Level-up Your Fitness Through Rucking




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Level-up Your Fitness Through Rucking

Welcome to our guide for all things Rucking. Whether you’re a fitness newbie or a seasoned athlete, using a ruck offers an engaging, outdoor alternative workout. Discover the endless benefits of this emerging fitness trend and take your workouts to the next level.

What is Rucking? What are the Benefits?

Rucking is walking with weights - a simple, effective workout that combines walking and a weighted backpack or weighted vest. From its roots as a military exercise, it has made its way into the fitness mainstream, offering a powerful blend of cardio and strength training that can be customized to your fitness level.

Getting started is as simple as filling a backpack with some weight and taking a walk. Your first step should be selecting rucking weights. You do not need to start with an expensive tactical ruck holding large cast iron ruck weights in dedicated padded compartments.  While you can use a regular backpack filled with cast-iron metal ruck plates, they will not be stable and can hurt your back and damage your backpack. We recommend alternative ruck weights for better comfort, weight distribution, and ability to adjust the weight in your ruck. Next choose from a variety of backpacks. Look for key features like padded, wide shoulder straps, a chest strap, waist strap or hip belt, and strong construction to hold the weight. Why not choose a multi-purpose backpack for day use or travel?

Walking and hiking with weighted vests like the Hyper Vest TAC serve as another excellent option. The benefits of using a weighted vest include balanced weight distribution front and back reducing the strain on your back. With the Hyper Vest, adjusting weight is a breeze, allowing you to scale up to 40lbs as you get stronger. "Best Heavy Weight Vest" Men's Health 2023

  • Calorie Burn: You'll burn twice as many calories compared to ordinary walking and hiking
  • Full-body Workout: It targets all muscle groups, from your legs to your core and your upper body
  • Cardiovascular Health: Excellent for cardiovascular health with low impact on your joints when compared to running and ideal zone 2 exercise for longevity
  • Mental Wellness: The outdoor setting and paced nature make it a great stress-reliever
  • Metabolic health: Getting outdoors can give you the benefit of cold exposure to activate healthy brown fat or the benefit of adapting to heat
  • Social: Walking and hiking is a great fitness activity with friends and each person can carry a different ruck weight so everyone gets a challenging workout no matter their fitness level

Why Choose Hyperwear for Your Rucking Weights?

Hyperwear Adjustable Flexible Weight Plates

  • Easily adjust the weight to suit your needs
  • Flexible and comfortable against the body
  • Reduce the risk of damage to your pack
  • Can fit in some laptop sleeves or padded ruck plate compartments

Hyperwear SandBell Sandbag Weights

  • Made with neoprene material that stretches to fit nicely in any backpack
  • Available in multiple weights
  • Versatile for many other workouts
  • Sustainable - pre-filled with locally sourced USA sand

Hyperwear SteelBells

  • Half the size of the same weight SandBell to fit a lot of weight in a ruck
  • Ultra-durable and great for many exercises
  • Sustainable - filled with 100% recycled USA steel shot

Hyperwear Hyper Vest TAC Heavy Weighted Vest

  • Excellent for walking and hiking as an alternative to backpack rucking
  • Balanced weight distribution to minimize back strain
  • Easily adjustable weight options up to 40lbs - increase the load as you grow stronger
  • Sustainable - filled with 100% recycled USA steel shot

Ready to Start Rucking?

Now armed with multiple rucking options from backpacks to weighted vests, you're set to dive into the world of rucking. With Hyperwear's range of high-quality rucking weights and vests, your experience is guaranteed to be comfortable, adjustable, and rewarding.



Yes, you can! While specialized rucking backpacks offer features like weight stabilization, your regular backpack can also serve the purpose, especially when you use Hyperwear's flexible and adjustable weights. Select a backpack with a hip belt and chest strap and you will have excellent weight distribution and stabilization too. Read more.

If you're new to rucking, it's advised to start with 10% of your body weight and gradually increase as you get stronger. It also depends on terrain. You may want to remove and adjust weight if you are hiking hills.

While rucking is a low-impact exercise, it's always best to consult with your healthcare provider, especially if you have existing medical conditions. Using a poorly designed pack and carrying too much weight can put a strain on your back and neck. Consider a weighted vest as an option. Read more

Of course. While you will miss the benefits of being outdoors, you can ruck on a treadmill and add a ruck to step-ups and many exercises.

Hyperwear invented a patented fitness backpack that was discontinued in 2018 due to problems with a supplier. Join our newsletter to stay up-to-date on availability of a new Hyper Ruck™.