The MTNTOUGH Backcountry Hunter Preseason Prep Program

A flagship product, the 80 day Backcountry Hunter Preseason Prep program is the #1 online training program for the mountain hunter with thousands of hours of testing and design on the worlds most dedicated backcountry hunters.  If you are hunting rugged terrain, at high elevation, for multiple days this fall...don't wait, start training today!

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This program is designed to condition the backcountry hunter for longer duration hunts in challenging terrain. Includes:

  • Mental Toughness Focus
  • Dynamic, sport-specific periodization
  • Endurance, stamina & agility training
  • Body control training
  • Symmetry/Asymmetry training
  • Focused strength foundation phase prior to dynamic & hunting specific movements
  • Beginner, Intermediate, and Elite options (tailored to your individual fitness level)

*The ideal program to fully complete in Spring and Summer, prior to a multiple-day hunting trip or backcountry hunting season in rugged terrain at high elevation.

Real results - What we hear from active MTNTOUGH'ers!


“I followed your guys’ program and I did extremely well in Montana this past week! The advice and the programming you guys provided, helped me dominate the mountain this past week! Thank you guys so much!! Program helped me lose 30 lbs and gain muscle and stamina! So here are the rewards that I gained with your guys help!! Thank you!” ~Online MTNTOUGH’er Justin Stonebraker


“As I packed my first elk out yesterday I had a ton of things going through my mind but at the front of it all I was thinking about how happy I was that I decided to start MTNTOUGH earlier this fall. I feel great and can see a huge difference in my physical shape. It’s been an awesome decision and I can’t wait to keep it going.”
~MTNTOUGH’er Roby Burch


"Drastic Improvement both physically and mentally. This is the best shape I have been in for hunting season and possibly the best shape of my life. I am excited to dive into the mountains" ~ MTNTOUGHer and Stone Glaciers own, Taylor D'Agostino

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Top 3 Questions About the MTNTOUGH Backcountry Hunter Program

1) When can I start the Backcountry Program?

Many of you have written in... planning a vacation, getting married, have an injury or are finishing up another workout program. No problem. That’s one of the reasons why we’re giving you lifetime access to the Backcountry Hunter program. You will get access immediately after purchase, can start at anytime and can come back to it year after year to prepare for the season.

2) What equipment do I need?

Here’s some of the equipment you will need in order to get the most out of this program. You can definitely substitute some items and we’ll try to help you with that but to get the most out of the program we recommend the following:

  • A full set of dumbbells ranging from 10 pounds to at least 80 pounds ( Don't need the larger dumbbells if you have a bench press with plates)
  • A standalone bench
  • Squat rack (you can substitute dumbbell exercises for the squat rack type work but, again, there are some limitations)
  • A barbell or trap bar and around 250 pounds of plates
  • Cardio machines (like treadmills, stationary bikes, rowers, stair masters, etc) – we recommend a variety but, again, you can substitute for these workouts and we’ll try to help you with that.
  • A cable machine
  • Leg extension machine (we have modifications for this if your gym doesn’t have one)
  • Pull up bar
  • Step ups or box jump platforms

3) What is included in the MTNTOUGH Backcountry Program?

  • 5 video-based workouts per week for 12-weeks
  • Mobile access, the MTNTOUGH Backcountry Hunter program is with you wherever you go, if you’re on a smartphone, tablet or desktop
  • Bonus technique videos for difficult movements and dynamic workouts
  • Access to the private MTNTOUGH community, “The Lab” where you can connect, share, and collaborate
  • Accountability from MTNTOUGH athletes, like-minded individuals that you have an open line of communication with
  • Training support from the MTNTOUGH team
  • Lifetime access

When we had guys coming to us asking for this type of Backcountry Hunter Program, they were trying to avoid the expense of working with a personal trainer, but hoping for similar results. This program was built to replicate roughly 60 sessions with a personal trainer over a 120-day period, which would have cost them around $4,000 (given the average rate of $50/hour).

You get more than just a personal trainer with the Backcountry Hunter Program, you get specialized, hunting specific training created by an experienced team. A team that includes die hard elk hunters, years of strength and conditioning experience, a former Navy SEAL, a former Army Colonel, Army Ranger and Westpoint Physical Education Instructor.

Everything We Do Has Been Tested Extensively In “The Lab” Here in Bozeman, MT

The MTNTOUGH Backcountry Bundle has years of research with dedicated mountain hunters, here is what they have to say...

I’m 44, feel like I’m 14, and more fit than I’ve ever been in my life. 100% due to following the MTNTOUGH programs to the letter...

So I’ve been into sports and fitness my whole life. Been thru the cycles of a young beefy meathead to becoming an obsessive and accomplished ultra runner and triathlete. Started far north and western mountain hunting 9 years ago. And really into serious mountain hunting the last several years. Goats, ibex, moose, etc all successful and always had the fitness to make it but still had to “dig deep” ( and all the other clichés) to do so.

I crammed thru both the MTNTOUGH backcountry hunter online programs pre and post season along with some extra running in about 6 months leading up to my lifelong dream sheep and caribou hunt in NWT. Most of this type training was very new to me but adapted quickly and am obsessed with it now.

My guide and I did over 160 miles in 10 days with between 50-70 lbs on our backs depending on the day. Not counting the ridiculous heavy pack outs. Took my caribou at 7pm on day 10. Felt amazing everyday and each day was awesome. There were no valleys. Only peaks. Nothing ever got physically hard. Nailed nutrition. It was all perfect. No physical compromise meant zero doubting mental moments. Zero. I’ve never experienced that kind of total physical success. It made for the greatest adventure and greatest hunt of my life.

I’m 44, feel like I’m 14, and more fit than I’ve ever been in my life. 100% due to following the MTNTOUGH programs to the letter, except for going thru it a a bit faster. I had a 10X better experience than everyone else in camp. So not that you’re probably looking for validation but this program is spot on. You guys nailed it. I tested it to the max. The daily crazy miles and getting both animals out were walks in the park. Used every minute of ten full days. And the hardest thing I’ve ever done, was easy. That’s badass. Thank you. ~ Online MTNTOUGH'er, Barrett Simms

We have tested this program extensively on backcountry hunters, here is what they have to say...

You get a full 30 days to try the program and if you’re not happy, just ask for your money back.  If you’re skeptical, we understand. We’re the same way. You have to earn our trust and we want to earn yours.  That’s why we have this 30-day money back policy. We’ll earn your trust or you’ll get you money back. It’s that simple.

Course preview, sample workouts from the Presason Prep Program:

Here are 2 of the 80 workout videos included in the MTNTOUGH Backcountry Hunter Preseason Program.