong again.”

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I used your plan to train for a climb on Mt. Rainier

RAINIER TRAINING PLAN

“Sitting here in the airport waiting to head back to NYC. I just wanted to say thank you. I used your plan to train for a climb on Mt. Rainier. While we did not summit due to conditions on our route, we made it to the top of disappointment cleaver just over 12,000 ft. Even though we did not touch the top. Not once did I feel like my physical ability would keep me from getting there. People were taken aback by the volume of step ups I was doing. They paid off both physically and mentally! I look forward to using that plan to train for my next attempt at it.

Thank you !”

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In summary, if anyone wants to be capable in the mountains, this program will get them there

BACKCOUNTRY HUNTING PLAN

“This fall I spent 2.5 months in the mountains and backcountry hunting Dall Sheep, caribou, mountain goats, moose and Stone Sheep. As a hunter and camera operator, my pack would routinely weigh 60 lbs, with a day pack of 40 lbs or more. We would do 20 km days, up to 60 km with light packs (overnight sprints) and up to 4500’ (1400 m) of elevation in a single day (60 lb pack). A third of a caribou and camera gear is north of 100 lb. Hunting days could run from 5:00 am to 1 am on occasion, but we were always up before the sun.

I started the Backcountry Big Game Hunting Packet with Humility. I completed over 90% of the workouts, though sadly was unable to do all of the “mini-events” found in the Backcountry Big Game Training Plan. I began the program in good shape and had been completing weekly rucks with 60-80 lbs (two hours) since January of this year.

As the mountain hunting season comes to a close, I have some observations about the results of my training:

– I never had sore shoulders or chassis from carrying the weight.

– I never had sore legs, even after the hardest days.

– I felt 100% capable of doing what was needed.

– My upper body was sufficiently strong to meet all challenges

– My weight didn’t drop during training (I could work on my diet a bit).

My 30-minute step-up results went from 815 (July 15) to 824 (September 26). I would associate much of the modest increase to determination and technique, so it does not indicate a substantial fitness improvement. My weight would have been about five lb heavier in September.

In summary, if anyone wants to be capable in the mountains, this program will get them there.

The only aspect of my fitness I will change for next season is related to my anaerobic threshold and my ability to push into a higher gear and go harder. As long as it was a slow grind, I was capable. When the time came to push up steeper country, the wheels would more or less fall off and I would be left working at a higher than I thought I should need to (heart rate of 170, for example). The elevated heart rates compromised my ability to think and film, and in steep goat terrain, this can be a liability.”

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The program is perfect for getting me in uphill shape and keeping my kinesthetic senses intact

BACKCOUNTRY SKI PRE SEASON PLAN

“The training plan is great. I am an emergency doctor/search and rescue volunteer in Everett, Washington, an avid backcountry skier training for a trip to Hokkaido in January, and I am 5 months pregnant. The program is perfect for getting me in uphill shape and keeping my kinesthetic senses intact as I gain midsection weight. I have spent some great days on Rainier with much less quad fatigue than at the start of past seasons. I did the first version of this program a few years ago and really enjoyed it and find V2 even better. The structure is straightforward and easy to follow. Plus, it seems like great early training for labor and delivery, which I presume will be a 20 hour grind of full leg blasters. I spend most of the rest of the year doing the goddess base programming to get me ready for summer climbing and spring/fall trail running. You guys do a great job. I really appreciate having Mtn Athlete as an option since my schedule is far too variable to attend traditional group training sessions and get out in the mountains.”

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I started to dread Quadzilla complexes as I progressed in the Dryland Ski training, but holy shiitakes!

30 MINUTES PER DAY DRYLAND SKIING

“Just have to say, I started to dread Quadzilla complexes as I progressed in the Dryland Ski training, but holy shiitakes! I have never felt so strong on the mountain! You really helped elevate my skiing experience and I’ve been telling everyone I know who enjoys skiing about this program. Now I embrace the Quadzillas!

My husband has been using your programs for years and finally convinced me last year to start. Not going to lie, I was intimidated at first even with some CrossFit experience, but I’m so glad I started because I haven’t been able to experience such improvement in strength and endurance that carries over so well in my every day life and outdoor adventures. He’s happy too, since it’s a rare occasion when I admit he’s right. 😉

Thanks again for your awesome customer service, recommendations and all the work you guys do!! ”

 

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I purchased the alpine running program and it’s fantastic

ALPINE RUNNING TRAINING PLAN

“I just wanted to let you know that I purchased the alpine running program and it’s fantastic. I’ve especially appreciated the chassis integrity exercises. Thank you. Keep up the great work!”

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I felt strong and more than adequately prepared

DENALI TRAINING PLAN

“I wanted to thank you for an excellent Mountain athlete programming and your recommendations of a training plan.

I just got back form Denali. In only 7 days I solo summited Denali via West Buttress and safely solo skied off the summit. I moved from base camp to 14K camp in 3 days in single carries wearing 73 lbs backpack and no sleds (my body weight is 115lbs). I got weathered off for 2 days at 14K camp and then did a summit push from 14K camp. The next day I skied down back to BC in 3.5 hours.  I felt strong and more than adequately prepared. I can’t thank you enough.

I ended up doing some fusion between your backcountry skiing program and your Denali program. Both are fantastic and really work great. My heaviest pack for carry uphills was 55lbs.”

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The program kicked ass in preparation

PEAK BAGGER TRAINING PLAN

“I wanted to give you feedback on your Peakbagger as a prep tool for hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim to rim in a single day (45 miles).  Actually, we did it in 17 hrs, including test, with a 12-pound running pack.

The program kicked ass in preparation for the base of the canyon and the downhills off of the North and South rims. We flew down the declines and had no pain at all when done. We actually ran down the North Rim. Thumbs up!”

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Pleased with how well the backcountry preseason training plan prepared me

BACKCOUNTRY SKI PRE-SEASON TRAINING PLAN

“Just wanted to let you know I was pleased with how well the backcountry preseason training plan prepared me for my summer ski trip to Argentina. I was only able to complete six weeks, since I signed up close to leaving and between waiting a couple days for my sandbag, travel days, and being extremely sore in the beginning, left me a few days less than I expected. It was not easy, I still have to modify some of the push ups, but it was definitely worth it. I felt the difference.”

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The difference between not finishing and not just surviving but thriving in some very harsh environments.

BACKPACKING PRESEASON TRAINING PLAN

“I have been using your Back Pack Preseason programming to train for an Alpine Group Trek, titled Extremus put on by a group called the Endurance Society.

This trek has been attempted in a few different variations over the last 5 years (4 attempts with 1 year looking for a new venue in the middle) and up until this year had never been completed. I’m happy to report that this year a large contingent of our group was able to finish this event, which was a traverse of the Great Range in the Adirondacks. 25 or so miles, over 21.5 hours, 11 summits and, as I’m sure you can imagine, some incredible memories and views.

I have to thank you for the programming that you have put out, Rob. I whole-heartedly believe that it is what made the difference between not finishing and not just surviving but thriving in some very harsh environments. In the face of lots of adversity such as gear failures, going black on water multiple times and complex logistical challenges I was able to keep a smile on my face and just keep on rolling. Attached are a couple pics from the trek, hope you enjoy them.

I do have a two questions for you regarding programming going forward:

1. Are there any adaptations you would suggest for taking on a wider stance for snowshoeing purposes in the mountains? I had some minor cramping in my hip flexors, so I was curious if there were any things you might suggest for strengthening and lengthening there, in addition to what is already in the programming.

2. I’m feeling fantastic a couple of days out from the event but I was curious what you would suggest as far as a de-load schedule before taking on a new program. I’m currently training for a half marathon (road) that takes place on March 17. I had added speed work and added some distance to the running in the program during the 6 weeks training and will continue that but I would also like to choose another goal and get back to MTI programming as soon as possible. The core work is fantastic and working on my Mountain Chassis is something I am very committed to after experience the fruits of following the Back Pack Pre-Season program.

Also, it’s definitely worth mentioning that lots of folks I have been talking to are interested in your programming and I’m hopeful that some of them will be signing up for a membership or picking up a plan. The info you are putting out is great and these ladies and gents would certainly benefit from it.”

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It feels like I’m training to be a pack mule

MOUNTAIN BASE HELEN

“Wow. I’m three weeks into Mountain Base Helen, and the thoughtfulness with which this program was built is apparent. With the exception of the long cardio day, every workout takes about an hour, which is ideal since I workout at 6AM. You’ve even built in stretching and MFR. As I mentioned to my girlfriend, “they’ve really done all the thinking for me.”

More importantly in my case, Helen is hammering what was my weakest area during my last big climb: my quads. I know my efforts on that muscle group will pay huge dividends – not to mention the extra attention to my lower back, which forces me to stay mindful of core engagement throughout the day.

All in all I’m enjoying Helen because it feels like I’m training to be a pack mule – which is frankly how I want to train. When I go to the garage in the AM, it feels like I’m out there working. Not just performing some exercises, but doing real work. As a result, my mental engagement is high.

Next on the slate is the Alpine Fitness Assessment, which I’ll begin mid February after one week of Helen recovery. After the AFA, I’ll complete the actual Rainier program prior to my glacier course/climb. Kudos on a great program.”

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Working my way through the wilderness packet and I absolutely love it.

WILDERNESS PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PACKET

“Working my way through the wilderness packet and I absolutely love it. I have seen improvements every week which helps keep me motivated. It’s a great mix of exercises and I look forward to the workouts. Thanks for creating great plans and having so much info available.”

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You knocked this thing out of the park.

BACKCOUNTRY BIG GAME HUNTING PLAN

Just wanted to provide some feedback on this entire program. I started back in February from square 1. You knocked this thing out of the park. It is hell. Complete hell, but I am 2 weeks out from my hunt and have never felt more in shape and confident in my abilities. Week 6 (last week) of the final phase I hit a wall that took some serious mental fortitude to break thru but once I started this weeks training I felt so much stronger, I made it “over the hump.” I live in Texas so training to hunt the mountains of Colorado at 10-11k ft can be difficult so the step ups will prove invaluable (even though I despise them by this point).  I will definitely send you another email after my hunt to follow up on game time performance but I have no doubt in my mind that I am ready to go and that confidence going into it feels really good. Love y’alls programming!

