Pirate Training Packet 1: 5x Base Fitness + Fin/Swim Plans

Original price was: $295.00.Current price is: $219.00.

  • 5 Training Plans specifically designed to meet the day-to-day training needs of tactical athletes with water mission sets (SCUBA, water rescue, etc) including Navy SEAL, USAF CCT/PJ, BORSTAR, etc.
  • Train Relative Strength, Work Capacity, Tactical Speed/Agilty, Chassis Integrity and Military Endurance (swimming, running, rucking)
  • The price for this packet represents about 20% savings over purchasing the plans individually
  • The training plans within this packet are all included with the 200+ plans that come with an Athlete’s Subscription


The Pirate Packet 1  of plans deploy MTI’s Fluid Periodization programming to build the day-to-day fitness training requirements of multi-mission military and law enforcement units with a SCUBA, water rescue, etc. mission set.

The five plans in this series are mission-specifically designed as day-to-day programming for Air Force Special Tactics, Marine Reconnaissance, and Raiders, Navy SEAL’s and EOD, SF Dive Teams, Rescue Swimmers, BORSTAR, etc.

The programming effectively balances swimming/finning endurance with land-based endurance, strength, work capacity, and chassis integrity fitness demands.

Each plan has a focus for increasing speed and/or endurance in the water while continuing to develop the other attributes with our tried and tested progressions.

The training plans in this packet are designed as day to day programming for units with water-based mission sets. These plans are not designed for those preparing for a water-based selection or school. See our selection and/or school specific plans if you will be attending a school/selection in the near future. (BUD/s, BORSTAR, MARSOC A&S, etc.)

Each plan is scheduled for training 5x/week, for 6-7 weeks. Do the plans in order, with a week of total rest between plans.

1) Military OnRamp

2) Barbossa

3) Black Beard

4) Captain Morgan

5) Madame Cheng



The Military On Ramp Training Plan establishes base fitness for the follow-on plans.


The first plan in the packet, Barbossa aims to increase swimming speed based on 500m swim assessments as well as refresh on water survival through treading and 25m underwater crossovers.

We’ll develop full body strength via our TLU Strength Progression, trained 2x/weekly along with short, intense repeat work capacity events. Chassis Integrity and Tactical Speed are trained 1x/week each.

Land based endurance is focused on developing the aerobic base for mid to long distance running at moderate pace.


Black Beard

Black Beard transitions to finning speed for the water-based endurance. It utilizes intervals based on 3x 1500m fin assessment at the beginning, middle, and end of the plan. It deploys our Density Strength Progression with a focus on Craig Specials and Push Press.

The work capacity efforts are longer in Black Beard, ranging from 20-30 minutes. You will rotate through work capacity efforts, with one assessed and trained weekly. Expect burning legs and burning lungs.

Chassis Integrity is trained 1x/week, and we transition to Tactical Agility with level and direction drills under load.

The land based endurance deploys a short ruck run assessment and follow on intervals to maintain speed under the ruck.


Captain Morgan

The third plan in the packet, Captain Morgan will develop swimming aerobic base. Starting at 2,000m and working up to a 2,500m swim, these efforts are intended to be conducted at moderate intensity.

We’ll move to two classic lifts, Bench Press and Back Squat, for our Super Squat Strength Progression. The Super Squat progression is percentage based, 1×20 effort. We’ve found that the time under tension (you can’t rack the barbell!) has great effect on increasing strength. These are hard.

Work Capacity is trained 2x/week in varying time domains with repeat efforts. Back to back work cap efforts train the body to recover quickly and increase your metabolic capacity.

In Captain Morgan, we’ll train both Tactical Speed and Agility – linear speed, direction change, and level change. Chassis Integrity is trained 1x/week to maintain core strength.


Madame Cheng

The final plan of the packet, Madame Cheng deploys our Gym Based Endurance in conjunction with finning, running, and rucking for a heavy endurance focus.

We combine finning and running in a modified Brick format – you will conduct a moderate distance fin, followed immediately by a unloaded run once a week. You’ll also train moderate pace rucking, working up to 8 miles by the end of the cycle.

Gym Based Endurance is trained 1x/week with a long effort at 40-60 minutes. These are constant movement efforts utilizing dumbbell/barbell exercises, sand bag exercises, running, step ups, box jumps, etc.

Madame Cheng also includes strength training 2x/week utilizing the RAT 6 Progression, focusing on the Hinge Lift and heavy Thrusters.

The price for this packet of plans represents about 20% savings over the combined price of the individual plans.




