Benefits of ruck marching
Ruck marching is a popular military exercise that is used for strength and mental conditioning. Typically, soldiers are required to march on a long distance while carrying a pack or rucksack that contains a packaging list or a specified amount of weight. Although this exercise has been barred in the army, it may be useful for Special Forces.
1. Builds strength and stamina
This exercise is effective when incorporated into one session. The ladder helps build stamina, strength, as well as conditioning once you perform several reps simultaneously, but the muscles don’t get overworked. In simple terms, super setting involved in ruck marching strengthen all muscle groups in the body.
2. Strengthens leg muscles
Although ruck marching tends to put more pressure on the back and shoulders, it places more load on your legs (particularly on the quadriceps muscle). Unlike running, ruck marching is a great aerobic exercise for body conditioning and improved flexibility.
3. Builds muscle mass
Basically, ruck marching entails performing several reps on a ladder. You may perform several reps and take a few minutes rest. For example, you can try the pyramid set where you perform your reps simultaneously without resting. This can help build body mass, as well as muscle definition and body strength.
4. Improves endurance
Ruck marching is quite common in the Seals and Marines, and is used for improving endurance so that participants can run on a long distance without difficulty. Nonetheless, soldiers also perform other intensive workouts for improved flexibility and body strength.
Ruck marching may place a lot of strain on your shoulders and back when you wear heavily padded straps. This pulling may become uncomfortable for many to handle and that is why it was banned in the military. However, you can wear light waist belts to help ease the pressure, thereby reduce your risk of injury.
March 15, 2012 3:24 am
rucking is not banned in the army. Even n Boot campthey still do it 2 -3 times a week. They work up to a 15k.
May 14, 2012 9:08 am
In my unit, we Ruck like crazy.. Next week we have a 34 Mile ruck, its non stop straight through. Get your facts right on who ruck marches, its not banned at all!
September 8, 2012 11:59 am
You don’t have a 34mile ruck straight through 80 douche
February 14, 2013 7:28 am
There’s units in Hawaii that do 40 mile ruck marches. He might not be lying.
May 11, 2013 10:34 am
This blogger needs to check his facts. Thanks Garcia, you are correct . Ruck marching banned in the Army! lol ….. Placing Marine pt and Seals in the same sentence is also totally ridiculous.
May 4, 2015 4:46 pm
He may be referring Army basic training. A friend of mine who did it said it was quite easy and they had stress cards or something when things got hard for recruits. He didn’t talked too much about the ruck marches. I do hear a lot about “humps” that Marines did in their basic training.
Marines and SEALs definitely go more together than with Army though.