 

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After doing this program, I went and did my trail 50k and got first place

50 MILE ULTRA RUNNING PLAN

I recently completed the 50 mile training plan to prep for my first ultra in 10 years, which was a 50k. I threw in a lot of “bonus” rest days to take it slow, and would have liked to have had a few more/heavier more upper body pulling exercises in the program, (but then, I have chronically unstable shoulders, so maybe that’s just me). Anywho…

After doing this program, (mostly on a treadmill), I went and did my trail 50k and got first place among the females (16th overall). My stabilizers were more than capable of taking the strain of a trail ultra, and nothing got pulled or strained or overly stressed. The aid station crews kept saying it looked like I wasn’t even trying! I think that’s the mark of some stellar training. Thanks for putting this together. You guys rock. – S

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Huge kudos to you and your 100 Mile Training Plan

100 MILE ULTRA RUNNING TRAINING PLAN Rob – Just wanted to give out a huge kudos to you and your 100 Mile Training Plan.  I just completed the Bryce Canyon 100 in 33:45 with the use of your training plan.  This is the fourth 100 I’ve completed and I’ve used various other plans and expensive coaches, your plan crushes them all in my opinion.

For the first time in all my training I enjoyed all the workout sessions, I could see week to week improvement in my speed, strength, and endurance.

One of the most impressive things I saw from the training plan during my race was my consistent speed across the course and the distance. This was most impressive to me because I live in Chesapeake, VA where the highest hill is an over pass and 99% of my training is done on flats, while the Bryce 100 has 18,800 vertical gain. I also credit my quick recovery to your plan. While I had a few aches and pains following the run, with in a few days I was back to a relatively normal range of motion.

I also never really felt “beat up” like I have during past 100’s and I credit that to the strength and chassis work programmed in.

Huge thanks to you and your training plan for helping make my run a success. This will be my go to plan for all my ultras – Thanks again”

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Plans are kicking @$$ so far!

Plans are kicking @$$ so far! I completed Mountain Base Helen; and prior to that I’d literally never run more than five miles. After six weeks – plus two with Frank Church – five miles is a “laid back” training morning. So the cardio/distance pacing has been great for me. More generally, the plans are very clear, exercise demos easy to find, and the training is flat out fun. There’s enough variation of movement to keep my mind engaged, and my motivation high. I started Helen with a good base level of fitness; but after Helen, plus my start into Frank Church, I’m without question in the best shape of my life, at AGE 39 (and working as a full-time attorney). So grateful I heard about your company and started training with MTI.

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To anyone out there thinking of buying plans from these guys; do it, it works!

Short context – I am 40 years old, had full ACL reconstruction on my knee 12 months ago and have been running/skiing and climbing for a few years.

So far I have followed (in order):

  1. Mountain Base
  2. Artemis Mountain Base
  3. Helen Ultra Pre-Season

I also used 30 Minutes/Day Dryland Ski Training Plan before a week’s piste skiing and back country touring in between Artemis and Helen. This weekend I finished my first 50km race since my op thanks to your programming. I had enough left in the tank to speed up and continue passing other racers in the last few km of my race. Thank you for designing great plans that reward hard work and discipline.

To anyone out there thinking of buying plans from these guys; do it, it works! They’re no joke and will test your resolve and commitment but if you follow them you will see results. After recovery I’ll be starting the 50 Mile Ultra Running Training Plan and have my first 50 miler booked in for late September this year. Thanks again Rob and team. Keep up the great work and feel free to post my feedback to your website.

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To say the plan had me dialed for my Mt. Rainier climb would be the understatement of the year

To say the plan progression you suggested (Helen, Frank Church, Rainier) had me dialed for my Mt. Rainier climb would be the understatement of the year. Before I get to that: As I mentioned in a much earlier email, we spent six days on the mountain – four in glacier rescue/skills training, two focused on the summit objective. Because of the duration we began with pretty heavy (but not soul crushing) loads of around 60 pounds, working them down to 50 or so by day four at Muir. Our route took us around the southeast side of the mountain, over the Williwakas Glacier, and up the Paradise to Little Africa (amazing). From there we climbed the middle Cowlitz before crossing over to the snowfield above Anvil Rock. We then commenced our summit bid from Muir. To begin, my breathing was never labored; and frankly I was astonished. My heart rate was nice and steady. No burning anywhere in my body. The feeling was absolutely surreal. I was present, happy and having a damn good time. What’s more, I felt rock solid moving back down off the summit. All in all I felt fantastic, and was really only sore in my quads for a day and a half or so after the climb. Overall your programming and suggested progression were five-star, A++, 10 out of 10. So I owe you and your team a huge THANK YOU! Although you’re remote and work with hundreds of clients, I felt like you were part of my team, and the result speaks for itself. (I knew in my heart, and our lead guide actually verbalized to me after the climb, that I had a couple thousand feet left in me.) Please do feel free to share this testimonial as you see fit. The key for me is that you delivered on your promise that, if I followed the training AS PRESCRIBED, I would truly enjoy the climb, and not merely slog and suffer my way through it. Moving up that mountain was an absolute blast!

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I found it very effective as a fall prep for backcountry skiing

“I am a long time subscriber, over 9 years using your programs, mostly for mountain related activities I recently finished Wrangell St Elias and wanted to share that’s it’s close to being perfect, kinda like Humility. I found it very effective as a fall prep for backcountry skiing in between a long summer of mostly mountain running. This package of programs was really needed for those of us that don’t climb(much) but need mountain specific programming. What I liked most about this program is the dumbell focus. I just turned 56 and the balancing requirements using dumbbells vs a barbell were surprising – something I didn’t appreciate until I read about deteriorating balance as one ages. So as a suggestion for us SF45 people is to keep some concentration like this in those programs as you have in the WSE. Second, the sprints were brutal and perfect after an endurance focused summer. Your message of simplicity was top of mind as I almost heaved during the first few weeks. So more of that, even for us old guys. Lastly I’m now into the backcountry V4 program and it’s better than v3. I struggled last winter using v3 both in the gym and on skis, and midway through had considered pulling my old copy of v2. V4 combined with Wrangell St Elias has made for a good couple of first days on the snow already.  Thanks for your valuable work”

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Started Body Wt Foundation late summer/early fall last year

1.  started Body Wt Foundation late summer/early fall last year.  As I said before the leg work really loaded my legs making running difficult.  However, I did get in better shape and as usually happens when I get in better shape I started running more which for me is a good, happy thing.

2.  Then I started dryland ski training in November.   Intense as you said.  After 1st week my lower calf muscles were too sore to run or do the jumping exercises.   I rested them for about a week and got back to running and then I just started the jumping lunges without weight again.   I continued without weight and was fine.

3.  I spent 2+ weeks at JH and Grand Targhee and felt really really good.  Going pretty hard with my teenage son so I feel like I was well prepared.  Thank you!

4.  Conclusion….I turn 61 tomorrow…  I should have eased into the dryland and started without weight on the jumping stuff.  My body response reminded me of starting speed work after building base of steady running when my lower calves would get really sore but of course when I was 20 it was just soreness, not debilitating.

5.  I did hurt my shoulder skiing but I didn’t miss a day.  I finally had it Xrayed last week and I actually cracked humerus right below the head.  So working around that now.  Hurts most when sleeping which seems weird.

So old dudes should maybe take it extra easy to start….Other old dudes are likely starting from a better place so of course it’s going to vary depending on condition.

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I used your 50k plan and went from being able to run around 10k to finishing the race

I am British Military, not front line or SF. I am 5’7 currently weighing around 68kg. Lately I moved on from Athlean X which I followed for most of my training life and moved onto your programming which I discovered looking for an ultra marathon plan. I do a yearly charity fundraiser trying to do something impressive endurance wise to maximize donations as the charity is a personal thing for my family. The first was a 50k, 2 years ago. I used your 50k plan and went from being able to run around 10k to finishing the race. My IT bands gave out at around 30k and I was the last one across the line, but I crossed the line. This was the 1st official race I attended and I finished an ultra thanks to your plan. I also used your mountain marathon plan this year to do Man Vs Mountain across Snowdon this year. Finished that one in a much better state.

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This has insured skiing will continue to be a part of our future get aways together

DRYLAND SKIING

“Coach, A month ago my wife found out we had a few days where we could get away, so we booked to trip to Jackson.  She needed some motivation to get ready and it needed to work with her grad school schedule that had made fitness less of a priority.

I have followed your stuff for a while and will often refer my reserve soldiers to military athlete. Despite having a strength and conditioning background, there was no way my wife was going to stick to a plan I made. So we grabbed your ski conditioning program and we both completed it.

The results were three great days of skiing, injury free, with legs that were not only able to keep up, but aren’t screaming at the end of the day.  Having that fitness allowed us to focus on having fun and enjoying the mountains.

She had never skied outside of the east coast, and nothing close to the powder we got these past couple of days. Without the prep work this could have been a tough trip.

Thank you for putting out a great product. This has insured skiing will continue to be a part of our future get aways together. Keep up the great work.”

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Your Programming is changing our school!

Wanted to shoot you an email- I’m sure you get testimonials all the time but I wanted you to know that your programming has really changed our school community in a way no one expected. I’ve used your programming since November training for a Rainier climb, so I know it works. I teach high school at a small charter school in Denver. For perspective, we have 21 kids in our entire senior class. It’s a unique community- we have a lot of kids from lower income and English as a second language families, and even a large number of Sped kids who before now have never regularly exercised. We’ve had a hard time getting an athletic community off the ground- we had 9 kids in all of middle and high school run cross country and our basketball team was 7 kids. After basketball ended, I started a Strength and Conditioning club to try and get athletes ready for next year but even to get kids to workout together and try and build a sense of community. We’ve been doing the push up/pullup improvement plan and the single dumbbell/kettlebell training plan. We’ve regularly had over 20 kids at strength and conditioning every day. On top of that, we’ve had a large turnout of female students. Historically, a lot of girls at our school have had some sort of eating disorder. They now regularly talk about how much they are having to eat to stay fueled up for our workouts and are jazzed at how much stronger they’re getting. Your business and programing has changed our school in a really cool way. The athletics department at Two Roads Charter School wanted to say thanks.

