Welcome to the MTNTOUGH Podcast, where we explore the intersection of physical fitness and mental toughness through the lens of backcountry hunting, military, mountain sports, and the great outdoors. Hosted by the founder of MTNTOUGH Fitness Lab, Dustin Diefenderfer, this podcast takes a deep dive into the physical and mental preparation required for the unique challenges of high-altitude, extreme-terrain adventures. Each episode features inspirational stories, advice, in-depth conversations with athletes, trainers, and experts in the fields of fitness, nutrition, and mental performance. From endurance training and strength conditioning to mental toughness and mindfulness, we explore cutting-edge science and real-world strategies that enable outdoor athletes to push their limits and achieve their goals. Whether you're a seasoned backcountry hunter, an outdoorsman, or simply someone who wants to crush it in the backcountry, the MTNTOUGH Podcast is your go-to source for practical tips, expert insights, campfire tales, and inspiring stories of perseverance and triumph. Tune in each week to discover new ways to elevate your physical and mental fitness, and join us in the pursuit of excellence.
CHAD ROBICHAUX: USMC Force Recon Veteran, Speaker, Author, MMA fighter, and Philanthropist EP01
1:29:04After eight deployments to Afghanistan as part of a Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) Task Force, Chad transitioned from the military to the US Federal Air Marshal Service as a Special Agent where he served as a Surveillance Detection Senior Program Manager. Recognized for extraordinary bravery during an on-duty shooting, Chad received the Medal of Valor. With an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and ongoing studies in nonprofit management at Harvard University, Chad is a board-certified pastoral counselor committed to helping individuals navigate the complexities of PTSD. He is the founder of the Mighty Oaks Foundation, a non-profit providing faith-based peer-led resiliency and recovery programs world-wide, a founder of the group Save Our Allies, the host of the Stay Dangerous podcast, and the best-selling author of the book, Saving Aziz: How the Mission to Help One Became a Calling to Rescue Thousands from the Taliban. #veteran #motivation #mtntough #functionalfitness #mentaltoughness #mindset #military #marines #mentalhealth #mensmentalhealth
DON REICHELT: Ultra Running Strategy: Pain, Suffering, Emotion E51
1:05:10Don Reichelt is an acclaimed trail and ultra runner, distinguished for his exceptional endurance and speed, residing in the scenic Fairplay, Colorado. He shares his life with his supportive wife, Amy, and their two beloved dogs, Bean and Sprout. Don's running prowess is evident in his remarkable achievements, notably his 100-mile trail best of 13:16, secured at the Tunnel Hill 100 in November 2020. This outstanding performance not only marked a personal best but also stood as the third-fastest trail 100-mile run in North America for that year. In November 2022, Don showcased his versatility and strength by setting three manual treadmill world records, wearing a Speedland road prototype. These records include the furthest distance in 12 hours, the fastest 100 miles, and the furthest distance run in 24 hours. His endurance and resilience have also earned him a podium finish at the Badwater 135, recognized as "The World's Toughest Footrace." Furthermore, Don's international representation includes being a member of the 2017 U.S. Spartathlon team, enduring a 153-mile race from Athens to Sparta, and his invitation to the prestigious 2019 Backyard World Championship. Don's racing accolades continue with numerous top finishes, such as securing the first place in the Coldwater Rumble 52 Mile in 2021, 2022, and 2023, as well as victories in the Salt Flats Endurance Run 50K in 2021, and the Lean Horse 100 mile in 2019. He also proudly finished as the 2nd place runner in the 2017 Keys 100 mile and is a celebrated Leadville Leadman Finisher. Away from the racing tracks, Don is deeply involved in the health tech industry, dedicating his time to Oura Ring, a pioneering startup known for its innovative, health-focused wearable technology. His role reflects his passion for promoting health and wellbeing, extending beyond his personal athletic endeavors. In addition to his professional and athletic pursuits, Don is a vibrant voice in the running community. He is not only a 2023 USA 24-Hour National Champ and a 3x Manual Treadmill World Record Holder but also a content creator who shares his love for running and interviews individuals on a tiny bench, bringing together a community passionate about endurance, health, and the resilience of the human spirit. With Fairplay, Colorado as his backdrop, Don continues to inspire and lead in the realms of ultra running and health technology.
TODD ORR: Attacked Twice By The Same Grizzly Bear E50
1:20:23Get ready for an incredible story of survival and resilience in the face of danger. Join us as we dive into the harrowing experience of Todd, a true mountain legend and a same-day double grizzly attack survivor. From his extensive career-building trails, spending 150 days in Montana's outdoors, to his passion for knife building, Todd's journey is filled with unimaginable challenges. Discover the power of mindset and the strength of the human spirit in this inspiring episode. Don't forget to subscribe for more incredible stories like this!
RANDY NEWBERG + KYLE KAMP: Nutrition Makeover for Randy E49
1:17:02Randy Newberg and Kyle Kamp from Valley to Peak Nutrition, who specializes in nutrition coach for backcountry enthusiasts, sits down to discuss Randy's fitness journey and his unique nutritional challenges. Randy is facing his toughest hunt yet this summer, and he wants to extend his hunting career until he's 80. Follow his journey as MTNTOUGH trains Randy Newberg. Inspired by Randy? Do you want to be able to hunt well into your later years? Don't wait. The time is NOW to start focusing on your health and fitness. All it takes is 30-45 mins each day. You can do this. Your 80 year old self will thank you.
