I just saw a post on your account about a dude who used the Ruck Based Selection program to pass SFAS. It’s been like four years since I got selected but I just wanted to basically say “ditto.” I did two cycles of the program before selection and finished in the top 10% of every ruck and top 5% of every run. I tell every single dude who asks me for selection training advice to run your Ruck Based Selection program. Thanks for putting out great stuff, and God bless man!
Just got back from SFAS selection, followed your Ruck Based assessment program and felt great physically. I appreciate the time and effort you put in to updating the programs to reflect the current standards of selection as they update. My only change that I would recommend would be the addition of heavy squats or yoke carries. The same bag works great for combat chassis, but the weight in the last week of SFAS is upwards of #135+ for long.
Just selected at SFAS after using your RBSTPv5 (changed to 6 my last week or 2 before reporting). I felt physically prepared for all that was thrown at me, especially in team week.Been a subscriber for nearly 2 years with no plans of stopping. Looking forward to continuing to work with you as I work through the pipeline/down the line.
Recently I successfully completed SFAS, and I just wanted to take a moment to thank you in helping make that dream a reality. Your programming has been a critical piece of every step of the journey. Because of it, I not only survived, but thrived all the way through. Thank you again!
Just got selected after following your ruck based selection plan. I felt more physically prepared than anyone else in my class. I’m not an exceptional athlete, but I finished top 15% in all the gate week events and I finished 5th in the trek. So this plan absolutely works and I’ll recommend it to everyone I know who’s looking at SFAS. I’ve heard a lot of people criticize the rucking volume you program, but that is what helped set me apart in a competitive class (51 selected out of 385).
I wanted to reach out and thank you all for the exceptional training plans. I recently completed SFAS and am thankful to say I was selected. I followed a handful of training plans with the lead up time I had, including Humility, Fortitude, Valor and the Ruck-based plan. I think they all prepared me well with a base of strength and thought the Ruck-based plan did a tremendous job. I finished in the top 10 in all of our rucks and felt very comfortable under the weight for land nav week as well. Also, I found the sandbag work to be very beneficial and had direct correlation to success within a couple events throughout SFAS.
"Wanted to drop a line and say I just got back from SFAS and was selected. Thanks for the focused training plan, it made my job easier and I just had to focus on completing the exercises. I’m a huge fan of MTI and will tell others about it if they ask for any type of military programming."
"I followed your advice, and picked up Fortitude for a few weeks. I got back from Afghanistan a few weeks ago and finished the Ruck Based Selection Program in Albuquerque, NM (5300’). I went to assessment and selection for the Special Operations Squadron last week, and got the job! Your program worked as advertised, and I know I wouldn’t have been successful without it. Thanks again!"
"Hey Rob I wanted to let you know I was selected and that your train up was great. Not only I but several very good athletes there used this program and it carried over well. I have roughly 4 to six months before I’ll start the Q course any suggestions on what programs to use between now and then with all of that time would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again!"
"Big thanks on your ruck based selection packet. Myself and two buddies used it to train up for SFAS, and all of us were selected. We all concurred that we were very prepared for the time under load as a result of your training plan. The only thing we noticed was that our pushups seemed to suffer during the actual Ruck Based Selection Plan, we did identify this 4 weeks out and supplemented additional pushups as a result."
"I used your ruck based selection plan v5 and reached all of my goals. Thanks for the great training plan. You are the man!"
"I want to start off by saying thank you. Your Ruck Based Selection Program is an excellent training regimen. I attended SFAS last month and was selected! Your Ruck Based Selection Program helped immensely. I felt more than adequately prepared for the rigors of SFAS.
I know the MTI team is always modifying their training programs and looking for ways to improve. I am by no means an expert in physical fitness but I do have a few layman's comments that may help out in future versions of the Ruck Based Selection Program.1. After the first two weeks of the program I cut out the IBA runs altogether. I personally felt that I needed more recovery time during the program and to my knowledge there are no IBA runs during selection itself. I am sure you have good reasons for including loaded runs during the program, but I felt better prepared to conduct the rucks and unloaded runs after cutting out the IBA runs. After going through selection I feel like this was the right call in my case.2. Prior to SFAS I felt like I was not getting enough APFT and distance running work. This fear turned out to be unfounded as I ended up scoring 300 on the SFAS APFT and ran the fastest 2-mile of my career!3. The sandbag-based work capacity events were absolutely perfect training for Team Week at SFAS. In hindsight I would even consider progressively ramping up the weight of the sandbag from 60 to 100ish pounds. Candidates carry enormous amounts of weight on their backs during team week and I feel that the sandbag-based strength workouts correspond very well to those events.4. The long rucks on Saturdays can seem extreme during the program but they are the most critical events to prepare for SFAS. I would encourage anyone preparing for SFAS to not cut these rucks short, because they will be rucking even further during selection.Thanks again for developing this program. I hope the comments help out!"