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No one addresses fitness like MTI

I’m a professional in the fitness industry and I really appreciate what you and your staff are doing at MTI. I spend a lot of time programming classes and training sessions for my own clients that I don’t spend enough time programming for myself. But, like you, I like being a lab rat for others programs. I’ve done many online workout programs (both to learn new styles of programming and become familiar with new exercises) I’ve done programming from GYM JONES to Crossfit to Gymnastics Bodies and many in between, however none of them have addressed the combination of Strength, Conditioning and Mobility as well as MTI has.

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“4 Weeks on Keto” and “MTI Diet Guideline”

I recently re-read your “4 Weeks on Keto” and “MTI Diet Guideline” articles. For some historical context, I am 38, and a medically retired Army officer. When I was younger, I attended the Military Athlete course at Fort Bragg, and used so many of your programs I lost count. You have gotten me through Ranger School, Air Assault, helped me play rugby, and helped me to stay “strong, swift, durable”. For the last several years, I have been mountain biking 3-4 days a week, and snowboarding in the winter. MTB wise, I spend most of my time in the bike park, or training for Enduro. I finally achieved that work-life balance I dreamt of.

On November 21, I had surgery on my foot, from a small break. I have spent the last two months obsessing over what I eat, fearing gaining a pound or two as I recover, to the point of causing some unhealthy levels of anxiety and added stress. After reading your articles (again), I realized the answer to my problems. I can eat a lot more of what I want (eggs, avocados, etc), and can lay off the special diet “fill you up so you don’t eat” crap I have been downing, in an attempt to stay lean (5’9, 155lbs). I know it may sound trivial, but I am looking forward to lunch for the first time in almost two months, knowing it isn’t going to be another death-by-shake meal.

Sorry for the rant. I have always been a huge fan of your work, since the program came out years ago. I am just starting the bodyweight core program, and mentally, it’s a huge boost. Two months of recovery down, four to go. Here’s to getting back on the bike, and continued training.

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USAF First Sergeant’s course
My wife used your programming for her flight at her USAF First Sergeant’s course. Your stuff works. She and her team won Fit Flight.
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MTI has changed my life

First…at some point, I will write a more full testimonial, but I can put it simply…MTI has changed my life. Prior to discovering MTI I was undisciplined, out of shape, and let the “challenge” of getting physically fit dissuade me from pursuing what I really want to do (Federal LE). After finding MTI, it eliminated so many excuses because the programming is so simple. Difficult, but simple. Sure, new exercises I wasn’t familiar with and had to learn…the resources are there though. Everything is so clearly laid out it completely eliminates all excuses and really helps to enable discipline because you know exactly what you need to do each day and it’s just up to you to do it. I’m sure I’m not the first person to provide feedback like this because it seems so obvious and yet, for whatever reason, the fitness industry seems intent on going the opposite direction and making things complicated and exclusive. I think a lot of people are with me in saying, “just tell me what I need to do today to get to where I want to be.” And your programming answers that, whatever someone’s fitness goals are. Thank you for showing me I can actually pursue my career goals and fitness isn’t the barrier.

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I’m inspired by you

Good afternoon and thanks for your note. First, I have the utmost respect and admiration for you. I’m one customer, one of probably thousands. I’ve reached out to you personally a couple times and without fails, you’ve responded. That alone is the most amazing customer service. Your team is excellent as well and I’ve appreciated learning and developing through your program. Second, I’m inspired by you, reading your very personal stories and other great materials in the online newsletter, just terrific insights. You help me be a better person.

My sincere thanks and appreciation to you once again. You’re unique and inspiring. I appreciate all of your help. Please feel free to contact me back. Thanks.

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Thank you and keep doing what you’re doing

I’ve been very satisfied with the program.  I’m a 33 year old police detective who spent his 20’s not engaging in much physical activity at all.  I decided over the last couple years I needed to make some changes and have been working toward getting back into shape.  I also decided to try to join the regional SWAT team which services several towns in my area.  The most challenging portion of the physical test for me was the 1.5 mile run, which is the program I chose.  The test is coming up soon and no matter the outcome, your program helped me make significant gains in a variety of areas, from strength to endurance.  I have a long way to go to get to where I want to be physically but this has been a great first step.  I have already been looking at some of the other programs you offer.  Thank you and keep doing what you’re doing.

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The workouts are going great!

The workouts are going great!

Overall – Your workout plans are varied and interesting enough to keep me engaged and thinking, repetitive enough within each set so that I don’t have to focus too hard on what I’m doing. I have been focusing on the general section of the subscription, and I have found that they are hard enough that I can get them done and know that the hardest part of my day is behind me by 7 am.

The program does seem to be working. I feel like I am getting stronger, and am getting a ton of comments out of my wife about body shape, size, and leanness.

The training session flow is not confusing. I am following it pretty well. I can say that it does take a little bit of thinking to get the progressions down when I start each set, but after one round, I have it down and can just plow through the exercises in that set. I really love that aspect of the training plans.

Accessing the program is super easy. I look at it on my phone and on my computer when trying to learn  what I’m going to be doing. I’m the type that plans my workout out before going to the gym, so I watch all the videos, and I write everything down on a small 3×5 card so that it’s easy to see, color coded, and compact. I don’t like having to constantly look at my phone for instructions, but that’s just me. When I do get a little lost (i.e. unsure of number of reps), I can pull up the app and review the plan without hardly any time lost, so I’d say it works really well for access.

The videos are HUGE!!! I found a handful of exercises that were completely foreign to me only to find the videos easy to find and easy to follow. There are some instances where the links aren’t directly in the weekly programming, but you have a ton of stuff out there, so it would be insane to expect you to have the link at each place I want it. When the link isn’t there, searching for the exercise is pretty damned easy, so I have zero complaints here. Wait, except one. Your Alligator Pushups don’t denote whether each individual pushup is one rep, or one pushup per hand being forward (i.e. 2 pushups) counts as a rep. Given the way that you calculate some reps in the most painful and growth full way possible, I’ve been doing the latter (2 pushups as a rep). That’s the only thing I have ever found lacking in the videos thus far.

IN addition, I love the emails with the mini studies, essays, and all the information, including the Arete. I love having a source of health and life information independent of CNN and all the other crappy news outlets. Men’s Health is intriguing, and does hit the nail at times, but man, some of that crap is just fluff. So, I really love all that extra stuff. And the clean eating, I still drive my family nuts with it, but my wife really enjoys it when it counts.

All in all, great programming, and it is really working for me. Thanks for setting all of this programming up and sharing it. It’s huge for old nerds like me that realized fitness needed to be a core part of life later than optimal.

Thanks, and let me know if you have any questions about what I’ve said above.

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Love the programming, I just recently completed one of the “Busy Dad” programs

Love the programming, I just recently completed one of the “Busy Dad” programs and it was excellent. After leaving Active Duty last year, I struggled to maintain my fitness and suffered through a lot of back pain. Your program helped me get out of the slump, rebuild my core, and return to healthy habits like training 5x a week.

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I have always been a huge fan of your work, since the program came out years ago

I recently re-read your “4 Weeks on Keto” and “MTI Diet Guideline” articles. For some historical context, I am 38, and a medically retired Army officer. When I was younger, I attended the Military Athlete course at Fort Bragg, and used so many of your programs I lost count. You have gotten me through Ranger School, Air Assault, helped me play rugby, and helped me to stay “strong, swift, durable”. For the last several years, I have been mountain biking 3-4 days a week, and snowboarding in the winter. MTB wise, I spend most of my time in the bike park, or training for Enduro. I finally achieved that work-life balance I dreamt of.

On November 21, I had surgery on my foot, from a small break. I have spent the last two months obsessing over what I eat, fearing gaining a pound or two as I recover, to the point of causing some unhealthy levels of anxiety and added stress. After reading your articles (again), I realized the answer to my problems. I can eat a lot more of what I want (eggs, avocados, etc), and can lay off the special diet “fill you up so you don’t eat” crap I have been downing, in an attempt to stay lean (5’9, 155lbs). I know it may sound trivial, but I am looking forward to lunch for the first time in almost two months, knowing it isn’t going to be another death-by-shake meal.

Sorry for the rant. I have always been a huge fan of your work, since the program came out years ago. I am just starting the bodyweight core program, and mentally, it’s a huge boost. Two months of recovery down, four to go. Here’s to getting back on the bike, and continued training.

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A game-changer, across every outdoor sport that I do

“Above all, I wanted write so that I could thank you and your team for your awesome work at MTI. Your programming was key in taking me from a fully ruptured Achilles in the summer of 2017 to the best shape of my life this year. Your Chassis Integrity training has, in particular, been a game-changer, across every outdoor sport that I do (I’m primarily a skier and mountain biker)—I didn’t realize how weak my functional ‘core’ actually was.”

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Appreciate all the hard work

Dear Rob and MTI Team:

It’s been about one year since I signed up for the Athlete’s subscription with Mountain Tactical. I’ve now finished BDFG 1 and 2, Mountain Base Helen and Artemis, SF45, and currently in the last week of Body Weight foundation. I’ve also fixed my diet, lost 30 pounds, and have started climbing again. With all the running work in these programs, I’ve found that I can now run a 10k on the trail with little pain. So I’ve signed up for a trail 10k in February (something I’ve never done before).

I’ve seen a lot of success with this program and I appreciate all the hard work you and others have put into this. Thanks for all you do and I wish you and your team all success in the coming year.

