Are You Fitness Maintenance?
If you're Fitness Maintenance (or FM) you're doing your chosen PATHFINDER program to stay steady at your current fitness level, or to progress over a longer period of time. This option is ideal for rosters who do not have any Events currently scheduled on their calendar, or are new to rucking (or fitness in general) and need to get their form right, their discipline down and their bearings in the PATHFINDER universe first.
Are You 12+?
12+ is all about 12+ weeks to train prior to your Event. This is your sweet spot if you're ramping up training to a more challenging endurance Event or are serious about increasing your fitness and endurance capacity. Most PATHFINDER Challenges fit this criteria. These are great Challenges to fit in your programming if you are taking a more long-term approach to training or need to train up over a longer period of time. These are ideal to use, for example, you have only completed a GORUCK Basic/Light and have your eye on a GORUCK Heavy in eight months.
Are you !-icon?
The !-icon = "MY EVENT IS THIS CLASS!" Your Event is scheduled during this 12-week training window. No worries here, though. PATHFINDER has everything you need to train for your goals. Training with Challenges marked with this icon (and there are a lot of them) means you're going to be prepared and confident in your training. These Challenges are hard, and it takes serious discipline to complete them. If you're training for your Event during your Class cycle, these Challenges will get you the most prepared for what's coming next. IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not include !-icon Challenges in your training within 7 days of your planned endurance Event. Participating in these Challenges in that time frame may lead to poor Event results.
Do I have to pick just one type?
Absolutely not. We recommend a healthy mix of options. This guide only helps you to quickly decide if the Challenge is right for your goals. Most Challenges will be more than one icon, and the majority of them are both 12+ and !-icon Challenges.
We hope this helps all our rosters determine which PATHFINDER Challenges they want to tackle! There are (literally) thousands of different combinations to work PATHFINDER programming into your goals. Good luck on your path!