Mountain Fitness Training

Strength and endurance are the backbones of mountain adventures, backpacking trips, rock climbing, and long-term health.

Gut-Z Journey knows the incredible importance of feeling in shape, even on limited time. That’s why we have designed simple and effective training programs. When you are strong, you are more confident and capable.


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Why train for the mountains?

Most of us do not have the luxury of unlimited time to climb or hike.

This means our fitness capacity will only ever adapt to exactly what we carve out time for, never more. Leaving us on a performance plateau, and easily injured if we overstep.

We have two limiting factors — time, and our overall capacity.

The biggest impact we can make on our fitness capacity is to increase strength and endurance- efficiently.

Our training programs are designed quickly create a foundation of strength training. The goal is to empower you with the skills to continue your own progression.  We also expose you to the basics of endurance training. So you can continuously progress your mountain fitness.

Mountain Fitness Training

“The most time-efficient impact we can make on our mountain fitness capacity is strength and endurance training”

The Types of Programs

Mountain Strength Programs

Gain the foundations for strength and endurance training


  • Group Bootcamp (6 weeks)
  • 3 month 1-1 comprehensive training for your objective
  • How to climb Mt Whitney. Online course

All programs are good for those wanting to understand the fundamentals of strength & endurance training for mountain pursuits. Access to gym equipment is necessary for the training specific. programs





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How do We Coach You?

The goals are to:

  • Elevate your overall capacity
  • Enhance your structural resilience

Time is valuable. Every single component of our program has a purpose and a progression. It cuts out the junk when training and works with your limitations to develop a sustainable plan. You’ll be on a systematic path to meeting your objectives. There are two types of training we’ll apply.

Sport-Supportive Training

Any training that adds to your sport, such as strength training, plyometrics, or isometrics. This prepares you to handle the increase in sport-specific training.

Sport-Specific Training

Any training that mimics your objective, such as running, skiing, or climbing moves and loads.

Why Sport-Supportive Training Works So Well

In the mountains, our physical performance is limited by either our aerobic circulatory system or by the impact on our musculoskeletal system. We either can’t supply and utilize oxygen fast enough, or our knees, hips, and spine begin to suffer due to a lack of structural capacity.

Chronically overstepping our structural capacity leads to injury. We either need to reduce the training volume or increase the capacity of the tissue. It’s simple.

mountain climbing training

“Sport-supportive training increases our performance ceiling, reduces injuries, and allows us to train more effectively.”

What People Say after Taking the Clinics

“It was crazy good because of your guide Natalie. "She pushed us a little beyond our confidence and we credit her with our summit. She is simply a phenomenal young person and guide”


"Natalie is an inspiration. She is very knowledgeable, including extensive Search and Rescue experience, best instructor I've ever had, and has a delightful personality!"


"I thought I had seen the best, but N.B. is right up there and earlier in her career. Top echelon of outdoor professionals. This is clearly in her blood!"


What to Expect From Your Mountain Fitness Program

The App Interface

Your coaching takes place through the user-friendly online interface, Truecoach. You can check out up-and-coming programming, chat with me (your coach), upload videos, and receive movement feedback after each session.

Remote training gives you all the high-quality interaction of a coach at your fingertips and on your schedule. It even does so at a lower cost. The feedback allows us to collaborate and adjust your program based on your experience and limitations.


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Natalie’s Credentials

Natalie has two decades of experience working as an outdoor professional, specializing in alpine climbing, mountain guiding, nutrition, and exercise physiology.

She received a B.A. from U.C. Santa Barbara, where she researched fat distribution in the female body and nutrition, graduating with top honors in Physical Anthropology, Exercise Health Science, and Personal Training.

Natalie’s a powerhouse – a versatile athlete, with extensive physical and skill-based cross-training in multiple sports. She enjoys fast alpine climbing with a focus on long and technical, less traveled routes in the mountains. She has climbed and explored all 7 continents, practiced as a gymnast for 11 years, and also holds a black belt in Taekwondo.

Natalie specializes in strength training, alpine climbing-specific training, endurance programming, nutritional assessments, and planning.

Natalie Brechtel

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