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New Challenging Follow Along Minimal Gear Program Now Available for MTNTOUGH+ Subscribers

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Strength and stamina mean nothing without mental toughness. THE MOUNTAIN is structured to test your limits with AMRAPs, dead hangs, wall sits + more so you can emerge victorious on the other side. Take four weeks to transform your life. 

Why We Built It

Make your discomfort work for you, not against. The MOUNTAIN pushes the boundaries of mental toughness to a whole new level with its strategy-based four-week, five-day program that will yank you out of your comfort zone and bring you to the brink of failure – and only make you want to succeed even more. 

It's one thing to train harder, but training smarter makes you a better mountain athlete, one able to face grueling conditions head-on with the ability to adapt to any situation as it unfurls. The MOUNTAIN will test your limits with its demanding AMRAPs, dead hangs, wall sits – and more. Led by MTNTOUGH Trainer Sarah Maschino, The MOUNTAIN incorporates plyometrics, core, shoulder and hip mobility movements that will challenge, strengthen and empower you to work hard for increased endurance, resilience and grit.

The MOUNTAIN might look familiar to the MTNTOUGH Minimal Gear Daily community – and it should. This is the first time MTNTOUGH has taken a MGD monthly theme and turned into a standalone program that blends strategy with function and form. Each day builds upon itself with an incorporated flush day to keep you limber and ready for more. Like other programs, The MOUNTAIN requires each participant to complete an assessment test on Week 1, Day 1 and another on Week 4, Day 5 to measure how far you’ve come in just four short weeks.

The MOUNTAIN is customizable as you can select the weights that work for you; however, be aware that this program is intense – and it’s supposed to be. Some days will be harder than others and it’s up to you to find the mental toughness within to push on and finish because when you do, you’ll be ready to tackle anything that comes your way – physically and/or mentally – with focus and fortitude.

What and How

Strategy + Structure = Smart training

Build muscle and mental toughness through this strategic four-week, five-day program.

Test your limits

AMRAPs, dead hangs and 10-minute wall-sits will create a full body challenge you didn’t know you needed.

 Make your discomfort work for you

The MOUNTAIN’s deliberate framework pushes you to the brink of failure so you can learn what it takes to be triumphant.

Gear Needed
  • Dumbbells
  • Stable step up box or cooler
  • Glute band
  • Pull up bar

Meet Your Coach: Sarah

A Division-1-soccer-player-turned-personal-trainer, Sarah knows a thing or two about what it takes to get stronger and become a better athlete. It’s all part of the training process – and one she is passionate about. When the Tennessee native isn’t crushing life in the mountains, she’s busy fostering mental toughness for all levels (from beginner to elite) by creating workouts intended to push you to your limits – physically and mentally – and make you stronger inside and out.

“Fitness should be treated as a means to conquer all of your passions — whether it be recreational, professional, spiritual, or your relationships,” says Sarah, who is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has certificates in Corrective Exercise and Performance Enhancement. 

“We can build our bodies and minds to gain confidence and toughness for any endeavor we choose!  But we have to take the first step. Even if we need our hand held a bit.”


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Trusted By The Dedicated

MTNTOUGH Fitness Lab believes eliminating psychological barriers is the key to reaching your goals. Their team, which includes former US Navy SEALs and Army Rangers knows the most important muscle you can train sits between your ears.


Research and Development is at their core, and they spent over two years testing their MTNTOUGH Backcountry Hunter Preseason Prep program on some of the world’s most dedicated mountain hunters.

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MTNTOUGH Fitness Lab has established itself as the elite source for improving mental toughness, physical preparation, and performance research for the backcountry hunter.

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Programs for the gym, home gym or body weight. MTNTOUGH+ has on-demand workouts on your phone, tablet, TV or computer. Location is not an excuse.


Wold-class industry trainers, former military leaders, and avid backcountry hunters will keep you encouraged, motivated and on the correct path. 


Programs are meticulously and scientifically tested in the Lab with local athletes before release so they are effective, safe, and improve your odds in the feild.

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