After Years of Testing, the New 90-Day MTNTOUGH Backcountry Hunter Program is almost here.

Every sport, and hunting is no exception, requires multiple levels of training. You can go on an high altitude hunt but you’ll do better if you’ve trained your body to utilize oxygen more efficiently; you can chase down a big bull– but you’ll chase him further if you’ve trained your muscles to move over long distances; you can get a clean shot on your target but you may not hit the shot if you have not trained your mind to settle down, lower your heart rate, and steady your body; you might get a great kill…but it doesn’t do a whole lot of good if you don’t have the physical strength to carry it out; and you can go on a multi-day mountain hunt but it will be miserable if your body is not conditioned for the longer duration and steep terrain. That is what the MTNTOUGH Backcountry Hunter Program will give you - not just one dimension...but all of them.

MTNTOUGH Backcountry Hunter Program


In April we opened the program to 50 pilot testers, the program sold out in less than five days. We are currently evaluating and improving the program with the pilot testers, join the waiting list to be the first to know when the program is available to the public in June 2018.

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A Humbling Task...

How The Program Works

The MTNTOUGH Backcountry Hunter program is a, 5x/week schedule, 90-day online training program that guides you through three specific phases-

Phase I: Neural recruitment
Using Phase II’s target exercises as our goal we developed a high intensity, low weight, strict form introduction phase to dig deep into the neuromuscular recruitment and prepare them for the intensity of phase II and phase III. Beginner level clients will gain substantially during this phase. Experience clients will meet a new level of intensity during this phase and learn to recruit muscles they probably are not currently recruiting fully.

Phase II: Strength
Here we build the solid foundation upon which the dynamic exercises will grow.

Phase III: Dynamic sports-specific
This phase is where we really build the machine. Having maximized neuromuscular recruitment as much as we could and having built 4 weeks of intense strength we now transition to a high intensity, super-set format with dynamic and ballistic movements. This is where we really hammer in on those skills (agility, body control, symmetry (and asymmetry), mental toughness, endurance, confidence, and power) directly related to and necessary for elite level performance in their specific event.

A New Type Of Online Training Program

Why Cardio Isn’t Enough For the Backcountry

So many guys that come to work with us have similar stories to Thomas.  

He wrote us last week:

“I'm going to be 100% honest.  Originally I signed up for the MTNTOUGH pack workout for the sole purpose of trying to win the SG pack. When I got the workout I didn't really think much of it, I've been running pretty religiously since December around 25-35km a week and figured I was getting in decent shape.  

Well I decided to give to workout a go last night.....that was a shocker.  I'm laying in bed right now wondering how I'm going to get out of it and take care of my daughter today.  Not to get too graphic but everything from my nipples down is sore!

I quickly realized after the second set of intervals how not much I am NOT mountain ready...  

Thanks, I guess, for the wake up call...I'm really glad that August is far enough away that I can get on this program and not shame myself in the high Country.”


Whether it’s running or biking or the stairmaster, effective conditioning for the backcountry is about much more than just "cardio." Honestly, most gym workouts don't translate well at all to increased performance in the mountains.  

Once you put on a 50 pound pack and start climbing in elevation on uneven terrain with lower levels of oxygen for 10+ miles a day, your body needs so much more than cardio to be able to perform.

“A good training plan has multiple layers and multiple levels – an unbalanced training plan is like an unbalanced wheel – it will run…but it won’t run well.  And a lack of a training plan is like driving on a back country road that’s well travelled…you’ll just fall into the same rut as everybody else.”

That’s why MTNTOUGH Backcountry Hunter program is so focused on building a balanced athlete. One that incorporates the 6 pillars of MTN TOUGH:

We’ve Been Testing This Program With Some of the Toughest Backcountry Hunters… Here’s What They Had to Say:


• You must have access to a basic gym for some workouts, these will not be all at home workouts

• You must have 5 hours a week to dedicate to the program

• You must be willing to try new things, new workouts you probably haven’t done before

• You must be committed to doing the work it takes to transform yourself into a backcountry athlete

• You must be willing to invest in your physical conditioning and your mental toughness, because you’ll need both in the backcountry, and both are core parts of this program

• As a pilot tester, you must be willing to give us feedback on the program and help us make it better for future athletes

There’s a Saying, You’re Only as Good as Those You Sweat and Bleed With… You’re Invited to Join Us

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.