You have made the huge decision to sign up for a GORUCK Light event! Or, maybe you’re still on the fence and haven’t fully committed yet. Either way you still want to have an idea of how you are going to successfully train for your GORUCK Light and earn that patch.
How Do You Train For This?
The GORUCK Light is tough… there is no getting around that. We broke this page up into multiple sections to help you navigate the path to your event.
- The GORUCK Light: This section will explain the GORUCK Light event and give you some insight into what to expect. Read this section.
- GORUCK Light Advice: The second section features very important pieces of advice that are outside the scope of training. Read this section.
- All Day Ruckoff Articles: Valuable posts on All Day Ruckoff that will help you train and prepare for your GORUCK Light event. Read this section.
- GORUCK Light Training Plans: The third section is the meat of this page and features training plans which should help physically and mentally prepare you for the event. Choose a plan and follow it.
- What’s Next: The fourth, and final, section titled “what’s next” which provides some links to additional resources as well as final insight. Read this section.
The GORUCK Light
The GORUCK Light experience aims to be similar to the GORUCK Challenge (now called Tough) but with less weight, a shorter time frame, and more fun. Read through the GORUCK Light event page to make sure you understand everything about the event. GORUCK does a great job explaining the event, what you need to bring, and how to not look silly.
GORUCK Light Advice
Here are some random pieces of advice that are incredibly important. Read through these… even if you read nothing else on this page please read through these.
- Understand the GORUCK Light event. Read the page on the GORUCK website about it. Do some research (being on this page is a great start!) Don’t be the confused, lost person at the event.
- Join the Facebook Event page for your GORUCK Light. That page is how the Cadre (leader) of your GORUCK event will communicate with you. There is a chance that the start point will change. There is a chance that the Cadre will list additional required gear. All of that will happen on the Facebook Event page… so join it.
- Don’t train for the bare minimum. There is a chance that your event will run longer than 5 hours and travel more than 10 miles. There have been GORUCK Light events that lasted 8+ hours and traveled 13+ miles. Which leads us to…
- You will not want to make other plans on the day of your GORUCK Light. There is always the chance that your event will run long. Save yourself the trouble of stressing over other commitments on that day by keeping your calendar clear.
- Don’t be late to the event. If you are late your team will suffer because of you. Show up at least 25 minutes early.
All Day Ruckoff Training Articles
These articles are the important ones to read when training for your GORUCK Light event.
- Choose Your GORUCK Weight
- Ruck Plate: How To Secure GORUCK Ruck Plates
- Bricks: How To Wrap Bricks
- Sandbags: Revised Article Coming Soon
- Learn How to Ruck
- Figure Out Your Packing List
- Determine Your Service Component
GORUCK Light Training Plans
There are a number of plans out there to assist you in training for your GORUCK Light event. We truly hope that you will find one that works for you and prepares you for the event.
Mettle Forger GORUCK Light Training Plan
GORUCK’s Official Training Plan
Count your stars lucky because GORUCK has gone through the trouble of creating a 6 week training program that should prepare you physically for your first GORUCK Light or Challenge. GORUCK has constructed an easy to download and print PDF document for their 6 week plan. If you’re training outside then this is perfect for bringing along a copy of the workout!
Necessary GORUCK Light Training Equipment
If you want on go through this training plan then there’s some equipment you’ll need.
- A ruck (GR1 or Rucker is preferable)
- Weight for the ruck (wrapped bricks or Ruck Plates will work)
- Sandbag (Buy from GORUCK, Buy from Brute Force, or make your own)
- Track (for completing the runs)
- Pull-Up bar
- Dip bars
- Jump Rope
- Stationary bike or pool for cross-training
A gym should be able to satisfy items 5 through 9 (and item 4 if you want to use a treadmill.) If you don’t have a gym you can find a school and use their jungle gym for both dips and pull-ups. The ITS Tactical guide on how to make a sandbag is great and will give you a high quality training item.
So now that you have a training plan it’s time to do some research on what your event might be like. Read through some of the GORUCK Light AARs (event reviews) on All Day Ruckoff.
Hopefully this page gave you a great starting point to begin (or continue) your GORUCK Light training. We know there is a lot of information (and links) here so give it some time to digest. If you have any suggestions for additions or changes please let us know in a comment as we’re always looking for feedback. Train hard, smile often, crack some jokes, and you’ll have a great time at your event.