MTNTOUGH HP20 AAR: What are the Benefits of Heavy Pack Training?

The MTNTOUGH crew sits down immediately after filming a workout from HP20 Week 3 to gather some thoughts around Heavy Pack Training; the benefits of it, why we created the program and how it's truly some of the best training you can do.

The 45-70, HP20 and heavy pack training in general gets you used to the grind of having that pack on your back. It's not a surprise when you get out in the field throw your pack on and get your heart rate up. You're already used to it, you trained for it, and it's nothing new.


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.