  • Fully-Equipped Functional Fitness Gym
  • 25# Weight Vest or IBA
  • Ruck
  • Pool of known distance
  • Fins

You can also click on the individual plans above to see the required equipment for each specific training plan.



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.

Where do I find unfamiliar exercises?
See our Exercise Library HERE. The Run Calculator is listed as an exercise.

What about nutrition?
See our Nutritional Guidelines HERE.

Can I see sample training?
Yes – click on each individual training plan above, then click the “Sample Training” tab at the plan product page to see sample training.

How do I access the plan? Pdf? Online?
Plan access is online, via username and password.

Can I print out sessions to take to the gym?
Yes – you can print a week of programming at a time.

More Questions? Email


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.


1)  Mission Direct

Gym numbers mean nothing. All that matters is mission performance. 

To this end, MTI’s fitness solutions and programming are not boxed in by convention, tradition, orthodoxy, public opinion or any other artificial constraint driven by inside or outside forces.

We begin with the raw fitness demands of the mission and build a fitness solution which directly prepares the athlete for those demands.


2) Fitness Solutions Built from the Ground Up

MTI’s programming is not “re-tread” bodybuilding, football, CrossFit, kettlebell, strength or general fitness programming. We’ve built our fitness programming for mountain and tactical athletes from the ground up.

The Fluid Periodization methodology we deploy to concurrently train multiple fitness attributes is completely original and has continued to evolve and improve over the years.

Our mid-section training methodology, Chassis Integrity, is also original, as is our endurance programming, 7 strength training progressions, tactical agility, and work capacity programming.

Our mountain sports pre-season training plans, tactical PFT, selection, school, course, and fitness improvement training plans across military, LE and Fire Rescue are MTI-developed, tested and athlete-proven.

Over the years hundreds of athletes and coaches have taken our advanced programming and unit fitness leader programming courses and MTI is widely recognized within the mountain and tactical professions and fitness media as a thought leader in fitness programming for military and tactical athletes.


3) The MTI Method

→ Research: MTI begins program design with extensive research of the fitness demands of the mission, sport or event, identifies the exercises and progressions which sport-specifically meet those demands, chose end-of-cycle goals, and program backward to design the training plan.

→ Deploy & Assess: We deploy the training plan “Lab Rats” at our Wyoming facility. Training session and cycle issues are identified and fixed as we work through the training plan. Post cycle we assess the programming’s effectiveness and efficiency. We keep the stuff that works, and fix or toss the stuff that doesn’t.

→ Publish & Assess Again: Plan is published for purchase as an individual training plan and made available to our subscribers. Feedback/results are assessed.

→ Iterate: We take what we learn from lab rats and athletes, re-visit, update and improve already published training plans. Several of our individual training plans are on their 4th or 5th version.


4) Mission-Direct Research

MTI exists to “Improve Mountain and Tactical Athletes mission performance and keep them safe.” To that end, we have developed a unique research methodology aimed at identifying real world areas of improvement and identifying immediately deployable mission-direct solutions. Click HERE to learn more about MTI’s Mission-Direct Research methodology, and Here to read about just few of our research efforts.

5) Field Proven

Our stuff works. Weekly we receive unsolicited reviews of our programming and testimonials to its effectiveness.


6) Programming Breadth

MTI’s library of 200+ sport-specific fitness plans for mountain and tactical athletes is unmatched. Resources range from specific programming for tactical special forces selections, to specific plans for climbing Rainier and Denali, to general fitness solutions such as running improvement, to post-rehab from injury.

Over the past decade, MTI has partnered with hundreds of athletes throughout their individual mountain and tactical careers, and provided fitness solutions as they face new mountain objectives, tactical schools, selections, PFTs and deployments, and came back from injury.


7) Worldwide Influence

Our work is not limited to US Athletes.

We’ve developed selection-specific training plans for Canadian, UK, Australian and German Special Forces Selections and worked with individual military personnel from Scandinavia, South, and Central America.

Canadian, Australian, UK and western European law enforcement and fire/rescue athletes have used MTI programming for mission-direct fitness.

On the mountain side, Alpinists from Japan to Slovakia have consulted with MTI and used MTI’s programming to prepare for mountain objectives.


8) Mission Performance beyond Fitness

MTI’s exists is to improve Mission Performance for mountain and tactical athletes and keep them safe. 

This focus on “mission direct” solutions, enhancements and improvements drives our work and research and extends beyond fitness solutions to include training, leadership, gear, team culture, and safety. 

Fitness is just one area of our work.

