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Ruck Running: What is it good for?

Ruck Running: What is it good for?

I recently had a conversation with a Critical Skills Operator from Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) who is structuring a course for support personnel coming into the unit. One of the main questions was how to prepare them for ruck running.

As we went through some possible methods and progressions, the question arose: What is the purpose behind ruck running? Does it have transferability to the fitness needed for the soldier on the ground? Why are we doing it?

Setting Strength Standards

Setting Strength Standards

Strength requirements differ depending on the athlete's pursuit. The Police SWAT Officer needs to be stronger than the competitive Stand Up Paddleboarder. The collegiate football player needs to be stronger than the track and field high jumper. We can break this down so that athletes of all varieties have the appropriate standards to ensure sport specific success, not gym-based success.