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Most intense strength training I’ve ever done

BIG 24 STRENGTH TRAINING PROGRAM

“I just finished the Big 24 today.  I must say that it was the most intense strength training I’ve ever done.  Around week 4 it was becoming a little boring and redundant but I stuck with it lol.  There was a definite difference in how my body responded during the first half vs. the last half.  I found that I had to adjust the weight in order to make the reps for some of the lifts, specifically squats and bench.  After the second assessment I had to adjust weight on bench and push press.  My lower body seemed to adapt much better to the regimen than my upper.  As such I made the biggest gains in my lower body, 35 pound increase with squats, 45 pound with lunges, and 30 pounds with hang squat cleans.  My upper body showed smaller increases but I did get stronger.  I gained 15 pounds in bench, 20 pounds with push press, and I don’t really know how to measure it but I got 12 pull ups with 15 pounds on the first assessment and 15 pull ups with 25 pounds today.  Speaking of pull ups, 30-40% was way too easy for me and so I went up in reps, as much as 65% of my max during the workouts.  I’m 42 years old, 5’7″, around 170 and I need to lose a few pounds around my middle, however, I’m pleased with my results.  My partner is 29, 6’00”, around 180, and not an ounce of fat on him.  Interestingly enough, although he’s stronger than me his average gains were the same as mine, around 30 pounds, give or take.  The shuttle runs and core work were fine and broke up the week.  I’m definitely interested in more of that kind of work.

My results are as follows:

squat: 295 lbs increase to 330 lbs

lunges: 85 lb dumbbell to 100 lb dumbbell with 15 pound sandbag across shoulders (100 is the heaviest dumbbells we have)

hang squat cleans: 175 lbs to 205 lbs

bench: 235 lbs to 250 lbs

pull ups: see above

push press: 180 lbs to 200 lbs

By the way the hang squat clean and push press are hellacious lifts that I’ve only rarely done but I’m very interested in them now.  After resting for the remainder of this week I want to do the relative strength assessment and see where I’m at and later try Operator Ugly.  My partner and I are Deputy U.S. Marshals and practical, functional training is very important to us.  I’d like to come by your gym one of these days but in the mean time I think I will be working on the “Spirits” package.  I’d hate to lose the strength gains I’ve made but I know my anaerobic capacity and endurance needs beefing up.  You had recommended that package to accomplish this and after my success with the Big 24 I am much more open to structured programming.  Thanks and take care.”

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So far I have lost 10 lbs and have toned up

BODYWEIGHT FOUNDATION

“I just wanted to thank you for your programs. I am currently halfway through the Bodyweight Foundation program. After years of inactivity due to injuries, surgeries, and the mental health struggles that accompany chronic pain, I used to shy away from physical activity in any form. Not anymore. So far I have lost 10 lbs and have toned up. More importantly I feel great and look forward to the next workout. I really like how the program is scaled and based of my max instead of an arbitrary amount of reps. I also like how simple yet effective the exercises are. I plan to complete the program and start it again hoping to transition from sit-ups to pull up bar heel taps. I think that the program will still be effective and challenging even if I cannot transition from one exercise to the other due to the way it’s designed.”

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I’m a believer in your programming from the start

ULTIMATE MEATHEAD CYCLE

“Let me start by saying that I attended your workout sessions when you trained 28th EOD and I also did your test project for Grunt PT at Fort Hood, TX. I’m a believer in your programming from the start. This program is out-freaking-standing! I’m on the last week and can tell strength gains and mass accumulation in my upper body. The movements are simple enough and flow very well into the next. The only thing I would try and squeeze in are additional shoulder mobility drills to assist with OH work for those with limited shoulder flexibility. I understand this program is built for athletes with a generally good knowledge of functional lifting however, if there was one thing I would try and work in, it would be shoulder mobility. Overall, I’d recommend (and have to my co-workers already) this workout to any and everyone. Thank you.”

 

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Fantastic program, would recommend to anyone

HYPERTROPHY FOR SKINNY GUYS

“I just completed this plan, and I loved it. It was a little tough at my age (48) but I gained almost 4 pounds of muscle in 4 weeks. My major lifts SRM is all up, I improved by bench by 30 lbs! Taking a recovery cycle and then going to run it again next month. Fantastic program, would recommend to anyone.”

 

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Your article on chassis integrity was the best core training article I have ever read

CHASSIS INTEGRITY

“I bought the chassis integrity training plan and I am not an athlete. I tweak my back easily after training. Regular core exercises with abdominal work usually only worsen the situation. I stumbled on your website while looking for tactical/ rucking training tips. Your article on chassis integrity was the best core training article I have ever read. I tried some exercises, found them to be back friendly and invested in the training plan. My back feels stronger, no tweaks so far. Running and rucking feel better too. At first, I modified the circuits and integrated other exercises but found out that it was better to just follow the program. Thank you for the great program.”

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My strength and endurance have really improved on the mat

BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU PLAN

“I’m finishing up your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu plan and have had fantastic results. Thanks so much. My strength and endurance have really improved on the mat and I’m not a beginner either. Awesome stuff.”

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Everyone that knows of your programming knows it works

“Just got done at the gym and thought you deserved a quick note. I was sporting the military athlete shirt and hat and had two guys stop me to compliment your programming. I’m down here at benning and on behalf of all of us, thank you. Everyone that knows of your programming knows it works and has nothing but good things to say. Keep up the good work!”

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I am extremely satisfied with Bodyweight Foundation training plan. Extremely

BODYWEIGHT FOUNDATION

“Just wanted to let you know that I am extremely satisfied with Bodyweight Foundation training plan. Extremely. It is just the right thing for me.

Your plan showed to me how out of shape I really was (though it was not very surprising to begin with), but it showed it in a very methodical way, if I may say so. I am not simply overwhelmed or completely smashed, but instead I understand where I have serious holes in my current shape. Thank you again. Also wanted to give you more detailed info – I have not yet completed my second week in three weeks. But most of the free days have been filled with physical work, so I do feel tired :).

Now will start to work on programme more often though. Sessions feel hard and maybe 6 times a week is too often for people so out of shape? Some exercises feel easier than others – squats and push-ups are OK, but pullups and heels over bars are hard. 800m in 4:40 (my 1,5 miles was awful) is almost impossible – it is hard to run slower than 4:20. Overall – very impressed and grateful.”

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You gentleman have a good day and keep up the good work

UBBR

Just wanted to give my thoughts and opinions on your UBRR prep.

First test scores:

Age 30 BW 220

Bench 175 20

Pushups 53

Situps 40

Pullups 17

Dips 27

Rope pass

Kipp up 10 (grip)

4×25m sprint 21sec

5mile ruck 62min

Score 1,215

 

Finale score:

Age 30 BW 222

Bench 225 25

Pushup 63

Situps 43

Pullups 22

Dips 33

Rope pass

Kipp up 13

4x25m 18sec

5min ruck 55 min easy (very hot 90°)

Score 1,408

I made some modifications (dread of any program author.) I increased the bench to BW in training and in testing (225.) Also dropped the shuttle sprint training to 50m or 2x25m I found that I was pacing myself with the full 100m and that my time decreased in my second test (week 3) by going shorter I stayed very explosive and pushed harder. I feel it helped.

Limiting factor of my situps was speed of movement I can do high 70’s in 2min. I tried moving fast in training but little change on test day. Grip was my limiting factor on the Kipp ups I started incorporating dead hangs for 10sec after my work sets during the rounds, but only for the last two weeks of the program. I feel if I had done this early it may have helped much more.

The ruck was easy and I paced do to the temperature. Body felt fine and I recovered well from day to day. Obviously I made improvements overall to my score. You gentleman have a good day and keep up the good work.”

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Wicked kudos on the Humility program

HUMILITY

“Wicked kudos on the Humility program. I just finished it (okay, I finished it over a month ago and I’m mostly through Big 24 now, but still), and I gotta say you couldn’t have picked a better name for it

Some background – I’m a 27 year old male, 6’0” 195 lbs, never been more than an average athlete, but with a decent amount of hands-on experience with fitness in and out of the gym. Prior to Humility I’d been doing a lot of traditional heavy lifting exercises in the gym, and I hadn’t done any serious cardio since finishing a GORUCK Heavy in May 2015. I looked at the Humility plan and figured, “Hey, what’s the worst it could be. Just body weight stuff and light dumbbells and maybe some running.”

I’m an idiot. The program didn’t make me any less of an idiot, but it did harden me up and grant me a little, er, humility. The running was a little rough at the start, but Tuesdays were my worst days b far. Usually I’d be totally burned up before I finished the quadzilla-Scotty Bob-pullups sets, thanks to the burpee sets that preceded them. The other days weren’t much better – seven miles was the most I’d run all at once in a long, long time, for instance, and it only went up from there. But I’ll be damned if I’m a quitter.

Overall, I ended up seeing substantial improvement on just about everything, with the exception of the pullups (max: 20 to max: 21 after 7 weeks, a whopping 5% increase), which I admittedly kind of slacked off on. Won’t do that again, I promise. The biggest benefit was the hardening that came from punishing my body, and I mean really challenging it, outside the sterile air-conditioned increasingly soccer-mom-populated environment of the gym. Humility did to me what I haven’t been able to do to myself for some time now, and for that I thank you fine people at MTI.

Big 24 is no joke, either, but I’m missing the daily ass-kicking that Humility gave me so I’m moving on

to Fortitude after I’m done here in a week or so. Thanks again and Kudos on the good work.”

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Following your planning was something that settled me up for success

RANGER SCHOOL

“Just graduated from Ranger school today. I just want to tell you that following your planning was something that settled me up for success.

I just med recicle Darby because one level 2 ankle sprain but I was able to recover in 2 weeks and be back on the game going straight through the end.

Awesome plans and insight.

RLTW”

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I would like to say the Quadzilla Complex just flat out sucks!

RUNNING IMPROVEMENT

“I’ve been doing the Run Improvement Plan you recommended for an upcoming 10k trail race. Even though I’ve never officially competed, I want to try and come in  first. I would like to say the Quadzilla Complex just flat out sucks! But I have seen tremendous improvement on down hill running. I also understand that if I truly do want to have a good showing, I will have to perform in my Zone 3-4. I decided to run 3.1 miles and really push myself. I ran the first 1.3 miles around 6:40 then dropped to about 12:00 while running up hill to regain energy. By the time I was back on top of the hill, my time was back down into the 6:30s. Btw, I weigh about 215. Thanks for the advice and continued support!!”

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MTI, a go to for effective, time-efficient training

“I want to extend my appreciation to the team at Mountain Tactical Institute. The variety of plans, nutrition guidance, articles, exercise database, Q&A and so much more make MTI a go to for effective, time-efficient training. It has had a tremendous impact on myself and undoubtedly many others within the military community. Please extend my thanks to all the folks on your team.”

