This post aggregates articles to give you the knowledge to prepare yourself for the GORUCK Tough (aka Challenge) event. This article is going to be the launching point for all GORUCK Tough training articles on this website. For now, the main areas you need to focus on are your mental toughness, your physical toughness, and your equipment.
GORUCK Tough Mental Toughness
Between now and the event (assuming you have enough time) I advise that you read a book or two to build your mental toughness. Books that I think build mental toughness are non-fiction where people get in terrible situations and overcome them or complete a major endurance feat. Books that I consider to encompass this are ones such as Born to Run by Christopher McDougall and Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. If you have not read either of these then I highly recommend choosing one of them.
The point of reading these types of books is to give yourself an “it could always be worse” reference point. When you are 5 hours into your GORUCK Challenge and feeling pain remember it could always be worse. Someone always has (or has had) it worse than you… at least your not getting shot at and at least you have friends by your side. These books build your mental toughness and give you a good reference point for embracing the suck.
GORUCK Tough Physical Toughness
To make sure your body is up for the GORUCK Challenge I’d suggest following either the training plan found on All Day Ruckoff or the training plan from Mettle Forger. If you follow through with either of these plans then you’ll be in great shape for your GORUCK Tough event.
GORUCK Tough Equipment
I’ve put together an extensive list of equipment that I bring with me to GORUCK Challenges. Equipment is very much preference based but at the basic level everyone is in agreement. If you base your equipment off of the equipment list that I’ve put together then you’ll be in great shape for the upcoming event.
All Day Ruckoff Articles
So now you’ve read through the Mental Toughness, Physical Toughness, and Equipment areas of this page and want to put everything together. The following are articles that I’ve written for this website and will be very helpful in preparing you for your first GORUCK Challenge.
- Choose a Training Plan:
- Choose Your GORUCK Weight
- Ruck Plate: How To Secure GORUCK Ruck Plates
- Bricks: How To Wrap Bricks
- Sandbags: Read how to create a sandbag
- Learn how to ruck and get a good plan in place for yourself
Remember, if you have any questions feel free to comment on any of these pages or send me an email at email@example.com.