To train for military ruck marches, it's important to gradually increase the weight of your ruck and the distance you march. It's also a good idea to incorporate exercises that work the muscles used during rucking, such as squats and lunges, into your training routine. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for a military ruck march:
- Gradually increase the weight of your ruck. Start with a weight that is comfortable for you to carry and gradually add more weight as you build up your strength and endurance.
- Increase the distance of your marches. Start with shorter distances and work up to longer marches, gradually increasing the time and distance you can comfortably ruck.
- Incorporate exercises that work the muscles used during rucking. Squats, lunges, and other leg exercises can help build the strength and endurance you need for rucking.
- Train on different terrain. Military ruck marches often take place on varied terrain, so it's important to train on a variety of surfaces, including hills, trails, and uneven ground.
- Practice good form. Proper rucking technique is important to avoid injury and to maximize the effectiveness of your training. Keep your back straight, your shoulders relaxed, and your core engaged while rucking.
- Stay hydrated and fueled. Make sure to drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet to support your training and keep your energy levels up.
- Break in your boots! Start with shorter distances and make sure your boots are well broken in.
- Wear top-quality merino wool socks! Our 'On-Duty' collection is a great place to start. Merino wool helps wick moisture away from your skin, reducing the risk of blisters and injuries.
Overall, training for a military ruck march requires a combination of gradually increasing the weight and distance of your rucks, incorporating exercises that work the muscles used during rucking, and practicing good form and staying hydrated.