Lab Rats Needed to Test Correlation of Relative Strength to Rucking and Running Performance

By Rob Shaul

MTI is calling for fit lab rats to test the correlation between relative strength and rucking and running performance

This is a short, 1-week, 3x training session effort, beginning next Monday, 11.7.22.

The deadline to apply is 1700 Mountain Time, Saturday, November 5, 2022.

Lab rats must be 20-40 years old.


All lab rats will complete the same training sessions for this mini study. Below is the schedule:

  • Monday, 11.7.22: MTI Relative Strength Assessment
  • Tuesday, 11.8.22: Total Rest
  • Wednesday, 11.9.22: 3 Mile Ruck Run for Time @ 45#
  • Thursday, 11.10.22: Total Rest
  • Friday, 11.11.22: 3 Mile run for Time, unloaded

We’re looking to get 5-10 committed, fit, lab rats for this study.

Athletes must have solid free weight strength training experience and know their way around a weight room. This cycle isn’t appropriate for athletes new to lifting or strength training, or de-conditioned athletes.

You’ll work directly with MTI Founder Rob Shaul for the duration of the project and communicate through a group-only message board/forum.

What We Hope To Learn

  1. The correlation between relative strength and rucking and running performance.

Required Equipment

  • Fully outfitted functional fitness gym (racks, barbells, bumper plates, dumbbells, sandbags). Track or known 3-mile distance.

Cycle Duration

This study project will take 1  weeks. It will begin Monday, November 7, 2022 with the MTI Relative Strength Assessment.


To Participate

  • You’ll need to commit to training 3 days/week for 1 week, 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 can’t double up this training with any other physical fitness training.
  • You’ll need the required equipment (see above).
  • You’ll need to be 20-40 years old, fit, and a weight room veteran. This is intense programming, and not appropriate for functional training rookies or deconditioned athletes.

Want to be an MTI Lab Rat?

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

Please include:

  • Age, Height and Bodyweight
  • Verify you have access to the required equipment and have a solid strength training background
  • Verify you will commit to the 4 weeks, 5 day/week program
  • Note the MTI training plans you’ve completed in the past
  • Indicate if you’re lactose intolerant, and therefore can’t participate as a member of the “Test” group.



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