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So far your work is awesome!

“I am four days into my first program. I am very impressed with the detail, description and tools that are provided to help follow and accomplish my goals. Excellent video to describe what and how all exercises are to be performed! Looking forward to the results and then progressing with more programs! Thank You! Quick bio; age 58, 160lbs, 72″ I was in crossfit for one year, then had to have rotator cuff surgery (I was in a tussle with a 1200lbs steer) but had a serious infection went from 180lbs to 140 now 3.5 years later working my way back into shape! So far your work is awesome! P.S. GO COWPOKES!”

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I’m a professional in the fitness industry and I really appreciate what you and your staff are doing at MTI

“I’m a professional in the fitness industry and I really appreciate what you and your staff are doing at MTI. I spend a lot of time programming classes and training sessions for my own clients that I don’t spend enough time programming for myself. But, like you, I like being a lab rat for others programs. I’ve done many online workout programs (both to learn new styles of programming and become familiar with new exercises) I’ve done programming from GYM JONES to Crossfit to Gymnastics Bodies and many in between, however none of them have addressed the combination of Strength, Conditioning and Mobility as well as MTI has.”

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Went from being able to run around 10k to finishing the race

I am British Military, not front line or SF. I am 5’7 currently weighing around 68kg. Lately I moved on from Athlean X which I followed for most of my training life and moved onto your programming which i discovered looking for an ultra marathon plan. I do a yearly charity fundraiser trying to do something impressive endurance wise to maximise donations as the charity is a personal thing for my family. The first was a 50k, 2 years ago. I used your 50k plan and went from being able to run around 10k to finishing the race. My IT bands gave out at around 30k and I was the last one accross the line, but i crossed the line. This was the 1st official race i attended and I finished an ultra thanks to your plan. I also used your mountain marathon plan this year to do Man Vs Mountain accross Snowdon this year. Finished that one in a much better state.

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Thanks for doing what you do and that your programming really does work

“I just wanted to drop a note and say thank you for your programming. I tested for my 4th degree karate black belt yesterday, a four hour non-stop event. From following your programming I had enough energy to not only pass the test, but to be able to perform with solid intensity throughout. Even today I feel good enough to do the whole thing again if I had to.

I know it’s not your typical story of a military or mountain athlete, but I still wanted to say thanks for doing what you do and that your programming really does work.”

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I want to thank you for putting out such good programming

“I want to thank you for putting out such good programming, in fact I have stuck to the same few programs for the last year due to their success. A week ago I competed in the Austin spartan super age group competitive heats. I finished 7th overall and 6th in my age group. 3 weeks prior I completed the hyner 50k, finishing 30th out of 268.”

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Have been seeing unbelievable progress

“Just wanted to mention how awesome things have been so far regarding the programs and training I have done through you guys lately. Have been seeing unbelievable progress in my workouts and work capacity! I have been at a plateau the past few years and going through your programming, I have already seen a difference and improvement in a lot of my workouts/exercises. I just did Murph today Rx and PR’d that as well at a 27:12! Thank you again for all the great content! Excited to continue my subscription and see even more!”

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Your programming and operation at MTI is top notch and professional

“First off, your programming and operation at MTI is top notch and professional. I’m enjoying the dumbbell program with much success. I travel a lot right now and a majority of the hotels I stay in have a solid set of dumbbells in order to train. Your programs are easy to navigate on the app. I’ve used several other programs with great results as well. Thanks for your teams commitment to providing quality training programs and information for the military/law enforcement/fire rescue community.”

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Your programming was key to the best shape of my life

“Above all, I wanted write so that I could thank you and your team for your awesome work at MTI. Your programming was key in taking me from a fully ruptured Achilles in the summer of 2017 to the best shape of my life this year. Your Chassis Integrity training has, in particular, been a game-changer, across every outdoor sport that I do (I’m primarily a skier and mountain biker)—I didn’t realize how weak my functional ‘core’ actually was.”

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You’ve truly created a “gold standard” for the tactical fitness

“I just wanted to give you a quick shout and thanks for the excellent programs and overall resource that MTI provides.  As a former licensed Athletic Trainer and collegiate strength and conditioning coach, I have perhaps more than an average appreciation for the amount of time, effort, and commitment to professionalism it takes to generate programming of such high quality.  You’ve truly created a “gold standard” for the tactical fitness community in particular, and should be genuinely proud of what MTI has accomplished thus far.  The ultimate effects might be hard to calculate but certainly will continue to include safer and better prepared agencies, units, individuals and communities.”

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I’m still hanging in a young mans world thanks to your training plans

“Just wanted to drop you a quick message about your program. Been hitting your plans for about 2 years now. I’m no young man anymore, 42 as a matter of fact. I’m still hanging in a young mans world though thanks in large part due to your training plans. I see many more years to come as well. Thank you sir.”

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The workout plans are perfect and suite my style and schedule

“I’m sure you get a ton of weekly questions and requests but I just wanted to send you and your team a compliment.

Great job to all of you on the mobile app and website. Having the app really helps with my busy schedule and being able to reference exercises is a huge plus.  Also your email posts with articles are super great! Keep them coming. Also — the workout plans are perfect and suite my style and schedule. I’ve been using them for the past couple of years and they’ve really helped me achieve specific goals surfing and climbing. I just wanted to say thank you and I appreciate your services !”

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From a Paratrooper in Alaska

“Just wanted to say that I respect the work you put into your programming and the methodology you’ve developed. Articles like the “failure resume” are what keeps bringing me back to learn more. I print your articles out and share them with my Soldiers all the time. Arete has become my go to list for the best news applicable to me. So while, you may not have had direct command time you wanted, you are still very influential to countless military members, moreso than if you did take command or joined the Army.

I’ve followed your Greek Hero series for a while now and it works! Minding the Grind is a real thing as I get older (only 33… but in the military that’s old already), I can’t take as many days off from endurance and have to be more strict with my diet than I used to be.

Again. Just wanted to let you know that are appreciated and respected for what you do. Not that you need that validation but sometimes it does a person good to hear.

From a Paratrooper in Alaska.”

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Continue to do what you’re doing

My decision to cancel was an economic one. This fall, I’ll be starting seminary and I wanted to cut back on personal expenses in the short-term to take care of some debts that have accumulated. When my family is more settled financially and I go through the first quarter of grad school, I intend to re-subscribe. If you spoke to some of my friends and family, they would tell you that I’m a walking billboard for MTI. Often when people ask what I do, I tell them about MTI and encourage them to check out the website.

One of the many good things about the Mountain Tactical Institute is the self-awareness you all have in your approach in programming, researching, and reflection. While the programming has made me stronger, more durable, and well-rounded (the Virtue series is so awesome), it has been your reflections as well as from others that I learned the most from. I admit that one reason that I decided to start seminary and begin the process to be ordained in the United Methodist Church is you and the work of MTI. After I graduate seminary and get ordained, my hope is to approach my own ministry with congregations by asking folks about what they think they’ve been called to do and help them live into that with intentional practice and regular assessment/reflection. Working through the Virtue series as I go through the candidacy process for ordination has been very helpful as I have write and articulate why I’m pursuing this path now as a 37 year old. My only feedback for improvement is to continue to do what you’re doing – researching, experimenting, and sharing.

I apologize if my reply was more sermon than feedback. I don’t know if many people acknowledge you as a role model, but you’re one of mine. I can’t tell you how much MTI has influenced me at this stage of my life. In the near future, my wife wants to take our kids to Jackson for a family trip. If we do, I hope that I can stop by and shake your hand

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Thanks for your commitment to, and level of engagement with, the end-user

“Thanks for your commitment to, and level of engagement with, the end-user. Overall very satisfied with the Athlete’s Subscription and ability to select programming for specific goals/events/milestones. I will continue to recommend to friends, family, and colleagues.”

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Major kudos on your programming

I’d like to give you guys major kudos on your programming. Its simply fantastic, and I’ve been using it for a while now. I especially appreciate how versatile and how many different scenarios you have answers for.

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Thank you for you and your teams passion for fitness

“I have been training with the mountain tactical programs for over two years with friends. As a former collegiate athlete and now oil and gas professional working out is an integral part of my life to manage stress and stay in shape for an active lifestyle

Post athletics I found it hard to stay on the path and keep workouts productive due to  not having a defined INTENSE regiment to follow. I found myself 20lbs heavier than I should have been.  After one year of the programs I dropped that 20lbs of fat and replaced with lean muscle mass and feel better than ever.

Thank you for you and your teams passion for fitness and putting together these workout routines that are challenging and dare I say sometimes fun!  There is nothing better than the feeling of waking up early, getting after it, then putting on the suit and heading to the office.”

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I can with 100% confidence say that I’m the most fit and most able I’ve been in my entire time in fitness

I wanted to reach out and say thank you. I’ve been following MTN Tactical programming now for about 2 years now. I’ve ran Humility V3 about 4 times now, i ran the motel training plan and the quarantine training plan, I just finished the PJ selection program, and on Monday I start the DEVGRU training plan, modifying where I need to so the training is a bit more specific to what my selection test is and selection itself for Canadian military Search and Rescue. I’ve also been reading a lot of your articles and small group studies that you’ve done with MTN. The programming has given me the ability to for the most part, turn off my brain and grind it out for 6-9 weeks of training, with minimal kit, and huge results.

I can with 100% confidence say that I’m the most fit and most able I’ve been in my entire time in fitness. The articles have really shown me that I’m not alone in what I am experiencing and have experienced with the goals I have and the sacrifices I’ve made and have to make. Seeing and reading what you’ve posted up has really helped me with a lot the past couple year. So all in all, I wanted to say I really appreciate, and I’m grateful for what you’ve put up for everyone and what you do.

