Do This Workout To Prepare For Backcountry Hunting.

"That's the closest thing we've done to a pack-out yet."
MTNTOUGH'er Braxton Flaming

MTNTOUGH Coach Jimmy Alsobrook continues to ideate and create new workouts designed to optimize the experience of backcountry hunters, or any mountain athletes for that matter. With this one, Jimmy focuses on the fact that when you go into the woods and connect with an animal, your pack weighs a hell of a lot more on the way out, than it did on the way in. This workout perfectly simulates that difficulty. Here's how it goes...

The Warmup
2 Rounds

  • Bandwalks - 20 (10 each side)
  • Reverse Hyper Extensions - 20
  • Chin-ups - 10


The Workout

4 Rounds - With 25-35lb pack

  • Versa-Climber - 250ft
  • Lateral Staircase Climb Left - 1
  • Lateral Staircase Climb Right - 1
  • Forward Staircase Climb - 2
  • Asymmetrical Step up (hold 35lb DB in one arm) - 20 (10 each side)
  • Sled Push/Pull - 40yds
  • Over/Unders - 20 (10 each side)
  • TRX Rows - 10


With 70-100lb pack

  • Walk 1 mile
  • Throughout the mile, you need to accumulate 200 lunges

For the warmup, make sure you progress through it slowly, each rep should be done with intention, and good form. Bandwalks are to be done laterally.

For the Workout, the goal is to go as fast as you can in the first portion. We want to get your heart rate super high, to simulate an intense steep hike to get a good shot on your target. For the finisher, you'll feel your heart-rate plummet. And this is a slow grind to the end, to simulate your heavy pack after harvesting your kill.

If you have any questions about the form of these exercises, or specifics about the workout, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at
Give it a try and BE MTNTOUGH!