KYLE KAMP: Obesity to Dietician, An Amazing Journey and the New MTN Nutrition Program E48
1:36:17Kyle Kamp is a dietitian living in Idaho who helps people prepare for and perform optimally in the mountains. Aside from the outdoors, his primary passion is time with his wife and two sons. Discover Kyle's inspiring life change and weight loss story and explore how the new MTN Nutrition Program will catalyze change and performance improvements in your life. Nutrition is often misunderstood, especially when inundated with fad diets and food trends. This is why MTNTOUGH teamed up with Kyle Kamp, a registered and licensed dietitian, so he can break down the nuances of quality Nutrition for outdoor adventurers.
SARAH MASCHINO: Rev up Power and Strength: New Kettlebell and Minimal Gear Programs E47
35:51Sarah and Dustin sit down to discuss the new Kettlebell Diesel program as well as the new Minimal Gear Mountain Program available to MTNTOUGH+ Subscribers. +Limited Time: Subscribe to MTNTOUGH for 60% Off The Annual Plan & Get a Free Hat After Your Purchase Act Now, we are only giving away 5000 hats & the Code Can Only Be Used 5000 Times. http://lab.mtntough.com/checkout/subscribe/purchase?code=crush2024&plan=yearly
MAJOR DONNY BIGHAM: New World Record and the MTN Strength Program E46
1:05:22Retired Major Donny Bigham has over 27 years of service in the Marine Corps and the U.S. Army with 48 months of combat deployments to Bosnia, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Yemen. Major Bigham is known as the first ever strength and conditioning coach for the U.S. Army (Conventional Forces) and was instrumental in being part of the team that changed the U.S. Army Physical Fitness test after almost 40 years. He co-authored the Occupational Performance Assessment Test for initial screening of future soldiers and designed the Tactical Athlete Performance Center (TAP-C) at Fort Jackson and Fort Benning, emphasizing true strength, mobility, and speed to increase lethality and survivability. He currently holds multiple world records in powerlifting and was named the International Powerlifting Federation World Powerlifting Champion in 2015, 2016 and 2019 (bronze). Today, Donny and Dustin sit down to discuss the all new MTN Strength training program, designed by Donny specifically for the MTNTOUGH community, that is now available to MTNTOUGH+ Subscribers. They also dive into to Donny's time at the 2023 World Masters Classic Powerlifting Championships in Mongolia back in October. You don't want to miss this episode!
RANDY NEWBERG: "How I'm preparing for the toughest hunt of my life." E45
1:42:48Today on the Podcast, we talk with Randy Newberg to discuss why he's decided to focus more on his physical fitness. This is an inspiring episode you won't want to miss. Make sure you're subscribed to MTNTOUGH and Randy on social media and YouTube to follow along and see Randy's progress.If you want to keep doing what you love well into your later years, you have to start focusing on your fitness, mentality, and nutrition. "This was my toughest hunting year ever, thanks to a serious arm injury. And the hunts this year were below the normal physical demands. I was in PT until late August and under a limited regimen until then. While driving home from the Yukon, I felt how bad I was sucking while climbing those mountains. It got me thinking about my statement to Kim that I would hunt elk until I was 65. Now, that's only six years off. No way I'm pulling the plug."
LTCOL BYRON OWEN: The Battle for Shewan - Outnumbered, Yet Victorious, No Americans Lost E44
1:51:36In Today's episode Byron recounts The Battle of Shewan: August 8, 2008 Thirty Marines bravely fought back waves of Taliban fighters for over eight hours of vicious close-quarters combat, suffering hour after hour of withering enemy fire and countless volleys of RPG, mortar, and rocket fire. One by one, their crew served weapons ran dry as the battle raged on until the last remaining magazines were re-distributed, and the thirty men conducted a devastating counterattack against the numerically superior and entrenched Taliban force that collapsed their left flank and sparked a panic amongst the enemy. These Reconnaissance Marines fought past the point of exhaustion to continue their relentless assault until the Taliban were driven from the battlefield, leaving the city littered with spent casings, scarred buildings, and the broken bodies of the enemy. No Americans were killed during the fighting.Byron Owen started his Marine Corps career in the infantry, before transitioning to the intelligence field, then later cyber. He commanded multiple units during this time, including 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, Cyberspace Warfare Task Group 2, and 3d Radio Battalion. Byron is also the founder and editor in chief of Key Terrain Cyber, a professional journal dedicated to the study of information warfare. He is a Silver Star, Bronze Star, and triple Purple Heart recipient. Byron's Socials and Sites:Website: https://keyterraincyber.com/X: https://twitter.com/keyterraincyberIG: https://www.instagram.com/keyterraincyber/
BRANDON MADDOX: Founder, CEO and President of Silencer Central E43
1:06:46Brandon Maddox, CEO and owner of Silencer Central, is recognized as a national thought leader on Class 3 firearms. What began as Maddox’s home-based Federal Firearms License (FFL) evolved into a Class 3 Dealership and has grown into the nationwide brand it is today. Maddox’s NFA expertise makes him a popular voice for the industry, and he speaks regularly at National Compliance Conferences.Before his work with Silencer Central, Maddox practiced pharmacy and served as a marketing executive in the pharmaceutical industry. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Duke University. Megan, Maddox’s wife, is a 5th generation South Dakotan, and together they have two daughters. Maddox is passionate about varmint hunting and has spent more than a decade honing his expertise in the Western Dakota prairies.