Canadian JTF-2 Selection Training Plan

$79.00

  • Intense, 7-Week Training Plan sport-specifically designed to prepare athletes for the fitness demands of the Canadian JTF-2 Selection. It includes a taper into selection.
  • Plan includes focused training for the JTF-2 Physical Fitness Selection Test and the 12km Ruck.
  • Plan includes intense, multi-modal work capacity efforts to prepare for the team events, and long, weekend-mini events to prepare for the long days at selection.
  • This training plan is one of the 200+ plans included with an Athlete’s Subscription

Description

The Canadian JTF-2 Selection Training Plan is an intense 7-week, 6 day/week training program specifically designed to prepare athletes for the Canadian JTF-2 Selection Course. This program includes one taper week (Week 7) and is intended to be completed in the seven weeks directly prior to your selection course start week.

This plan trains multiple modes, but focuses on the JTF-2 Physical Fitness Selection Test and ruck-based endurance to prepare athletes to score well on the Physical Fitness Selection but to also have the endurance and mental fitness required to excel under the arduous conditions presented by the selection course. The plan includes very heavy training volume. The plan starts relatively slow but ramps-up quickly. There are multiple two-a-days and long-duration “mini events” on Saturdays varying in length from two to six hours. This volume is intended to prepare candidates for the volume they will encounter during selection. Be safe and smart about your training as you work through the program; don’t be afraid to cut down sessions, or if necessary, take an extra rest day if needed.

This is Version 1 of the plan, Built November, 2020.

FITNESS DEMANDS

Assessment Driven, Individualized Progression

The JTF-2 Selection Preparation Plan is individualized in that its progression is based on assessments taken at various points throughout the plan. Athletes will be tested on the following:

  1. 1.5 mile run
  2. Max push-ups
  3. Max pull-ups
  4. Max sit-ups
  5. 1RM Bench Press
  6. 25m swim in boots/utilities
  7. 12km Ruck (at 35kg)

These assessments and their accompanying progressions are overlaid with equipment-restricted Work Capacity and Chassis Integrity events intended to increase the athlete’s multi-domain endurance and durability.

Long Duration Mini-Events

The JTF-2 Selection Preparation Plan includes six long-duration “mini events” intended to build the athlete’s mental fitness and prepare him/her for the long days of constant movement and multiple fitness events. The “mini events” build rapidly in duration and intensity over the course of the plan and range in length from two to six hours. The events include unloaded running, ruck movements, and equipment-restricted work capacity events. You must eat and hydrate throughout these events to avoid crashing. Every person’s body responds differently to eating/drinking during endurance events; use these “mini events” to hone your game day nutrition.

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Weeks 1, 4, 7:

  • Monday – Physical Fitness Selection Testing (push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, bench, 1.5 mile run) / Swim test
  • Tuesday – Physical Fitness Selection Testing (12km ruck)
  • Wednesday – Work Capacity
  • Thursday – (2-a-day): AM: Physical Fitness Selection Work (calisthenic/bench progression) / Chassis Integrity; PM: 1.5 mile progression
  • Friday – Recovery run
  • Saturday – long duration “mini event”
  • Sunday – Total Rest

Weeks 2, 3, 5, 6:

  • Monday – Work Capacity
  • Tuesday – (2-a-day): AM: Physical Fitness Selection Work (calisthenic/bench progression) / Chassis Integrity; PM: 12km Ruck interval work
  • Wednesday – Work Capacity
  • Thursday – (2-a-day): AM: Physical Fitness Selection Work (calisthenic/bench progression) / Chassis Integrity; PM: 1.5 mile progression
  • Friday – Recovery run
  • Saturday – long duration “mini event”
  • Sunday – Total Rest

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

  • Fully-equipped functional fitness gym, including:
    • Flat bench w/ bar/weights for Bench Press test
    • Dumbells/Kettlebells (for farmer’s carry)
    • Flat bench or 20″ box for step ups
    • Pull-up bar
  • Sandbag (40# for women, 60# for men)
  • Stopwatch with repeating countdown timer (smartphone will work) – GPS watch to calculate pace is ideal
  • 25m Pool
  • 35kg ruck w/ 5kg rubber rifle, sledge, or dumbbell

COMMON QUESTIONS

What if I miss a day?
Don’t skip ahead. Start where you left off. The plan is progressive, and its training sessions designed to be completed in order.

What if I have less than 7 weeks before the event?
Start at the beginning of the training plan, then on the week directly before selection, skip ahead and complete week 7 of the plan.

What if I can’t handle the training volume at first?
Building stamina and resilience is a key training goal of this plan; physical and mental stamina are also key to completing the JTF-2 selection course. If you can’t handle the training volume at first, it’s better to cut training sessions short, rather than take unscheduled rest days.

What if I can’t make the prescribed reps for the exercises, or the prescribed interval times for the rucks, runs?
Do your best, and be sure to do the total number of rounds, even if you can’t make the reps or the time. Don’t quit.

What is the difference between “AMRAP” and “Grind” in the workout event pacing?
“AMRAP” means “As many rounds as possible” in the prescribed event duration. Fight through to get as many rounds and fractions of a round as you can (e.g. 7 rounds plus 4 Sandbag clean + press from the 8th round). “Grind” means you should work steadily, but not frantically through the exercises for the prescribed time or number of rounds.

Unfamiliar Exercises? Questions?
Go to http://mtntactical.com/category/exercises/ to see unfamiliar exercises.

Questions?
Email coach@mtntactical.com

DISCLAIMER

Before beginning any exercise program, consult with your physician to ensure that you are in proper health. Physical training contains inherent risks including, but not limited to, muscle strains, tears, physical and bodily injury up to and including death. This training program is not meant to provide medical advice; you should obtain medical advice from your private health care practitioner. If you are unable to assume these risks then you should not engage in this training program. No liability is assumed by Mountain Tactical Institute, Inc, its owners or employees, and you train at your own risk. Mountain Tactical Institute makes no warranty, express or implied, of any kind in connection with this training program.

