- If you can dream it, you can do it. Walt Disney
Complete a Goruck
The first thing that I typically hear when I tell someone about GORUCK, is “what’s that?” GORUCK is definitely not a common word, but neither is ruck to those outside of the military and the UK.
RUCK•ING [VERB] To put weight on your back and go for a walk. More weight or more miles equals more results, more friends and more time together equals more fun.
Ruckers are a tribe and rucking is a way of life. A community and a movement of people in cities, suburbs, and neighborhoods all over the world leading physically and socially active lives, together. We’re committed not only to our own betterment, but also to the betterment of those around us.
go ·ruck noun [verb go + verb ruck] ruck is a noun short for rucksack (aka backpack), it’s also a verb: to ruck is to move with a rucksack, and implies action, energy, and purpose.
Founder of GORUCK is Jason McCarthy who noted that when he got out of Special Forces and left the military in 2008, he felt like he had quit the mission, quit on America, and quit on his teammates. Soon, he found himself without any of the support structures he had taken for granted while he was serving.
For him, two things made all the difference: (1) My dog Java (Monster’s Godfather) and (2) Rucking. One day at a time, Java forced him out of the house and didn’t let him feel sorry for himself. And GORUCK and the rucking community became the bridge he needed between the military and civilian worlds. It’s hard to be active in a busy life. What worked for him started with putting 30 lbs. on his back while he’d walk Java. And it led to so much more.
HOW TO RUCK
Move as fast as you can or as slow as you want. You control the weight and the distance so you control the level of difficulty. It’s better with friends and dogs and you can do it anywhere with anyone no matter their ability, or yours. When in doubt, smiles over miles.
Rucking is a fitness thing with backpacks. This isn’t middle school where the “cool kids” drape one shoulder strap and beebop around campus. Use both straps and get ready to move.
CINCH YOUR RUCK DOWN
Get the weight up high on your back - this creates a more stable carry and engages your larger muscle groups - your upper back and shoulders. The number one mistake we see, consistently, is people rucking with their rucks too low on their back.
IMPROVE YOUR POSTURE
We all stare at our phones too much, we round our backs forward when we’re in front of a computer. Chairs are comfortable, we do it too. With rucking, though, you’re forced to roll your shoulders back. It’s more comfortable with great posture, so rucking forces you to improve your posture, naturally.
TAKE A DEEP BREATH
You want freedom reaching every square inch of your lungs, not just the shallow parts. If you are wearing a sternum strap, the tighter you cinch it, the more constricting it is on your breathing. Try alternating it buckled/unbuckled over the course of your ruck.
The beauty is in the simplicity. You can ruck anywhere, anytime you have a backpack on: in airports, to and from work, on trails or sidewalks or around campus. You already know how to do it even if you haven’t called it rucking, yet.
DON'T OVERTHINK IT
You wear a backpack. It’s a fitness thing.