Jimmy Shares his Favorite Strength Day for the Mountain Hunter

The Ibex is a workout designed specifically for the serious mountain hunter. For the guy or gal who’s up before the sun and hiking by headlamp. The hunter who’s willing to push just a bit harder to reach to top before first light.



“We designed ‘The Ibex’ workout to replicate a long, steep hike during hunting season,” Jimmy says, “We picked these specific movements to develop quad endurance, yes, but also the mental toughness of our athletes. The burn you get from successive leg extension, lunge and bike is outrageous, and the mental strength it takes to push through that is critical.”

The Ibex is a super quad-focused workout that pushes your legs to maximum effort. It’s an incredible workout that replicates the urgency and effort required to close the distance on a target animal at last light with limited time. 
To keep the injury bug away, warmup with band walks, bodyweight overhead squats and hand walks to loosen the hips. Add in additional warmup movements as necessary.

3 Rounds
Bike - 0.5 mile
Leg (Quad) Extensions - 20 @ 70 lb
Forward Lunges - 20 (10 each leg) @ 10 lb DBs
Bike - 0.5 mile
Leg (Quad) Extensions - 20 @ 70 lb
Forward Lunges - 20 (10 each leg) @ 10 lb DBs
Step-ups - 50 (25 each leg) @ 10 lb DBs

For the Beginner Hunter Athlete:
  • Workout done as prescribed

  • All bike portions done at heavy resistance, 9/10 on hills, maintaining a fast pace. (An increased heart rate must be achieved.)

For the Intermediate Hunter Athlete:
  • Steps-ups will be done with 20 lb dumbbells
  • All Leg extensions to be done at 80 lbs

  • All Lunges will be done with 20 lb dumbbells
  • All bike portions done at heavy resistance, 9/10 on hills, maintaining a fast pace. (An increased heart rate must be achieved.)

For the Elite Hunter Athlete:
  • All Lunges will be done with 20 lb dumbbells.

  • For all rounds, leg extensions to be done at 100lbs.

  • Step-ups will be done with 20 lb dumbbells

  • All bike portions done at heavy resistance, 9/10 on hills (maintaining a fast pace. An increased heart rate must be achieved.)

“You’re definitely going to see an increase in endurance and muscle recruitment from this workout,” Jimmy says. 


Run a stopwatch, too, so you can track your progress over several attempts at the workout. If you don’t have access to a stair master, hit the treadmill on maximum incline for .5 miles, or the versa-climber for 500 vertical feet.


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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.