Try These Instead of Step-ups

In today's video, we sat down with MTNTOUGH Coach Jimmy Alsobrook to discuss a new groundbreaking lunge for the mountain athlete and backcountry hunter. Traditionally, these athletes train heavily with step-ups, which are great, but the athlete doesn't have to drive forward as you do when you are climbing a long gradual ascent. In the mountains, you are rarely going straight up. More likely, you are climbing an incline for a long duration, sometimes 4-6 hours. We have been experimenting with the deficit lunge in the lab and we've had groundbreaking results with our mountain hunters this Fall. The Deficit Lunge can be loaded with dumbbells or heavy packs for a badass workout that mimics how you feel in the hills. Our mountain hunters are feeling so good about this movement, that we've included it in a few new MTNTOUGH programs coming out this Winter.


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.