Rogue Brick Bag - great for adding weight to your ruck
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Rogue Brick Bag Review

Let’s review the new Brick Bag from Rogue. This mini sand bag is versatile and convenient for any sort of fitness use. Spoiler alert – you don’t fill this with bricks. So why the funny name? The original way to add weight to your rucksack (backpack) for fitness was to tape together 2 or 3 bricks. The Brick Bag is a better option though – It’s really a miniature sand bag. Fill it from 0 lbs to 10bs (or 0 to 20 lbs with the bigger version) – and you’ve got a pretty handy little sand bag. Even better, the integrated handle keeps it secure – and lets you use it like a dumbbell or kettlebell too! Here are some [Read more …]

How many calories does rucking burn?
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How Many Calories Does Rucking Burn?

How many calories does rucking burn? That’s a great question – you certainly know you are working harder when you walk for long distances with a heavily loaded backpack (rucksack) on your back. But, can we put some hard numbers to this? Yes, we can. Here’s results from testing I’m doing – measuring calorie burn (via heart rate monitoring) at a variety of distances, loads, and paces. Without further ado, here’s the results (Preliminary, more data will be added over the next 2-3 months): Ruck Weight Pace (mph) Calories burned/minute Calories burned/hour Calories burned/mile 0 (no ruck) 3.6 6.7 401 109 30 lb ruck plate + Rucker 3.0 3.0 6.2 373 123 30 lb ruck plate + Rucker 3.0 3.7 [Read more …]

GORUCK Rucker 2 with 30 lb plate inside.
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GORUCK Rucker Review

Let’s review the Rucker backpack from GORUCK. Rucking for fitness? Which of GORUCK’s backpack models do you need? You’ve probably been considering the GORUCK GR1, or another of the GORUCK backpacks. The Rucker is the ultimate backpack as fitness tool – and is a far better choice than the GR1 or Bullet for this purpose. Why? That’s what we’ll explain in this review. In this review of the Rucker we’ll take a close up look at Rucker Versus GR1. GORUCK Rucker Review on YouTube Why read when you can watch? Here’s a short overview of the Rucker, from our YouTube channel: Plate Pocket – High Or Low Much of the appeal of rucking for fitness is how it turns walking [Read more …]

GORUCK Sandbag & Ruck Training (SRT) program review
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GORUCK Sandbag & Ruck Training Program Review

For the past month I’ve been reviewing GORUCK’s Sandbag & Ruck Training Program. Here’s a typical workout, and it shows the role the ruck (rucksack aka backpack) and sandbag play: NOTE: I am a GORUCK affiliate, and some links in this article are affiliate links. Being an affiliate rewards me such that I can take the time to bring you super-detailed information on their gear and training. That said, I love this stuff and passionately believe it is an amazing company and fitness philosophy. Working out at home (or anywhere but the gym) is now all the rage. But, truth be told – working out on your own has always been a great option – but where do you start? [Read more …]

GORUCK Sandbag in 60 lbs size with Bullet ruck and MACV-1 boots
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GORUCK 60 Lb Sandbag Review

Here’s my review of the GORUCK 60 lb sandbag – I picked this up to start the GORUCK Sandbag & Ruck Training program. This is my first sandbag – and I’m pleasantly surprised. Not only is this training fun – GORUCK makes a great product that is very versatile. Here’s some of the gear we are going to look at: Let’s take a look at what makes this sandbag a versatile piece of training gear. GORUCK Sandbag Review on YouTube Want to take a quick look? Check out this video from our YouTube channel: GORUCK 60 Lb Sandbag – Overview First, let’s take a tour. What features does the GORUCK Sandbag have? We’re looking here at the 60 lb size. [Read more …]

Cross Training Shoes

GORUCK I/O Cross Trainers – Training Shoe Review

GORUCK’s Black Friday sale is live! Check out their deals on rucksacks, apparel, boots, and more! GORUCK, the rucking company, recently entered the cross training shoe game. And their MACV-1 rucking boot blazed a trail of innovation – they created a light-weight but tough boot that has minimal break-in time. But now they’ve released a cross training shoe – the GORUCK I/O Cross Trainer. Our review pair is on order, and we’ll have our first thoughts soon. But, in the meantime, we’d like to tell you all about this super versatile shoe. Here’s what we’ll be looking at in this review: Let’s take a close look at the I/O Cross Trainers from GORUCK. Hands On First Look Don’t like to [Read more …]

GORUCK MACV-1 Lightweight Boot in Coyote Suede (Gen 2)
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GORUCK MACV-1 (Gen 2) Rucking Boot in Coyote Suede Review

It’s here! GORUCK has released the 2nd generation of their lightweight rucking boot – the MACV-1. We’ve got our pair and we’re deep in the review process – so far these have met or exceeded our every expectation. GORUCK makes rucking gear. Rucking is walking or hiking for distance with a loaded backpack (aka rucksack.) Do you need special boots to go on a ruck march? No, you don’t. But GORUCK has used their expertise in building super-functional and useful gear to make what are intended to be the best rucking boots possible. We’ll tell you all about the special features of the MACV-1 boot in this article. Here’s the products we’ll be reviewing: Let’s take an in-depth look. GORUCK [Read more …]

GORUCK Challenge Pants - Tough technical pants that are comfortable too
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GORUCK Challenge Pants Review

Here’s my hands-on (legs-on?) review of GORUCK’s Challenge Pants. What are Challenge Pants? They are a super-tough technical pant made by GORUCK – the rucking company. Rucking is walking or hiking for distance with a loaded backpack (aka rucksack.) Do you need special pants to go on a ruck march? No, you don’t. But GORUCK has used their expertise in building super-functional and useful gear to make what are now my favorite pair of pants. For doing anything – not just rucking. I’m writing this in my hotel room in Seattle at 3:52am, wearing Challenge Pants. Why? Because they are the ultimate pants for travel too. So, whether you are looking for rucking clothing, workout pants, or serious traveler gear [Read more …]

GORUCK Women's Simple Pants - Tough pants for working out, travel, and more.
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GORUCK Women’s Simple Pants – Pants for Rucking and Workouts

Let’s take an in depth look at GORUCK’s Women’s Simple Pants. First, let’s explain what Simple Pants are. These are GORUCK’s all-around comfortable and tough workout pants for women. GORUCK is the rucking company – so it stands to reason that these pants were purpose built with rucking in mind. Rucking is walking long distances with a heavily loaded backpack. If you’ve never hiked 5 or 6 miles with a 20 or 30 lb backpack on your back you are in for a humbling experience! But Simple Pants are super-versatile and comfortable – you can do so much more than just working out and rucking. We’ll explain why in this article. Let’s dive right in. Here’s the Simple Pants apparel [Read more …]

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