April Training Programs

Below are Member training programs for the month of April 2020.  Choose a program according to your fitness goals, and follow along.  I’ll post tips, advice, and helpful info to support you throughout the month.  Ask any questions in the Member Message Board, and I’ll answer them as quickly as I can!

The link below will bring you to a downloadable copy of each program.  In those live copies, you can click on links for video demonstrations of any/every exercise in your training!  I’m updating that video library as fast as possible, so that ALL videos will be available right here through JTP.com, without leaving the site.



Train to hike/Hike to train.

Hiking, and especially backpacking with a loaded pack, is hard work.  It’s tough enough that I often use strenuous hikes as cross training/conditioning for another sport.  Here in Boise, Idaho though, hiking is a way of life.  Here, we squeeze every ounce of fun we can from our mountains.  Some hike for pleasure; others to reach fishing holes, camp sites, or hunting grounds.  Here’s how to get the most out of your time out on the trail:

Whether you’ll be hiking for fun or for conditioning, you might regret setting out before preparing your body.

First-  Build an aerobic base.  Simple, “slow”, cardio training below your anaerobic threshold will allow you to train your heart and lungs before your muscles get too tired to keep up.  Make sure that you’re a little winded, but still able to speak 2-3 words between breaths; this will keep you below that anaerobic threshold.

Second- Build some basic strength.  Try weighted step-ups onto a box or step.  Lateral lunges.  Lots of squats. Back extensions.

Hiking Time-  Start with short, easy hikes.  Then build to longer and steeper ones.  Introduce a loaded backpack now, on your training hikes, if you plan to carry a load for backpacking later.

Post Hike-  Take 15 minutes to stretch.  Focus especially on the glutes/hamstrings, low back, and hip flexors.

Here’s a sample strength training day for backpacking conditioning:

1- Dynamic warm-up

2- Barbell weighted step-ups: 3 x 15

3- Cossack Lunge: 3 x 15

4- Barbell Deadlift: 3 x 5

5A- Reverse Hyperextension 3 x 10

5B- Bird Dog 3 x 60 seconds

Featured Video Play Icon

Sprinter Step-ups

Sprinter step-ups are great for starting speed in any sport.  They’re also killer as a way to train for climbing hills and mountains, if you like to hunt or camp/hike.

To learn how step-ups fit into a complete training program, and for your own custom plan from an industry elite coach, Become A Member today.  With online personal training from joetoproathlete.com you’ll get access to the same industry leading trainers used by professional athletes.  Get the edge here.


Featured Video Play Icon

Backwards Burpees for MMA: Expert Guest Brandon Shuey

We’re back again with 3 x World Champion mixed martial artist Brandon Shuey.  Brandon uses lots of burpees to condition his fighters and personal training clients at HFTC- Hardcore Fitness Training Center, in Boise Idaho.  Today, he’s going to discuss proper burpee execution and show us one of the variations he uses to build crazy cardio and functional fitness.

Read More

Featured Video Play Icon

Boxing Cardio: 30/30’s with Johnny Perez

Looking to add some boxing style cardio to your functional fitness routine?  Here’s a drill that’s great for general fitness, or to get you in top fight shape!

To learn how 30/30’s would fit into a complete training program, and to get your own custom programs from the industry’s top strength coaches, Become A Member today.  Online personal training at JTP will give you all the tools you need to train like a pro.  Plus, you’ll get live 1-on-1 support to help make it all happen!

Featured Video Play Icon

Adductor Lunge Demo

I use travelling adductor lunges as part of my daily dynamic warm-up.  They will help you develop flexibility and strength in your groin, and loosen up your hips.

Featured Video Play Icon

Boxing Basics; Stance and 1-2, with expert guest Johnny Perez

Join me and expert guest Johnny Perez, of the KO Club: Home of Team No Excuse, as we dive into some boxing basics.  You can use these skills just to add some fight style cardio, like heavy bag work, to your existing functional fitness programs.  Or, you can start here and build off of these basics until you’re ready to box with the pros.

Read More

Featured Video Play Icon

Farmer Carry with Expert Guest Nate Tuttle

The Farmer Carry is one of the great exercises used in strongman training.  It’s great for core strength, strong traps, and building your grip/forearms.  Check out how it’s done, with strongman expert Nate Tuttle.  Then let it rip.  Nate says, “…once you’ve developed a basic level of strength, you should use at least your body weight in each hand, for Farmer Carries.  Only novice lifters should start with less.  The point is to use heavy weights.”

Read More