Sandbag training is a cheap, but effective training method - find out how to get started today!
Exercise

Sandbag Training

With so many forms of exercise available today, zeroing in on the optimal workout routine can be daunting. But it turns out that while the latest high-tech machines and exercise fads may have considerable merit, with workouts as in life, the best things are often free or at least nearly so. In the case of sandbags, the fact that these pieces of ultra-simple exercise equipment can often be constructed for just a few dollars belies the incredibly robust workouts that they can provide. With sandbag exercises, you get far more than you pay for, at least if you are only counting the dollar cost. But as we’ll see, the cost in energy, effort and focus required for sandbag training rivals [Read more …]

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"
Rucking

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 reason [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.
Rucking

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.
Rucking

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 …]

GORUCK ruck plate and rucksack - essential gear for rucking
Rucking

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
Rucking

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 …]

GORUCK GR1 21L ruck sack - in new Coyote Brown color - looks great and is backed by a lifetime guarantee
Rucking

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. We’ll also highlight some great rucking accessories that help you get the most out of your gear. Looking for Black Friday 2019 deals on rucking backpacks? Check back here and we’ll have our recommended choices for rucksacks. Black Friday is the best time of the year to buy fitness equipment and accessories. When choosing the best backpack for rucking – you need to consider a few things: Function Form Durability Price By the way, that super-sweet looking rucksack pictured above is the GORUCK GR1 in Coyote Brown – a top notch ruck and a great looking piece [Read more …]

Rucking - walking or hiking with a loaded backpack - it's simple and effective.
Rucking

What is Rucking?

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. Rucking Tips – The basics Grab a backpack. Load it with about 10% of your bodyweight (as a beginner). You can use bricks, dumbbells, weight plates, or anything else that will fit. Walk – the distance and pace is up to you. Also known as foot marching, ruck marching, but usually just plain “rucking” – it’s deceptively effective. It sounds simple, but it can burn up to two times the number of calories when compared to an unweighted [Read more …]