Our non-fitness research has included tactical cultures, combat uniforms, and gore-tex performance, and effect of stress on marksmanship.

Our work on defining what it means to be a Quiet Professional has had penetrating influence and driven healthy conversations with both mountain and tactical professionals.


9) Direct, Honest, Clear Answers

Since 2007 we’ve taken and answered dozens of questions weekly from mountain and tactical athletes. We’ve saved these individual Q&A’s and now thousands are archived on our site.

We’re not salesmen, and our answers are noted for their directness, honesty, and clarity. Our stuff isn’t for everyone. If we can help, we’ll let you know. If we can’t, we’ll let you know that, too.

– Rob Shaul, Founder


All of the Above is Backed Up By Our Promise: Our Stuff Works. Guaranteed.

Our Stuff Works. Guaranteed.

By Rob Shaul

I received notes frequently from athletes hesitant to purchase a subscription or training plans asking me to sell them on why they should make the purchase.

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.

Then we publish the programming in the form of one of our plans or as part of our subscription daily training sessions for tactical and mountain athletes.
We don’t stop there – our daily programming is the “tip of the spear” for our programming evolution. We use these sessions to learn and make continuous improvement.

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.

All that matters for us is outside performance, and we feel strongly that Our Stuff Works in the real world.

Here’s our guarantee:

1) Individual Training Plan Purchase:
If you purchase an individual training plan, follow it as prescribed before your season/event/pft/selection, and if you don’t feel you were physically ready for your season/event/pft/selection, and/or didn’t see dramatic improvements in your early season performance, we’ll refund your money, no questions asked.

2) Athlete’s Subscription
If you purchase an Athletes’ Subscription, follow the training sessions as prescribed, and are not satisfied with the quality of the programming, notify us within 30 days of purchase, and we’ll refund your money, no questions asked.



Do you have any reviews or testimonials from athletes who have used your Athlete’s Subscription
Yes. Click HERE.

Is it true you guarantee your stuff works?
Yes. If you purchase an Athletes’ Subscription, follow the training sessions as prescribed, and are not satisfied with the quality of the programming, notify us within 30 days of purchase, and we’ll refund your money, no questions asked.

How is MTI programming different than CrossFit?
This is a common question. Read our answer HERE.

You have a lot of competitors. Why should I choose MTI?
MTI is driven to improve mountain and tactical athletes’ mission performance and keep them safe. This emphasis and focus on mission performance sets us apart. Read about more that sets us apart HERE.

If I purchase a plan or subscription, how do I access the programming?
All of our plans are online, accessible via username and password.
You can log in through our →Website  or Mobile App →IOS and Android.

Do you have downloadable .pdf’s of the training plans?
No. But you can print the programming, by week, from your browser. You access individual training plans online via a username and password.

Do you have a mobile app?
Yes, we do. Available for IOS and Android.

What is the difference between purchasing an individual training plan, packet of plans or an Athlete’s Subscription?

  • Plan – Like purchasing the DVD of the first Star Wars movie. You own it forever, including any updates we make to the plan.
  • Packet – Like purchasing the DVD’s of all the Star Wars movies. You own them forever, including any updates we make to the plans.
  • Athlete’s Subscription – Like subscribing to Netflix. You get access to all 200+ plan in our library, but lose access if you unsubscribe.

If I purchase an Athletes Subscription Can I cancel on my own, anytime?

Do I have to contact MTI to cancel or can I do it myself?
You can do it yourself. Instructions HERE.

If I purchase a subscription and have questions about where to start or what plans(s) to use for my goals, will you help?
Yes. We answer dozens of training questions from athletes weekly. Email

If you add new plans or update existing plans after I subscribe will I have access to them?
Yes. We are continuously adding training plans and packets (2-5/month) and updating plans. With your subscription you’ll have access to all new plans, new courses and plan updates.

What Equipment is Required?
Click the “Required Equipment” tab to find out what equipment is required for the specific plan you are interested in.

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?
Click the “Sample Training” tab to see the entire first week of programming.
You are encouraged to do it before purchasing.

What if I have more questions?


"Im an Army EOD tech. I first encountered your training programs when a Navy Chief, one of my instructors in EOD school decided to take over or PT program. He put us through some hellish PT sessions but at the end of it he had whipped us into pretty great shape. I asked him where he got his inspiration for the sessions he bestowed on us and he directed me to you fine gentlemen. I love your programming, I use it prescribed and as inspiration for my own programming new ways to approach exercises and fitness as a whole.

Bottom line, the point of this email is to just say thanks for the great resources!"
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