MTNTOUGH Fitness Lab workouts are specifically tailored for Back-Country, LEO, Military and Fire Fighter athletes. MTNTOUGH routines are carefully programmed to help athletes build functional strength, durability, and endurance.
This is the beginning of the basic strength phase. Remember the weight is a tool - not the objective. Stay focused on your form and work through the 10 reps. A good rule of thumb for finding the right weight on any of our exercises is as follows:
Pick a weight you know you can do for the full number of reps (10 in this case).
Once you finish the set, if you feel like you could have done 2 more - then up the weight by 10 pounds per side for legs and 5 pounds per side for upper body.
The goal is to reach failure by the third set and push through it into the 4th.
Make sure to take the full 1:30 rest in between sets. This is critical for the strength work.
On the Front Rack Walking Lunges: make sure both dumbbells are on your shoulders - focus on your form: the rear knee should touch the ground on each rep and the front knee should go out in a pretty straight line. Make sure you don't rotate that knee out of line in your direction of movement.
On the skull crushers: make sure your upper arm stays perpendicular to the ground. We don't want your chest or shoulders to move the weight. This is strictly a workout for your triceps.