Fit Lab Rats Needed To Update Valor

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By Rob Shaul

MTI is calling for fit remote lab rats to test an upcoming update to Valor – one of MTI’s more well known military athlete training plans.

Valor is an intense, 7-week, 5 day/week training plan. The training will begin Monday, March 9, 2021.

The deadline to apply is 1700 Mountain Time, Friday, March 6, 2021.



All lab rats will complete the same, focused training cycle. Programming will be multi-modal, military-specific fitness including running, ruck running, chassis integrity, gym-based strength and single and multi-modal work capacity. Valor was last updated in 2017, and this update will incorporate the most recent evolution of MTI programming for military athletes. The lab rats will test the programming and provide data and feedbacks.

Valor is an intense program and potential lab rats need to be fit, have access to a fully functional gym, and familiar with rucking and ruck running. The update will the most recent evolutions of MTI strength, endurance, chassis integrity and work capacity programming. The current version of Valor has a slight work capacity emphasis.

We’re looking to get 6-10 committed, fit lab rats for this update and communicate frequently together during the program which will involve a group-only message board/forum, and may include an occasional zoom call. You’ll work directly with MTI Founder Rob Shaul for the duration of  of the study project.

Priority lab rat selection will be given to current MTI subscribers, ages 22-40.

What We Hope To Learn

  1. Is the program progression and intensity doable? Do athletes recover?
  2. The applicability of continued improvement modifications to MTI’s endurance, strength, work capacity and chassis integrity progression methodologies.
  3. Assessed improvement across multiple fitness attributes

Required Equipment

  • Fully outfitted functional fitness gym
  • 40# Sandbag (women), 60# sandbag (men)
  • Ruck with 45# of Filler

Cycle Duration

This study project will take 7 weeks. It will begin Monday, March  9, 2021. The program will end Friday, April 16.


To Participate

  • You’ll need to commit to training 5 days/week for 7 weeks, and follow the program as prescribed
  • You’ll need to commit to following only this programming as formal fitness training for the study project period.
  • You’ll need the required equipment (see above)
  • You’ll need to be 22-40 years old, and fit.


Want to be an MTI Lab Rat?

Please email, and put “Valor Lab Rat” in the subject line.

Please include:

  • Age
  • Bodyweight
  • Current fitness level and your current training plan/regimen
  • If you’re a current tactical athlete (military, LE, Fire/Rescue)
  • If you’re a current MTI subscriber
  • Which MTI plans you’ve completed in the past
  • Verify you have access to the required equipment

We’re hoping to get 6-10 lab rats for this study.

Priority lab rat selection will be given to current MTI subscribers, ages 22-40.


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