From ITS Tactical:
“I’ve long been a fan and active participant in all that GORUCK has done to foster Rucking (moving with weight on your back in a rucksack AKA backpack) and share it with the world. However, I was intrigued when they recently started the discussion about it being a sport.
I hadn’t looked at it from that perspective, but they present some compelling information on why it’s just as much a sport as others. Through the acronym ART, (Active Resistance Training) they break it down to describe that Active is cardio; the less weight in your ruck, the more of a cardio workout it is.
Resistance is the strength training; the more weight in your ruck the more strength training you’ll get. Balancing the two gives you a cardio and strength training workout at the same time.
GORUCK is widely known for their events, namely the GORUCK Challenge, where participants strap a weighted ruck on their back and cover 15-20 miles over 10-12 hours. The goal with the Challenge is to become a team and put that team before yourself. Overcoming adversity is a main take-home of the event and it’s certainly something I experienced a few years back during my first GORUCK Challenge with class 050.
With the introduction of GORUCK’s new Kill That 5K, they’re taking their proven method of bringing people together for a good time and creating a sport around it. Sure a 5K is nothing new, but I like their approach of adding Rucking to a traditional 5K as social fitness.
Rucking is an equalizer, meaning that I could have 40 lbs. in my ruck, my wife could have 15 lbs. and we could be getting two totally different workouts while walking together and talking. That’s not something you can do while jogging. It’s also for everyone, no matter age or ability. Accessibility is what GORUCK has created for Rucking.“
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