With our archives now 3,500+ articles deep, we’ve decided to republish a classic piece each Friday to help our newer readers discover some of the best, evergreen gems from the past. This article was originally published in October 2017.
I hate cardio.
Like some men who feel similarly, my hatred for cardio goes back to my sports playing days where running and sprinting were used by coaches as a form of tough love, i.e., punishment.
Mess up a play? Go run a lap. No, make that three.
Didn’t go hard enough during practice? 50 burpees for you.
Simply did something to irritate the coach? 40 gassers after practice.
While I respect men who can run long distances or who enjoy HIIT sessions, they’re like aliens from another planet to me. I just don’t understand the sadistic pleasure they take in cardio — “runner’s high” be damned.
Despite my aversion to cardio, I still made it a part of my workout routine because I knew it was good for me. But I usually bellyached about it. That is until I discovered a type of cardio work that I don’t despise and actually enjoy and look forward to doing. A type of cardio that has a bunch of other benefits besides heart health, to boot.
What is this wonder exercise?
Why rucking, of course.
Never heard of it or considered doing it? Take a seat, my brother in the hatred-of-running lodge. You’ll want to read this.
What Is Rucking?
Rucking is simple. So simple, it’s stupid.
Get a backpack.
Put some weight in said backpack.