Free Trial - MTNTOUGH In-Season Training Program

Designed to accommodate the chaos of the Fall, this MTNTOUGH In-Season program is specifically built and tested for the backcountry hunter to maintain/gain strength and to reduce injury in mountain hunting season. All pro athletes continue to train in-season, and they tailor their training for the specific goals they are trying to achieve. They know “you are either getting stronger or weaker” and in-season is no time to sit around and not train. This program is extremely versatile as all hunters have different schedules. Some hunt on the weekends while others hunt 15 days per month or more. The In-Season Program allows you to increase your performance as you continue to hunt on your terms.

Here's how it works...

Of each week, different days have different priorities. If you will not be hunting the following weekend, we recommend progressing through the week as normal.
However, if you do plan on hunting on the weekend, we ask you to prioritize certain days of the week. The days fall into this hierarchy. 

Day 1
Day 3
Day 2
Day 4 (Always the day before hunting)
Day 5 (Only if not hunting at all that weekend)

Jumping into Week 1 Day 1, here is a sample of the program, and 1 of 2 mandatory days of the week...




Row - 500m

High Knees - 30 sec

Butt Kicks - 30 sec

World's Greatest Stretch - 30 sec

Overhead Lunge - 30 sec

Walk Out Push-ups - 30 sec

Lateral Lunge - 30 sec

Floor Wipers - 30 sec



Specific Warmup


*2 Rounds

KettleBell Swings - 20

Squat Jumps - 10

Pigeon Walk - 10 (5 each side)


*1 Round

Rower, 1 : 1 work to rest ratio





*1 Round - Warm-up

Deadlift - 10


Hell Creek

*4 Rounds, at failure for rounds 3 + 4

Deadlift - 8

DB Incline Bench - 8


*4 Rounds, at failure for rounds 3 + 4

Barbell Reverse Lunge - 8

Pullups - 8 (weighted if needed)






Round 1: 60% of your 8rep max

R2: 70%

R3: 80%

R4: 80%


Incline Bench:

Round 1: 60% of 8 rep max

R2: 70%

R3: 80%

R4: 90%


Reverse Lunge:

Round 1: 60% of 8 rep max

R2: 70%

R3: 80%

R4: 90%


After you complete the MTNTOUGH Standard Warm-up, you will also complete two rounds of the given warm-up, listed above. Focus on keeping good form, and not rushing through the movements.

For the next portion of the workout, you will complete just one round. For the time that it takes to row the interval, you will rest the equivalent amount of time. For example, if it takes you 45sec to row 250m, you will rest for 45sec.

After your warm-up rounds and rowing intervals, you will warm-up your deadlift. 

Both of the weight lifting rounds you want to be lifting a weight that you successfully complete two rounds and hit failure at round 3 or 4. This means you won’t be able to hit all 8 reps of the given movement. You will complete all the rounds, but stop when you hit failure.

To learn more about the MTNTOUGH In-Season Training Program



MTNTOUGH believes that mental toughness is just as important as physical strength and that the strongest muscle in the human body is the one between your ears. With a coaching staff comprised of former Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, and renowned physical trainers—the workouts aren’t easy. The goal is to prepare clients for both the unthinkable and the everyday—to have the mental capacity and physical stamina to self-rescue in an emergency, or grind through a 12-hour workday and still play with the kids after dinner. Ara Megerdichian, MTNTOUGH coach and former U.S. Army officer and Ranger, believes the best way to harden the mind is by reaching and exceeding physical boundaries, by taking challenges once considered impossible and making them attainable and repeatable.