Austere Training Course

No gym, no problem - Create your own workouts to keep training goals on track while away from the rack.

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No gym, no problem. Create your own workouts to keep training goals on track while away from the rack.

Austere Training is the practice of strength and conditioning in resource-constrained, perhaps harsher, environments. And no, we are not talking about the water dispenser flashing its red “need a new filter” light or the WiFi going down. We mean spaces like the wilderness, limited hotel gyms, or day one of your home gym build, where all you have is a cinder block, a bag of concrete, a bucket, and a dream.

Power Athlete's Austere Training Course provides you with an introduction to the fundamentals of movement and the necessary skills to write your own workouts using minimal equipment to maximize strength gains. Whether traveling, deployed, or locked down from your gym, this course empower you to continue training effectively by teaching you intelligent programming and a resilience mindset.

Over an hour and half of video lecture and video movement instructions!

This course is done at your own pace. Depending on your learning style, you can read the required reading then watch the videos. We have also seen success in watching the videos first, then following up with the written material.


Section 1 - What is Austere Training?

1.1: What is Austere Training?
1.2: Pulling Appropriate Levers in Austere Training

Section 2 - Training Movement

2.1: Movement Not movements
2.2: Movement Blueprint

Section 3 - Challenge Movement

3.1: Challenging Movement in an Austere Environment
3.2: Loading Odd Objects
3.3: Manipulating Foot Position
3.4: Challenging Execution

Section 4 - Austere Programming

4.1: Anatomy of an Austere Workout
4.2: Third Monkey Strength Concepts
4.3: Mojo-Condo & Haram-BOD Guidelines

Section 5 - Resilience Mindset

5.1: Resilience Mindset

Your Instructor

Tex McQuilkin
Tex McQuilkin


Coach McQuilkin is the Co-Host of Power Athlete Radio, Director of Training and Education for Power Athlete. Tex is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach with over 15 years in the fitness industry applying and educating movement all over the world. Tex coached collegiately with Georgetown University, Marymount University (DIII) Men's lacrosse, as well as interned with the University of Texas at Austin's football program. He has also coached and implemented programs for tactical athletes including Naval Special Warfare and US Army XVIII Airborne Corps. Apprenticed under John Welbourn and Raphael Ruiz studying proper implementation of science based, performance driven training systems. Collegiate lacrosse defensive midfielder, 4-year letter winner and 3-year team captain at Marymount University (VA) - DIII “All-Star”.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know this course is for me?
Do you travel a lot and lose access to a gym? Are you deployed overseas and still want to lift heavy? Are you a trainer or coach looking to make workouts more creative? If you answer, “Yes!” to any of these questions - this course is for you. The course is designed with the individual in mind arming you with effective training methods, intelligent workout writing tools and movement solutions to keep your goals on track while away from the rack.
Is the course mobile and tablet friendly?
Yep. All Power Athlete Academy courses are fully responsive, and can be accessed on any of the devices that you own.
What am I getting into here; is this course for fitness professionals only?
Nope. This course is for anyone who has an enthusiasm for understanding movement, hard work, and writing workouts. Learn how Power Athlete views movement and empowers athletes through strength training concepts and conditioning tools for anyone in an austere environment away from the weight room.
Does the Austere Training Course only apply to adult populations working out away from the gym?
No, this course provides valuable information for parents or gym teachers to challenge children to get strong picking up heavy, awkward implements and build a healthy relationship with challenge that can carry on into adulthood.
How will this help my personal training or coaching business?
Creativity. Arm yourself with the knowledge to keep clients engaged with fun, yet challenging strength training tools and fun workouts. If you're forced to shut down your gym doors, use these tools to keep your clients getting stronger and progressing toward their goals while away from the squat rack.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

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