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Thanks for all the good work

I am 50 years old and I’ve used your GORUCK Challenge plan, Peak Bagger plan (for GORUCK Ascent), your backcountry and dryland ski plans (made trips a lot more enjoyable and I was safer because I could concentrate on the mountain and teammates rather than just completing the day), and your In Season Endurance plan. I wish I lived in Jackson to be a lab rat for you. Thanks for all the good work.  –K

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Truly a great product & service

Thank you for everything everyone there does.  Truly a great product & service.  My friends & peers are tired of my constantly pushing your programming on them but it works.  –T

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A very professional approach

I really love what you guys are doing. Your programming has kept me in really good shape and injury free as I near 40 years old. I completely trust you guys, which allows me to not have to think about my workout. I simply do whatever you post and am confident that I am being thoroughly trained during an intense 60 minutes of work.  This frees up time for me to focus on other things in my life and stay fit. I also really appreciate the philosophy and the humility that accompanies the hard training you guys do out there. A very professional approach.

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Thank you for the plan, it is perfect

GO RUCK CHALLENGE

“I completed a GORUCK Tough event after completing your GORUCK Challenge plan and the plan certainly did it’s job.  Firstly, the rucking was never an issue and my core never felt fatigued.  The sandbag get-ups and low back complex forged a tough chassis that never failed me.  Secondly, the Monday and Wednesday strength and work capacity session did there job, no single “smoker” during the event put me out for more than a minute or two and even on hour ten my recovery was quick.  Finally, the Saturday mini events were also spot on, after the final and longest of them all I knew exactly what to expect for the event.During the whole GORUCK I felt like I had energy on reserve, enough so that I felt that my individual performance exceeded my expectations but I was also able to continuously contribute to the team and motivate individuals when things got tough. Thank you for the plan, it is perfect.”

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MTI’s attitude has really helped me get back on track

LIMITED EQUIPMENT PLAN, BODYWEIGHT FOUNDATION

I purchased the limited equipment plan back in January after hearing you on the Art of Manliness podcast.  I had shoulder surgery back in September for an old rugby injury and was looking for a plan to get back in shape since my physical therapy was completed.  I am a freshman in NROTC at UC Davis and totally latched on to your sport specific approach.  I had always struggled with the idea of focused training to actually make progress, and the importance of being well-rounded.  I had built great fitness running XC and track in high school with calisthenics in the mornings.  By committing to and completing the bodyweight foundation and SB/DB/WV plan I am pretty much back to my pre-surgery level of fitness.  I am starting Humility next week and looking forward to it.  Most importantly, MTI’s attitude has really helped me get back on track.  Ever since I was a kid I loved to plan.  Hell, I was working on my Halloween costume in August and had the my Lego cities organized to the T.  In training, it’s easy to have a great idea, but then before you give it a chance, you go down the rabbit hole of another modality. I was definitely in the paralysis by analysis camp.  However, hearing you talk about being a professional tactical athlete changed that for me.  I have now adopted a blue collar attitude towards training; I show up, put in the work, go home, and let the training take care of its self so I can focus on school and my other responsibilities.  Developing the discipline and attitude of a professional athlete has been very liberating.  In addition, your article on commitment struck a cord with me.  I am currently in the midst of the “yolo” mentality in college and your article helped dispel some insecurities I had about not living that lifestyle.  I share MTI’s articles and work with my fellow Midshipman and it is appreciated.  Just in case you are having one of those inevitable days where you wonder if what you do matters, it does.

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Loving the strength gains without the loss in endurance

TLU STRENGTH PLAN

“Just a quick shout. The new TLU strength program you made is great Loving the strength gains without the loss in endurance. I can walk right into a 5 mile run and complete it in under 40 minutes without straining. Same with weighted rope climbs, pushup/situp events, etc. Thanks again for the great program.“

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I utilized your stuck in a motel programming for a cruise

STUCK IN A MOTEL PLAN

“I utilized your stuck in a motel programming for a cruise I recently went on just after Fortitude.  The program fitted perfectly with the equipment available on the cruise ship, though I did add some pull ups because there was a pullup bar.  I did however get a lot of weird looks when doing such things as a renegade manmaker and treadmill run work capacity session in a pretty packed gym, but anyone who asked got pointed your way.  It was also interesting doing exercises such as craig specials and front squats on a rocking ship, definitely taxed the proprioception.  I feel that the programming has suitably maintained my fitness ready to start Valor.”

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I strongly recommend this

ON-RAMP, 357 STRENGTH, RUN IMPROVEMENT, CHASSIS INTEGRITY, FORTITUDE

“I previously completed On-ramp twice (second time with more running), 357 Strength+Run Improvement (alternating days), then your chassis integrity sessions from the subscription, before moving onto Fortitude.  For someone as unfit as I was, I strongly recommend this or a similar progression of programs for true beginners.  It built everything nicely to begin Fortitude.”

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I am very excited for this spring climbing season

LOW BACK TRAINING PLAN

“It has been close to a year now since my injury and I wanted to say thanks for your help and programming. It was hard getting back into the groove of working out and not being afraid of re-injuring myself, but your low back training plan allowed me to get back to doing the things I love. I am happy to report that this January I was able to summit Cotopaxi, Cayambe, and Chimborazo in succession (~19k, 18k, and 20k feet respectively) with no problems whatsoever! I have also been able to begin pushing myself on sport and trad again. I am very excited for this spring climbing season.

Just thought I’d share, and wanted to say thanks once again.”

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I jumped feet first into the Bodyweight Training Program

BODYWEIGHT FOUNDATION

“I took your advice I jumped feet first into the Bodyweight Training Program and one week in I have been completely humbled. Honestly, I was worried about losing the strength gains I had made through Starting Strength, halfway through my first mini leg blaster I could care less and I realized how out of shape I really was. If anyone doubts the effectiveness or difficulty of this program, please feel free to refer them to me! Thank you again!”

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Keep It Simple Stupid

BODYWEIGHT FOUNDATION

“Love love love LOVE your Body Weight Foundation so far! Today was Session 14 and I did not think 800s would EVER be that easy for me. Your program is AMAZING and follows the KISS principle of “Keep It Simple Stupid”. Thank you SO much for creating these. I’m looking forward to the Body Weight 1 Training Plan when I’m finished with the current.” – C

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I appreciate your vision of training

“I’m a Spanish fan of your website and methods and Master of Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology) student at the University of Calgary, in Canada and I’m also studying to take the CSCS. And I also try to be a mountain athlete (even though lack of time and money are important limiters to my time spent in the mountains).

I really enjoy the articles you share in your website and I have learned a ton from them and I appreciate your vision of training: train for mission performance, fluid periodization and efficient programming, the unorthodox way in which you plan training. I think you definitely are onto something and you and the MTI will help move the field forward” – F

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Thank you for providing an outlet for individuals to tap into your skill set

GENERAL

“I’d like to lead off by saying thank you. Thank you for providing an outlet for individuals to tap into your skill set, as it pertains to a deeper level of fitness knowledge. Myself and several of my friends and colleagues have utilized several of your workout routines, and the nuggets of wisdom contained within, to pass selection programs, train for personal improvement, and better ourselves for the mission sets we prepare for.” – K

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I’ve the confidence I had lost after my injury

POST REHAB INJURY LEG TRAINING PLAN

“I went through the post rehab leg injury training program. I’ve the confidence I had lost after my injury and am back to where I was at before the injury. Thanks a lot for your program.”

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Wishing you well from Iraq

RAT 6 STRENGTH

“Its given me a great boost in strength, overall performance, and confidence in moving heavy weight. All my lifts increased. Ill send you my final numbers once finished. I am very happy I have a year subscription to Military Athlete. Wishing you well from Iraq. Thanks.”

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The push up pull up improvement plan is great!

3-WEEK PUSH UP & PULL UP IMPROVEMENT PLAN

“The push up pull up improvement plan is great! Just 20 mins per day and you can greatly improve your upper body strength in such a short time. It’s week 1 but am already making progress”

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Thanks for a great program!

RUNNING IMPROVEMENT PLAN

“I just wanted to give you guys so more kudos. I am a female Army Officer and I consistently score in the 280s on my PT test. I have never NOT maxed my push ups and setups, its always the run that gets me. Anyway I am REALLY busy and I needed a run program that wasn’t going to keep me tied down too long during the day. So I took a PT test 6 months ago and ran a 18:25 on the 2 miles. I signed up for your Running Improvement Program and was able to do about 50% of the workouts each week. The first two weeks I did all of the workouts but then my schedule got crazy and I only ended up doing the intervals and the 3-4 mile runs each week. I worked through the first 6 weeks and just took my PT test after doing the program and dropped my 2 mile time to 17:04. So even only doing 50% of the program each week I was still able to greatly improve my time. I have to admit though during my intervals I worked to be as far under the range time that I could. So if my recommended 800m time was 4:08 to 4:25 I was pushing harder in that a majority of my interval times ranged from 3:33 (fastest) to 3:50. Thanks for a great program! Maybe if I get time to follow it as prescribed I will see even bigger improvements!”

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Your programming is unbelievable

50 MILE ULTRA RUNNING TRAINING PLAN

“Coach Rob,

I stopped into the gym to meet you this past summer with my wife, when we were on our honeymoon in Jackson; she still jokes with people that meeting you and visiting the gym was the highlight of my trip.

I completed my second ultramarathon this past weekend and wanted to thank you for helping me accomplish my goal once again. Last year, I used your preseason ultra/50 mile ultra plans for my first 50 mile race in Vermont, and I followed the same programming this year. This year, I broke ten hours at the JFK 50 (9:56:42), which was my goal. On the Appalachian Trail, my legs felt strong, and my cardio was spot on. I entered the trail behind a large portion of the pack, and it turned into a nightmare. The trail was too tight to pass a lot of people, and it bottlenecked at many points. Upon exiting the mountain portion after about 15 miles, I was behind on my pacing to break 10 hours but had plenty of fuel in the tank. After, I passed upwards of 450-500 people. In the final 10 miles of the race, my HR was steady, my legs/hips/body were strong, and I dropped the hammer even more, swallowing a handful of people who were trudging. Part of me wishes there were five more miles on the race because my body felt good enough to crank it up even more. With some more experience racing, I know that my times can continue to drop.

The race was on Saturday, and while my legs are sore, I have recovered incredibly well. Your programming is unbelievable, and I would like to thank you for helping me accomplish my goals.”

