Lab Rats Needed to Test MTI’s Big 3 + 5 Mile Run Training Plan


Sorry – No more applications being taken for this Mini Study.

By Rob Shaul

MTI is calling for fit remote lab rats to test MTI’s Big 3 Strength + 5-Mile Run Training Plan – one of MTI’s most popular and prescribed plans for athletes looking to increase raw strength and running endurance, concurrently.

Big 3 Strength + 5 Mile Run Training Plan is an intense, 7-week, 6 day/week training plan but selected lab rats will complete the first 3.5 weeks of the plan.

The training will begin Monday, April 26, 2021.

The deadline to apply is 1700 Mountain Time, Wednesday, April 21, 2021.



All lab rats will complete the same, focused training cycle. Programming will be consistent entirely of gym-based barbell strength and running.

The strength work in the plan is focused on the “Big 3” strength exercises – back squat, bench press, and dead lift, plus max rep pull ups. The strength programming is assessment-based, and deploys MTI’s classic “Density Strength” progression methodology. Training Session 1 of the plan you’ll find your 1RM (1 Repetition Maximum) Back Squat, Bench Press and Dead Lift, and you’ll test for max rep strict pull ups.

The running work is also assessment-based. Training Session 2 you’ll complete a 5-Mile Run assessment. Follow-on programming will be assessment-based, and include short, hard threshold intervals and longer runs at a moderate pace.

Below is the Training Schedule

  • Monday: Strength Assessment or Strength Progression
  • Tuesday: 5 Mile Run Assessment or Threshold Intervals
  • Wednesday: Strength Progression
  • Thursday: Threshold Run Intervals
  • Friday: Strength Progression
  • Saturday: 6-8 Mile Run at a Moderate Pace

We’re looking to get 6-10 committed, fit lab rats for this mini-study 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 the study.

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. Assessed improvement across the Big 3 Strength exercises and the 5-Mile Run after 3.5 weeks of training


Required Equipment

    • Barbell, Rack, Plates, Bench for Bench Press, Pull Up Bar
    • Track and/or known distance for the 5-Mile run Assessment and 2-Mile Repeats


Cycle Duration

This study project will take 3.5 weeks. It will begin Monday, April 26, 2021. The program will end Tuesday, May 18.


To Participate

      • You’ll need to commit to training 6 days/week for 3.5 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.
      • You’ll be required to follow MTI’s Nutritional Guidelines for the duration of the study.
      • Priority lab rat selection will be given to current MTI subscribers, ages 22-40.


Want to be an MTI Lab Rat?

Please email, and put “Big 3 Strength + 5-Mile Run Lat 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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