By Rob Shaul
The Greek Hero Packet of training plans represents the latest evolution of our Fluid Periodization to programming for military athletes and is a worthy younger brother of our thought-leading “Virtue” packet of training plans.
The Greek Hero Training Packet includes 7 plans that together represent 49 weeks of programmed and periodized military athlete strength and conditioning training.
Each of these plans was completed by the tactical “Lab Rats” at our Jackson Facility, and in addition to solid tactical fitness, together they address the “burden of constant fitness” faced by military athletes. Military athletes can never truly be out of shape, which means they must constantly train. This programming keeps athletes fit for their work, but also provides the variety needed to keep training fresh and interesting.
The Plans are designed to concurrently train the following fitness attributes:
- Relative Strength
- Work Capacity
- Tactical Speed
- Explosive Power and Agility (TAC SEPA)
- Military Endurance (unloaded and loaded running, rucking and ruck running)
- Chassis Integrity (functional, transferable midsection strength and strength endurance)
The Military On Ramp Training Plan establishes base fitness for the follow-on plans:
What order should the plans be completed it?
We recommend the order listed above. This is the way we completed them at MTI.
What if I miss a day?
Begin where you left off when you return to training. This program is progressed – each session builds upon the prior session – so don’t skip a session or skip around. Follow the training sessions in order, regardless.
What if I can’t do the whole session?
If you don’t have enough time to complete the whole session, you can split the session into two.
What is the difference between the Greek Hero plans and the Virtue Series Plans?
1. The training plans in both series were both initially completed by our tactical lab rats, including myself, at our facility in Wyoming. The Greek Hero Series deploys our most recent programming. The Virtue Series deploys our previous version.
2. Both Series are designed as a day to day programming for tactical athletes. The Virtue Series concurrently trains strength, work capacity, endurance and chassis integrity. The Greek Hero Series trains these attributes plus TAC SEPA (tactical speed, explosive power, and agility).
3. Each plan in the Virtue Series trains these attributes concurrently, but each also emphasizes certain attributes. Fortitude, for example, emphasizes gym-based strength and moderate paced mid-distance endurance. Some of the Greek Hero plans likewise have areas of emphasis, but it is more subtle.
The more defined emphasis in the Virtue Series allows me to target these plans to athletes relatively new to our programming, or who need to work on specific areas. In general, the Virtue programming is simpler, more direct and more “jagged.” As tools, I can deploy for athletes the Virtue plans are a little blunter. The Greek Hero plans are more fluid, subtle and sophisticated. The Virtue Plans make a great foundation for the Greek Hero plans.
What about nutrition?
See our Nutritional Guidelines HERE.
Where do I find unfamiliar exercises?
See our Exercise Library HERE. The Run Calculator is listed as an exercise.
Can I see sample training?
Yes – click on each individual training plan below, then click the “Sample Training” tab at the plan product page to see sample training.
How do I access the plan?
You can access the plan via username and password either through our website or through our app (Mtn Tactical Fitness) available for IOS and Android.
Can I print out sessions to take to the gym?
Yes – you can print a week of programming at a time.