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Mushers Workout

Mushers Workout

By Robert Forto

If you don’t already know, my name is Robert Forto and I am the training director and owner of Alaska Dog Works. I am also a professional musher (dog sledding) and motivational speaker. I have been out of mushing for the past several years because, I like to say, life got in the way. I followed my wife, Michele, to Colorado for her to pursue a career as a paralegal, which she hated and now works with me at my dog training school, but I also retired because frankly there is no snow in Denver, despite what you see in those famous beer commercials. The closest place with considerable snow, at least enough to run a dog team, is two hours away in the mountains and if you plan on going up to run during ski season plan on tacking on at least two more hours on your trip home.

But despite those odds I have announced my intentions on running the Iditarod in 2017 but first things first, I need to get back into shape. The past few years I have had at least two surgeries, one on my groin and one on my wrist and being a small business owner I got lazy and ate on the run without any structure or plan.

Many people have asked about my mushers workout and I am here to share it with you. Use the parts that you like and hybridize it if you must. I can assure you it will get you in the best shape of your life, especially if you plan to run with a team of Siberian/Alaskan Huskies.

Mushers Workout

Day 1

10 minute Warm-Up – Cardio

4 Sets (10 reps) each of the following:

Squats – Lat Pulls – Dumbbell Rows – Standing Calf – Seated Calf – Leg Curl

20 minute Cool Down – Cardio

Day 2

10 minute Warm-Up – Cardio

4 Sets (10 reps) each of the following:

Bench Press – Overhead Dumbbell Extensions

3 Sets (15 Reps) each of the following

Incline Press – Seated Shoulder Press – Triceps Press Down

20 minute Cool Down – Cardio

Day 3

10 minute Warm-Up – Cardio

4 Sets (15 reps) each of the following:

Squats – Seated Row – Barbell Curls – Lateral Rows

3 Sets (25 Reps) Walking Lunges

20 minute Cool Down – Cardio

Day 4

Bike Cherry Creek Trail approximately 20 miles or swim 1 mile in pool


Continue to play indoor lacrosse and hike Colorado 14ers as a team building exercise for Denver Dog Works.

Diet: Starting June 4, 2015

Goal: weight loss and muscle gain. Loss 30 pounds before the snow starts this winter.

Starting weight: 214 pounds on April 27, 2015

A Sample Day

7 am

Breakfast: a bowl of instant oatmeal or one or two eggs

10:30 am

Snack: Fiber One bar

12:30 pm

Lunch: Lean Cuisine

3:00 pm

Snack: Orange, yogurt or pretzels

6:30 pm

Dinner: Lean protein less than a fist size, one green vegetable and/or salad and sometimes a potato or pasta

8:00 pm

Run, Bike, Swim or Mushers Workout

Diet Downfall:

I love coca-cola and I am on my way to totally quitting. I will enjoy water or low calorie juices.

I encourage all of you to follow me on my journey. I will post my progress on my blog and you can track my progress on Facebook, twitter, youtube and my websites. If you would like me to speak at your event or if you need a training session for your employees on team building, motivation, leadership and goal setting, give me a call at 907-841-1686.

My motto is: “Never Forget Your Dreams”, I will see you on the trail!


Robert Forto

Alaska Dog Works


Robert Forto is the training director of Alaska Dog Works. He is training for the Iditarod in 2017 and is available for speaking engagements and sponsorship requests. Robert Forto can be reached through his website at 

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