Required Equipment

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT




  • Fully-equipped functional fitness gym, including:

    • Flat bench w/ bar/weights for Bench Press test

    • Dumbells/Kettlebells (for farmer's carry)

    • Flat bench or 20" box for step ups

    • Pull-up bar



  • Sandbag (40# for women, 60# for men)

  • Stopwatch with repeating countdown timer (smartphone will work) - GPS watch to calculate pace is ideal

  • 25m Pool

  • 35kg ruck w/ 5kg rubber rifle, sledge, or dumbbell

Sample Training

Below is the entire first week of programming from the training plan:


*************
MONDAY
SESSION 1
Obj: JTF-2 Physical Fitness Selection Test Day 1


Warm-up:


3 rounds:




Training:


(1) Run 1.5 Miles for time


(2) Max reps "continuous" push-ups


("Continuous"= no pausing in either "up" or "down" position)


(3) Max reps sit-ups in 1 minute


(1 full rep = shoulder blades touching mat to elbows touching knees)


(4) Max reps "continuous" pull-ups


("Continuous"= no pausing in either "up" or "down" position)


(1 full rep = full extension of arms to chin over bar)


(5) 1 RM Bench Press Test


(2x warm-up sets allowed)


RECORD ALL TIMES/SCORES


*Move to Pool*


(6) 25m swim wearing boots/utilities (no time limit)


(7) Water Tread work .... 10 minute EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute)


Odd minutes: 30 seconds "hands out" tread


Even minutes: 1x "bottom sample" (touch bottom of the pool with both hands, return to surface)


**************

TUESDAY
SESSION 2
Obj: JTF-2 Physical Fitness Selection Test Day 2


Warm-up:


4 rounds:




Training:


(1) Ruck 12km for time (35kg ruck // no helmet or rifle)


*RECORD TIME*


(2) 2 rounds:




**********

WEDNESDAY
SESSION 3
Obj: Work Capacity / Chassis Integrity


Warm-up:


3 Rounds:




Training:


(1) 30 Minute AMRAP:




(2) 15 minute Grind ...




"Grind" = worth through the exercises in this circuit steadily but not frantically for the prescribed time or rounds.


(3) 2 rounds:




*************

THURSDAY
SESSION 4
Obj: Two-a-day


AM: Physical Fitness Selection Test Work / Chassis Integrity


Warm-up:


3 rounds:




Training:


(1) 5 rounds, every 90 seconds


30% of max rep push-ups from SESSION 1


(2) 5 rounds, every 90 seconds


30% of max rep pull-ups from SESSION 1


(3) 5 rounds, every 90 seconds


30% of max rep sit-ups from SESSION 1


So, if you scored 60x Push Ups on SESSION 1, 60 x .3 = 19.5 or 20 (round up). Set a repeating countdown timer to 90 seconds. On go, complete 20x continuous Push Ups. Faster you finish, the more rest you get before the next round begins.


(4) 4x Bench Press @ 50% 1RM, then...4x Bench Press @ 75% 1RM from SESSION 1


Then ....


5 Rounds




(5) 15 minute Grind ...




"Grind" = worth through the exercises in this circuit steadily but not frantically for the prescribed time or rounds.


*************************


PM: Run Work


Warm-up:


3 Rounds




Training:


(1) 3 rounds




  • Run 800m at MTI Run Calculator "800m Pace" using 1.5 mile run time from SESSION 1

  • Rest 4 min between rounds


(2) 2 Rounds




**********

FRIDAY
SESSION 5
Obj: Recovery Run


Training:


(1) Run 6 kilometers at an Easy pace


“Easy” = you can speak in full sentences while running


(2) 2 Rounds




*********

SATURDAY
SESSION 6
Obj: 120-minute "Mini Event"


Warm-up:


3 rounds:




Training:


(1) Ruck 8km (off trail over uneven, hilly terrain if possible) w/ 35kg ruck + rubber rifle (or 5kg sledge/ dumbbell)


Immediately into...


(2) 30 min AMRAP - (As Many Rounds as Possible) with 40/60# Sandbag:




(3) 3 rounds




*******

SUNDAY
SESSION 7
Obj: Total Rest

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While I understand the question, I’m not a salesman – so I can’t put a hard sale on anyone for our programming.

I can tell them the process we go through to design our programming.

We begin with extensive research on the fitness demands of the event, identify the exercises and progressions which sport specifically meet those demands, chose end-of-cycle goals, and program backward to design the plan.

Then we test the cycle on ourselves and our lab rats here in Wyoming. We document, note what works and doesn’t work, re-assess, and make changes and modifications.

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As we learn more and improve, we go back, and update the sport-specific training plans on the website. For example, we’re currently on Version 5 of our Ruck Based Selection Training Plan and Version 3 of our Dryland Ski Training Plan and Version 4 of our Big Game Back Country Hunting Training Plan.

We understand our programing isn’t cheap, but we believe it’s a great value. The $79 for the Ruck Based Selection Training Plan, and $39 for the Dryland Ski Training Plan reflect the, research, work, innovative theory, iteration, testing and feedback we’ve put in and received to make these plans effective.

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Questions?
Email: rob@mtntactical.com

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Where do I find unfamiliar exercises?
See our Exercise Library HERE. The Run and Ruck Calculators are listed as exercises.

What about nutrition?
See our Nutritional Guidelines HERE.

Can I see sample training?
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You are encouraged to do it before purchasing.

What if I have more questions?
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