GORUCK Tribe & Training

tribe (noun) \ ˈtrīb \ a small group of people defined by clear purpose and understanding. Historically, that meant you shared food and defense — and you were part of something bigger than yourself.


We believe an active life is a healthy life and this unites us. Push boundaries (especially the ones you have in your own mind), get stronger one step and one rep at a time, and spend quality time with friends outside.

To join thousands of us from all over the world, and in neighborhoods near you, become a member of GORUCK Tribe.

“Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.”
- Winston Churchill

Every Month Has a Theme & Unique Patch

What You Earn & What You Get

A monthly patch designed by Silver Star recipient and Alaska tattoo artist Roger Sparks - delivered to your real world mailbox.

Daily Sandbag & Rucksack Training through our app* - 100% scalable to meet anyone’s ability. You need minimal to no equipment and can do the workouts anywhere.

Monthly Tribe Workout Challenge - these are typically longer workouts, 45-60+ minutes, but 100% scalable. The patch and the camaraderie are what you earn.

Direct access to chat with Cadre, Trainers and the community through the app* and private Facebook group.

*GORUCK Tribe & Training App launching August 1

In addition to:

  • Weekly thought leader emails from Tribe Cadre - mindset, tips, rucking challenges, and food for thought to work that big muscle between your ears.
  • Recommended book and playlist to go with the monthly theme. “Carry That Weight” by the Beatles is always on point.
  • 500+ Ruck Clubs are fully integrated in the real world, all over the country. This is how people meet people.

Who Is This For?

We believe in service to each other, accountability, and living life to the fullest. We don’t care if you’re young, old, black, white, male, female, gay, straight, pink purple polka-dotted or striped. If you want to join us and do the work, you’re our people. We also believe in freedom, which means you’re free to scale any of the challenges as you see fit. Things come and they go, but the GORUCK Tribe community endures and we’re grateful to have so many great people in ours.

The Trainers, Cadre, & Fitness Experts

Dan Skidmore
aka Cadre DS

Air Force Combat Controller. Director of GORUCK Training, SRT (Sandbag & Ruck Training).

Emily McCarthy

Co-founder, GORUCK. CIA Case Officer. More poet than warrior.

Jason McCarthy

Founder, GORUCK, 10th Special Forces Group. The Originals.

Roger Sparks

Force Recon Marine, Air Force PJ, Silver Star Recipient, Tattoo artist in Eagle River, Alaska. Swift, Silent, Deadly.

Shawne Scott

Former powerlifter turned Functional Fitness athlete. Your go to for any questions on the app or programming.

Jaala Shaw

Tribe Kids Director. CrossFit Kids Seminar Staff, Fitness Entrepreneur, outdoor pre-school teacher.

How It Works

  1. Purchase the GORUCK Tribe & Training Program here for only $15/month. This is a monthly patch subscription and you can cancel anytime. This also unlocks access to the Daily Training App, launching August 1, 2022.

  2. You will receive an email with instructions on accessing the Training App and the closed Facebook group. Weekly, you’ll receive a thought leader email in your inbox from our Cadre and Fitness Experts.

1. Humans are more important than hardware.
2. Outside is better than inside.
3. Together is better than alone.

Why GORUCK Tribe & Training?





There’s a lot of talk about mental health these days, and rightfully so. Every measure of human health is worse than it’s ever been — but we do not accept the status quo as our norm. For us, getting our minds right is about a lot more than vacations and shrinks and pills. Here are some things we believe are vital to our mental health:

  • Time outside
  • Physical challenges
  • Real world community
  • Social fitness
  • Good sleep
  • Real food
  • Rucking, training, and living life to the fullest.

Social fitness brings people together and removes barriers through shared adversity. This activity creates stronger relationships, which creates stronger communities, which creates stronger nations.

This path begins with just one step forward, and you control that step.

The Origins

The idea for GORUCK Tribe was born in our driveway during the pandemic. We wanted a simple way to stay healthy and see our friends and to keep ourselves from going crazy. As it turns out, social fitness was vital for our physical and mental health, and we wanted to share this way of life with our 500+ Ruck Clubs and community of people all over the world.