By Rob Shaul
Five remote Wildland Firefighters following the first 3 weeks of the MTI Wildland Fire Fitness Assessment Training Plan improved their scores an average of 19 percent.
The MTI Wildland Fire Fitness Assessment is a multi-battery, mission-direct fitness assessment designed to assess upper body strength, functional core strength, loaded spring-based work work capacity and endurance. Below are the events in the assessment:
- Max Reps Strict Pull Ups
- Max Reps Hand Release Push Ups in 90 Seconds
- 60/10/60 Sandbag Keg Lift for Reps @ 60# bag, 48” Ledge
- Modified MTI Tactical Athlete Work Capacity Assessment
- 1/300/1 Ruck Run, Loaded Step Up, Run
This is a straight forward mini study where all the study subjects completed the same training plan – specifically the first 3 weeks of the MTI Wildland Fire Fitness Assessment Training Plan. All of the study subjects are current western-state wildland fire fighters.
The MTI Wildland Fire Fitness Assessment Training Plan is assessment-based. The lab rats completed the fitness assessment at the beginning of the training plan, and used their assessment results for the follow-on event-specific progressions for all events but the 1/300/1.
See the chart below for results from this cycle:
None. This mini study validated the program design we’ve developed for this fitness assessment.
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