"I am in better shape now than I ever was here in 2021...5 years clean. My snowboarding has gotten way better, I can hike into the mountains even to look for snow."
Local MTNTOUGH'er, Rick "Barbwire" is almost always the oldest snowboarder on the hill. But the 76-year-old doesn’t just out shred most youngsters—he's a cancer survivor, training through his 35 rounds of chemo & radiation and today continues to train 5-7 days per week. Rick explains "Mind over matter is the key thing...there are things that you can push yourself on...you can’t quit. That is one thing I have always gone by, you can't quit."
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.