Cardio for People Who Think Running Sucks.

WHAT IS RUCKING?

RUCK•ING [VERB] // Walking with a weighted rucksack (aka backpack). It implies action, energy, and purpose. Rucking requires strength, endurance, and character -- and builds it, too.

Rucking is Cardio

Cardio for people who think running sucks. Rucking for fitness will get you off the treadmill and into the world. If you want to burn up to 3X as many calories as walking, ruck instead. Your heart pumps faster during a rucking workout to get oxygen rich blood throughout your body, increasing circulation. And you can talk to your friend, who’s rucking right next to you.

Rucking is Simple

You wear a backpack (or better yet a rucksack), walk, it's a fitness thing. And you're already doing it. Hiking is rucking in the mountains and urban hiking is simply called rucking. Rucking exercises can be done at any weight.

Rucking is Scalable

The weight adds resistance training to your back and shoulders, your glutes and legs with every step - resulting in strength gains without the bulk. Want more? Up the weight, increase the distance, or go faster.

Rucking is Cardio

Cardio for people who think running sucks. If you want to burn up to 3X as many calories as walking, ruck instead. Your heart pumps faster to get oxygen rich blood throughout your body, increasing circulation. And you can talk to your friend, who’s rucking right next to you.

Rucking is Stupid Simple

You wear a backpack, walk, it's a fitness thing. And you're already doing it. Hiking is rucking in the mountains and urban hiking is simply called rucking. Rucking can be done at any weight.

Rucking is Scalable

The weight adds resistance training to your back and shoulders, your glutes and legs with every step - resulting in strength gains without the bulk. Want more? Up the weight, increase the distance, or go faster.

"Two years ago I weighed 270 pounds, I would get winded walking up a few flights of stairs. My lack of conditioning was starting to negatively affect my entire life. I started slow with low weight, walking on a treadmill. I was soon piling weight into my ruck and was “discovering” miles of trails in the Dunes National Lakeshore just steps from my house. Due directly to my rucking workouts, my conditioning has steadily improved where I can say that I am in the best shape of my life."

TJ Caracci

"Rucking is the perfect study break for those of us doing long days in the library. We would take mid day breaks to throw a ruck on, get our blood flowing, and enjoy the natural sunlight before hitting the books for a few (or many) more hours. Not only did we get our daily exercise, but we fed our souls with the great outdoors and good company. We've even held study sessions and chats while out on a ruck. That is how you survive grad school."

Aimee Rebeck

"Other than my military experiences, I had pretty much forgotten about rucking. Then a friend turned me on to it. I hate running...basically because, well...I hate it. Rucking allows me to get a good workout in without ruining my joints. I can go at my pace and be able to enjoy what's around me. All the while burning uber calories! Win, win!

Bill Allen

"Two years ago I weighed 270 pounds, I would get winded walking up a few flights of stairs. My lack of conditioning was starting to negatively affect my entire life. I started slow with low weight, walking on a treadmill. I was soon piling weight into my ruck and was “discovering” miles of trails in the Dunes National Lakeshore just steps from my house. Due directly to my rucking workouts, my conditioning has steadily improved where I can say that I am in the best shape of my life."

TJ Caracci

"Rucking is the perfect study break for those of us doing long days in the library. We would take mid day breaks to throw a ruck on, get our blood flowing, and enjoy the natural sunlight before hitting the books for a few (or many) more hours. Not only did we get our daily exercise, but we fed our souls with the great outdoors and good company. We've even held study sessions and chats while out on a ruck. That is how you survive grad school and I'm glad was able to share it with me."

Aimee Rebeck

"Other than my military experiences, I had pretty much forgotten about rucking. Then a friend turned me on to it. I hate running...basically because, well...I hate it. Rucking allows me to get a good workout in without ruining my joints. I can go at my pace and be able to enjoy what's around me. All the while burning uber calories! Win, win!

Bill Allen

Military Roots

Rucking is the foundation of Special Forces training. Green Berets are well versed in shouldering heavy rucks through cities, mountains, jungles and deserts, in war and in peace -- alone when they must, together whenever possible.

Health & Science

Do you want to… Be more active? Burn more calories? Get stronger? Improve your posture? Have a healthier heart? Walking is not enough and it sucks to run. Rucking is the path.

Rucking at GORUCK Events

GORUCK’s Special Forces Cadre have led thousands of rucking events since 2010 - we’ve garnered feedback and testimonials from hundreds of thousands of people of all walks of life: men and women, military and civilian, young and old, black and white and the list goes on. For us, research is purely academic unless it’s proven in the real world by a diversity of people. GORUCK Events have offered us a rucking laboratory, and in that process our community of ruckers grows stronger by the day.

GET STARTED RUCKING

We’ve seen plenty of people over the years focus on what they can’t do, or can’t do yet, as a reason to do nothing. The trick is to not plan to do everything all at once, just get moving and see where it leads.

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