Wilderness Professional Training Packet: 4x Base Fitness Plans

Original price was: $236.00.Current price is: $179.00.

  • 4 Training Plans specifically designed to meet the day-to-day training needs of natural resource and wildlife professionals including game wardens, rangers and field biologists
  • Train Relative Strength, Work Capacity, Chassis Integrity and Mountain Endurance (running, uhill movement under load)
  • The price for this packet represents about 20% savings over purchasing the plans individually
  • The training plans within this packet are part of the 200+ plans included with an Athlete’s Subscription


The Wilderness Professional Training Packet of plans deploys MTI’s Fluid Periodization programming to build the day-to-day fitness training requirements of wildlife and natural resource professionals.  

The four plans in this series are mission-specifically designed as day-to-day programming for Game Wardens, Forest Rangers, Park Rangers, Forest Service Enforcement Officers, BLM Enforcement Officers, Field Biologists, etc. 

Wilderness Professionals are unique tactical athletes whose mission set which includes patrol-based law enforcement, backcountry wildlife and natural resource management, and backcountry Search and Rescue.

The programming in this packet of plans effectively balances mountain-based endurance (running, uphill movement under load), relative strength, work capacity, and chassis integrity.

The training plans in this packet are designed as day to day programming for Wildlife and Natural Resource Professionals.

Each plan is scheduled for training 5x/week, for 5-7 weeks. The last week of each plan is an “unload” week – which allows the plans to be run back to back. 

Complete the plans in order below:

  1. Jedediah Smith
  2. Frank Church
  3. Wrangell-St. Elias
  4. Bob Marshall



Jedediah Smith

The first plan in the packet, Jedediah Smith, is a body-weight only training plan with a slight strength emphasis. Jedediah Smith serves not only as a perfect plan to begin with MTI programming but is also appropriate for training in an austere location without significant training equipment. 

Jedediah Smith deploys a 6-exercises bodyweight strength assessment and bases its follow-on progressions on the assessment results. In this way, the plan automatically “scales” to the athlete’s incoming fitness and continues to push him/her as the plan progresses.

Jedediah Smith’s work capacity efforts are 10 minutes long, and sprint-focused, recognizing the sprinting demands of law enforcement.

The plan trains endurance via a 3-mile run assessment and follow-on 1-mile intervals, as well as 25# step ups.


Frank Church

Frank Church, the second plan in this packet, is a balanced training cycle which trains strength, endurance, work capacity and chassis integrity in relatively equal proportions. 

Frank Church’s strength work is barbell and weight room based. Strength work is on four classic strength exercises: front squat, hinge lift, bench press, and chin ups, and deploys MTI’s “Density” strength progression.  

The work capacity efforts are longer in Frank Church –  20 minutes – and are multi-modal. 

Chassis Integrity is trained 2x/week, via MTI’s proven “ARTE” circuits. Each circuit includes one each of Anti-Rotation, Rotation, Total-Core and Extension exercise. 

Endurance is trained with moderate-paced, mid-distance runs or trail runs from 5-7 miles.  a short ruck run assessment and follow-on intervals to maintain speed under the ruck.


Wrangell-St. Elias

The third plan in the packet, Wrangell-St. Elias has a slight endurance emphasis.  You’ll train endurance 3 days/week, and the work includes interval 2-mile runs based on a 6-mile assessment, interval step ups based on a 600x step up assessment, and “brick” efforts which combine running and step ups. 

Wrangell-St. Elias’ strength work moves away from the barbell to deploy dumbbells and/or kettlebells, and MTI’s “Efficient Strength” programming. “Efficient Strength” combines a total body strength exercise, lower body exercise, upper body press, and upper body pull exercise all in the same circuit.

Work Capacity drops back down to 10 minute, sprint-based efforts. Chassis Integrity is trained using a ART circuit one day/week and a low back-focused circuit one day/week. 


Bob Marshall

The final plan of the packet, Bob Marshall, is a balanced training plan which deploys MTI’s TLU progression and barbells for it’s strength work. You’ll train strength 2x/week.

Work Capacity efforts are multi-modal, and 25-30 minutes long. 

Endurance is trained via a 1.5 mile run assessment and 800m repeats on Tuesdays, followed by longer, 6-8 mile easy runs on Fridays. 

See the chart below for a comparison of each plan.






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



Jedediah Smith – the first plan in this packet, uses only bodyweight for it’s strength work. For the endurance work in Jedediah Smith, athletes require a 15-18″ bench or box for step ups, a backpack, and 25″ of filler. 

The remaining 3 plans in the packet, Frank Church, Wrangell-St. Elias and Bob Marshall, all require a Fully Equipped Functional Fitness Gym including:

racks, barbells, bumper plates, benches, plyo boxes, sandbags, dumbbells and/or kettlebells, 40# sandbag (women), 60# sandbag (men), Backpack with 25-pounds of loading.

  • Rack
  • Barbell
  • Bumper Plate
  • Bench
  • Plyo Boxes (20″)
  • Sandbag (40# for women, 60# for men)
  • Backpack and 25# of filler
  • Stopwatch with Interval Timer (smartphone will work)

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.

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 or through the MTI app, 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.


