Grip strength is important for ruck events - the rucksack will spend a lot of time on your back - but you may have to carry other items, sometimes called "coupons"
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GORUCK Training – How to Prepare for the PT at Ruck Events

A common question about GORUCK challenge events – what sort of PT ( Physical Training) challenges are likely to happen? And how can you prepare? Most of the following exercises may be required with or without your loaded rucksack. For “Light” events there’s usually a lot of PT without the ruck – but it’s better to be over-prepared in this regard. HINT: It’s best to train with your rucksack! Also note that this sort of dynamic exercise with a loaded rucksack is best done with a chest strap and a hip belt or waist belt on your rucksack. Why? Because it lets you tighten down the ruck such that it won’t be moving around excessively. Secondly, this is also the [Read more …]

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GORUCK Black Friday 2019 Sales

GORUCK’s Christmas in July (XIJ) sale for 2019 is now over. The next big sale will likely be Veteran’s day. Does GORUCK have a Veterans Day Sale? Yes – they do. We don’t know what they’ll have on sale for Veteran’s Day 2019. But here’s what they had last year. For Veterans Day 2018 GORUCK had sale items all weekend long. The items on sale were: Buy a GR1 at Full Price + Get a FREE GR1 Padded Field Pocket ($75/value) 35% Off All USA-Built Apparel (Men’s + Women’s) A limited # of Ruckers at $175 (Normally $265) 34% Off A limited # of Bullets at $135 (Normally $195) 31% Off Compression Tough Bag at $55 (Normally $90) 39% Off [Read more …]

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Best Gloves for Rucking and Physical Training

What are the best gloves for rucking or other outdoor physical fitness training? We’ll take a look at some options for protecting your hands in this article. What is Rucking? Rucking is walking with a loaded backpack. It’s a cheap, simple exercise that burns calories and builds aerobic endurance due to the added weight on your back. Burn more calories than walking and with less impact than jogging. And you can do this anywhere you can walk – in an urban or rural setting. Do you need gloves for the ruck march? Maybe not. But, if you are participating in a GORUCK challenge event, gloves can help. As an example, you may end up doing bear crawls, push-ups, or carrying [Read more …]

GORUCK GR1 Rucksack alternatives
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GORUCK Rucksack Alternatives

Need to buy an affordable rucksack? If you need a rucksack for ruck training, we believe the GORUCK GR1 is the best blend of durability, style, and functionality for fitness or Every Day Carry. But, GORUCK recently increased their prices dramatically. Is the GORUCK GR1 too expensive? That’s for you to decide. And while we still think the GORUCK GR1 or the GORUCK Rucker 2.0 are the best option for rucking and general use, we also understand that this price increase may have put these bags out of reach for many. Therefore, we will compare and contrast some GORUCK GR1 alternatives from 5.11 Tactical, Mystery Ranch, and London Bridge Trading (LBT). Why do we love the GORUCK products? There’s a [Read more …]

GORUCK Rucker 2.0 - a purpose built rucksack - no laptop compartment, more padding in the straps , and compatible with GORUCK Expert ruck plates.
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Best Rucking Accessories for GORUCK

Now that you’ve picked out your ideal GORUCK rucking backpack you should look at some rucking gear that helps you get the best packing and storage efficiency out of that GR1 or Rucker backpack. We’re going to review the best rucksack accessories for the GR1 – or any GORUCK bag. These choices have been vetted by rucking enthusiasts – so consider them the “best of the best”. Whether you are using a GR1, or other rucking backpack – all of these items are great aftermarket rucking gear. MOLLE Accessories We’re going to mention “MOLLE” a lot in this article. MOLLE, or Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment, is the military’s solution for versatile equipment loading and accessories. The most important feature of [Read more …]

A GORUCK rucksack with event patches.
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Where To Buy Morale Patches for Rucking

What is a Morale Patch? Morale patches are the informal insignia that military units use to help build an esprit de corp – a feeling of pride, fellowship, and common loyalty shared by the members of a group. Let’s talk about the the role morale patches play in rucking, and where you can find a morale patch (or tactical patch) that might help you express some style or humor and join in on the camaraderie. We’ll also cover a variety of tactical patches that serve practical purposes. You can ruck alone, but rucking really comes alive when you are part of a group or club – a team of like minded individuals tackling a humbling and challenging shared experience. A [Read more …]

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Best Shoes For Rucking

What are the best shoes, boots, and trail running shoes for rucking? We’ll take a look at some options for rucking footwear in this article. We love rucking because it is so simple. It is easy to pick up and there is not a lot of equipment necessary. But it can be hard on your feet. Especially if you aren’t conditioned to walking long distances at a fast pace. In this article, we’ll give you some important tips and tricks to protect your feet as well. We’ll talk about the best socks for rucking too, because that’s also important. What is Rucking? Rucking is walking with a loaded backpack. It’s a cheap, simple exercise that burns calories and builds aerobic [Read more …]

GORUCK ruck plate and rucksack - essential gear for rucking
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Fitatmidlife’s Rucking Glossary – Learn About Rucking

FitAtMidlife’s Rucking Glossary Rucking is walking with a loaded backpack – and not just in the woods! “Ruck”, short for “rucksack”, is military slang for a backpack. This is a cheap, simple exercise that burns calories and builds aerobic endurance due to the added weight. As a beginner in rucking you’re going to run into some terms and acronyms you may not be familiar with. But we’re here to help. Here’s a rundown on some of the common terms and lingo that are utilized by the GORUCK organization as well as the wider rucking community. Have a read through and increase your rucking knowledge. Did we miss an item? Reply in the comments – preferably with a source, if possible. [Read more …]

GORUCK 30lb ruck plate going into a rucksack
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Ruck Plates – Weight Plates for Rucking

Let’s talk about Ruck Plates (also called ruck weights or GORUCK weights). What are they? They are the specially designed weight plates for rucking. We’ll highlight some great products that are both functional and helpful, but we’ll also talk about some other alternatives that are versatile in their own right. First of all, why do you even need ruck plates? Can’t you just use anything that’s heavy – like a dumbbell, a regular olympic plate, or a rock? Yes, you can. But there’s a lot of good reasons to have ruck plates if you are going to get serious about ruck training. See Ruck Plates on the GORUCK website First of all – odd sized objects take up too much [Read more …]

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Backpacks for Rucking

Let’s talk about the best backpacks (rucksacks) for rucking. We’ll highlight the best products that look good, are functional, and tough as nails. As an example – here’s the GORUCK GR1 backpack. It is purpose designed for rucking. And by that, we mean rucking for fitness purposes. You might have seen the GORUCK rucksack in use at the first annual Rogue Invitational CrossFit sanctioned event. We’ll also highlight some great rucking accessories that help you get the most out of your gear. Here’s the rucksacks we’ll cover: GORUCK GR1 The most versatile backpack from GORUCK. Works great for rucking, business travel, and EDC (Every Day Carry). This is the ruck you want for both fitness and other uses. (GORUCK) Rucker [Read more …]