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Your programming is just what I needed

FAT-LOSS TRAINING PLAN

“After following  your Fat Loss program and losing 21 lbs. I am just finishing week 1 of Peak Bagger and it is hard but awesome. The step ups and leg work are just what I need to attempt a Grand Canyon R2R2R  hike this year. After following your site for many years and cobbling together my own routines, I jumped in on your programming. Needless to say, your programming is just what I needed. After laying down a hiking mileage base, the Peak Bagger program is going to help add the strength needed for the altitude loss and gain I will experience in the Canyon. If the 1st week is any indication, I should be ready for my next adventure. Thank you for the workouts! Definitely money well spent.”

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I feel a lot stronger and more flexible in my low back

LOW BACK TRAINING

“I’m in my 8th week of the low back plan after Laminectomy/Discectomy surgery last spring.  The plan has worked great.  A lot better results than the watered PT I was going to.  As a 45 yr old swat operator in good shape, I feel a lot stronger and more flexible in my low back region than prior to the surgery.  I can’t say enough about the plan and have passed your website onto my team in hopes they will use the site and have the same results.”

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Thanks for the great workouts

BIG 24 STRENGTH

I’ve seen awesome improvement under big 24. Below are the improvements I have seen, I can’t speak more highly about this program.

Hang squat clean:

Original: 160# New: 225#

Back squat:

Original: 250# New: 295#

Bench press: 

Original: 215# New: 285#

 

I will recommend this to all of my friends, thanks for the great workouts.

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My run times are improving much faster than I anticipated

RUNNING IMPROVEMENT PLAN

“My run times are improving much faster than I anticipated, which I think has to do with the sprinting and METCON portion of the training. The long runs are a breeze. I honestly find it more difficult to run that slow, so I end up walking for 30-45 seconds/mile to level it out. The videos are easy to access, and the training flows pretty well. I enjoy how stretching is incorporated into the workout, and how explosive movements are used on the tail end of strength/circuit work.

As for my goals, I’m a 37 year old ex-athlete husband and father, that’s got a high stress, executive level job that requires me to travel constantly. My days of DL’ing 500+ pounds are over, and I’m sick and tired of being sore or having a program I can’t incorporate into my daily life.  The program works great for hotel gyms, staying lean, being flexible for weekend golf, and looking good naked.”

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Just recently finished the TLU strength program and I had great results with it

TLU STRENGTH

“I wanted to say thank you for all of the work you and your team have put into your programs. I just recently finished the TLU strength program and I had great results with it. I have been in EOD for 12 years with multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and I have spent most of my career researching and trying different fitness programs to find the best way to prepare my body. I wish I found out about your company sooner because so far I think your programming is the best I have tried. A large number of guys in my career field have been severely disabled by injuries from years of deployments. I think a lot of those injuries could have been avoided if we were training properly. We have finally opened our eyes to the need for effective mission focused training but unfortunately that sort of programming is not that easy to come by. A friend of mine recommended your company and when I began to research your products I realized it was exactly what I needed. I will be recommending your company to everyone that will listen to me. Hopefully the research and time you guys have put in can better prepare this new generation of military for the future.”

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I started the arm injury training regiment after 1 week and it has been great

ARM INJURY TRAINING PLAN

“I am loving the MTI workouts. 8 weeks ago I got my labrum completely repaired. I started the arm injury training regiment after 1 week and it has been great. Despite being in a sling for 5 weeks I was able to maintain my fitness and feel somewhat normal.

I can also say that since I started my physical therapy my progress has been accelerated. I honestly feel that keeping my fitness up is allowing me to recover faster as I notice drastic changes by the day in my ROM and strength in the repaired shoulder.

Looking forward to being 100% so I can dive into another training program for backcountry skiing.”

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What a great program the running improvement program is

RUNNING IMPROVEMENT PLAN

“Hey, just wanted to say what a great program the running improvement program is. I’ve dropped 3 minutes in about 5 weeks and am back to my comfortable fast pace as it was in the army. I’ve been doing both the ruck based selection and running programs and have seen more improvement and better performance than ever. Again, Thanks.”

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Great stuff and am looking forward to starting a new program

SPARTAN BEAST TRAINING PLAN

“Just ran the Spartan Beast this morning, finished in 3:29 which was good for a top 100 finish on what is probably a faster/flatter course (Chicago). Quads feel great thanks to the complexes and my grip did great other than slipping on a couple obstacles due to weather (rained entire time!).  Thank you again! Great stuff and am looking forward to starting a new program.”

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I crushed it!

ULTIMATE WORK CAPACITY I

“I am deployed right now and currently about to start week 6 of the Ultimate Work Capacity Program 1. I was a little worried at first that I wasn’t making very much progress, then we did a hero WOD for one of our soldiers that was killed on this deployment and I crushed it! I was really happy with how well I was about to keep my pace throughout the entirety of the WOD. Coming up on the last two weeks of the program I am already researching which one I want to do next!”

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At age 60 with 2 artificial hips – it was a great push

SF45 ALPHA

“Just completed SF45 ALPHA-HOTEL.  Took awhile and – at age 60 with 2 artificial hips – it was a great push – challenged me and pissed me off but was great (cannot ask for more than that).  Took a week in between programs and will am heading for HUMILITY soon. Cannot state enough how fortunate I am to have been with you and MTN TACTICAL for years now.  You continually garner my admiration for the relentless pursuit of the best programs over a range for professionals.  I did 38 years active duty in the Marine Corps and over 60 months of combat and 2 hard rehabs from wounds/injuries.  Your programs have always – ALWAYS – been in the core of my daily ethos.”

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Challenging program but well worth it

MTI RELATIVE STRENGTH ASSESSMENT

“Wanted to let you know I really enjoyed this program. It has been quite a while since I’ve spent this much time with barbell lifts. It was really rewarding to see the gains being made. Challenging program but well worth it.  Below are my numbers. Thanks for all you do”

Body Weight Day 1: 170  vs.  Final: 168

Front Squat Day 1: 205  vs.  Final: 235

Pull Up Day 1: 18  vs.  Final: 19

Clean Day 1: 175   vs.  Final: 195

Bench Day 1: 205  vs.  Final: 215

Score Day 1: 4.70  vs.  Final: 5.17

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Feeling stronger than ever

CHASSIS INTEGRITY TRAINNIG PLAN

“I just wanted to drop a note to say that I really took to heart your chassis integrity theory.  I actually used to follow your programming when I was a tactical athlete back in Afghanistan.  Now I’m the head coach of a prenatal and postpartum strength and conditioning program.  We applied the theory to how we format our conditioning in our prenatal and postpartum strength and conditioning program, and we have had a lot of success with it. Our athletes are less affected by the discomforts of pregnancy and the postpartum, and are feeling stronger than ever.  We had a mom tell us she picks up her baby now without pain. While our athletes aren’t tactical or mountain athletes, the functional demands of pregnancy and motherhood require a stable and strong core, and this theory was the missing piece for us.”

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I am going to continue following with Military athlete’s programs because they work!

“I wanted to thank you for your 5 week Goruck Training plan. I just did the Goruck Challenge 10/27/12. Class 300, and I can tell you that your plan not only helped me physically but mentally also. When I first recieved the plan and started looking through the workouts and how they progressed I thought to myself ” no freakin way !”, but when I actually did them I realized how much I was capable of and it changed my outlook on the challenge itself. After your workouts I was more motivated and excited to do the challenge because I knew I could do it. Your plan helped me focus on the task at hand and not dread the whole ordeal. I’m 43 and have had knee and back injuries that caused some concern but I believe your plan also kept me injury free because of all the core and leg work. You were right I actually started to love the sandbag getups, what an awesome exercise ! I am going to continue following with Military athlete’s programs because they work ! Thanks again.”

-M.

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Thank you for taking the time to create this plan

Greetings Rob!

Several weeks ago I purchased your GoRuck training program and put it to use. Your training program was well worth the money and was essentially an investment in me and my fitness. The five week plan had prepared me for the challange so well I had the energy and strenght to encourage/assit others who were not as ready to meet the physical demands. At the end of the 8 1/2 day I still had plenty of strength, stamina and endurance left making the challange extremely enjoyable, so much so I have already signed up for another one. Thank you for taking the time to create this plan.

– C.

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Next time, I’ll try to ensure that my t-shirt logo is more legible!

Rob, I just wanted to say thanks for all the work you guys put into the workout program. My wife and I have been following it for about 2 years now and love it. She scales the workouts and calls it “MilitaryDependentAthlete.com”, since she’s not in the military. She’s scaling the workouts even more now, as she’s pregnant. I thought you’d appreciate the linked photo too. Since I don’t own the rights to the photo (the photographer asked us to use them only for “personal use”), it’s not website-material, but you may like to see the military athlete promotion. It’s the podium shot from a cyclocross race I did last weekend. I was only following the military athlete workouts, with no specific ‘cross work, but still managed to win the single speed category and came in 6th overall (out of about 35 in the race). Next time, I’ll try to ensure that my t-shirt logo is more legible!

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Just wanted to take some time to say thank you for all you have done

Rob, Just wanted to take some time to say thank you for all you have done.  I started following your programming in 2008 while deployed.  Since that time I have used your APFT plan to more then max the APFT on multiple occasions, I used your Ruckselection plan to get selected, while in the q course I got a stress fracture and used your one leg program to come off the injury stronger and faster, and I have recently used your run improvement plan to help me get better.  During all this I continued to follow the operator sessions and they have made me into a more stronger and more durable athlete.  So thank you for what you do and please continue evolving your training!

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Firstly let me thank you for all that you and your lab rats do

Firstly let me thank you for all that you and your lab rats do, I love your programming and your methodology has inspired me to become more professional in my training. I have successfully used your lower back and body weight training plans with great results and attempted to make it through the hypertrophy program, but the rep/set scheme was a little much for me at the time, planning on knocking it out in the near future.

 

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I have had great success using your programs and have always made gains

Good Morning Rob,

I’d like to start by saying that I have had great success using your programs and have always made gains as applicable based on the program I was using. I have been following your Q&A sessions online, and there seems to be a recurring trend of people asking questions about weight, and now I have one as well. I noticed while doing your USMC PFT plan that I dropped down to about 205 lbs. Now after some leave I am working through On-Ramp and am hanging out right at 215. My height is pretty dead on at 6’1.5″ when I do my annual weigh ins. The overall questions I have are: What is a 10lbs spread for the various heights that we as your athletes could use, similar to your strength goals of weight vs bodyweight? Secondly, since we all have different body types, what are some visual cues on our bodies that we can be looking for to know that we are in a good place according to your programming?

