The online MTNTOUGH Backcountry Hunter Preseason Prep Program

The Backcountry Hunter Preseason Prep is sold out for 2019, but you can still access it through the Backcountry Hunter Bundle Package.

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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!


"Every single one of these critters tested me mentally and physically this year. Your program gave me the confidence and drive to go for it no matter the terrain or distance required to pack these animals out. Not only that but, It is also more enjoyable being in the mountains not being miserably sore, tired, or injured. Can’t thank you enough for coming up with this format for working out!" ~ Online MTNTOUGH'er Justin Mason


"This year was one for the books for our family! With the help of the MTNTOUGH backcountry hunter program, that my wife and I participated in, we were able to fill 1 archery bull elk tag, 1 archery antelope and 2 general deer tags here in Montana. Not all the hunts were perfect scenarios which always tests your mental state. Between brutal weather, missed opportunities, and some missed shots we were fortunate to have the greatened mental toughness the MTNTOUGH workouts helped us build so we could push past the quit inside of us. We owe MTNTOUGH a huge thank you for their hard work to put these programs together for outdoorsman like us." ~ Online MTNTOUGH'er, Anthony Wright


"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 have ran a marathon, tried crossfit, and everything in between… I wouldn't say that those things don't work, but they don't work the way MTNTOUGH does.”

I train for hunting in the mountains. Not only out west, but back here in NW Pennsylvania where I am from as well.

Every year, I do usually one trip out west, for a 7-10 day, Elk or Mule Deer, backcountry, bivy style hunt. And back home I hunt our big woods whitetails very hard.

I have tried all kinds of training. I have ran a marathon, tried crossfit, and everything in between.

I wouldn't say that those things don't work, but they don't work the way MTNTOUGH does.

This program has really changed how I look at my training. It is about more than hunting now. It has made me realize what I am physically capable of, and how to mentally push through any struggle. It has positively impacted my entire life.

I have always had a weak core, which lead to a lot of lower back strains and injuries. I will be honest, that issue is totally gone at the moment. I feel strong. My legs are stronger. My core is stronger. My stamina and recovery is stronger. I have put on upper body muscle that is unlike anything I have done before. And I don't mean size and bulk. Lean muscle. I think that I "look strong" which is a good feeling.

The largest difference is without question my mental strength. I feel unstoppable after these workouts. And I mean that in all aspects of life. I am more positive, outgoing, and a better husband and father because of it. I know this new mental toughness will be a huge help this fall.

I will without question recommend this to anyone who asks. I can't tell you the number of people at the gym that take notice to how hard I am working. It's intriguing. I have already made a few posts on social media about the program. And that is something I don't usually do, but I am a believer!

I would tell people that doing this program will absolutely make you stronger, faster, and most importantly mentally tough. BUT, you better be willing to work your ass off. It's no joke. MTNTOUGH just works. Period. ~ Online MTNTOUGH'er, Kelly McGraw

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.

Community Chatter from the Pilot Testers

Course preview, sample workouts from the 120-day program

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