The MTI 45+ Sessions are our year-round, day-to-day base fitness programming for older, high-mileage athletes focused on staying fit, without breaking down.
MTI45+ programming is designed for civilian, tactical, and high-impact mountain athletes over 45 years old. Developed from our standalone SF45 and SF55 training plans, MTI 45+ enables athletes to maintain a high level of fitness, with protocols developed appropriately for the age range.
Below are some key programming principles for MTI 45+ Programming:
- No 1RM (1 repetition max Strength Efforts)
- Eliminate loaded deep squatting/lunging movements to minimize knee wear and accommodate likely knee arthritis. Bodyweight squats and lunges may be prescribed.
- Avoids super intense, high-impact work capacity efforts
- No max-effort endurance efforts.
- Shorter (45-minute), efficient training sessions
- Designed to build and maintain foundational “base fitness” for older athletes.
- 5-day/week training plan
The sessions are designed as high-level, day-to-day base fitness fitness. They deploy the proprietary programming methodology we’ve developed over the years for mountain and tactical athletes, but with necessary modifications needed for older athletes who want to do MTI programming. All the gains of our strength, endurance, work capacity, and chassis integrity progressions, but with significantly less wear and tear.
General Fitness Attributes
- Strength and Power Development
- High Work Capacity for Short/Intense Events
- General Purpose Endurance
- Chassis Integrity
WHAT MAKES OUR PROGRAM DIFFERENT?
1) We train for performance outside the gym. Our programming is focused on training which transfers to tactical performance and durability. Gym numbers are meaningless. All that matters is outside performance. This means we are not wedded to one programming theory or approach. Our programming is constantly evolving as we learn more and improve.
2) Strength Focus. The best thing we can do for our athletes is make them stronger. Strength is the foundation of performance and durability. We train full body strength heavy, hard, and often, using classic, proven barbell and strongman exercises. Beyond full body strength, we hammer the core and midsection daily and often dedicate whole training sessions to building our athlete’s core strength. Our strength training is aimed at the athlete’s “Combat Chasis” – legs, hips, and core.
3) We build durability. By developing overall strength, core strength, and hip and shoulder mobility, we aim to make our athletes more durable. Industrial athletes such as soldiers and mountain guides depend on their fitness and bodies for their livelihood. Avoiding injury from trauma or overuse keeps them on the battlefield and on the mountain. Strength + Mobility = Durability.
4) Our training sessions are periodized and programmed. We are uncomfortable with random training. We like to know where we are going.
5) We understand the “burden” of constant fitness, and program accordingly. Our programming cycles through emphasis on different training attributes, strives to introduce new exercises, and builds in both very intense depletion days and easier, recovery “unload” weeks to both challenge and protect the athlete.
6) Constant improvement. Our programming today is much different than 12 months ago and will be different again 12 months from now. The more we coach, the more we learn, and that increased knowledge is continually folded into training programming and training session design. We are constantly making changes to improve. We can always do better.
7) We’re our own “Lab Rats.” We do these training sessions too – ahead of when they are published on the website. We understand that programming and training session design are as much craft as they are science, and there’s no substitute for the coach writing the training sessions to do them also. We try and test it before we publish it.