Required Equipment

Jedediah Smith - the first plan in this packet, uses only bodyweight for it's strength work. For the endurance work in Jedediah Smith, athletes require a 15-18" bench or box for step ups, a backpack, and 25" of filler. 

The remaining 3 plans in the packet, Frank Church, Wrangell-St. Elias and Bob Marshall, all require a Fully Equipped Functional Fitness Gym including:

racks, barbells, bumper plates, benches, plyo boxes, sandbags, dumbbells and/or kettlebells, 40# sandbag (women), 60# sandbag (men), Backpack with 25-pounds of loading.

  • Rack

  • Barbell

  • Bumper Plate

  • Bench

  • Plyo Boxes (20")

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

  • Backpack and 25# of filler

  • Stopwatch with Interval Timer (smartphone will work)

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

Sample Training

Click on the individual training plans to see the entire first week of programming for each plan.


  1. Jedediah Smith
  2. Frank Church
  3. Wrangell-St. Elias
  4. Bob Marshall
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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?


"Over 100km in 6 days in some pretty tough sub-alpine terrain.

Took a juvenile bull at 7.5" first bull so I was very happy. The Game Warden Series was great prep and I would've suffered terribly without that work under my belt."


"I've worked through the Mountain Professional Plans.  I finished the Bob Marshall a few weeks back and started the Backcountry Hunting Build 2.  These plans were exactly what I was looking for and needed. I found the programming easy to follow and the exercise videos excellent.

I'm 57, in good condition, and have worked out all of my adult life.  That said, I ended the Bob Marshall with a few achy joints, notably my hips.  After an xray, I discovered I have some arthritis in my right hip.

I took an additional week off after the short 7th week of Bob Marshall to let soft tissues recover a bit more.  Upon reflection I don't think my body was recovering sufficiently during the last 2-3 weeks of Bob Marshall.  In all honesty, I also did 2 long day hikes with significant elevation gain (22 lb pack, 18.5, 20.5 miles, 3-3500 elev climb) on the last 2 weekends of Bob Marshall.  I had no issues on the hikes or in days after.  I discovered the hip thing by doing some stretching.  Lying on my back and rotating my right knee outward toward the floor induced a sharp pain in my hip.  I finished the final 4-5 Marshall workouts without issue, except when I rotated my knee outward.  Zero pain from straight forward motion, stepups, running, various exercises in the Bob Marshall.

I modified the BC Build 2 a bit by adding a rest day every 2 workout days to allow complete recovery between workouts.  My hip is better as a result but don't want to push it too much this close to elk season. For the same reasons, I won't attempt the BC BG Pre-season program.  I think the 2-a-days are not in my best interest at this point.  Adding an additional rest day extends the BC build 2 by 2 weeks, so I simply continued the training objectives for the remainder of my workout plan for this year.

I write all this to say:

1) Your programs are excellent.  For me, the piece I needed to work on was work capacity.

2) For older guys like me (that's hard to admit....), I think a bit more recovery time towards the end of Elias and Marshall would benefit guys over 50.  Or maybe simply adding a whole week off after the short 7th week.

I intend to use your workouts until I can't. For next year, I'm interested in your thoughts on where to start.  I feel like I still have room to improve in work capacity and endurance.  I've always been prone to over-use injuries so need to keep that in mind moving forward - my ability to recover isn't getting any better <G>

Thanks again for developing this excellent training at a reasonable price point."


"I am a long time subscriber, over 9 years using your programs, mostly for mountain related activities
I recently finished Wrangell St Elias and wanted to share that’s it’s close to being perfect, kinda like Humility.  I found it very effective as a fall prep for backcountry skiing in between a long summer of mostly mountain running.   This package of programs was really needed for those of us that don’t climb(much) but need mountain specific programming.

What I liked most about this program is the dumbell focus.  I just turned 56 and the balancing requirements using dumbbells vs a barbell were surprising - something I didn’t appreciate until I read about deteriorating balance as one ages.  So as a suggestion for us SF45 people is to keep some concentration like this in those programs as you have in the WSE.

Second, the sprints were brutal and perfect after an endurance focused summer.  Your message of simplicity was top of mind as I almost heaved during the first few weeks.  So more of that, even for us old guys.

Lastly I’m now into the backcountry V4 program and it’s better than v3.  I struggled last winter using v3 both in the gym and on skis, and midway through had considered pulling my old copy of v2.  V4 combined with Wrangell St Elias has made for a good couple of first days on the snow already.  Thanks for your valuable work"


"Plans are kicking @$$ so far! I completed Mountain Base Helen; and prior to that I'd literally never run more than five miles. After six weeks - plus two with Frank Church - five miles is a "laid back" training morning. So the cardio/distance pacing has been great for me. More generally, the plans are very clear, exercise demos easy to find, and the training is flat out fun. There's enough variation of movement to keep my mind engaged, and my motivation high. I started Helen with a good base level of fitness; but after Helen, plus my start into Frank Church, I'm without question in the best shape of my life, at AGE 39 (and working as a full-time attorney). So grateful I heard about your company and started training with MTI. "


"Working my way through the wilderness packet and I absolutely love it. I have seen improvements every week which helps keep me motivated. It’s a great mix of exercises and I look forward to the workouts . Thanks for creating great plans and having so much info available."

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