Lab Rats Needed To Test the Performance Impact of MTI’s Nutritional Guidelines

Sorry – Applications No Longer Being Accepted


By Rob Shaul

MTI is calling for remote lab rats, ages 22-50, for an upcoming, focused, 3.5 weeks, 5-day/week Mini-Study testing the performance effect of MTI’s Nutritional Guidelines.

This mini-study will begin Monday, March 29. The deadline to apply is 1700 Mountain Time, Thursday, March 25, 2021. 

Priority Lab Rat selection will be given to current MTI Subscribers, and/or athletes with extensive experience completing MTI training plans.



All lab rats will complete the same, multi-modal, 5 day/week training cycle. The cycle will include a strength assessment (1RM Front Squat, 1RM Push Press, Max Rep Pull Ups), Work Capacity Assessment (Prone to Sprint) and Endurance Assessment (3-Mile Run), and follow on progressions.

In addition to the programming, all lab rats will be required to follow MTI’s Nutritional Guidelines for the 3.5 week duration of the mini-study.

At the end of the study, the performance improvement results from this study will be compared the results of another group of MTI lab rats who completed the same training cycle in Aug/Sept 2020. Those lab rats were not required to follow MTI’s Nutritional Guidelines.

What We Hope To Learn

  1. How difficult it is for the lab rats to conform to MTI’s Nutritional Guidelines.
  2. If there is any performance change difference between lab rats who conform to the Nutritional Guidelines (this study) and those who didn’t (Aug/Sept 2020 Study).
  3. Weight loss and changes in relative strength.

Required Equipment

  • Squat Rack, Barbell and Weight Plates for heavy Front Squats and Push Presses
  • Pull Up Bar
  • 40-Foot of space for repeat Prone to Sprint Efforts
  • Running Track or known 3-mile and 1 mile distances for the running assessment and intervals.
  • Stopwatch with repeat interval timer (smartphone will work)


Cycle Duration and Schedule

This MTI Mini-Study will take 3.5 weeks. It will begin Monday, March 29, 2021, with the initial strength and work capacity assessments. It will end with the final 3 -Mile Run Assessment on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

Weekly Schedule

    • Monday: Strength, Work Capacity
    • Tuesday: 3-Mile Run Assessment or Threshold Run Intervals
    • Wednesday: Strength, Work Capacity
    • Thursday: Threshold Run Intervals
    • Friday: Strength, Work Capacity
    • Saturday: Rest or recreation
    • Sunday: Rest or recreation


To Participate

  • You’ll need to commit to training 5 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 mini study period.
  • You’ll need to commit to following the prescribed nutritional guidelines. No menu substitutions or exceptions.
  • You’ll need the required equipment (see above)
  • You’ll need to be an experienced, fit athlete.

Want to be an MTI Lab Rat?

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

Please include:

  • Age
  • Height
  • Bodyweight
  • Are you a current MTI Subscriber?
  • Are you a mountain athlete, mountain professional or  Tactical Athlete?
  • If not, Indicate the MTI Training Plans you have Completed.
  • Verify you can commit to the 3.5 week, 5 day/week training cycle
  • Verify you have access to the required equipment

Priority Lab Rat selection will be given to current MTI Subscribers, and/or athletes with extensive experience completing MTI training plans.

We’re hoping to get 8-12 lab rats, ages 22-50, for this mini study.




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