Well. I am hooked. My friend pointed me in the direction of MTI because he knew how excited I am about being athletic and outdoors. I shopped around, I liked the smell, and I settled on a package deal. I am so glad I did. I am seven weeks into my Ruck based Selection Plan. I am very pleased with my progress. I really appreciate the scientific approach to measuring and analyzing of every effort. I like the blog posts and Youtube content for when I am unfamiliar with a movement or need a little motivation. I feel like the focus on standard military movements and ruck fundamentals really set me apart from my peers during a competition last weekend and I would like to very humbly report that I have won the honor of being 2018's NCO of the year for the Oklahoma Army National Guard. I am moving on to the Region 5 competition in May and will definitely remain engaged with my MTI Ruck Based Selection Plan.
Completed your Ruck Based Selection Program in the weeks leading up to my SFAS date earlier this month. I definitely felt prepared for everything that was thrown at me during the course and was luckily 'Selected' to top it off. Just wanted to say thanks for the knowledge and work that is poured into your programs. Without them I don't know how well I would have done.
I just recently returned from SFAS this weekend and wanted to reach back out to MTI to say thanks for the quality training program and for making the coaches so accessible throughout the process. I'm happy to report that I was selected and felt great throughout the course. I was able to continue performing long into the course when so many of my peers began to deteriorate. I'm taking a week off and then getting right back after it in preparation for the Q Course. The grip training, heavy rucks, and run/ruck intervals were the key pieces that I believe made me overall successful. Again, thanks to you and the MTI crew for pointing us in the right direction and making our goals obtainable.
Just finished SFAS, and I can't thank MTI enough for the prep plan and all of your hard work (lab rats included!) I was selected and can confidently say your ruck based selection prep was a HUGE part of that.
Now that selection is finished, I still have airborne and waiting on Q course dates. I'm looking at 6-8 month window until the Q.
Thanks for everything you guys rock!
Good afternoon. I am following your program and its amazing. I am thankful I found such a comprehensive and effective routine. .I go for selection soon. We did a 5 mile ruck/run so I took today off. Today was suppose to be a 10 mile ruck on week 7. I think pretty soon my body will adapt. Thank you for the amazing info. My LT was amazed, he said this was the most comprehensive plan he had ever seen. You guys really take pride in your work. That means so much to those of us who want to qualify to be the best in the world. Thank you again.
I hope you are well.
Also I went to SFAS in May and got selected. I followed your Ruck Based Selection Plan and never had a problem - was told by the cadre I was a top 5 performer.It worked extremely well and I felt strong throughout. I know some guys have been saying there isn't a need for the longer rucks (12+ mile), but I felt that they made the difference on the land nav phase, where just being on your feet under a ruck for days on end started to break down the other lads. Because I had the extra milage in the legs and back, I felt my ability to recover was much better.
The only thing I did change was on some of the 2 mile intervals, I carried a 50lbs KB in one hand to work on grip strength and replicate events on Team week, that really gave me the edge. I watched people quit because of that.
I just wanted to send my thanks for your Ruck Based Selection Program. Just
got back from SFAS and was selected! I was in the top 10% for all events and
rucks. Was able to beast through Team Week even after the long days and
nights of the STAR Course. I couldn't have made it through without your
program. Amazing job in what you and your team do. As a guy who isn't
infantry, it was difficult in figuring out where to start with my training.
You took the guess work out of it, and it paid off in the end. Thank you so
much. - A
I am a little late to sending this, however, I wanted to take a moment and let you know that I appreciate what you do for our community. I recently successfully completed SFAS at the end of January and was selected to start the SFQC.
