Why we ‘ruck’ at GRiT Military Gym

Military rucking, which involves carrying a weighted backpack or rucksack over long distances, is a unique and intense form of training that offers a variety of benefits. Here are some reasons why it is considered beneficial:

  1. Cardiovascular Fitness: Rucking for an extended period can increase your heart rate, which strengthens your heart and lungs, improves oxygen flow, and enhances overall cardiovascular endurance.
  2. Muscle Strength and Endurance: Carrying a heavy rucksack works a variety of muscle groups including your shoulders, back, core, and legs. This can result in improved muscle strength and endurance over time.
  3. Fat Burning: Rucking can burn more calories than traditional walking due to the added weight, making it an excellent exercise for fat loss.
  4. Bone Strength: The weight-bearing nature of rucking can improve bone density, which can help prevent osteoporosis and other bone conditions.
  5. Improved Posture: Carrying weight on your back can force you to maintain a good posture in order to balance the load, which can help improve your overall posture and spinal health.
  6. Mental Toughness: Rucking often takes place over long distances and under difficult conditions, testing one’s mental resolve and building psychological resilience, a skill that is invaluable in military operations.
  7. Preparation for Real-World Scenarios: In the military context, soldiers often need to carry heavy loads over long distances. Training through rucking can prepare them for these situations, improving their readiness and capability.
  8. Low Impact: Compared to running, rucking is relatively low impact and can be easier on the joints, reducing the risk of injury.
  9. Team Building: Often, rucking is done in groups or units such as at GRiT, which can foster camaraderie, teamwork, and leadership skills.

Remember, rucking should be done with the proper technique to avoid injury. It’s also crucial to gradually increase the weight in the rucksack over time to prevent overstraining. Regularly checking in with your body and seeking advice from professionals can also ensure a safe and effective rucking regimen.