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Are You Born With Mental Toughness? By MTNTOUGH’s Ara Megerdichian, Retired Army Ranger Lieutenant Colonel, and United States Military Physical Education Instructor

It was early morning in Arlington Virginia and I was just finishing up an amazing run from Fort Meyer Virginia (home of the Old Guard, Arlington National Cemetery, and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) watching the sun rise over the DC Monuments and back onto post to get ready for the workday as a senior officer in the 3rd US Infantry Division (The Old Guard).

Is Target Panic Linked to Diet? Part 2, By Beau Martonik

There are two sides of the camp when it comes to archery training, whether for competition or hunting. On one side, it is believed by some that you must get in as many reps as possible to become proficient and create muscle memory for shooting. The other side of the camp believes in only shooting good shots, every shot. I agree with the concepts of getting in reps to create muscle memory, increasing your success in the moment of truth. I am also aware that bad reps can do more damage than good. So what are “only good” reps, what does that actually mean?

Is Target Panic Linked to Diet? By Beau Martonik

Target panic. Two of the most dreaded and discussed words in the bowhunting lexicon today. Most bowhunters will experience it over the course of their lives and many struggle with it on an annual basis. In my personal experience, I would draw back, anchor and settle my pin, and then no matter what I did, my pin would always end up just below my desired aiming point.

Ruck Training Rules of Thumb, by Jordan Smothermon

As the coaches and clients that train at the Mountain Tactical Institute looked deeper into the physiological demands and effects of rucking, interesting questions guided us to interesting answers. As you might imagine, when certain questions are answered, more questions arise.

Why Bother? By Adam Janke

I never thought the day would come. I told myself I would never be one of them. But before I knew what had happened it was too late. The trap had sprung.

Alex F@#ks Up, By Alex Viada

I stared at the piece of egg sitting there on a hot rock. Man, I thought, that tasted much better going down than it did coming up. I flopped onto my back, a sharp rock digging into my spine, but somehow it still felt good. Something that reminded me I was still conscious and needed to stay alert. OK, I thought, How the f–k did I get here?

The Cycle, By Robert Kröger

Life is a series of challenges. As hunters, we often purposefully place challenges in our path to understand what it will necessitate to overcome them. Challenges are fraught with risk, but likely the greatest risk

Lessons Learned Training Mountain Guides, By Rob Shaul

Over nearly a decade of operating our facility, I’ve worked with multiple full-time professional mountain guides, and have come to better understand their gym-based training needs. Along the way, I made several mistakes based on