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  • #16
    Originally posted by breetbree View Post
    there's an external metal frame and there's a waist strap, but i believe it's broke. i'm rucking because i plan on joining the Marine Corps soon and i'd be shipping in 2014. i'm not in the best of shape, and i know it's "chronic cardio" but i've been running, sprinting, doing pull ups and crunches and wanted to incorporate doing some long humps in there some where thanks so much everyone for your input!
    Yeah, so hiking stuff doesn't really apply and that sounds like an ALICE pack. I'd suggest bricks (duct tape them) or sandbags for your training weights.

    I'm not sure what the USMC standards are, but US Army standard is: 12 miles in 3 hours with 45 lbs (not counting water). You won't have to do that in basic, but you should train towards that goal.
    That works out to 15 min/miles or 4 mph, I would suggest you always train at that pace (give or take).

    Increase weight or distance one at a time, not both simultaneously. You should try to at least be able to do 45 lbs for 5-8 miles @ 15-16 min/miles when you go to basic.

    Just to give you an idea: ruck sacks in the real world usually weight 70+ lbs; my 3 day ruck sack weighs in at 80#, plus water, body armor and ammo.
    "Go For Broke"
    Fat Kine-230/24% @ 6'2"
    Small Kine-168/9%
    Now- 200/8%
    Goal- 210/6%

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    • #17
      i'd just like to ease into it a bit and work my way up to hopefully i 70+ pound load carrying that for a while. and sandbags sound good, i just don't have a scale so i couldn't see how much i'm carrying. i have 80 half pound weights for a weighted vest i could probably tape together or something? i think that could possibly help with the weight shifting situation. thanks =)

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      • #18
        Woah, easy tiger, you're going to need many months/ years to get up to humping 70 lbs. Right now you don't need any more than 40-50, and you should be starting with 20lbs.

        Brick are my favorite, 1 brick is 5 lbs. I tape them up in packs of two, so you can load up in 10 lbs increments.

        Again you don't need to do anything more than 40 lbs for a while. Work on getting your pace up to 15min/miles without running or heel striking.
        "Go For Broke"
        Fat Kine-230/24% @ 6'2"
        Small Kine-168/9%
        Now- 200/8%
        Goal- 210/6%

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