Exercise trends will come and go. (I don’t think anyone expected the Thighmaster to last very long, did they?) When I heard about this trend, I mentally put it into the P90X/Tough Mudder/crazy challenge category.
And then I started reading up on the trend. The most impressive group I found was Go Ruck, which was launched by a former Green Beret to stay in shape after leaving the military. The movement evolved into not just a fitness trend, but a way to create relationships within the community. So while it may place an initial emphasis on strength training, it’s also a team building exercise.
As someone who has been working from home for almost 10 years now, I can definitely see the benefits to this type of training. While I doubt that I’d try this (bad knees don’t lend themselves well to hiking with a heavy pack), I wish that my classes in yoga, Pilates or dance could encourage such relationships with my peers.
Exercise trends: Rucking
by Daniel Butler, CEP
Have you heard about rucking? The word “ruck” is short for “rucksack,” a military backpack that soldiers use to carry supplies on their back. Rucking, or ruck marching, refers to walking over paved or unpaved terrain with a loaded rucksack for the purpose of improving your fitness.
The military often uses rucking to measure physical fitness. Many units require a soldier to complete a timed ruck march in order to qualify for the unit. For instance, the U.S. Army Special Forces requires potential recruits to be able to ruck 12 miles in 2 hours with a pack that weighs 65 pounds in order to be eligible for Special Forces Selection. Even after leaving the armed services, some veterans continue to use rucking as a way to remain strong and build social ties while exercising.