Tactical BJJ – Riggs


  • 4 week, 5 day/week Training Plan specifically designed for Tactical Athletes who also train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) or other grappling based athletics
  • All sessions are focused 30-45 minutes to ensure you can complete the training and still make your BJJ sessions fresh and ready to train.
  • Can be purchased individually, or as part of the Tactical BJJ Action Hero Training Packet
  • This training plan is one of the 250+ Plans included with an Athlete’s Subscription


This 20x session training program is the third plan in MTI’s Action Heroes Packet designed for the Tactical Athlete who also trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) or other grappling based athletics.

This plan and the other four plans in the packet are appropriate for Military, Law Enforcement, or Fire/Rescue personnel with specific training for each profession within the programming.

This is Version 1 of the plan, designed in November 2021.

All sessions are focused 30-45 minutes to ensure you can complete the training and still make your BJJ sessions fresh and ready to train.

This training program has 3 objectives:

  1. Improve job specific fitness (Military, LE, F/R)
  2. Improve grappling specific fitness (Brute Strength Muscular Endurance)
  3. Balance the demands of the job, the sport, and traditional gym based training to increase performance and prevent overuse injuries or overtraining



This training plan balances Strength and Work Capacity with Endurance maintenance required for the tactical professions. The plan utilizes extended “Brute Strength” grinds with a 60-80# Sandbag, with lower body, upper body, total body, loaded “hugging” carries, and grip movements. These grinds should be completed at a workmanlike pace, with the intention of being able to move irregular objects over a variety of movement planes. 60-80# is a light enough load that you won’t compromise form, but still find it extremely challenging. 

The BJJ conditioning uses our Kettlebell/Dumbbell Snatch Assessment and follow on progressions based on your assessment results. This is a great total body movement that you’re able to attack rapidly, mimicking repeated ‘scrambles’ during hard rolling sessions with brief moments of respite between efforts.

This plan also looks at continuing to develop grip strength and sport specific abdominal/lower back strength based on the needs of BJJ/grappling. Some exercises in this packet are new to reflect the needs of the sport.

How to organize your training schedule:

This plan is ‘self-paced’, meaning you should not necessarily complete the programming Monday through Friday. In order to prevent overtraining, we recommend the following schedule based on your BJJ training frequency.

  • Train BJJ 1-2x/week —-> Complete 3-4x training plan sessions/week
  • Train BJJ 3-4x/week —-> Complete 2-3x training plan sessions/week
  • Train BJJ 5-6x/week —-> Complete 2x training plan sessions/week

Training sessions should still be completed sequentially. See below for a week’s example for someone who trains BJJ 3x/week:

Can I train BJJ and complete sessions from this plan on the same day?

Yes, just train smart. Pair strength training days with your more intense BJJ training days. Complete your strength and conditioning and BJJ training at least four hours apart.



Endurance is broken down into three categories within the training session – Military, Law Enforcement, Fire/Rescue. The needs of each profession are different and require maintenance to ensure you’re always up to the task. Whichever one you do for a living, should be the one you complete in this training plan.



  • Session 1: Work Capacity
  • Session 2: Brute Strength/Chassis Integrity
  • Session 3: Tactical Specific Endurance
  • Session 4: Work Capacity
  • Session 5: Brute Strength/Chassis Integrity



What are the other plans in the Tactical BJJ Action Heroes Series and in which order should I complete them?

  1. Casey Ryback
  2. Frank Dux
  3. Riggs
  4. Dutch
  5. John Wick

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 equipment do I need?
This training plan requires barbells, dumbbells/kettlebells, 60-80# sandbag, and a pull up bar.

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

How do you count reps for Sandbag Getups, and Step Ups?
Sandbag Getups – The prescribed rep count is total reps, so 50x Sandbag Getups at 60# sandbag = 50x total reps, 25x each shoulder.

How do you count reps for lunges?
5x Lunges = 5x Lunges each leg, or 10x lunges total

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

What about nutrition?
See our Nutritional Guidelines HERE.

Can I see sample training? 
Yes. Click the “Sample Training” tab to see the entire first week of programming.

How do I access the plan?
Access is online, via username and password. You can log in either through our website or through our app (Mtn Tactical Fitness) available for IOS and Android.

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

More Questions? Email: coach@mtntactical.com


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

This training plan requires barbells, dumbbells/kettlebells, 60-80# sandbag, and a pull up bar.

Sample Training

Below is the First Week from this Training Plan:


Obj: Work Capacity Assessment

Warm up:

4 Rounds
5x Single Arm Kettlebell Snatch @ 12/16kg (5x each arm, 10x total)
5x Hand Release Push Ups
Lat + Pec Stretch
Hip Flexor Stretch


(1) 90-second Max Single Arm Kettlebell Snatch’s @ 12/16kg

Alternate arms as needed during the assessment

Note: If you complete more than 36 reps during the assessment, go up one kettlebell size and re-do the assessment


(2) Max Prone to Sprint in 6 Minutes


(3) 3 Rounds
Shoulder Sweep
Pigeon Stretch



Obj: Brute Strength + Chassis Integrity


(1) 10-1 Reps at Grind Pace
Sandbag Clean & Press @ 60-80#
30 second Bear Hug Carry @ 60-80#
Sandbag Bear Hug Squats @ 60-80#
Kneeling Sandbag Keg Lifts @ 60-80#

Start with 10x of each exercise, then 9x, all the way to 1x. Only do 30 seconds for the Bear Hug Carry once during each round.

(2) Bodyweight Stretch and Mobility Flow



Obj: Tactical Endurance



(1) 4 Rounds at a moderate pace
800m Ruck @ 45# Ruck
50x Step Ups @ 45# Ruck

Law Enforcement: 

(1) 4 Rounds
8x Lateral Dumbbell Raises @ hard but doable weight
8x Barbell Shrugs @ hard but doable weight
15x Diamond Push Ups


(1) 250 Step Ups for Time in SCBA or 25# Weight Vest



Obj: Work Capacity

Warm Up:

4 Rounds
5x Single Arm KettlebellSnatch @ 12/16kg (5x each arm, 10x total)
5x Hand Release Push Ups
Lat + Pec Stretch
Hip Flexor Stretch


(1) 20 Rounds every 60 sec.
Single Arm Kettlebell Snatch Reps @ your “Interval Pace”

How to get your “Interval Pace”: Use your max reps from the Snatch Assessment and divide by 3, then multiply by 1.2
Example: You scored 39 reps during your assessment. 39/3 = 13 x 1.2 = 15.6 or 16 reps (round up)

Set a repeating timer to 60 seconds. On “Go” complete 16x Kettlebell Snatches as fast as possible. The faster you finish, the most rest you get. Alternate Hands each round. 

(2) 3 Rounds
2 Minutes Max Prone to Sprint
1 Minute Rest

(4) 3 Rounds
Shoulder Sweep
Pigeon Stretch



Obj: Brute Strength + Chassis Integrity


(1) 30 Minute Grind
4x Sandbag Cross Clean @ 60-80#
8x Sandbag Good Morning @ 60-80#
4x Kneeling Sandbag Half Moon @ 60-80#
10x Sandbag Toss and Chase @ 60-80#

(2) Bodyweight Stretch and Mobility Flow

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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?
Click the “Sample Training” tab to see the entire first week of programming.
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Email rob@mtntactical.com

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