A little background on me and your training program. I first found your Mountain Athlete in 2009, when I was a Sophomore at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. I stumbled upon your programming by doing some of my own research. I was initially extremely disheartened when the only programming I could ever find for Military (or sport specific) training was all body weight and running that included thousands of reps. I quickly became pretty burnt out conducting "Army" PT in the morning and my own lifting regiment that I picked up from high school sports in the afternoon. Anyway, I quickly began to follow some crossfit workouts, but I did not believe in the "random" training aspect. I wanted to get more sport specific. So I compared all different athletes and tried to figure out what sport is most closely related to "Military Fitness" needs. So I researched professional climbing workouts and coaches. I finally stumbled upon your website as well as Gym Jones. Since then, I have been following your Military Athlete programs to help me complete and exceed at IBOLC, Ranger, and most recently SFAS. I can tell you up front that I could not have been so successful without the training you and your team develops at Mountain Tactical Institute.
I utilized your Ruck Based V5 Selection program to prepare for SFAS. I will say, the programming was definitely pretty difficult and required some dedication at times (but anything worth doing does). At selection, I was able to finish in the top 1% for the rucks, including the trek. However, the runs I was finishing more in the top 20%-30%. I would like to believe that is because the younger 18Xs are just ridiculously fast runners. I would like to offer some feedback to you from my thoughts on your training plan and its effectiveness in preparing for SFAS. ]
- APFT - I maxed the APFT and ran a 12:25 2-Mile. Only thing I would recommend here is addition of some extra push up training during the week, maybe included in the 6 mile run workouts.
- 6 mile running workouts - the 2 mile repeats were probably the thing I dreaded the most each week. I definitely got use to the mileage and suck factor, however, I was just curious on the effectiveness v. the recovery factor every week doing those repeats at a 13:30 pace after an AM workout.
- Strength - I believe your sandbag focused strength training effectively helped with the "awkward" lifting of heavy shit that occurs quite often at SFAS. Only suggestion I would make is possible addition of some extra low carry training.
- Rucking - obviously your ruck training was on point. It helped me finish consistently in the top of the class. I don't really have a recommendation here just kind of curious to the need of 16 Mile and 18 Mile rucks. Of course, I completed them because they were on my training calendar and for some reason I just can't skip something that's written down, possibly my stubbornness. However, I just thought maybe it was a little excessive to go over 12 Miles when we are focusing on a training effectiveness v. durability for Selection aspect. These are just me thoughts here, and like I said, I still completed the 16 and 18 miles.
I just wanted to provide you and your coaches with some feedback. I logged every single one of my workouts on paper and I would like to send my data to you if you believe it could be useful for improvement in the future. It astonishes me that the Military and its personnel are not treated more like athletes when it comes to fitness, nutrition, and recovery. All the Army programs that are out there seem to me to be half assed and behind the power curve. Your programming is the closest I can get to having an individual trainer who knows what I need ( and I would not be against paying you for personal training). Again Rob, Thank you for everything you and your team does at MTI, keep up the good work because there are a lot of us out here that rely on programing like yours.
I recently was selected through SFAS to continue in the SF Q-Course as a hand amputee. The difference between success and failure in many aspects was your Ruck Based Selection Training Plan. Thank you for your passion and ability in programming effective workout regimens.
Hey guys, I've been using your plans for a few years now. Recently I attended SFAS and was Selected. Used your Ruck Selection Plan. - A
Just wanted to say thanks for all the work you've been doing in the functional fitness field. I've used your plans a few times in my military career. Most recently your Ruck Based Selection Plan. I attended SFAS in November of this past year and was Selected. I was definitely prepared for the physical aspect thanks to your programming.
Keep it up! - A
By the way, sincere appreciation for y'alls work. I recently came back from SFAS and was completely prepared physically for what we faced.
I appreciate the support! - T
I'm a huge fan of your work. I appreciate the scientific rigor you use to create truly inspired workout programs for military guys like me. I just (mostly) finished the Ruck-based Selection train-up and it helped me finish in the top 10 of a support company of over 100 Soldiers during a week of physical events that included the APFT, pull-ups, rope climb, CWST, 5-mile run, and 12-mile ruck. - N
First of all, i just wanted to say thanks. I did your 8 Week Ruck Based SFAS prep program and just got selected. Physically i was well prepared for the events, and afterwards am recovering much faster than some others. A few days after the last event i actually felt completely fine.