– N

ANSWERS:

Height Bodyweight
5’5″ to 5’7″ 150-165
5’8″ to 5’9″ 165-180
5’10″ to 6′ 180-200
6’1″ to 6’3″ 205-220
6’4″ to 6’6″ 220-235

Visual Cues – I really have none – in general, if guys are much heavier than these guidelines, they either have too much upper body muscle mass, or too much body fat around the waist. If they are lighter, they are likely “hard gainers” and/or have an endurance background, and can use more mass.

Understand these height/bodyweight numbers are not “standards,” but rather guidelines I’ve developed over the years for a military/tactical/LE/Rescue athlete. I’ve found guys in these height/bodyweight ranges generally have good relative strength, good stamina, and good endurance – they aren’t great at anything, but are well rounded and well prepared for the “hybrid” demands of the job.

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This Big 24 was a no shitter.  Love it

Rob,

From this passing strength cycle I got 285# HSC at a body weight of 185# for the 10-09-13 session.  I exceeded my PR Squat Clean of 275#.  I can honestly feel comfortable saying from the ground I can get 295#-305#.  This Big 24 was a no shitter.  Love it.  Thanks.

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Great job with an awesome program!

Just finished RAT 6 about 2 weeks ago and saw a huge leap in my overall fitness and my Oly lifts technique. I’m new to lifting (or at least, lifting smart) and I weigh right around 165. When I started the plan, I could Bench 185# and Squat around 265#. I’m up on everything now, probably in large part due to just learning the proper technique through your videos. My Bench is now at 215#, and my Squat is at 360#. I had never done Power or Hang Cleans before, and now they’re a regular part of my workout. I’m planning on either going through another of your plans, or subscribing to the Operator Sessions, now that I feel more ready for them.

Great job with an awesome program! Gratefully,

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I would credit your training with making me “durable”

You might find this feedback interesting….I’ve trained through your Ultra Running, Ruck Based Selection, Operation Ugly Train Up, Work Capacity and Body Weight programs with great results. 10 days ago, I was hiking with my wife- easy day, just six miles over moderate terrain. At mile 3.5, I rolled my ankle and fell hard. I was on the ground for about 5 minutes before I even tried to stand. Long story short, we walked the next 2.5 miles at a slow pace, and every step hurt (not the worse pain I’ve been in, but it was rough). Thinking it was just a sprain, I iced it, took some anti-inflammatory pills, wrapped it, tried to keep the weight off it, and left it at that. While at my routine physical yesterday, I asked my doctor to take a look at it. We took some x-rays, and he had a look of disbelief. I had been walking for 10 days with a broken ankle and not known it. I’d been in some degree of discomfort, but nothing that ever bothered me after the second day. After some further tests, and seeing an orthopedist, they determined that the ligaments and tendons in my feet, ankle and legs were so “durable” and strong, that they were basically making up for a broken bone, hence why I could walk all day with only mild discomfort.

I would credit your training with making me “durable”. While I’m going to be sidelined for the next 12 weeks with a soft cast/hard boot, at least I know I have a bullet proof (sort of) lower body. On another note, any ideas on training for someone with a leg in a boot for the next three months?

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I finished my first race in under two hours with gas in the tank

just wanted to thank you again for putting together the Tough Mudder packet, I finished my first race on Sunday in under two hours (11 miles) with gas in the tank, or at least it felt like it. You weren’t kidding in saying that the program will certainly over-prepare you – I got through 4 1/2 weeks (I bought it late for my comp) and felt like that was even more than enough. Anyway, thanks again, you guys rock.

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I am going to continue following with Military athlete’s programs because they work!

“I wanted to thank you for your 5 week Goruck Training plan. I just did the Goruck Challenge 10/27/12. Class 300, and I can tell you that your plan not only helped me physically but mentally also. When I first recieved the plan and started looking through the workouts and how they progressed I thought to myself ” no freakin way !”, but when I actually did them I realized how much I was capable of and it changed my outlook on the challenge itself. After your workouts I was more motivated and excited to do the challenge because I knew I could do it. Your plan helped me focus on the task at hand and not dread the whole ordeal. I’m 43 and have had knee and back injuries that caused some concern but I believe your plan also kept me injury free because of all the core and leg work. You were right I actually started to love the sandbag getups, what an awesome exercise ! I am going to continue following with Military athlete’s programs because they work! Thanks again.”

 

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The 5 Week GoRuck Program worked perfectly

Rob – Another quick note to let you know that the 5 Week GoRuck Program worked perfectly. My buddy and I followed the program from 5 weeks out and had no troubles with strength, conditioning or endurance at any point during our event. In fact we were a few of the strongest at the end and finished knowing that we had fitness to spare. That’s not bad for a couple of older desk jockeys. Thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions and producing a program geared towards such a fun event. Keep up the great work! -L

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Thanks for all the programming

I recently finished up the Big 24 Strength Plan and it was dead on. I made substatial gains in all the lifts involved, and the weighted calistenics always challenged me. I doubled up the Big 24 with the Core Strength 1 plan and the two really seemed to work well with each other. I have done the Core Strength plan twice now and have always enjoyed it. Each time I complete it, I can definitely feel the strength carry over to everything else that I do.
I am currently heading into the second week of the 369 plan, and I’m finding it to be a real smoker. Its reminded me how much my work capacity has taken a hit in the last few months. Its turning out to be exactly what I need. I would also like to state, that the transition from Big 24 into 369 has been very smooth. The two programs are terrific complements to each other.

Thanks for all the programming and always answering my questions,

 

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Been following Military Athlete from a distance

Been following Military Athlete from a distance since I left the military (didn’t discover it while I was serving unfortunately).  Now that I am in Law Enforcement I am very excited about the new LE specific site.  The LE Fitness assessment looks much more appropriate for the job that I do, disappointingly the actual physical test we have to pass periodically is not very demanding or job specific.  –J

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He made us do Sand bag get-ups!

I just completed the 24-hour GORUCK Heavy event in Pittsburgh PA this past weekend.   Myself along with 4 other friends used your 6-week GORUCK Heavy training plan (the first version with the long ruck on Wed and the long events on the weekends).   We even did the overnight sessions @ 10 & 12 hours.  Everyone that trained using your plan finished the Heavy!  (30 total started the event, and 22 finished).  The Cadre for the this event also uses your MA Plans and actually talked about Rob Shaul several times and carried a 10# “freedom sledge”  for the whole after telling us about how he does the ruck workouts with the sledge as stated in you plans.  Also, at one point about 1/2 through the event, he made us do Sand bag get-ups!    So glad we used MA to train up for this! Thanks for the great programming – we are big fans and plan to keep using it! –G

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Just used your Air Assault Program to prepare my driver for the Air Assault Course

“Coach, good morning from Grafenwoehr Germany. Just read your latest article under the quiet professionals series. You have penned some great comments here that I constantly attempt to drum into our young Soldiers minds as they go about building their careers in the Army. I really appreciate what you have said regarding “putting your ladder up against the wrong wall”. Often I find that we have personnel heading in the wrong direction. Thanks for this article. I found it to be refreshing.

As a side bar, I also find your website a great tool. I just used your Air Assault program to prepare my driver for the Air Assault course here. He is doing great as we speak. He absolutely crushed the obstacle course. When I first met him a year ago he was struggling with the APFT. I used your PT improvement plan and he now comfortably passes the test. Thanks for what you have created here. I am indeed a fan.”

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I crushed it only because your programming was spot on

Hey brother. Just read your essay- “stuff I wish I’d learned”. So good man. Really hit home. Thanks for all that you do and have done for the tactical community. I have used your programming on and off over the years and have been a huge fan of your programming, thoughtfulness, and openness to learn and grow. I followed your training prep for a selection course I attended a few years back and I crushed it— only because your programming was spot on and you got me in the right shape at the right time when I did it.

Just want to say thanks from the bottom of my heart for what you do, have done, and continue to do from a community of athletes who mostly  lurk in the shadows. Your work, dedication and thoughtfulness has made us better at our jobs and, more importantly, better humans.

You are much appreciated. I hope to get out to Jackson one of these years and thank you in person.

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Thank you for the ‘Little Boy’ essay

Coach Rob – Thank you for the ‘Little Boy’ essay.  Many of your observations have been echoed in my own life. Your question as to why men don’t form close relationships after college has been explored in depth on the blog Art of Manliness.  Highly recommended reading.  One example: You searched for friends | The Art of Manliness.

Like yourself, I too became Dad v2.0 later in life.  My #4 daughter was born when I was 55; I’m 62 now.  I also have children aged 34, 30, and 25.  You are 100% correct in saying that children keep you young.  The MTI SF60 program has helped immeasurably in that regard, in that the programmed movements have helped me be much more functional with her, without getting quite as banged up, be it down on the carpet for pretend jiu jitsu, or piggybacking her 50 pounds for 3 miles on Yosemite trails, or sprinting her around the park for 30 minutes.  Being an active dad is a physical and tactical undertaking.

Thank you for your essays.  I always get a lot out of them and I appreciate your thoughtful transparency.  The essays encourage me to reflect and think.  I have the “Quiet Professional” essay bookmarked on my shortcuts bar and I often read bits and pieces from it.

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Great personal insight, useful to share with junior officers

Just in case you ever wonder who you are writing to, I wanted to reach out and say I have really appreciated your articles on the Quiet Professional over the years. They have provided great personal insight and have also been useful to share with junior officers I have mentored (I am a Coast Guard H65 pilot).  Anyway, thanks again for these articles and never underestimate how many people you may be mentoring from afar with your great work 🙂

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I hope many read and take in what you have written

“I have greatly enjoyed your QUIET PROFESSIONALISM writing. I am now working as a consultant in LE working on tracking down runaways and human trafficking. I hope many read and take in what you have written. We live in a dynamic and turbulent time.  Men and women of professional fiber are needed.  You have done yeoman service in describing your journey to QP.  Well done.”

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